Memorial Day Highlights: Tennessee Tourism Round-Up

Friday, May 25, 2012

May 25

Crawford, Tenn. - Jammin’ at Hippie Jack's 7th Annual May Festival May 25 – 26, Jammin at Hippie Jack’s is an Americana Music and Camping Festival that offers day passes, camping, art, crafts, and excellent food to people looking to get off the beaten path in pursuit of an absolutely unique, high quality music experience.


Swing into Summer this Memorial Day Weekend (May 25-28) at a Tennessee State Park 
Tennessee State Parks are offering a variety of family-friendly Memorial Day weekend events. From hay rides to pontoon boat rides, hikes and music, there is something for everyone. Learn more.

Chattanooga, Tenn. - Guests will flip as Lake Winnepesaukah Unleashes the Fire Ball. The South’s favorite family amusement park is flipping thrill-seekers head-over-heals during the 2012 season as Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park - a mainstay for over 85 years – launces the all-new Fire Ball, a breathtaking ride where guests ascend a full 360-degree loop!


Granville, Tenn. - Memorial Day in Historic Granville on the banks of the Cumberland River. May 25-26. Special Performance by the South Bound Bluegrass Band , Annual Heritage Day, Tom Brantley & Missionary Ridge” at Sutton's Music Hour, The Sutton Ole Time Music Hour presents “Tom Brantley & Missionary Ridge” at the Sutton General Store in Granville. Enjoy the very best in Tennessee Southern cooking served in the Sutton General Store’s Dining Room. For complete information and schedule


May 26

Nashville, Tenn. - Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Mark D. Sanders will take a seat at the Country Music Hall of Fame®and Museum as the latest subject of the quarterly programming series Poets and Prophets: Legendary Country Songwriters. The 1:30 p.m. in-depth interview and performance, held in the museum's Ford Theater, is included with museum admission and free to museum members. The program will be streamed live at


Murfreesboro, Tenn. - Top 10 Finalist, Colton Dixon returns to Murfreesboro for a homecoming event. He will thank his longtime fans, friends, and family for their support and encouragement. Mayor Tommy Bragg of Murfreesboro will present Colton with a proclamation from the city. Former State Representative John Hood will emcee. The worship band For A Season will open the homecoming and Christian music artists Tricia and Melissa Brock of the acclaimed group Superchick will also perform. There will be special appearances in person and by video from major names in the Christian music and publishing industry.  A meet and greet will directly follow the event at Colton’s alma mater, MTCS., where Colton will be available for autographs and photos. :  Homecoming Event, World Outreach Church, 1921 New Salem Road, Murfreesboro, TN. To set up an interview with Colton Dixon, please contact Curt Harding at
(615) 939-1304 or Curtis


Chattanooga, Tenn. - A new cruise option will be available May 26th to passengers aboard the Tennessee Aquarium River Gorge Explorer – heading upstream from the Chattanooga Pier. The new Seven Bridges Cruise launches on Saturday when regularly scheduled trips up to the Chickamauga Dam begin.


Brownsville, Tenn. – Exit 56 Blues Fest - Located off interstate 40, Events including music, arts, crafts, cruise-in and more. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.,


Jamestown, Tenn. - Wine & Swine Day at Highland Manor Winery -Tennessee's oldest Winery offering wine, BBQ & Live Music by Crossroads from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Rugby, Tenn. - Lantern Tour at the Laurel Dale Cemetery in Rugby - Rugby's past will come alive with costumed players bringing stories from nine of the most colorful residents of Rugby's graveyard. Tour time is 5:30 p.m. DST Cost for the tour is $15 per person. The Harrow Road Café will be open until 9:00 p.m., Call 888-214-3400 for reservations.

Linden, Tenn. – Music on Main Street - The weekly and free-admission music series kicks off in Linden on the Perry County Courthouse Square with a special Memorial Day weekend concert. CMA award-winning, country-soul singer T. Graham Brown, powerful vocalist Seidina Reed, Nashville’s jazzy Eight O’ Five Jive Band, Moe Denham & the Main Street Orchestra, Perry County’s beloved yodeling preservationist McDonald Craig, country music star impersonator J. J. Jones, and Alabama’s Johnny Collier Band.



May 27

Memphis, Tenn. - BET Networks is coming to Mud Island River Park May 27 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in search of aspiring talent for the BET Awards Next Big Music Star Mobile Tour. The tour, a talent-recruiting contest for the BET 2012 Awards Show, features a fully equipped mobile recording studio to enter, aspiring contestants will need to register on the tour's Facebook page and attend the event. There, they will sing a capella in front of a judge for a chance to record a track in the deluxe mobile recording studio. After all of the winners in each city have recorded in the studio, a grand-prize winner will be selected by BET judges and through online fan voting. The grand-prize winner will attend the BET 2012 Awards Show and get a chance to appear on the 106 & Park pre-show.

Cookeville, Tenn. - Concerts at Dogwood Park - Merseyside and Legacy at Dogwood Park Both bands will perform at a free concert at Dogwood Performance Pavilion at 6:30 p.m.


Chattanooga, Tenn. - Clay Walker will perform at Lake Winnepesaukah’s Jukebox Junction Stage on Sunday, May 27 with one show at 5:00 p.m. All Jukebox Junction concerts are free with admittance to Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park. All guests under 18 must be accompanied by a guest age 18 or over and must purchase either an Unlimited Ride Pass for $26 or a Ticket Package for $18. A Youth/Senior Ride Pass is $10 for children ages 1 and 2 and adults 65 and older. A special Concert Only Pass is $10 for ages 18 and older. Parking is free.


May 28

Cookeville, Tenn. - Memorial Day Concert in Dogwood Park -The Cookeville Community Concert Band presents a free Memorial Day Concert at 7:30 p.m.


Shiloh, Tenn.  - Colonel Roger Hill, retired aviator of the U. S. Army will present the principal address at this year’s Memorial Day observance, Shiloh National Military.The annual service, one of the oldest in West Tennessee, will begin in the Shiloh National Cemetery overlooking historic Pittsburg Landing at 11:00 a.m.

Chattanooga, Tenn.  - Lake Winnepesaukah will honor all mobilized, deployed, and retired military personnel and their families (meaning their spouses and their dependent children) with a free day on Memorial Day. Those presenting an Active Duty ID card at the entrance gates will receive free gate admission and unlimited rides. The actual service person need not be present. Children must be accompanied by an adult with Active Duty identification in order to receive free gate admission and unlimited

May 30

Jackson, TN - Actor Bobby Clark from California will have a special appearance at Casey Jones Home & Railroad MuseumWednesday, May 30th. Clark portrayed Casey Jr. in the 1950's television series "Casey Jones" as the son of Casey and Janie Jones. Clark will be available for a Meet & Greet from 11:00 am to 2:00 p.m. in the Jackson Room at Casey Jones Museum.  It is located at 30 Casey Jones Lane in Jackson.


May 31
Clifton, Tenn. - “The Moving Wall” Vietnam Veterans Memorial On Display. The half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.  will be displayed along the river bank at Ross Creek Recreational Area This extraordinary piece of Americana will be in the small historic river town of Clifton May 31 through June 4, 2012. It will be The Moving Wall’s only visit to Tennessee during its 2012 tour. The replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. has been touring the country for more than 25 years and still has the same unexplainable effect on those who visit today as it did so many years

June 1

Clifton, Tenn. – Backyard BBQ Competition, June 1-2 This year’s contest will feature teams competing in four different categories, chicken, ribs, brisket, and pulled pork.  An overall champion will be crowned Backyard BBQ King or Queen of Clifton.  Attendees will be able to tour the competition area along with an Art Show by Artists and Craftsmen from the surrounding area and enjoy music presented by local band, Backwater.



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)

Tennessee Aquarium Has Underwater Pumpkin Carving On Saturdays

Tennessee Aquarium guests can see underwater pumpkin carving demonstrations each Saturday at 11 a.m. throughout October in the River Journey building. Costumed SCUBA divers will make weekend appearances for the rest of the month.  Lots of costumed divers will be seen during the AquaScarium family Halloween Party at the Aquarium. Pirates, mermaids, and super heroes will be ... (click for more)

In Surprise Vote, Chattanooga City Council Turns Down Short Term Vacation Rentals

In a surprise vote, the City Council on Tuesday night turned down allowing a process to legalize short term vacation rentals in Chattanooga. Only Chip Henderson and Jerry Mitchell voted in favor. Opposed were Carol Berz, Yusuf Hakeem, Larry Grohn, Moses Freeman, Ken Smith and Russell Gilbert. Chris Anderson was absent. Afterward, Councilman Smith said, in light of the vote, ... (click for more)

Cold Case Unit Makes Arrest In Murders Of Brothers In Brainerd Almost 20 Years Ago; Detectives Say Brainerd Jeweler Rick Davis Tied To Incident

The Cold Case Unit set up by District Attorney Neal Pinkston has made an arrest in the murders of two brothers in Brainerd almost 20 years ago. The Hamilton County Grand Jury on Monday indicted 52-year-old Christopher Jeffre Johnson on two counts of first-degree murder in the January 1997 deaths of Sean and Donny Goetcheus. The 25-year-old Sean Goetcheus and his ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Saving A Life & More

About 40 years ago I was at an afternoon football practice when one of those who was also watching from the fence was bitten by a bumble bee or yellow jacket or whatever it was and almost died from anaphylactic shock. Luckily an athletic trainer had an EpiPen, jammed it into the man’s thigh and it is believed to have saved the victim’s life. For years I kept an EpiPen on the top ... (click for more)