Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Thursday, October 25, 2012 - by Melanie Beauchamp

Oct. 26 – 27

Murfreesboro – 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Stones River – Reexamine one of the Civil War’s most significant battles. Hear historian presentations and living history character stories. Registration is $20 per person. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/stri/planyourvisit/legacycurrent.htm

Maynardville – Ghost House Hikes – Hear spooky stories about Big Ridge’s past on a 1.2-mile night hike through Big Ridge State Park. Admission is free but reservations are required. For more information, call 865-992-5523.

Smyrna – Ghost Tours – Find out if the Sam Davis Home is truly haunted beginning at  7 p.m. with a haunted hayride and then with a tour of the home. Admission is $5 and parental discretion is advised. For more information, visit www.samdavishome.org/events.php

Limestone – Davy Crockett Hosts Trick or Treat in the Haunted Forest – Ghosts and ghouls will hand out treats after giving you a scare. Bring a flashlight and a candy bag. A $1 donation will be taken at the entrance. For more information, call 423-257-2167.

Adams – Port Royal by Lantern – Hear historical stories like the Bell Witch and the tobacco wars on a guided lantern tour of Port Royal State Park. Tours begin at 6 p.m. For more information, call 931-358-9696.

Oct. 26

Chattanooga – Aqua-Scarium Family Halloween Party – Trick or treat your way through the River Journey building 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Tennessee Aquarium as part of Thrills, Gills and Chills. For a full schedule of events, visit www.tnaqua.org/thrillsgillschills.aspx

Memphis – Midnight Madness Series season closing event – Enjoy a car show, races and a rocking pit party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Memphis International Raceway. Admission is $10 for spectators and $20 for racers. For more information, visit www.racemir.com

Oct. 27 – 28

Murfreesboro, Tenn. – Horse & Soul World Tour – Lisa Parelli, wife of Natural Horsemanship founder Pat Parelli, will headline at the Horse & Soul World Tour at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum. Tickets are $25 in advance for both days. For more information, visit www.parelli.com

Morristown – 37th Annual Mountain Makins Festival – Enjoy Appalachia traditions like storytelling, demonstrations, music and fine art. Tickets are $5 and all-weekend passes are $25. A preview reception will be 6:30– 9:30 p.m., Oct. 26. For more information, visit www.rosecenter.org or call 423-581-4330.

Tiptonville – Reelfoot Lake Canoe Float – Float down Reelfoot Lake to see beautiful fall foliage and maybe a bald eagle or two. Reservations are required and donations are appreciated. For more information call 731-253-9652.

Oct. 27

Lynchburg – Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue – Watch teams from the United States and around the world compete for the Grand Champion title. For more information, visit http://www.jackdanielsbarbecuemedia.com/

Dickson – Artisan & Food Fair – Enjoy free food demonstrations and samples from local producers as well as artisan demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Renaissance Center. For more information, visit www.rcenter.org

Millington – Meeman-Shelby Heritage Fest & 75th Anniversary Celebration – Free event with music, demonstrations and vendors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park. For more information, call 901- 875-520.

Nashville – El Dia de Los Muertos at Cheekwood Art & Gardens – Celebrate a blending of Nashville and Mexican cultures with live music, dance, art activities and authentic Mexican cuisine, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Crossville – Cumberland Mountain Hosts Trunk or Treat – Take a hayride to the campground to begin a trunk or treat adventure 6 – 8 p.m. For more information, call 931-484-6138.

 Oct. 28

Cleveland – Fort Hill Cemetery Tour – Hear living history characters’ stories of notable Cleveland residents 4– 7 p.m. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit http://www.visitclevelandtn.com/www/docs/1151

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Tiny Baby Chameleons Hatch At The Tennessee Aquarium Just In Time To Celebrate Reptile Awareness Day

Small in size, but big on cute, four baby Panther Chameleons (Furcifer pardalis) recently hatched at the Tennessee Aquarium from eggs laid in January of this year. After hatching, the babies measured in at around two inches long and are now growing quickly under the care provided by Tennessee Aquarium herpetologists.   The daily routine for these tiny reptiles includes ... (click for more)

Tennessee Aquarium’s Family-Friendly AquaScarium IX Is Oct. 28

The Tennessee Aquarium’s annual family-friendly Halloween party, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 28, will take on a “monstrous” theme in honor of the newly opened Monster Fish exhibit. Both Aquarium buildings and River Place (The building where Monster Fish is located.) will be packed with spooky — but not too spooky — fun for “bouys” and “ghouls” during this year’s celebration.  ... (click for more)

Atlantic Capital Bank, Formerly FSG Bank, Moves Home Office To Warehouse Row

Atlantic Capital Bank, NA announced Friday that it has sold the current home office at 531 Broad St. to Harbert Realty of Birmingham, for  $5,375,000.  The bank’s new home office signals the start of a brand transition from the FSG Bank name, currently found in its eastern Tennessee and northwest Georgia markets.  Atlantic Capital will occupy the third floor ... (click for more)

TDEC Asks Residents In Southeastern Counties To Limit Water Usage To Ease Drought Conditions

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is asking the public to temporarily limit water usage for non-essential purposes as areas in Tennessee’s southeastern counties face extreme drought conditions. Residents who receive water from the following public utilities are advised to limit their use until drought conditions subside: Fall Creek ... (click for more)

Accountability Doesn't Have To Be A Bad Word

Am I making a difference? Isn’t that the basic question we all ask ourselves, and seek to demonstrate to others?  Ronald Reagan said:  “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.”   We would argue teachers do not have that problem either.    Educators make a huge difference ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Guess Who Backed Kelly?

Two weeks before the August election where three members of the Hamilton County School Board were angrily replaced, the organizer of what was called “a great way for the (challengers) to raise great money to help them run smart campaigns” made a bold statement. “I'm sure the current board is well-intentioned, but the results are not there," said Paul Brock. "Leadership matters ... (click for more)