Tennessee Tourism Round Up: History And Nightlife

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Tennessee’s upcoming tourism news is consolidated for your convenience below. For a complete list of Tennessee events, visittnvacation.

com/calendar.

Aug. 22-23

Wartrace – Town-wide Yard Sale – Participate in this annual tradition where antiques, collectibles, handmade crafts and more vendors can be found around town.

Laurel Bloomery – 89th annual Fiddler’s Convention – A weekend of camping and music with fiddlers from around the world is in store at Old Mill Music Park. For more information, call 423-727-9595.

Aug. 23

Dandridge – The Lakeside of the Smokies Triathlon – Hardcore athletes will compete on an Olympic USAT-designated course starting 8 a.m.at Douglas Lake.

Jonesborough – Farm to Table Dinner – Dine 7 p.m. at a single harvest table stretched down the Main Street corridor. The event benefits the Jonesborough Farmer’s Market and Boone Street Market.

Nashville – Archaeological Presentation – University of Tennessee archeologist Stephen Yerka will give a presentation about the Wessyngton slave cemetery 2 p.m. at the Tennessee State Museum.

Aug. 28

Maryville – Knoxville Opera preview – Get a sampling of the 2014-15 season’s operas H.M.S. PinaforeCarmen, and Il Trovatore presented by the Knoxville Opera 7 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library.

Aug. 29- Sept. 7

Memphis – Delta Fair & Music Festival – Enjoy music by Uncle Kracker, The LACS, Jason D. Williams, and R5 at the Agricenter International.

Aug. 29-30

Waverly – Porch-Reed Festival – The African-American celebration reunion will feature food, games, a gospel music extravaganza and a barbecue competition at the former Porch-Reed school on Hwy. 13 N.

Aug. 30

Jonesborough – Wheels in the Hills – Hear the roar of engines during this inaugural event that includes a motorcycle poker run and car cruise-innoon to 10 p.m. in downtown Jonesborough.

Aug. 30-31

Hurricane Mills – Loretta Lynn’s Labor Day Concert Weekend – Spend a day with hiking, swimming and shopping with a performance by Loretta Saturday night at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch.

Sept. 1

Knoxville – Organist Jelani Eddington – Attend the free organ concert featuring internationally-acclaimed theatre organist Jelani Eddington at the Tennessee Theatre.

Sept. 4

Nashville – Sunset Safari – Make tracks for this after-hours event where wildlife meets nightlife with live music, an open bar, and more 6:30 p.m.at the Nashville Zoo.

Sept. 4-6

Pulaski – Here’s the Beef Festival – Browse arts and crafts, participate in the Taste of the Beef Challenge and more on the square in Pulaski.

Sept. 5

Goodlettsville – Under the Stars Family Campout – Roast hot dogs over an open fire, eat s’mores, play kickball and enjoy an outdoor movie at Moss-Wright Park. Tickets are $30.

Sept. 5-6

Mountain City – 26th annual Mountain Heritage Professional Rodeo – Cowboy and cowgirl fans can join the family-friendly event and cheer on their favorites 8 p.m. at Chamber Park.

Sept. 5-7

Elizabethton – 14th annual East Tennessee Celtic Festival – Live music, dancing, Scottish heavy athletics, and archery are on the schedule at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area.

Sept. 6

Memphis – Games with Grandparents – Celebrate Grandparent’s Month with family games like bingo and checkers. Create a family tree and make a Grandparent’s Day gift, 10 a.m. at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

Nashville – Types of Bugs: Bugs of Type: Letterbugs – Bill Moran’s work features hand-printed images using wood type manufactured in the 20th century on display through Nov. 11 in Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery.

Memphis – Midsummer Night’s Dream – Ballet Memphis will perform this classic filled with fairies, mischief and magic 6:30 p.m. at the Memphis Botanical Garden.


Endless Summer Fun In This Week’s Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Canoe floats, music on small town squares, stargazing and seasonal wines. There’s no end to summer fun. Made in Tennessee. Ongoing Knoxville –  Enjoy  Jazz on the Square , the free, outdoor, weekly concerts performed by Knoxville Jazz Orchestra  8-10 p.m. ET  Tuesdays now through  Aug. 25  in Market Square. Memphis – Summer Seasonal ... (click for more)

Celebrating 100 Years Of The MoonPie In This Week’s Tennessee Tourism Round Up

The Tennessee Department of Tourism announces the following: You can taste it. The chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker treat has delighted taste buds for 100 years. Celebrate at the RC and MoonPie Festival in Bell Buckle. You can hear it. Music filling the Tennessee air from small town squares, on porches and even in caves this summer. It’s all just waiting to be experienced ... (click for more)

County Commission May Amend Resolution Dealing With 501(c)(3)s; Humane Society Says It Won't Comply

The County Commission may amend a resolution it passed that would put a member of the commission on the board of the 501(c)(3)s that receive over 25 percent of their funding from the county. It would also require the agencies to follow county purchasing, travel and expense policies. After the measure was passed 6-3, the county got a letter from the Humane Education Society ... (click for more)

Walker County Taking Out Another Loan To Deal With Debts Left By Bebe Heiskell Administration

Walker County officials said they are having to take out another loan to deal with debts left by the Bebe Heiskell administration. Commissioner Shannon Whitfield has called a special meeting for Thursday at 2 p.m. at the commissioner's office in Lafayette. The agenda includes a $4 million tax anticipation note from Lafayette Bank, which stepped in to help the new administration ... (click for more)

CPS Should Have A Manned 24/7 Presence In Every County

This week something became abundantly clear to me. The Department of Child Protective Services in the state of Tennessee, or at least in Hamilton County, are asleep at the wheel.   Early yesterday afternoon local news stations broke the news: "Animals Removed from Soddy Daisy Home."  What the news station either didn't know, or didn't report, was that the children of ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Heroes Gather On July 14

Oliver North, whose journey as American patriot has not been an easy one, never lost hope. He once admitted he lied to Congress under oath, was found guilty of three felony counts after he followed the direct orders of his superiors, and then endured the wrath of the ignorant before the ACLU – of all sources – had the charges vacated. The former Lt. Colonel in the Marine Corps ... (click for more)