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How Newcomers Are Changing Tennessee

Tennessee is known as the Volunteer State because Tennesseans were so quick to volunteer for military service, dating back to the War of 1812.

Politically, it’s a Republican state for the most part, but elects GOP moderates. The cities can lean Democratic – both Chattanooga and Nashville have Democratic mayors.

It’s also a growing state, with many new arrivals from other states and other countries.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks to political analysts and visits Casa Azafrán, a center offering services to Nashville’s growing immigrant population.

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Jose Gonzalez is co-founder of Casa Azafran, a collection of non-profits dedicated to welcoming Nashville's newest immigrants. (Alex Ashlock/Here & Now)
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Jose Gonzalez is co-founder of Casa Azafran, a collection of non-profits dedicated to welcoming Nashville's newest immigrants. (Alex Ashlock/Here & Now)