Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Summer Art

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Tennessee’s upcoming tourism news is consolidated for your convenience below. For a complete list of Tennessee events, visit tnvacation.com/calendar.


Johnson City- – Dig Days – The public is invited to help the paleontologists dig on-site through Sept.

27 at the East Tennessee State University and General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site.

Nashville- – Cosmic Concert series – Music from Led Zepplin, U2, Black Eyed Peas, and more will be played to digital effects and lasers everySaturday night through August at the Sudekum Planetarium’s Judith Payne Turner Theatre at Adventure Science Center.

Aug. 8

Memphis- – Chinese Symbol in Art – This exhibit features a variety of subjects that played a meaningful role in the lives of the Chinese both in art and everyday life at The Belz Museum.

Aug. 8-9

Savannah- – Darryl Worley’s Tennessee River Run: Bow Ties and Country Skies – Songwriters, dinner, performances and auction items are included in the festivities 6:30 p.m. at White Pillars – 620 College St.

Jackson- – The Cadillac Band – The Swedish music group will perform rock-a-billy hits 8 p.m. at the Oman Arena.

Aug. 9

Spring City- – Jason Thomas and the Mean-eyed Cats – Enjoy a tribute to Johnny Cash as his entire career is covered through song 7:30 p.m.at the Tennessee Valley Theatre.

Brownsville- – Concert on the Porch – Hear music from singer/songwriter Ken Mallard followed by Wildwood Express 7 p.m. at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center.

Aug. 10

Chattanooga- – FiveStar Food Fight – Local chefs will compete live in front of a panel of judges 11:30 a.m. at the Chattanooga Market.

Aug. 11-15

Townsend- – Baseball – Make a baseball card, learn about legends of the game, meet the Tennessee Smokies mascot, Slugger, and more 10 a.m. at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

Aug. 15

Nashville- – Highballs & Hydrangeas – Gardens, music, and cocktails will be featured 7 p.m. at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art.

Oak Ridge- – Hero Night – Get ready for a heroic night of family-friendly entertainment and movies at Oak Ridge After Dark summer series 7 p.m.at A.K. Bissell Park.

Aug. 15-16

McKenzie- – Southern Fried Food and Sweet Tea Festival – Sample Southern fried foods and wash it all down with the best sweet iced tea at the Veterans Memorial Park in downtown McKenzie.

Aug. 16-17

Halls- – Wings Over Halls Air Show – Former WWII aircraft will be on display with a helicopter performance and rides at The Veterans Museum.

Rugby- – Basket-making classes – Learn simple weaving, techniques for wooden-based bowl baskets and more 10 a.m. EST at Historic Rugby.

Aug. 17

Nashville- – Free Wessyngton Plantation Film Screening & Tour – See the documentary that follows the lives of the Washington families from the years of slavery to freedom after the Civil War 2 p.m. at the Tennessee State Museum.

Aug. 20

Memphis- – Crosby, Stills, and Nash – David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash will perform songs from their extensive catalogues 7:30 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre.

Aug. 21

Nashville- – Wild Impressions – The after-hours fundraiser offers masterpieces from animals 6:30 p.m. at the Nashville Zoo. Proceeds go to support lemur conservation.

Aug. 22

Nashville- – The Art of Beer –Learn about classic cartoons and altered states while Yazoo, Jackalope, and Turtle Anarchy breweries talk about their artistic process with beer 6-7:30 p.m. at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts’ Auditorium.


Tennessee Aquarium’s Family-Friendly AquaScarium IX Is Oct. 28

The Tennessee Aquarium’s annual family-friendly Halloween party, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 28, will take on a “monstrous” theme in honor of the newly opened Monster Fish exhibit. Both Aquarium buildings and River Place (The building where Monster Fish is located.) will be packed with spooky — but not too spooky — fun for “bouys” and “ghouls” during this year’s celebration.  ... (click for more)

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)

Howard Simmons, 47, Shot And Killed In St. Elmo Monday Morning; Police Interview Person Of Interest

Howard Simmons, 47, was shot and killed in St. Elmo Monday morning. Police said they had interviewed a person of interest in the slaying. Chattanooga Police at 8:30 a.m. responded to a person shot at the 5000 block of Florida Ave. Upon police arrival the victim, Simmons, had already succumbed to his injuries. Ms. Simmons suffered at least one gunshot wound. At this time ... (click for more)

Erlanger To Open Cancer Center On Gunbarrel Road At East Campus

Work is set to begin soon on construction of a new Cancer Center by Erlanger Health System at its Gunbarrel Road East Campus. Erlanger is joining with a development firm, Chatt East 3 LLC of Alabama, on the four-story project located just south of Women's East Hospital on a wooded five-acre tract. Erlanger will be leasing the bottom three floors at a rate of $16.05 per square ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Testerman Forum

I badly misjudged how long it would take me to do my “early voting.” I was in-and-out in no time so I got to the Hamilton County School Board’s agenda meeting well enough beforehand to have an “educational forum” with board member David Testerman. If you haven’t noticed, forums and summits and “community enlightenment” groups are the new rage and, as my friend David laughed, “They ... (click for more)