Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - by Amanda Stravinsky

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


Lake Winnepesaukah, just eight miles from downtown Chattanooga, began construction on Soakya Waterpark, a new five-acre waterpark that will open during the Summer 2013. For more information, visit www.lakewinnie.com.

Feb. 2 – 3

Pulaski – “Be My Valentine Celebration” – Milky Way Farm will host an all-day romantic event. For more information, e-mail Lynn at info@milkywayfarm.com.

Feb. 8 – 10

Nashville – Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville – Celebrating its 23rd year, the show welcomes magnificent gardeners, antique dealers and world-renowned lecturers from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Nashville Convention Center. For more information, visit www.antiquesandgardenshow.com.

Feb. 14

Knoxville – Valentine Tea – Bring your sweetheart to Crescent Bend for high tea from 2 – 4 p.m. and enjoy a commanding view of the crescent bend of the Tennessee River and a tour of the house and museum. For more information, visit www.crescentbend.com.

Feb. 16

Nashville – “The Singing Tortoise” – The loveable, family-friendly West African Folk Tale will delight audiences at 2 p.m. in the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Polk Theatre. For more information, visit www.tpac.org.

Oak Ridge – International Festival – The annual festival celebrates international cultures through food, performances, children’s activities and more at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. For more information, visit www.childrensmuseumofoakridge.org or call 865 482-1074.

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Tennessee Aquarium Has Underwater Pumpkin Carving On Saturdays

Tennessee Aquarium guests can see underwater pumpkin carving demonstrations each Saturday at 11 a.m. throughout October in the River Journey building. Costumed SCUBA divers will make weekend appearances for the rest of the month.  Lots of costumed divers will be seen during the AquaScarium family Halloween Party at the Aquarium. Pirates, mermaids, and super heroes will be ... (click for more)

Ghostly Gathering At Historic Rugby Set For Oct. 22 And 29

Historic Rugby’s annual “Ghostly Gathering” celebration will take place on Oct. 22 and 29 (Saturdays) this year at 6 p.m. Eastern. The yearly Halloween-season celebration is a favorite among village visitors, who enjoy a homemade chili dinner with dessert at the Historic Rugby Community Building, followed by a ghost movie, then candle and oil lamp tours of several historic ... (click for more)

Fire Displaces Family Of 7; Blaze Ruled Accidental

No injuries were reported in connection with a house fire on Saturday afternoon that displaced a family of seven. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at 4:11 p.m. and responded to 3308 Dodson Ave. with five fire companies. Captain Wadie Suttles with Engine 4 said heavy fire was showing when the first firefighters arrived on the scene. As additional firefighters ... (click for more)

Mayor Berke, Lacie Stone Were At Swanky New York City Hotel While Bobby Stone Was Plying The River

Mayor Andy Berke's top advisor Lacie Stone accompanied him on a trip to New York City on April 12-13 and they ended up at a swanky spot where Ms. Stone's husband, Bobby, had taken her before. They sat at the Stones' favorite table.   Bobby Stone, who has accused his wife of having an affair with the mayor, has said that Lacie Stone told him that she and the mayor kissed ... (click for more)

Where Is The Speed Control On Our Highways? - And Response (3)

I am teaching my 15-year-old to drive in the North Georgia and Chattanooga area. I have warned her of the dangers of exceeding the speed limit both as a hazard to herself and in terms of receiving a ticket. What a liar I am.  Have you driven on the local freeways and highways recently? I never see any highway patrolmen helping to reduce speeding or pulling over those who ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Testerman Forum

I badly misjudged how long it would take me to do my “early voting.” I was in-and-out in no time so I got to the Hamilton County School Board’s agenda meeting well enough beforehand to have an “educational forum” with board member David Testerman. If you haven’t noticed, forums and summits and “community enlightenment” groups are the new rage and, as my friend David laughed, “They ... (click for more)