Experience Something New This Spring Break, Made In Tennessee

Friday, February 26, 2016 - by Amanda Stravinsky
Lightning Rod, Dollywood, Pigeon Forge
Lightning Rod, Dollywood, Pigeon Forge

Tennessee is expanding and enhancing its attractions, while paying homage to those long-withstanding entities that have proven the Made in Tennessee spirit can’t be copied, only experienced. Discover what’s new for Spring Break in Tennessee.

In 1929 and 1930, there was a collection of recordings created known as the Knoxville Sessions. Today, they have been re-mastered and released, and Knoxville is celebrating its lost musical history with the inaugural 

com/" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">Knoxville STOMP: Festival of Lost Music May 5-8. Dom Flemons headlines the wealth of performers that include the ETSU Old Time Pride Band, John Myers Band, Knox County Jug Stompers and more.

Lightning Rod, the world’s fastest and first launching wooden roller coaster opens March 18. The $22 million ride is the largest attraction investment in the park’s history. Themed after a 1950s-era hot rod, Lightning Rod launches riders from zero to 45 mph to a point 20 stories high, reaching a top speed of 73 mph.

The Nashville Zoo is under an ongoing expansion with Phase I of the project, which includes a Spider Monkey exhibit, Andean Bear exhibit, Tiger exhibit, and a new Veterinary Center, to be completed by 2017. This spring, visitors can experience the new Entry Village which has a larger ticket booth, gift shop, security, restrooms stroller rental facility and more. See the two new male white rhinoceros from a Florida animal reserve make their home in the Rhino Exhibit as well.

Make a toast to Jack Daniel’s 150th Anniversary, America’s oldest registered distiller and the best-selling whiskey in the world. The anniversary is celebrated throughout the year and around the world. Stop in for a tour, a tasting and learn the history of this world-class attraction. The distillery is also going under a $140 million expansion which includes two new barrelhouses, and a modification on the bottling factory, expanding the bottling and shipping capabilities.

The Beale Street Music Festival takes place April 29-May 1 at Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis. The festival commemorates 40 years in 2016, part of the annual Memphis in May month-long celebration. Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Beck, Meghan Trainor, Paul Simon, Jason Derulo, Yo Gotti, Panic! At the Disco, Moon Taxi, and Bastille are just some of the more than 60 artists scheduled to perform.

Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, one of the largest urban parks in America, is undergoing renovations throughout 2016. This spring, enjoy the new hiking and biking trails, native trees lining Farm Road, new buffalo location and pasture. Other updates throughout the year include a new restaurant, The Kitchen, LEED-certified First Tennessee Foundation Visitor Center, event stage, expanded Patriot Lake and more.

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)

Man Fires At Woman Stealing His Car At Broad Street Raceway; Both End Up In Jail

A man had his car stolen at the Raceway on South Broad Street on Sunday night and both he and the car thief wound up in jail.   Police said they charged Donald Kenyatta Domino, 23, of 747 E. Henderson Dr., with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment when he came out of the store and started shooting at the driver as she sped off in his car. Denise Farmer, 35, ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Police Investigating Shooting That Victim Says Happened A Week Ago

Chattanooga Police responded to a local hospital on Friday evening after a person arrived with a gunshot wound.   The injured man told police he was shot on Thursday, Oct. 11. He said he was shot while on the dance floor of a club somewhere along Brainerd Road.   If you have any information about the incident, call Chattanooga Police at 423-698-2525. You ... (click for more)

Rhonda Thurman Was On Target On The Magnet Schools

I can remember Rhonda Thurman telling the other members of the School Board that she would love to go to Las Vegas with certain parents that won the right to go to a Magnet School because they beat all odds.  She also called Magnet Schools"Private Schools" long before anyone else did.  It is truly amazing what some people won't or don't hear.  I hope some ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Who Do You Trust?

About this time last month a 25-year-old kid with a fresh degree in “public policy” left me a phone call hoping to get my views. Joda Thongnopnua is the Democratic candidate for the State House in District 30 and he is like a load of other erstwhile politicians in my experience who I’ve never heard of but “really want to meet me” … this with less than a month before they “really” ... (click for more)