Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Thursday, December 13, 2012 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Tennessee’s upcoming tourism news is consolidated for your convenience below. Click on links for additional details.

Jan. 13 – March 3, 2013

Murfreesboro – The Language of Love and Courtship Tours – Enjoy a tour of Oaklands Mansion with your sweetheart and experience the romance of the Victorians from flowers and fans to engagement traditions. Admission is $10. For more information, visit www.oaklandsmuseum.org.

Murfreesboro – “Wedding Dresses Through the Decades” Exhibit – The second annual exhibit highlights wedding dresses through the decades in Maney Hall at Oaklands Museum. For more information, visit www.oaklandsmuseum.org.

Ongoing until Jan. 20

Nashville – Civil War Newspaper on Display – Original newspapers from the Civil War for each year of the war will be on display at the Metro Nashville Archives. For more information, call 615-862-5880 or visit www.nashville.gov/metro_archives.

Jan. 14

Memphis – Fabulous Fine Art: Elizabeth Catlett – Learn about this creative printmaker and make relief prints like the artist at 3:30 p.m. at The Children’s Museum of Memphis. For more information, visit www.cmom.com.

Jan. 18 – 19

Red Boiling Springs – Thomas House Hotel Overnight Ghost Hunt – Participate in an all-night ghost hunt with paranormal researcher and author Chad Morin. Admission is $99. For more information, visit www.thomashousehotel.com

Jan. 19

Pigeon Forge – 3rd Annual Professional Ice Carving Competition – Some of the world’s best ice sculptors will chisel 250-pound blocks of ice into fantastic designs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Titanic’s outdoor entertainment center in Pigeon Forge. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.titanicpigeonforge.com.

For more information on Tennessee happenings, visit us at tnvacation.com, facebook.com/tnvacation, tnvacation.com/triptales/, twitter.com/tnvacation/ or pinterest.com/tnvacation/.


TVRM’s Historic Steam Locomotive #4501 Is Ready For Tennessee Valley Railfest

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) on Wednesday announced the return of its iconic Steam Locomotive 4501 to operation. TVRM has been restoring Locomotive 4501 over the past three  years and she will make her public debut at Tennessee Valley Railfest on Sept. 6 and 7.  The locomotive last ran in 1998 and has patiently waited for a complete overhaul.  ... (click for more)

Rock Out Labor Day And Beyond In Tennessee

 If there’s one place travelers can get a music smorgasbord, it’s Tennessee. In each corner of the state and areas in between, music rooted in bluegrass, rock, soul, country, and gospel can be heard from porches in small towns to concert stadiums in burgeoning cities. From the nation’s biggest Labor Day celebration in Knoxville to celebrating local and national talent in Nashville ... (click for more)

Plan Revived For 5-Story Boutique Hotel Next To The Walnut Street Bridge

Plans have been revived for a five-story boutique hotel next to the Walnut Street Bridge. Vision Hospitality Group said the yet-to-be named hotel will provide 90 rooms featuring high-end amenities and exemplary service in the city's art district. Plans for a similar hotel were announced in 2012, but the proposal was later withdrawn. The hotel is slated for 102 Walnut ... (click for more)

Grand Jury Says County Needs To Start "Immediately" On Funding A New County Jail

Members of the Hamilton County Grand Jury said in a final report that the county needs to start "immediately" on funding a replacement for the Hamilton County Jail. The report, read by Foreman Robert Smith, says, "The Jail is near and/or over capacity and understaffed!  Hard-working corrections officers are in constant danger.  Being responsible for 80-100 inmates per ... (click for more)

Thanks For Making The Southern Brewers Festival A Success

Now that the dust has settled I'd like to thank Chattanooga for supporting the Southern Brewers Festival and making it yet another very successful event.    For those who do not know - the SBF benefits the Chattanooga chapter of Kids on the Block and the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.  As a partner helping the SBF with volunteers, sponsorships and the overall production ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Al Sharpton’s Wise Remarks

I’ll admit I paid little more than scant attention to the Monday funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police bullets in Ferguson, Mo., after he allegedly was involved in strong-armed robbery. There are too many tawdry details and, in my way of thinking, there is nothing under God’s sun, absolutely nothing, that gives others the right to riot, burn ... (click for more)