Okay.....so, I'm a true Tennessean....born and raised....
There's a lot of stereotyping related to the state so let me point out a few things.
Tennessee is the birth place of nuclear energy....the Manhattan project and the first atomic bomb was built in Oak Ridge TN.
Tennessee was first settled mainly by soldiers who fought in the American Revolution. As Revolutionary soldiers were not paid, many got land grants in the new territorys.......with large land holdings small towns evolved and grew to support the large farms. The land owner decided who worked and who didn't....thus the basis for what is today known as the "good ole boy" network. Still here in many places, going back 8 to 10 generations.
As the War of Northern Aggression, who some call the civil war, nears and passes its 150th anniversary, the south suffered harshly during radical reconstruction....and Tennessee played a large role and many huge battles were fought here in the state....
Nathan Bedford Forrest is the most celebrated man in the state. Over 40 monuments, a bust in the capital, and many roads, schools etc named after him.
The name volunteers came from the band of men who volunteered to fight for Texas independence. Sam Houston was a Tennessean and Davy Crockett died at the Alamo. T for Texas.....T for Tennessee.
The trail of tears, shameful as it is, started here.
We've had three presidents and a vice president from the state.....Polk, Jackson, Andrew Johnson and "I invented the internet" Al Gore.
Tennesseans are proud of there heritage.
Tennessee has no state income tax and has some of the lowest tax rates in the country.
Tennessee has three distinct parts, East Tennessee is mountainous, Middle Tennessee, beautiful rolling hills, and West Tennessee is flat.
Memphis is the home of the blues and the birth place of rock and roll.
We know what a pair of shoes is....but some don't like wearing them.
A Tennessee tuxedo.......is a pair of bib overalls.....usually liberties....which were manufactured in Tennessee for many years.
A garden hose is called a "hose pipe".
These days the population has grown as many move to the state because the tax rates are low and many businesses are relocating here. The pace is somewhat laid back, the weather has four distinct seasons and the scenery is wonderful.
I think your friend is going to like it here.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.