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.


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.

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)

Ghostly Gathering At Historic Rugby Set For Oct. 22 And 29

Historic Rugby’s annual “Ghostly Gathering” celebration will take place on Oct. 22 and 29 (Saturdays) this year at 6 p.m. Eastern. The yearly Halloween-season celebration is a favorite among village visitors, who enjoy a homemade chili dinner with dessert at the Historic Rugby Community Building, followed by a ghost movie, then candle and oil lamp tours of several historic ... (click for more)

Domestic Assault Charge Dismissed Against Bobby Stone In Case Involving Mayor's Top Advisor; Stone Says Berke Had Inappropriate Relationship With His Wife; Says Berke And Fletcher Conspired To Arrest Him; Lacie Stone Says Charges Completely False

A charge of domestic assault was dismissed Friday morning against Bobby Stone in a case involving a top advisor to Mayor Andy Berke.  Afterward, Mr. Stone told reporters that the mayor had an inappropriate relationship with his wife, Lacie Stone. He also charged that Mayor Berke and Police Chief Fred Fletcher conspired to arrest him. Mr. Stone is expected to file ... (click for more)

Firefighters Respond To Residential Fires Friday Night, Early Saturday Morning

Chattanooga firefighters responded to two fires Friday night and early Saturday morning. The first fire occurred around 11 p.m. Friday and was located at 7128 Lea Road. The fire reportedly started in the kitchen, but was spreading rapidly. The Chattanooga Fire Department initially responded with four fire companies.  Captain Andre Dean with Quint 21 said ... (click for more)

Bobby Stone, Is It Really A Win? - And Response

It brought a smile to my face this morning when I saw where the case was thrown out of court against Mr. Stone and the domestic violence charge.  I have supported his cause from the beginning, but I do feel heartbreak because his personal life had to be tossed out there for all of us to see.   I truly hope and pray things turn around for him and his wife, while I feel ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Kelly Could Win It

I am neither a sleuth nor an odds maker but I’d say there is about a one-in-three chance that Interim Hamilton County Department of Education Superintendent Kirk Kelly could become the permanent superintendent of our public schools next Thursday. I am assured something squirrelly is happening on our newly-seated school board. It has been seven months since the last superintendent ... (click for more)