Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Summer Wraps Up

Friday, July 25, 2014 - by Amanda Stravinsky
Tennessee’s upcoming tourism news is consolidated for your convenience below.

Pikeville - – Astronomy Weekend – Discussions on constellations, lunar lore and Sun Telescope viewing will be featured at Tennessee’s largest and most visited state park, Fall Creek Falls State Park.

Crossville - – Promised Land and Pie in the Sky Trail Showcase – Discover the hidden gems along the Promised Land Trail and Pie in the Sky Trail, two of the 16 Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways, at the showcase featuring performances, demonstrations and more 11 a.

m. to 2 p.m. at the Cumberland Mountain State Park.

July 25-26

Murfreesboro - – 16th Annual World Versatility Show – The Tennessee Walking Horse will be on full display with the ultimate test of versatility at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum.

July 26

Crossville - – Water Fest & Family Fun Day – Canoe races, paddle canoes, pontoon cruises, wildlife exhibits and more will be park of the festivities 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Meadow Park Lake.

Millington - – Cars and Coffee Poker Run – Enjoy a barbecue lunch, an opportunity to make ¼-mile runs on the drag strip and experience the NASA Autocross at Memphis International Raceway.

Union City - – Summer Concert Series – See Sawyer Brown, Lee Roy Parnell, and Maggie Rose perform their big hits 7:30 p.m. on The Great Lawn at Discovery Park of America.

Nashville - – National Dance Day – Nashville Ballet will offer free classes for children and adults 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet.

July 26-27

Hendersonville - – Artillery and Dismounted Cavalry Demonstrations – An Army campsite, tours, and and more will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 26 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 27 at Parkers Crossroads Battlefield.

July 27

Chattanooga - – Tomato Festival – Get the season’s best tomatoes, sample Chattanooga’s best restaurants, and more 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chattanooga Market.

Only - – Music at the Ranch – Enjoy musical stylings by Scott Myatt and David Boisvert noon to 5 p.m. at Chestnut Hill Ranch Bed and Breakfast.

Nashville - – Brunch & Learn – Sit down for brunch while zookeepers answer questions about day-to-day activities including training techniques, animal behaviors and rewarding results noon at the Nashville Zoo. Tickets are $16.

July 27-Aug. 2

Hurricane Mills - – AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship – See the world’s largest amateur motocross race at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch.

July 28

Maryville - – Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” – The comedy will be performed by the Tennessee Stage Company 6:30 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library.

Murfreesboro - – Tea in the Mansion – Travel back in time to hoop skirts and high tea noon and 2 p.m. at Oaklands Historic House Museum. Tickets are $25.

Jonesborough - – “Fun Things to Do While You’re Waiting” – Stories, skits, and songs will center on the fact there’s always time to do something fun 7 p.m. at the International Storytelling Center.

July 28-Aug. 1

Townsend - – Around the House – Participate in pioneer chores, see the process of making brooms, make a quilt square, and make butter 10 a.m. to noon daily at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

July 30

Memphis - – Ray LaMontagne – Grammy-Award winner Ray LaMontagne will perform songs from his fifth album “Supernova” 7:30 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre.

July 31

Nashville - – Meltzer Parsons Guitar Duo – Bryant Meltzer and Michael David Parsons will perform melodies with classical, jazz, Americana and pop influences 6-8 p.m. at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Nashville - – Way Lake Play Date – Have an intergalactic night of reckoning at the adults-only party 6:30-10 p.m. at Adventure Science Center. Tickets are $25.

Aug. 1

Nashville - – Hot Nights at the Hall – Holly Williams will perform beautiful melodies as part of the annual summer concert series 6 p.m. in the Event Hall at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Memphis - – The Princess Bride – See the classic love story of Westley and Buttercup as they face an evil villain 7 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre.

Murfreesboro - – Author Shirley Farris Jones – Author and Civil War historian Shirley Farris Jones will recount the story of General John Hunt Morgan and his wife Mattie Ready Morgan 5:30 p.m. in the parlors of Oaklands Historic House Museum’s parlors. Tickets are $10.

Jackson - – Main Street Live – Travis Cottrell will perform a night of music 7:30 p.m. at the Downtown Amphitheatre in Jackson.

Aug. 1-2

Bristol - – Birthplace of Country Music Museum opening – The museum that celebrates the 1927 Bristol Sessions will have its grand opening with tours, speeches and more at 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way.

Aug. 2

Linden - – Music on Main Street – The outdoor concert series continues with local artists 7:30 p.m. at the Perry County Courthouse Square.

Jonesborough - – The Avengers – See the Marvel heroes take on evil 8:30 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Jonesborough.

Memphis - – Back to School Blowout – Cool cartoon characters will be on hand for photos and fun activities 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

Aug. 4-8

Memphis - – My First Classroom – Preschoolers can prepare for “real” school with subjects in math, reading and science tailored for toddlers 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

 


Two JAWsome Events Coming To Chattanooga

When guests step into the Tennessee Aquarium’s shark cage, they’re stepping back in time. It was an important piece of equipment used during the filming of “Blue Water, White Death,” the first underwater documentary about Great White Sharks. The film was released in 1971 and is widely recognized as having inspired author Peter Benchley to write the novel “JAWS.”  Four years ... (click for more)

All Things Swiss On Display At Gruetli-Laager

All things Swiss were on display at the annual Swiss Celebration at Gruetli-Laager in Grundy County on Saturday. The event is held each summer at the Stoker-Stampfli Farm Museum. Over 100 Swiss families settled in the mountains of Tennessee, but found it not so well suited to agricultural purposes and eventually moved on to Belvidere, Tn. An association has created a farm ... (click for more)

$40 Million Traffic Improvement Set To Connect Hamilton Place More Directly With I-75 And Ease Congestion On Shallowford Road

The city, state and CBL & Associates are cooperating on a $40 million plan to make the Hamilton Place section more accessible to Interstate 75. The upcoming project will provide a direct connection for southbound I-75 traffic with Hamilton Place Boulevard. The project will also provide a new connection for those on Hamilton Place Boulevard to enter I-75 northbound. ... (click for more)

Report Says Truck Driver Who Caused Wreck That Killed 6 People At Ooltewah Exceeded Allowable Driving Hours

A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board on a June 25 wreck at the Ooltewah exit that killed six people says the driver of the truck that caused the multiple-vehicle wreck "had exceeded the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation hours-of-service when the crash occurred." It says Benjamin Brewer began his return trip to London, Ky., from Florida at 4:30 ... (click for more)

How To Be #ChattanoogaStrong

Chattanooga is my home; I was born here 35 years ago. Without a doubt, this has been one of the most challenging times in our city's history. The #ChattanoogaStrong hashtag will remain for quite some time, but it means so much more than 18 characters on social media. It represents the sorrow and mourning, as well as the resilience and compassion, of our exceptional community.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Navy Denies Any Charges

UPDATE: A spokesman for the U.S. Navy on Sunday denied reports that disciplinary charges will be filed against Lt. Cmdr. Timothy White for discharging an unauthorized weapon on federal property.   According to a post of Facebook and other social media sites, a statement reads, “Stories of Navy personnel being charges with an offense are not true. There is still a long way ... (click for more)