AAA Opens Travel Contest For 8th Graders

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Starting Tuesday, Tennessee eighth graders can enter to win the trip of a lifetime. Sixty students will win free round trip airfare to Amsterdam, travel insurance, money for passports, and a seven-night river cruise - including all meals and excursions - through the Netherlands and Belgium.

A total of 60 students in select states will be chosen to go on what AAA calls the “Discovery Crew” cruise. From now thru September 21, 2018; students can enter for a chance to win at AAA.com/DiscoveryCrew.

“Many young students dream of taking a trip like this,” said Deborah Haas, Vice President, Travel Products and Services, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “AAA is excited to team with our travel partners AmaWaterways and Allianz in making this trip a reality for enthusiastic young travelers. The knowledge these students gain will help shape their future, while building new relationships and memories that will last a life time.”

To be eligible, students must be:

  • Entering the 8th grade in good standing

  • At least 13 years old

  • Reside in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, or select areas of Illinois, Indiana, or Minnesota.

  • Students can confirm eligibility when visiting AAA.com/DiscoveryCrew.

Winners will be selected based on:

  • A creative selfie, showcasing their love for travel

  • Their answers to three essay questions:

    1. Why do you want to go on this trip?

    2. How do rivers affect the communities through which they run?

    3. During the trip, you’ll meet many people. In what ways do you expect the people you meet to be similar to and different from yourself and your friends and family?

Winners will be notified beginning in October. Winning students will bring one parent or legal guardian to serve as a chaperone. Each pair will share a stateroom while sailing on AmaWaterways’ “AmaDante” river cruise ship, from March 28 – April 4, 2019.

 “This is an unbelievable opportunity for students,” Haas continued. “We encourage any and all eighth graders who have a passion for learning about other destinations and cultures to enter this contest.”

Contest Rules

 No purchase necessary. Legal residents of specific zip codes served by The Auto Club Group within the United States who are at least 13 years old and who are 8th grade students in good standing at their school at the time of entry. Void where prohibited. Contest ends 9/21/18. For official rules, prize descriptions, and eligible zip codes, visit AAA.com/DiscoveryCrew. Sponsors: The Auto Club Group, 1 Auto Club Drive, Dearborn, MI 48126. AmaWaterways, 26010 Mureau Road, Calabasas, CA 91302. Allianz Global Assistance (a brand of AGA Service Company), 9950 Mayland Drive, Richmond, VA 23233.




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)

Blowing Springs Farm Opens Sept. 28

Blowing Springs Farm opens Sept. 28 with an all-new corn maze design and new supersized board games, like jumbo checkers and giant dice. The award-winning event’s 17th season is happening every Friday - Sunday through Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.    Adults and kids alike can enjoy classic fall festival activities such as a pumpkin market, hayrides, duck races, pedal ... (click for more)

10-Term Congresswoman Marilyn Lloyd Dies

Marilyn Lloyd, who represented the Third District in Congress for 10 terms, has died at the age of 89. Ms. Lloyd got into politics after her husband, TV anchor Mort Lloyd, was killed in a plane crash in 1974. Mort Lloyd had won the Democratic primary to oppose Rep. Lamar Baker. The party chose her to go on the ballot in his place, and she defeated Congressman Baker. She was ... (click for more)

Soddy Daisy Couple Robbed Of Over $56,000 In Items; Believe Facebook Post May Have Tipped Off Thieves

A Soddy Daisy couple reported a theft at their residence netted thieves over $56,000 in items. The couple said the thieves may have picked their residence because they posted on Facebook that they were vacationing in Gatlinburg. Michael Lee Leming, 42, has been arrested in the case. However, only $10,600 of the stolen items were recovered. Leming is from Dunlap, but was ... (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: Dumb Ain’t A Crime

As half of America wonders how a Texas school superintendent still has a job, the other half of the country now understands that being dumb is no crime. Minutes after the Houston Texans dropped a ugly 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, an upset educator – obviously with a full head of steam -- pounded this sentence out on his Facebook page: “That may have been the most ... (click for more)