Grand Opening Of The Birthplace Of Country Music Museum In Bristol Is This Weekend

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum’s grand opening in Bristol, Tn./Va. will take place at 9 a.m. on Friday, to 7 p.m. on Sunday, with a ribbon cutting, special appearances by legislators and members of the local government.

Tours of the museum will include multi-media stations, short films, and a chance for patrons to sing and record a song. Live performances by Dr. Ralph Stanley, Jim Lauderdale and Carlene Carter, Martina McBride and Dale Jett will take place.

The Orthophonic Joy contest winner Corbin Hayslett will also perform.

Those attending will be Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, Tennessee Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, Delegate Israel O’Quinn of Virginia, Commissioner Susan Whitaker, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Rita McClenny, president & CEO of Virginia Tourism, Catherine Brillhart, Bristol, Va. Mayor, Ed Gerace, TN Arts Commission, Dr. Jessica Turner, director and head curator for The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, and Alma Douglas of the Smithsonian.

The Smithsonian Institution-affiliated Birthplace of Country Music Museum is dedicated to preserve the legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and their lasting influence on American popular music through interactive, multi-media exhibits, film, and more. Johnny Cash referred to the famous Sessions as “The single most important event in the history of country music.” Also known as the “Big Bang of Country Music,” the legendary recordings by Ralph Peer took country music to a new level and produced pioneers of the genre such as Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family.

For more information or a complete schedule, contact Charlene Tipton Baker, director of Marketing/Communications for the Birthplace of Country Music Museum at cbaker@birthplaceofcountrymusic.org or 423 573-1927.


2015 Events Spring Up In Tennessee

The frost on the ground isn’t here yet, but that doesn’t stop Tennessee from planning a spectacular Spring 2015, filled with family-friendly festivals, quirky celebrations, and historic commemorations. EAST More than 200 performers from around the globe celebrate music, art, food, and dance at  Dollywood’s Festival of Nations   March 21 - April 20  in ... (click for more)

Governor Haslam Announces Tourist Development Commissioner To Depart

Governor Bill Haslam on Thursday announced that Susan Whitaker, commissioner of the Department of Tourist Development, will be departing the administration after dedicating 12 years of leading the department to return to the private sector.  “Susan has done a great job of promoting the unique assets that Tennessee has to offer to visitors from across the country and around ... (click for more)

TVA Sues Cleveland's Allan Jones Over Dock, Retaining Wall, Boat Ramp, Boathouse On Hiwassee River

TVA has sued Cleveland, Tn., Check Into Cash millionaire W. Allan Jones Jr. over the construction of a dock, retaining wall, boat ramp and boathouse on the Hiwassee River. In the lawsuit in Federal Court, TVA said it told Mr. Jones before the construction was finished that he was on TVA property. The complaint says he has refused to move the construction from the river. ... (click for more)

Bobby Dodd Lawsuit Against City Moved To Federal Court

A lawsuit brought by former Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd against the city of Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Fire and Police Pension Fund over his pension has been moved to Federal Court. The lawsuit was earlier filed in Chancery Court by attorneys Jerry Tidwell and Adam Izell. The suit says former Chief Dodd opted for a plan that would have half of his pension go to ... (click for more)

Please Don't Close The Piccadilly Cafeteria At Hamilton Place - And Response

Oh, no. The Piccadilly Cafeteria at Hamilton Place is closing.  Its last day is Christmas Eve.  I will miss the great food they have there but most of all I will miss their servers, cashiers and waitresses.  They are all so friendly and accommodating.  They make it like it’s a home-style restaurant. I sure wish there was some way that Hamilton Place and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Manger Scene Stays!

When the Freedom From Religion Foundation struck the tiny town of Jay, Fla., earlier this month, the town mayor had a life-sized Nativity scene that had been displayed every Christmas for the past 40 years taken down and sold as “city surplus.” But in Alabama, things are different. When the foundation tried the same thing in Rainbow City, Ala., more people than all those who live ... (click for more)