Tennessee Tourism Round Up: A Made In Tennessee Playlist

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 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.


Chattanooga –Narrated by Academy Award winner Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure 3Dtakes viewers on a journey through untamed wilderness in the U.S. at Tennessee Aquarium & IMAX 3D Theater.

Memphis –Receive 10 percent off one item, 15 percent off two items, 20 percent off three items, and 25 percent off four items during the Sweet Deal of February at Antiquarian Books, Maps, Prints & Globes.

Nashville –The romantic comedy Funny Valentines plays through March 13 at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre.

Parkers Crossroads –Walk through the photo exhibit Tennessee’s Fallen on display through Feb. 21at the Parkers Crossroads Visitor Center.

Feb. 12, 20

Shiloh –Hear the story of a man, born a slave in Kentucky, who witnessed the Battle of Shiloh, became a soldier and received the Congressional Medal of Honor during From Slave to Soldier: The Life of Andrew Jackson Smith 2 p.m. CT on the Visitor Center front lawn at Shiloh National Military Park.

Feb. 12-21

Statewide – ’16 Spring Fishing Classic, the world’s greatest fishing show and sale, comes to Bass Pro Shops acrossTennessee with seminars,rod and reel trade-ins, anda chance to win a fishing trip.

Feb. 13

Gatlinburg – Chris Steele, professional sword swallower, attempts to set a new Guinness World Record by swallowing five swords underwater 3 p.m. ET in the Coral Reef Tank at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

Feb. 14

Rugby –Enjoy a formal Valentine’s Day Tea with fine teas, scones, red pepper soup, sandwiches and desserts3 p.m. ET in the Newbury House.

Feb. 18-20

Nashville – Pictures at an Exhibition with the Nashville Symphony takes a tour of artwork by Ravel’s friend Victor Hartmann, bringing the pieces to life at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Feb. 18-28

Athens – Rodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! is the ultimate love story in the Sue. E. Trotter Theater at The Arts Center.

Feb. 20

Jackson –See Cole Swindell in concert 7:30 p.m. CT at the Carl Perkins Civic Center.

Knoxville –Enjoy toe-tapping music from Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn at the Bijou Theater.

Nashville –See the structures of Steve Tobin, Southern Roots on display indoors throughMay 29and outdoors through Sept. 4 at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art.

Union City –Hear a performance of The Roots of Rhythm by the UT Martin Percussion Ensemble 11:30 a.m. CT and 1 p.m. CT in the Reelfoot Room of Discovery Park of America.

Feb. 26

Knoxville –The Knoxville Opera performs Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel 7:30 p.m. ET at The Tennessee Theatre.

2018 Wings Over North Georgia Air Show To Showcase Elite Aerobatic Performers

Airshow legends Michael Goulian, Patty Wagstaff and Buck Roetman headline a field of the nation’s top aerobatic performers set to thrill audiences in the skies over Northwest Georgia Oct.13-14 during the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show.  Few air shows offer as much record and award-winning talent on the same stage.   Review of the airshow: Millions of airshow ... (click for more)

Rome, Ga., Has Inaugural Hot Air Balloon Festival

Rome, Ga., held its inaugural hot air balloon festival over the weekend at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport. There were over 20 balloons present.   Over 70 vendors were present, ranging from food to Italian ice to crafts.   Tethered balloon rides were offered and a moon glow even topped off the evening. . (click for more)

Karen Saxton, 64, Killed In Crash On Highway 58 Saturday Afternoon

One person was killed in a crash on Highway 58 on Saturday afternoon. The victim was identified as Karen Saxton, 64. Chattanooga Police responded at 5:15 p.m. to the wreck in the 5900 block of Highway 58.  Upon arrival officers located a vehicle driven by 21-year-old Allen Dickerson in the northbound lane and the Saxton vehicle in the southbound lane. Police said ... (click for more)

Juvenile Shot On East 14th Street On Friday

A juvenile was shot Friday evening on East 14th Street. The Chattanooga Police Department responded at 6:45 p.m. to a person shot in the 2000 block of East 14th Street. Upon arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Hamilton County EMS responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital. Members of the Violent ... (click for more)

Arming Teachers With Guns Will Be Too Dangerous - And Response (4)

Arming teachers with guns in the classroom, as Bill Lee proposes, would be the single most dangerous thing to happen to students in Tennessee history. Students and teachers in close proximity to loaded firearms daily? Across this state, in middle schools alone, there are probably hundreds of student/teacher conflicts a day. What if a student got hold of gun in a struggle with ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: It’s So Sad For Me

I cannot remember a time in my life when I have been as saddened by such a travesty that has now erupted in the confirmation process that would place Brett Kavanaugh on our Supreme Court. I am sad for every single person who has been touched by this catastrophe, from 85-year-old Dianne Feinstein to Brett’s wife and two young daughters, ages 13 and 10. Not a person, in any way involved, ... (click for more)