Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Thursday, December 13, 2012 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Tennessee’s upcoming tourism news is consolidated for your convenience below. Click on links for additional details.

Jan. 13 – March 3, 2013

Murfreesboro – The Language of Love and Courtship Tours – Enjoy a tour of Oaklands Mansion with your sweetheart and experience the romance of the Victorians from flowers and fans to engagement traditions. Admission is $10. For more information, visit www.oaklandsmuseum.org.

Murfreesboro – “Wedding Dresses Through the Decades” Exhibit – The second annual exhibit highlights wedding dresses through the decades in Maney Hall at Oaklands Museum. For more information, visit www.oaklandsmuseum.org.

Ongoing until Jan. 20

Nashville – Civil War Newspaper on Display – Original newspapers from the Civil War for each year of the war will be on display at the Metro Nashville Archives. For more information, call 615-862-5880 or visit www.nashville.gov/metro_archives.

Jan. 14

Memphis – Fabulous Fine Art: Elizabeth Catlett – Learn about this creative printmaker and make relief prints like the artist at 3:30 p.m. at The Children’s Museum of Memphis. For more information, visit www.cmom.com.

Jan. 18 – 19

Red Boiling Springs – Thomas House Hotel Overnight Ghost Hunt – Participate in an all-night ghost hunt with paranormal researcher and author Chad Morin. Admission is $99. For more information, visit www.thomashousehotel.com

Jan. 19

Pigeon Forge – 3rd Annual Professional Ice Carving Competition – Some of the world’s best ice sculptors will chisel 250-pound blocks of ice into fantastic designs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Titanic’s outdoor entertainment center in Pigeon Forge. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.titanicpigeonforge.com.

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Caroling With The Fishes Is This Sunday

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Charles Siskin: Historic Downtown Los Angeles

It’s a Sunday afternoon in October and I’m hanging with my cousins in Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles. There is music and dancing and food trucks and plenty of sun casting a warm glow on a very lively Southern California scene.  I’d come out to the West Coast for a family week end and after spending two days in Topanga Canyon, part of the Santa Monica Mountains, ... (click for more)

Lawsuit Says Girl Received Severe Traumatic Brain Injury In Woodmore Bus Wreck

A new lawsuit in the tragic Woodmore Elementary School bus wreck said one girl on the bus suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. Attorneys Joseph Fried and Michael Goldberg of Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC filed a lawsuit in Hamilton County Circuit Court on behalf of the minor daughter of Shanquatta Byrd. The bus driver, Johnthony Walker, was transporting 37 students from ... (click for more)

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Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher said Monday morning that the officer who was shot three times on Thursday is recovering well.   Chief Fletcher said the officer was wearing a bullet-proof vest and one bullet hit the vest, which protected him during the shooting.  The officer was able to return fire, although Chief Fletcher would not comment on how many bullets ... (click for more)

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I have been reading the buzz about Signal Mountain and other small municipalities considering a move to form their own school district within their municipal boundaries.  It is quite the comedy hour considering the notion that small cities that for decades could not even manage small sewer systems or 911 districts, are somehow going to do a better job with public education ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Abolish Bail For Poor

Our terribly overcrowded Hamilton County Jail may get some help from an unsuspected corner – the Obama administration is tackling the fact that right now over 450,000 people are in our country’s jails because they are too poor to pay for bail. It is a violation of the Constitution to “punish people for their poverty.” As the Eighth Amendment provides, “… excessive bail ought not ... (click for more)