Skip to content

TN History for Kids

Middle

Middle One: What government really does

These two officers work for the Knoxville police department. In the Basic Civics section, we made a few broad statements about what government does. Now we are going to get into a bit more detail by answering three questions. Question Number One…

Middle Three: Three branches of government

Republicans who serve in the Tennessee House of Representatives pose in their work clothes PHOTO: Tennessee House Republican Caucus Tennessee's government is set up very much like the U.S. government. If you've learned one, you've pret…

Middle Four: Taxes, taxes, taxes

There's an old saying that claims "nothing is certain but death and taxes." As we explained in Part Two of the Basic Civics section, the money citizens like you and I pay to the government is called taxes. And, as we said, taxes aren&#…

Middle Six: The Governor

Governor Haslam visits a school in Dyersburg PHOTO: Office of Governor Haslam In November 2010, Republican Bill Haslam was elected governor over Mike McWherter, a Democrat from Jackson. He was re-elected in 2014. He cannot seek a third term in 201…

Middle Seven: Donkeys and elephants

We've talked about Tennessee, about the governor, and about the legislature. But we haven't talked about how we choose all these state leaders. In the case of the governor, the Tennessee General Assembly, Tennessee's two U.S. Senators, a…