Morels are abundant across the state as well, especially in east TN (Knoxville et al.).
Yes in the east these are grown in greater amount and they are more or less in the shape of a Christmas tree. In different types of dishes these mushrooms have been used especially in the pizzas and other fast food stuff.
These are Morel mushrooms. They grow under Cedar or Pine trees or damp shady areas. They are light to dark with the top being dimpled. Soak them over night in salt water to remove the dirt.