Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - by Amanda Stravinsky

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

Ongoing

Bristol – Bristol Motor Speedway is offering their Food City 4-Pack for the Food City 500 weekend March 17. The Family 4-Pack consists of two adult and two kids’ (15 and under) tickets, four hot dogs, and four Pepsi products or water for $210. For more information, visit www.bristoltix.com.

Feb. 1 – 2

Townsend – Winter Heritage Festival – Learn about the area’s rich history through music, stories, hiking and special presentations on Appalachian traditions. For more information, visit www.smokymountains.org/winter-heritage.html.

Feb. 1 – 3

Tiptonville – Annual Reelfoot Lake Eagle Festival – Enjoy eagle tours, a bird of prey show and vendors at Reelfoot Lake State Visitor Center. For more information, visit www.reelfoottourism.com/eagle.html.

Feb. 2

Jackson – “Fascinating Gershwin!” – Join the Jackson Symphony with the Broadway Pops International at 7:30 p.m. in the Carl Perkins Civic Center as Gershwin’s classic songs are performed. Tickets are $55. For more information, visit www.thejacksonsymphony.org.

Feb. 2 – 3

Adams – “Be My Valentine” Celebration – Celebrate Cupid at Milky Way Farm with sweet treats and a marketplace. For more information, visit www.milkywayfarm.org.

Feb. 7 – 10

Nashville – Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville – The 23rd annual event brings together more than 150 vendors of antique and garden experts at the Nashville Convention Center. It is the largest show of its kind in the United States. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, visit www.antiquesandgardenshow.com.

Feb. 9

Clinton – Sweetheart Day – Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage at River Ridge Farm. The Sweetheart buggy and Nell, the Belgian mare, will be available for photos. Reservations are required. For more information, visit www.riverridgefarmtn.com.

Paris – Mardi Gras Ball – Celebrate one of the great New Orleans’ traditions with live music, costumes and dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Paris Convention Center. Tickets are $35. For reservations, call 731-642-1030.

Feb. 13 – 16

Oakridge – Valentine’s Day Dinner Train – Take the opportunity to experience train travel in the 1930s and 40s on a Southern Railway coach Fort Oglethorpe with dinner provided. Reservations are required. For more information, call 865-241-2140 or visit www.techscribes.com/sarm.

Feb. 14

Knoxville – Valentine Tea at Crescent Bend – Enjoy High Tea and a tour of the museum from 2-4 p.m. For more information, visit www.crescentbend.com/valentine.html

Selmer – For the Love of Literacy – Enjoy live music, a door prize and all-you-can-eat desserts from dozens of vendors 5-8 p.m. at the Selmer Community Center. Admission is $5 with all proceeds benefiting McNairy County Adult Education. For more information, contact Christen Coulon at 731-645-5346 or email editor@independentappeal.com.

Feb. 15 – 17

Knoxville – Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show – Browse over 200 vendors, gorgeous gardens, artists and a raffle at the Knoxville Convention Center. Admission is $10 a day. For more information, visit www.dogwoodhouseandgarden.com.

Oakridge – International Festival – Learn about the world’s cultures through performances, food, children’s activities and crafts. For more information, visit www.childrensmuseumofoakridge.org or call 865-482-1074.

Selmer – “And Then There Were None” – Feel the suspense in this whodunit murder mystery performed at 6:30 p.m. at the Latta Theater. Dinner will be provided with the Feb. 15 performance. For more information, visit www.artsinmcnairy.com.

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



Mountain Tough Benefit To Raise Funds For Gatlinburg Fire Recovery On Dec. 17

The November fires in Gatlinburg, Tennessee took a steep toll in lives, homes and businesses, touching anyone who cherishes the culture of East Tennessee and its musical soul. Answering the call to help, Ole Smoky Moonshine, Yee Haw Brewing Company, the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau and Music City Roots are partnering to produce and present “Mountain Tough” on  ... (click for more)

Ober Gatlinburg Plans To Reopen After Smoky Mountain Wildfire

After what will be a 10-day recovery period from the devastating wildfires that swept through Gatlinburg, Ober Gatlinburg will reopen in two phases. On  Friday,  Ober Gatlinburg’s Downtown Tramway Mall will be open from  9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m .  This will include the Ski Mountain Grind Haus Coffee Shop, LeConte Deli, Tramway Gifts, Mountaineer Candy Kitchen, ... (click for more)

City Administrator Lurone Jennings Suspended For Misallocation Of Funds

Rev. Lurone Jennings, administrator of City Youth and Family Development, has been suspended for one week for misallocation of funds. He also is to be issued a letter of reprimand and will undergo ethics training. The action came after a critical audit report from City Auditor Stan Sewell. It says Mr. Jennings transferred $18,500 of funds to a program, Journey Educational ... (click for more)

New Walker County Commissioner Whitfield To Move Public Meetings To Evenings And To Larger Venue; Will Also Be Listening Sessions

Walker County Sole Commissioner-Elect Shannon Whitfield said there will be a new arrangement for holding of public commissioner sessions when he takes place at the start of January. Current Commissioner Bebe Heiskell has held Thursday meetings at 3:30 p.m. from time to time in a conference room at her office near the Walker County Courthouse in LaFayette. Mr. Whitfield said those ... (click for more)

Roy Couldn't Possibly Be More Wrong - And Response (4)

Spreading false information isn't only harmful, as we've been made aware recently. The spread of false information can be outright dangerous.   Calling himself a Christian and all, Roy truly disappoints on so many levels with his recently opinion piece about black students attending predominately white schools being the cause of so much problems and grief at those schools. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Senseless Divide

If I could change one thing about the schools in Chattanooga, my wish would be that everybody could become good friends. I’m talking about the private schools versus the public schools. The rancor is so bad we hardly ever play in sports anymore and what the loathsome TSSAA has done in recent years to the out-numbered private schools is sinful. My dream would be that there would ... (click for more)