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.

New Art Gallery Opening In Historic Rugby

A new art gallery is open in the historic Board of Aid to Land Ownership in Historic Rugby. “The Gallery At Rugby,” a new venture by artist and longtime area resident Freeman Davenport, opened on June 1. It features works from area artists for sale, and on display in monthly themed shows. Ms. Davenport has for years offered instruction to other artists through workshops ... (click for more)

Hot Rod Power Tour 2018 Rolls Into Chattanooga On Sunday

The 24th annual Hot Rod Power Tour rolls through the heartland of hot rod culture. It is more than just a traveling car show – it is the largest hot rod road trip in the world. The seven-day, seven-city, 1,300-mile journey is expected to bring together more than 6,000 vehicles and 100,000-plus spectators,  June 9-15 . The tour kicks off in Bowling Green, Ky., then heads ... (click for more)

Former County Mayor, Deputy Governor Claude Ramsey Dies

Former County Mayor and Deputy Governor Claude Ramsey has died after a recent illness. Mr. Ramsey held a number of top government posts after leaving his strawberry farm at Harrison and going into politics. He was a major factor in the development of the Enterprise South Industrial Park and landing Volkswagen as its main tenant. He served in the state legislature and was ... (click for more)

Gerald McCormick Pulls Out Of House Race After Move To Nashville; Greg Martin, Tony Sanders, Robin Smith Eye Post

Former House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick has decided to pull out of the House District 26 race and take a position with an engineering firm in Nashville. Among the top contenders considering the post are County Commissioner Greg Martin, former county Republican Party Chairman Tony Sanders and former state GOP Chairman Robin Smith.  Rep. McCormick's wife, Kim, ... (click for more)

Will Chattanooga Miss Another Reinvestment Opportunity?

In April, First Tennessee Bank and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition announced an agreement on a $3.9 billion reinvestment plan for economic development in low to moderate income communities under the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act. The Chattanooga Times Free Press soon followed with an article reviewing the plan in depth. The plan presented Chattanooga, as well as ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Are We Like Nazis?

Four years after William Styron’s best-seller ‘Sophie’s Choice,’ had achieved the highest height of an atrocity that the literary world had known at the time, a little girl who was birthed the same year as the book (1979) was cast as Meryl Streep’s daughter in the movie. The four-year-old blonde knew nothing about evil, not to mention the Holocaust, but she became enamored with ... (click for more)