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Rocky Top is an official state song of the state of Tennessee, as well as a popular fight song for the University of Tennessee Volunteers. The song was written by a married couple, Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, circa 1960 and was officially adopted as a state song in 1982. The unofficial official version of the song is that performed by The Osborne Brothers. Each state in the United States (except New Jersey) has a state song, selected by the state legislature as a symbol of the state. ... State nickname: Volunteer State Official languages English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Governor Phil Bredesen (D) Senators Bill Frist (R) Lamar Alexander (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 36th 109,247 km² 2. ... The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the primary institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee system, Tennessees flagship public university. ...


The song describes a place called Rocky Top, Tennessee, which does not actually exist in Tennessee but is instead a mythical location or small town hidden among the mountains (presumably the Smoky Mountains) in the eastern part of the state. Despite its fast and upbeat tempo, the song's first verse is actually a lament over a lost love and lifestyle. The song's second verse is an ode to two apparent murders and the illegal production of alcoholic beverages by moonshining, with references to "looking for a moonshine still" and "corn in a jar". These are all common country music themes. With its good-natured regional references to a carefree lifestyle embracing sex and alcohol as well as the destruction of outsiders who would disturb such an idyllic existence, the spontaneous singing of Rocky Top by Tennessee college students and alumni at sports venues such as Neyland Stadium is well established. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a United States National Park that straddles the ridgeline of the Appalachian Mountains. ... East Tennessee is a name given to approximately the eastern third of the state of Tennessee. ... Shine Road The name tells the history of this back road Hemingway, South Carolina Moonshining is the making of whiskey, typically surreptitiously and illegally. ... Country music, also called country and western music or country-western, is an amalgam of popular musical forms developed in the Southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, Celtic Music, Blues, Gospel music, and Old-time music. ... Neyland Stadium is a sports stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. ...


Contrary to popular belief, "Rocky Top" is not UT's official fight song, although it is so closely identified with the university that many believe this to be the case. UT's official fight song is a radically different piece called "Down the Field".


"Operation Rocky Top" was the FBI's code name for a public corruption investigation into the Tennessee state government in the late 1980s which resulted in the eventual suicide of the Tennessee Secretary of State, Gentry Crowell, and the incarceration of several other individuals, most notably state House Majority Leader Tommy Burnette. The focus of the investigation was the illegal sale of bingo licenses. Official FBI Seal The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a Federal police force and intelligence agency which is the principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... The 1980s (sometimes refered to as the geighties) in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1980 and 1989. ... In several countries, Secretary of State is a senior government position. ... The majority leader is a term used in congressional systems for the chamber leader of the party in control of a legislature. ... Bingo Bingo is a game of chance where randomly-selected numbers are drawn and players match those numbers to those appearing on 5x5 matrixes which are printed or electronically represented and are known as cards. ...


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Rocky Top - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (474 words)
Rocky Top is an official state song of the state of Tennessee, as well as a popular fight song for the University of Tennessee Volunteers.
The original "Rocky Top" song describes a place called Rocky Top, Tennessee, which is one of the three peaks of Thunderhead Mountain in Tennessee (located in the Smoky Mountains) in the eastern part of the state.
"Operation Rocky Top" was the FBI's code name for a public corruption investigation into the Tennessee state government in the late 1980s which resulted in the eventual suicide of the Tennessee Secretary of State, Gentry Crowell, and the incarceration of several other individuals, most notably state House Majority Leader Tommy Burnette.
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Rocky Top Therapy Center was founded in 1990 and is one of less than 200 premier accredited riding centers recognized by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA).
Currently, Rocky Top Therapy Center addresses the needs of over 200 emotionally, mentally and physically challenged individuals each week utilizing 53 therapy horses, a low-elements challenge course and a barnyard filled with pot-bellied pigs, goats, chickens and miniature donkeys and horses.
The Rocky Top staff has been carefully selected to provide premier expertise in therapeutic and horse professions to ensure that the objectives of the programs are met.
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