Tennessee Tourism Round Up For Feb. 20-March 11

Saturday, February 20, 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.

Ongoing

Knoxville – Have a Jazz Jam with Vance Thompson, Jamel Mitchell, Keith Brown, Clint Mullican and Nolan Nevels, or just enjoy the music 4-6 p.m. ET at the Black Box of The Emporium Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Nashville – Walk through Steve Tobin’s Southern Roots exhibition both indoors through May 29 and outdoors through Sept.
4 at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art.

Union City – From the skeletal system to the vital organs, see how the body functions during the exhibition Bodies Revealed on display through May 1 at Discovery Park of America.

Feb. 20

Gatlinburg – The inaugural King/Queen of the Mountain competition features technical skiing and freestyle creativity 10 a.m. ET at Ober Gatlinburg.

Memphis – STOMP continues its run of four global productions, making a stop in Memphis 2 p.m. CT and 8 p.m. CT at The Orpheum Theatre.

Oak Ridge – The Oak Ridge String Quartet provides a romantic program 7:30 p.m. ET at the Pollard Auditorium. Tickets are $25.

Feb. 22

Jonesborough – Celebrate Black History Month with A Night with the Yarn Exchange 7 p.m. ET at the International Storytelling Center.

Feb. 25

Nashville – Enjoy music by Stone Soup, a funk, blues, jazz and soul band, 6-8 p.m. CT in the Frist Center Café at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Feb. 25-27

Nashville – Reminisce with The Music of the Eagles with the Nashville Symphony under the conduction of Martin Herman at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Feb. 26

Jackson – Enjoy music from Jupiter Stone, Beyond Blame, The Skeleton Krew, Water the Buffalo, The Go-To’s, and The Surreals 6-10 p.m. CT at the New Southern Lobby. Tickets are $5.

Feb. 26-27

Jackson – Catch a performance of Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man Jr. 1 p.m. CT and 7 p.m. CT  Friday and Saturday at The Ned R. McWherter West TN Cultural Center.

Feb. 27

New Johnsonville – The Tennessee Environmental Council contributes to Tennessee’s scenic beauty by planting 50,000 trees and invites the general public to participate in the 50KTree Day Distribution 8-10 a.m. CT at Johnsonville State Historic Park Welcome Center.

Feb. 27-28

Jackson – Tameka “Big Baby” Goodman and R&B recording artist “JL” bring An Evening of Soul 8 p.m. CT to Miss Ollie’s.

Feb. 29

Maryville – Join Paul Threadgill, biology professor at Maryville College, for the Southern Appalachia Speaker Series: The Natural History of Southern Appalachia 7 p.m. ET at the Blount County Public Library.

Shiloh – Get insight on the construction of Shiloh and how those contributions supported the U.S. during the Great Depression at The Civilian Conservation Corps at Shiloh presentation 2 p.m. CT in the Visitor Center auditorium at Shiloh National Military Park.

March 4

Nashville – Enjoy a performance of Strauss’ Don Quixote and Brahms’ Third Symphony 8 p.m. CT at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

March 5

Athens – The annual Arts Gala includes a silent auction, cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and live music 6:30 p.m. ET at The Arts Center in downtown Athens, Tennessee. Tickets are $75.

Murfreesboro – Door prizes, light refreshments and an afternoon send-off of the bride and groom with champagne surround the 5th Anniversary of Wedding Dresses Through the Decades 3-5 p.m. CT at Oaklands Mansion.

Nashville – The Art of Special Effects Makeup, an interactive makeup workshop featuring renowned artists from film and television takes place 1-5 p.m. CT in the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater.

March 10

Maryville – A special performance by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Quartet takes place during KSO Musical Story Time 10:30 a.m. CT in the Main Gallery of the Blount County Public Library.

March 11-April 16

Crossville – Check out Larry Shue’s hilarious play, The Nerd on stage at The Cumberland County Playhouse.

Tennessee Aquarium Leaping Into World Lemur Day On Oct. 20 With Special Programs, Activities

Never mind their captivating charisma and seemingly endless abundance of energy, being a lemur is a pretty tough gig.   Thanks to a host of ecological challenges in their native Madagascar, all of the more than 100 species of these acrobatic animals are endangered to one degree or another. As a group, they are the world’s most-imperiled class of mammal.   ... (click for more)

Parades, Planes, Playgrounds, And More At The 2018 Wings Over North Georgia Air Show

The seventh annual  Wings Over North Georgia Air Show  is guaranteed to have something for everyone. Air show performances will include 70-year old warbirds, a fifth-generation fighter jet, skydivers, jet cars, world-renowned aerobatic performers, and a 45-minute reenactment of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The air show will be Oct. 13-14, in Rome, Ga. ... (click for more)

Charles Pipkens Arrested In Series Of Violent Home Invasions

Chattanooga Police have arrested Charles Dijon Pipkens as one of the suspects in a series of violent home invasions. Pipkens, 27, of 434 N. Hickory St., is charged with two counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, unlawfully carrying a weapon, use of a weapon during the commission of a felony, and criminal impersonation. Police ... (click for more)

County Schools To Push Forward With Equity Effort; Magnet Schools To Get More Diversity With Lottery Change

The county schools will push forward with an equity effort that appeared to have been paused after board members Rhonda Thurman and Joe Smith in May said  they rejected the idea that county schools need to “racially and economically integrate.” An equity task force did not meet for several months and the schools did not move forward on hiring an outside consultant to help ... (click for more)

Drink Up, Chattanooga

I attended the meeting to discuss the placement of the sewage treatment plant at the Cambridge Center in Ooltewah today. My problem with the meeting (aka) dog and pony show, is that the meeting started out with the agenda of the Ooltewah Community Council.  After living in this area for 45+ years I have never heard of this group.  I would like for someone to answer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Lee In A Landslide

The first time I met Bill Lee, the guy who is triggering a huge turnout of Tennessee voters across the state, I instantly liked him, admired him, and must have told a dozen friends that day we have the most exciting guy going to the Governor’s Mansion we’ve ever had. The best reason is because Bill Lee is real. His opponent, Karl Dean, is a Democrat and a longtime politician. Go ... (click for more)