Music concerts kick off in Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge, Tenn. — The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association — home of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Chamber Music Series — is Celebrating Our Past, Enriching Our Future during its 2019–2020 75th anniversary season. Subscriptions are available now, with prices starting at $30 for a Young Adult Chamber Music Series subscription. Youth 18 & Under attend all subscription concerts free through the Penny4Arts initiative and advertiser support. Visit for repertoire and concert information, and call 865-483-5569 for more information and to purchase. Individual tickets are available online at or at the door.


La Asociación Cívica de Música de Oak Ridge, sede de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Oak Ridge, el coro y la serie de música de cámara, están “Celebrando nuestro pasado, Enriqueciendo nuestro futuro” durante su temporada de su 75 aniversario. Las suscripciones están disponibles ahora, con precios que comienzan en $ 30 para una suscripción de la Serie de Música de Cámara para Jóvenes Adultos. Los Jóvenes de 18 años y menores asisten a todos los conciertos de forma gratuita a través de la iniciativa Penny4Arts y el apoyo de los anunciantes. Visite para obtener información sobre el repertorio y el concierto, y llame al 865-483-5569 para obtener más información y para comprar su entrada. Los boletos individuales están disponibles en línea en o en la puerta.



Safest Cities in Tennessee Released Ranking of the Safest Cities in America, by State

Nashville, Tenn. has published its annual report on the safest cities in each U.S. state for 2019. At a time when fear and uncertainty course through the country, the Safest Cities report aims to shift the discussion towards commemorating the cities that have been relentless in their pursuit of day-to-day safety for their citizens.

Tennessee’s top five safest cities are:

  1. Germantown
  2. Collierville
  3. Brentwood
  4. Collegedale
  5. Soddy-Daisy

The Safest Cities report was compiled using a statistical calculation of every city’s latest violent crime rate, property crime rate, and number of law enforcement officers employed. A total of 2,929 cities were analyzed in the report, filtering out any cities with populations of under 10,000. Furthermore, all crime rates were analyzed on a per-capita basis (i.e., per 1,000 inhabitants). Lastly, the data used in this report is a combination of information found in the FBI’s UCR program, as well as corresponding Census data.

See the full report here:


Nashville, Tenn. ha publicado su informe anual sobre las ciudades más seguras en cada estado de EE. UU. para el año 2019. En un momento en que el miedo y la incertidumbre avanzan por todo el país, el informe de las ciudades más seguras tiene como objetivo cambiar la discusión hacia la conmemoración de las ciudades que han sido implacables en su búsqueda de la seguridad cotidiana de sus ciudadanos.

Las cinco ciudades más seguras de Tennessee son:

El informe de Ciudades más seguras se compiló utilizando un cálculo estadístico de la última tasa de delitos violentos de cada ciudad, la tasa de delitos contra la propiedad y el número de agentes de la ley empleados. En el informe se analizaron un total de 2,929 ciudades, filtrando cualquier ciudad con poblaciones de menos de 10,000. Además, todas las tasas de delincuencia se analizaron per cápita (es decir, por cada 1000 habitantes). Por último, los datos utilizados en este informe son una combinación de información que se encuentra en el programa UCR de FBI, así como los datos correspondientes de la oficina del censo.


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Panther Creek State Park 50-site campground re-opens on June 30


Tennessee State Parks celebrated the grand re-opening of the Panther Creek State Park 50-site campground on June 30 with state and local officials.

The campground received upgrades to 50 amp electrical service, site improvements and new bathhouses. Wi-Fi will be installed at the park in the near future.

 The 1,435-acre park is located on the Cherokee Reservoir in the historic Holston River Valley near Morristown. Panther Creek offers 17 different hiking trails covering more than 30 miles of terrain, at all levels of difficulty. Hikers can enjoy magnificent views of Cherokee Lake and the Cumberland Mountains from Point Lookout Trail reaching 1,460 feet above sea level. There are also more than 15 miles of mountain biking trails that range from easy to difficult. Panther Creek also offers seven miles of horseback riding trails. Cherokee Lake provides year-round catches of bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish, rock fish and bream. For more information, visit

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Aereolínea FRONTIER viene a Tennessee

La Aerolinea de bajo costo Frontier Airlines empezará abriendo Memphis como un nuevo punto de embarque en marzo de 2014. La primera fecha disponible en la página web de la aerolínea es el 7 de marzo. Se venderán pasajes ida y vuelta Memphis, TN – Denver, CO
La aerolínea ofrecerá cuatro vuelos semanales sin escalas a Denver que es sede mundial de la empresa. Frontier sirve a 57 ciudades sin parar.



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Nueva Compañía de Venta de Boletos de Avión y Bus

Los latinos de Tennessee proximamente contarán con los servicios altamente calificados de la compañía LATIN TOURS que viene con muchas ganas de servir las necesidades de los viajeros de Tennessee.

“Estamos expandiendo nuestros servicos hacia Tennessee y Georgia”, dice Oscar Mauricio Gamero, propietario de Latin Tours. ” Esperamos brindar el servivio que los latinos se merecen al comprar sus boletos de avión, bus o cuando hacen planes de vacaciones”, concluye Gamero.


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Reece Museum to reopen in April

 JOHNSON CITY – Closed for repairs since 2011, East Tennessee State University’s Reece Museum will reopen next month with a renewed appearance and a renewed focus on regional art, history, culture and research.

 The building, which housed ETSU’s library in the 1920s, has undergone an extensive two-year, $1.7 million renovation, including a new HVAC system that will allow the Reece to control the environment inside the building, which is important in preserving museum artifacts.  Additional improvements include an electrical system upgrade, a new security system, energy-efficient windows that block ultraviolet light, an elevator, and Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant restroom facilities.

 According to Theresa Hammons, Reece Museum director, the museum’s offices and collections were moved to ETSU’s Valleybrook Campus in Sullivan County for safekeeping during the renovation.  While there, Reece staff focused on updating the museum’s database, organizing education outreach, and planning new exhibits.

 The Reece Museum collection contains over 20,000 artifacts, including 19th century farming equipment, quilts, musical instruments and clothing from the early days of Johnson City.  It also boasts a sizable art collection, including works from regional artists and such masters as Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.

 The museum will reopen to the public on Tuesday, April 23, with four exhibits.  “Vanishing Appalachia” uses photographs to examine fading aspects of Appalachian culture.  “We Shall Not Be Moved,” a traveling exhibition from the Tennessee State Museum, examines the civil rights sit-in movement as it unfolded across Tennessee.  Local artist Bill Bledsoe will exhibit 12 new paintings of the ETSU campus commissioned by the university, and the “Country Music in the Tri-Cities” exhibit will reopen with new artifacts and information on music from ballads to bluegrass.

 A special reopening celebration will be held at the Reece Museum on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  The free public event will feature Katie Doman singing ballads at 11 a.m. and storytelling by Leon Overbay at 1 p.m.

 The Reece Museum will have new hours upon reopening – Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursdays from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Groups interested in visiting the museum should call ahead to make reservations for a tour.

 During the week, visitors may request a pass from museum staff to park in the three spaces directly in front of the museum.  On Saturdays, visitors may park in any available space without a pass.

 Admission to the Reece Museum is always free, but donations are encouraged to help fund educational activities, outreach and temporary exhibits.  The museum is also seeking volunteers for a wide variety of activities relating to research and the collection.

 For more information, tour reservations, or special assistance for those with disabilities, call the Reece Museum at (423) 439-4392. 

Bluegrass Album Band Reunites For FREE Concert Saturday, May 18, 2013 In Sevierville, TN

Sevierville, Tenn. – January 9, 2013 – Iconic bluegrass supergroup Bluegrass Album Band will reunite in Sevierville, Tenn. for a free concert on Saturday, May 18, 2013 during the city’s ninth annual Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass festival (May 17-18, 2013). This will be a rare opportunity to see the group perform together, as their last LIVE performance occurred nearly 30 years ago.  The Bluegrass Album Band will have only performed one other concert earlier in 2013 prior to their Sevierville show.

All original group members including Doyle Lawson, Tony Rice, JD Crowe, Bobby Hicks, and Todd Phillips will be onstage together and will also be joined by Grammy nominated vocalist Rickey Wasson, who will perform Tony Rice’s vocals for this performance. From the original Bluegrass Album Band recording Rounder Records 0140, they went on to create a total of six volumes of historical recordings in a five year period.

“Sevierville is proud to present Bluegrass Album Band at this year’s Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass festival,” says Sevierville Chamber of Commerce marketing director Amanda Marr. “We strive to bring the best music to those who visit our festival and this rare performance will be one all bluegrass fans will want to see.”

The two day Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass festival has no admission fee and will feature free concerts, including the Bluegrass Album Band performance. Guests can also enjoy performances from Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Mountain Ruckus, Rickey Wasson & American Drive and more.

Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass is the current Southeast Tourism Society Festival of the Year.

Sevierville’s ninth annual Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass festival will take place May 17-18, 2013 in historic downtown Sevierville. This family-friendly event will once again bring barbeque cook teams from all over the United States to Sevierville to compete for $17,500 in cash and prizes and the title of Tennessee State Champion in the Bush’s Best TN State Championship Cook Off. Rounding out the event is toe-tapping bluegrass music, incredible arts and crafts, kids’ games and the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition honoring Sevierville’s favorite hometown girl, Dolly Parton.

For more information on Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass as well as travel deals and lodging packages, visit or call 1-888-889-7415.Image

Estado de Emergencia en Tennessee

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(Nashville, TN) El Estado de Tennessee ha declarado estado de emergencia, desde las 4 pm del dia 15 de enero, debido a la lluvia helada y condiciones de hielo en el Oeste y Centro de Tennessee . También existe la posibilidad de graves inundaciones en el Este de Tennessee debido a las incesantes lluvias.
The State of Tennessee has declared a State of Emergency, as of 4 p.m due to freezing rain and icy conditions in West and Middle Tennessee. There is also the possibility of severe flooding in East Tennessee from continuous rainfall.


CHICAGO – Hoy, Obama for America anunció que el Presidente Obama hará un recorrido de dos días por Colorado. El miércoles, 8 de agosto, el presidente viajará a Denver y Grand Junction para asistir a eventos de campaña y el jueves, 9 de agosto, viajará a Pueblo y Colorado Springs para asistir a eventos de campaña.

Gana una entrada para dos, es gratis!

UD. podria recibir una entrada gratuita para Ud y un acompanante y visitar sin costo uno de los siguientes museos en Tennessee: (Usted necesita una direccion de correos electronico y llenar un formulario. Para llenar el formulario visite la pagina de interenet del Museo Smithsoniano apretando sobre la palabra ‘visite’)

  American Museum of Science and Energy

 Oak Ridge

 Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art


 Buford Pusser Home and Museum


 Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum


 Crockett Tavern Museum


 Dixon Gallery and Gardens


 Ducktown Basin Museum


 Frist Center for the Visual Arts


 Museum of Biblical History


 National Ornamental Metal Museum


 Tennessee State Museum


 The Houston Museum of Decorative Arts


 West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center


 White County Heritage Museum



Nashville, Tennessee — Metro Parks is asking for your help in finding the perfect tree to serve as the centerpiece for the city’s holiday season.


Metro Parks’ Horticulturalist Randall Lantz said the city is looking for a “30 to 40-foot Norway Spruce that looks good from all angles.  We would very much like to have a tree that has grown too big for its current location. It’s out there.  We just haven’t found it yet.”


Lantz went on to say the Parks’ Department would gladly cut down the tree, remove the stump, and plant a replacement tree if desired.  If you have a tree that meets the criteria, call Randall Lantz at 862-8400 or email him at

The Great Outdoors, a place to connect with God

 Dandridge, Tenn.— Sherman Oaks Ampitheater is the chosen venue for the two-day outdoor Christian Music Festival scheduled for September 2011.

On September 17–18, the Sherman Oaks Campgroundslocated at 1601 E. Hwy 25/70 in Dandridge will present performances of Award Winning Christian Music Artists Soul Sister Sally, Lara Landon, Logan Gillen, UR1, First Flight Out, Among the Thirsty, 3 Times Rescued, Pierced Holy, and Day SevEn.

Information on the festival, camping and more is available at  Gates open at 9 am. Tickets can be purchased through or at your local Lifeway Christian Bookstores in Knoxville or Morristown, Tennessee.

Gran exposición artistica en el aeropuerto McGhee Tyson

KNOXVILLE.–La Alianza para el Arte y la Cultura del Gran Knoxville y la Autoridad del Aeropuerto Metropolitano de Knoxville (McGhee Tyson Airport) anuncian una convocatoria para participar en la próxima exposición con jurado “Arte en el Aeropuerto”.
La exposición permitirá a los artistas de la región competir y mostrar sus trabajos en el aeropuerto, uno de los lugares más visitados en la región desde el 21 de abril hasta el 20 de octubre, 2011.
El arte contemporáneo seleccionado contará con obras de arte en 2-D y 3-D y se exhibirán en la espaciosa área detrás del puesto de control de la puerta de seguridad del aeropuerto McGhee Tyson.
La fecha límite para enviar las obras participantes será el viernes, 25 de marzo 2011. No hay cuota de inscripción. Cada artista podrá presentar un máximo de cinco obras que deben ser obras originales en las siguientes categorías: Pintura, Artes Gráficas, Fotografía, y 3-D.
Esta exposición está abierta a todos los artistas mayores de 18 años que residen en los 33 condados del este de Tennessee.


NASHVILLE.- La tormenta de nieve y las muy bajas temperaturas en Tennessee Central están ocacionando muchos choques y la ayuda viene pero con bastante retraso, según reportes de la Policía Metropolitana de Nashville.

The Metropolitan Police Department is urging all Nashvillians to stay off the city’s roadways, including the major thoroughfares, for the next several hours so that the very slow moving rush hour traffic can dissipate, and to allow for nearly 30 Public Works Department salt trucks to work on clearing roadways.  Salt trucks are presently having great difficulty moving about due to traffic congestion. 

          Public Works crews plan to spend the overnight hours salting more than 1,800 miles of Priority A and B routes, hoping to have these main roadways clear for Thursday morning’s commute.

          Those who must travel tonight are strongly urged to have full fuel tanks, be prepared for extended weather delays, and bring extra coats and blankets on the trip.


El Departamento de Policía Metropolitana invita a todos los ‘Nashvilianos’ a permanecer fuera de las carreteras de la ciudad, incluyendo las vías principales, durante las próximas horas para que se disipe el muy lento  tráfico y permitir que los 30 camiones con sal del Departamento de Obras Públicas que actualmente tiene grandes dificultades para moverse debido a la congestión de tráfico, puedan trabajar con prontitud.
Los camiones de Obras Públicas planean pasar las horas de la noche ‘desbordando’ la sal en más de 1,800 millas de vías de prioridad A y B, con la esperanza de tener estos caminos principales despejados y que puedan ser usados por la mañana del jueves.
A quienes tienen que viajar esta noche, se les recomienda encarecidamente de tener tanques de combustible llenos, estar preparados para retrasos largos y llevar abrigos y mantas en el viaje.


African Black Footed Penguins to March in March

GATLINBURG, Tenn. – Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies has announced the opening of “Ripley’s Penguin Playhouse,” a new indoor/outdoor multi-million dollar habitat featuring a colony of African Black Footed Penguins. The exhibit is scheduled to open in March of 2010.
The 4,000-square-foot exhibit features a habitat that closely models the home of African Black Footed Penguins, also known as Jackass Penguins for the distinctive braying sounds they make. Naturalistic rockwork and plantings surrounded by more than 30,000 gallons of temperature-controlled saltwater depict the coastal island rookeries along the coast of South Africa.
“We are really happy and proud that we are able to debut this amazing exhibit during our 10th anniversary. We feel our “Penguin Playhouse” will soon become another iconic exhibit within the aquarium and will be at the top of must-see lists for visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains,” said Ryan DeSear, manager of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.
Aquarium guests will be able to view the penguins from both above and below water level. Visitors will also be able to crawl through clear underwater acrylic tunnels and pop up on the penguins’ private beach to view the birds nose to beak. At the same time, as visitors crawl through the tunnels, penguins swimming above and below them will be able to get a good close-up of the human species.
The highly interactive habitat will have two wave machines and multiple spa jets that will create continual water movements, which in turn will create an inviting watery playground for the birds.
Ripley’s Vice President of Husbandry, Joe Choromanski, who helped create the exhibit, notes that “we have studied penguin exhibits from zoos and aquariums around the world, as well as their natural habitat, and we are building what we believe to be the most realistic, interactive and fun exhibit in existence.”
The penguins that will be calling Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies home have all been bred at other zoos and aquariums and are a part of the Species Survival Plan of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. When these young birds reach breeding age, they too will contribute to the survival of this species in the wild.
The exhibit is the largest and costliest expansion ever at the aquarium, now celebrating its 10th year in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. More than 14 million visitors have visited the aquarium since its opening in December 2000.

The Aquarium of the Smokies is the second most attended attraction in Tennessee. For more information about the exhibit and the aquarium, please visit

11,000 Documents SharesTennessee History

Evidence of Tennessee’s rich history — pictures of schoolchildren from the Depression, police notes on the 1968 assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., sheet music poking fun at the teaching of evolution from the time of the 1925 Scopes monkey trial, and documents from Civil War battles — have been gathered together for the first time in a digital museum called Volunteer Voices (
Public school teachers and students to advanced scholars and researchers now have access to nearly 11,000 documents and images that were assembled with the help of a three-year, $928,000 grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and matching support from 10 partner libraries, historical societies, and museums in the state.

Tennessee State Parks present Special Exhibits

By Eddie Rojas

Sycamore Shoals Annual Siege at Fort Watauga — May 15-16
It’s 1776 and the Colonies are in the throes of Revolution and the frontier is in a state of chaos. Cherokee are being armed by the British and
threaten to attack the settlements. Come see how the settlers of the Watauga Valley defended their lives, families, hearth and home at the “Siege at Fort Watauga.”
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park attracts more than 305,000 people every year. The 85-acre site sits on the banks of the Watauga River where the Overmountain Men assembled in 1780 before marching to defeat the British in the Battle of Kings Mountain, a turning point in the Revolutionary War. The park features interpretive exhibits, events, a fitness trail and picnic facilities. It is located off U.S. Highway 321 in Elizabethton. For more information about the “Siege” or other park activities, please call the park office at (423) 543-5808 or visit:
Frozen Head Volunteer Trail Day — May 16
Volunteers are asked to meet at Frozen Head’s visitor center at 9 a.m. and to bring a daypack with their own water and lunch.  Volunteers also should wear a good pair of hiking boots and appropriate clothing for weather conditions. Specific projects will be assigned and will focus on trail maintenance and repair. Some moderate hiking may be required and volunteers are expected to return by 3 p.m. if not sooner.

Frozen Head State Park is located in near Wartburg in Morgan County in the scenic Cumberland Mountains. The park contains undisturbed forest land, small streams and waterfalls, beautiful mountains and some of the richest wildflower areas in Tennessee. For more information about the Volunteer Trail Day or other events at the park, please call (423) 346-3318 or visit the park’s Web site at:

Tennessee’s 53 state parks offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences for individuals, families, or business and professional groups. State park features range from pristine natural areas to 18-hole championship golf courses. For a free brochure about Tennessee State Parks, call toll free
1-888-867-2757. For additional information, visit our Web site at

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Nashville, Tenn. – There’s no better way to express your love and appreciation than to take dad out for a delicious meal amongst the beauty of Tennessee State Parks this Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15.

Tennessee State Parks invite you to spend time with family and friends, celebrate dad’s special day and enjoy Tennessee’s natural wonders at one of eight state park restaurants serving a delicious Father’s Day Buffet. Buffet selections and prices will vary.

The Father’s Day Buffet will be available beginning at 11:00 a.m. until closing at these state park restaurants:

Cumberland Mountain State Park…………… (931) 484-7186

David Crockett State Park (Lawrenceburg)…… (931) 762-9541

Fall Creek Falls State Park………………… (423) 881-5241

Henry Horton State Park………………….. (931) 364-2222

Montgomery Bell State Park……………….. (615) 797-3101

Natchez Trace State Park…………………. (731) 968-8176

Paris Landing State Park………………….. (731) 642-4311

Pickwick Landing State Park……………….. (731) 689-3135

Tennessee’s 53 state parks offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences for individuals, families, or business and professional groups. State park features range from pristine natural areas to 18-hole championship golf courses. For a free brochure about Tennessee State Parks, call toll free 1-888-867-2757. For additional information, visit our Web site at

Exhibitor Booths Give Businesses and Organizations Exposure to Thousands

Knoxville, Tenn. (June 12, 2008) – Limited time remains to reserve a booth at the 89th Tennessee Valley Fair. Excellent booth spaces are available for lease in the air conditioned Jacob’s Building for as little as $360 for all 10 days of the Fair. <!– @page { size: 8.5in 11in; margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } –>

Exhibitor booths give businesses exposure to thousands of visitors, and are excellent for retail or wholesale businesses, non-profits, and homemade products and crafts.

The Tennessee Valley Fair is September 5-14, 2008. Information about booth size, fees, etc., or to reserve a booth, contact Kim Harbin at (865) 215- 1478.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Summer Movie Magic, the annual classic film series at the historic Tennessee Theatre presented by AT&T Real Yellow Pages with support from the News Sentinel, kicks off the 2008 season on June 22, with screenings of Thunder Road and festivities celebrating the film’s 50th anniversary including the attendance of James Mitchum, Thunder Road co-star.

The East Tennessee Region Antique Automobile Club of America will display a collection of Thunder Road-era cars and is coordinating a weekend of events surrounding the anniversary, to include a reenactment of the film’s famous chase scene and a parade of classic cars. The Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound at the East Tennessee History Center will screen original trailers, vintage local ads, and classic film previews.

Series passes are on sale now and will be available up until the first screening. Single tickets go on sale June 2. Single tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for youth ages 12 and under and seniors 60 and over, plus $2 per-ticket service fee for tickets purchased online and by phone. Series subscriptions are available for $40.50 adults, $30 youth/senior. Tickets are available at the Tennessee Theatre box office, by phone at (865) 684-1200 or in the online gift shop at

All seating is general admission. The theater opens one hour prior to each performance. Sodas, water, popcorn and other snacks will be sold at each performance. Bill Snyder will play the Mighty Wurlitzer before every feature film.

Summer Movie Magic 2008 screenings include Thunder Road, The Seven Year Itch, Vertigo, Grease, It Happened One Night and Gone with the Wind. For more movie information, contact the box office at (865)684-1200.

For more information, contact Paige Travis of AC Entertainment at (865) 523-2665.


A Celebration of the Life of Howard Armstrong

CARYVILLE, Tenn. – The Campbell Culture Coalition will be hosting the Second Annual Louie Bluie Festival to celebrate the life of Howard Armstrong from 11a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 14 at beautiful Cove Lake State Park. Admission is free.

The Festival prides itself on offering a diverse presentation of music, art, crafts and food.  There will be storytelling with The Bell Witch, fiddle contests, fireworks and off-beat fun to go along with the incredible Blues, Jazz and traditional Mountain Music.

This year’s Festival will feature a special performance of “Between a Ballad and a Blues,” a new play about Armstrong’s life presented by the Carpetbag Theatre of Knoxville, Tenn.

In 1930, Armstrong recorded for the Vocalion label in Knoxville, Tenn. at the landmark St. James Hotel field sessions. His confidence was given a great boost when opera legend and movie star Grace Moore encouraged him to pursue a career in music following a command performance in nearby Jellico. After moving to Knoxville, he quickly became known as the backbone of the Martin, Bogan and Armstrong trio, a group that folk artist Steve Goodman called “the best string-band ever!”

For more information, visit or call the information line at (423) 566-0329.


FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The 2008 Symposium, “Fighting for the Heartland!” takes place June 19-21 in Franklin. It provides an engaging exploration of the Civil War story in Middle Tennessee from 1862 to 1864 and enhances the understanding of the War’s significance.

Supported by the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, the Symposium features expert guides and faculty who will provide tours and lectures addressing such themes as the military campaigns, the costs of occupation and the promise of emancipation. The Symposium also will present workshops on best practices in battlefield preservation and heritage tourism, including a discussion of the new state Civil War Trails system.

The Symposium includes two bus tours scheduled for June 20 and 21. The first will explore the scene of the bloody and decisive Battle of Franklin, which took place on Nov. 30, 1864. The tour will include stops at Winstead Hill, Carnton Plantation, the Carter House and Fort Granger. The second tour will visit three different battlefield sites including Thompson’s Station, the Battle of Murfreesboro and Stones River Battlefield.

There will be a host of well-known scholars and experts for the Symposium including Dr. Carroll Van West of the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, Mitch Bowman of the Civil War Trails, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Carole Morris of Meritage Consulting, Thomas Cartwright, director of The Carter House, Eric Jacobson of Carnton Plantation, and others. The Symposium will close with a walk through the Living History at the Eastern Flank Battlefield in Franklin and a dinner on the grounds of Carnton Plantation. Both days are packed with information, food, and fun.

The host hotel for the conference is the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. Reservations at the hotel may be made by calling (888) 236-2427.

Registration for the conference may be made online at the Franklin’s Charge Web site,, or by calling (615) 595-0636.

Franklin’s Charge, Inc., in cooperation with the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, the Franklin-Williamson County Chamber of Commerce, The Carnton Association, The Carter House, the African American Heritage Association, The Heritage Foundation, the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association and the Tennessee Preservation Trust, are working together to present this Symposium.

For more information, contact Stacey Watson at (615) 595-0636.


Visitors Get the Best of Oak Ridge “Then” and “Now”

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The Department of Energy’s 2008 Oak Ridge Facilities Public Bus Tour began June 2 and will continue through September 5, offering visitors a first-hand look at the DOE facilities located on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

The DOE Public Tour program began in 1996 and has welcomed more than 20,000 visitors from all 50 states since its inception. The 2½ hour bus tour travels across the entire Reservation, enabling visitors to learn about the magnificent historic past and present world-class missions of the DOE’s Oak Ridge facilities.

The bus tour offers off-the-bus stops at the Y-12 New Hope Center, The Spallation Neutron Source, the Historic Graphite Reactor and the East Tennessee Technology Park

The reservation-wide bus tour continues to be a focal point for tourists who visit the area and offers a two-fold story, coupling visitors interest in seeing the current day, world-class science research and technology and environmental cleanup work, along with seeing first hand some of the sites and buildings that helped to shape history during the Manhattan Project and WWII.

The tour program is sponsored by the DOE Oak Ridge Office and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Y-12 Site Office. Tour partners include UT-Battelle, which operates the Oak Ridge National Laboratory; B&W Y-12, the contractor for the Y-12 National Security Complex; Bechtel Jacobs, the Oak Ridge Environmental Management contractor; and the American Museum of Science and Energy.

Unites States citizens (ages 10 and up) can sign up on a first-come first-serve basis at AMSE beginning at 9 a.m., Monday-Friday, except for government holidays (July 3-4 and September 1). The tour departs AMSE, located at 300 South Tulane Avenue in Oak Ridge, at 12 noon and concludes at 2:30 p.m.

The AMSE Admission is $5 per adult, $4 per senior citizen (65+), and $3 youth (ages 6-17), and includes the bus tour for U.S. citizens 10 years and up, who wish to register for the public bus tour, when paying the AMSE admission. If you require special accommodations to participate, please contact AMSE 48 hours in advance.

For more information, please call Lissa Clarke at AMSE at (865) 576-3218 or

DiAnn Fields of DOE at 865-574-3612.


OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Hermes Creative Awards recently announced winners for the 2008 international awards competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional and emerging media. Among the winners was the Oak Ridge Convention & Visitors Bureau (ORCVB), winner of the Gold Award for the revamped Web site that helps guide visitors around the Secret City.  Hermes Creative Awards recognize outstanding work in the industry while promoting the philanthropic nature of marketing and communication professionals.

“This is the second award we have won for our Web site in the past few months,” said ORCVB President Katy Brown.  “We have a very unique, user-friendly site that appeals to the tourism market, but also matches our brand, ‘Unlock the Secrets of America’s Secret City.”

“Given that today’s society is dependent upon using Web sites for all of their travel needs,” Brown explained. “It’s very important that we are on the cutting edge of this trend.”

The overall goal of the ORCVB’s site is to provide information about Oak Ridge to visitors, group tour operators, meeting planners and members of the media. The Web site offers information about the city’s history, attractions, arts, outdoors, accommodations, shopping, restaurants, a calendar of events and much more.

There were over 4,000 entries from throughout the United States and several other countries in the Hermes Creative Awards 2008 competition. Entries came from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers.

Hermes Creative Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. The international organization consists of several thousand marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, media production and free-lance professionals. AMCP oversees awards and recognition programs, provides judges and rewards outstanding achievement and service to the profession.

Winners were selected from 136 categories in seven forms of media and communications efforts including advertising, publications, marketing/branding, integrated marketing, public relations/communications, electronic media and pro bono.

In October 2007, the new Web site was honored with its first award, the Silver Web Award given by the American Association of Web masters. was designed by Techno-Info Solutions, an Oak Ridge based business.  Hanna Shapira, president of the company, worked closely with the ORCVB staff to create this award-winning Web site.

The ORCVB is a non-profit organization, formed to strengthen the area economy through the marketing and promotion of Oak Ridge as a destination for meetings, business and leisure travel.

For more information, visit our award winning Web site at or call Nicky Reynolds at (865) 482-7821.