Winterfest in Gatlinburg
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Gatlinburg Captures Top Honors
The International Festivals and Events Association honored Gatlinburg with eight international awards for excellence in event production. The Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade was awarded the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Grand Pinnacle Award, the highest award that an event can receive. In addition, Gatlinburg received seven category awards (3 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze) at the competition, which drew more than 1,425 entries from among the world’s top festivals and events.
Wild Side Receives Award
Tennessee's Wild Side, a weekly outdoor adventure television program produced by The Renaissance Center with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and The Nature Conservancy, was recognized with a 2008 Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation honored the Emmy-winning program, which airs on PBS stations across Tennessee and Kentucky Educational Television, in the Natural Heritage Conservation category.
Freedom Riders Get Degrees
In 1961, activists for civil rights were expelled as they set out to make the world a better place. Forty-seven years later Tennessee State University honors 14 former students who risked everything – life, reputation and education – when they boarded a bus and joined the Freedom Ride.
Bonnaroo Music Festival
Bonnaroo Festival Wins 2008 Green Award
Bonnaroo is one of the first recipients of the prestigious 2008 Greener Festival Award for their efforts in promoting environmentally friendly music festivals. So far, Bonnaroo is the only festival in America to receive the award and was singled out as a “beacon of excellence.”
Bible Park USA
After a lengthy negotiation process, Wilson County and the city of Lebanon have landed Bible Park U.S.A. The $175 million, Bible theme park is awaiting approval from the city and county commissions before construction will begin.
President Bush Appoints Knoxville Mayor
President George W. Bush has appointed Mayor Bill Haslam to a four-year term on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. The 23-member body governs an agency that advises the president and Congress on historic preservation policy and issues, as well as promoting the enhancement, preservation and productive use of the nation's historic resources.
Left to right: State Representatives Joe McCord and
Richard Montgomery, Tennessee Department of Tourist
Development Commissioner Susan Whitaker, Gatlinburg
Mayor Mike Werner, Gatlinburg City Manager
Cindy Cameron Ogle, Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce
President Dan Booth, Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Director
Vicki Simms, Hilton Garden Inn developer Logan Coykendall,
D&S Builders contractor Alex Davis, and project investors
Shailesh Patel, Bobby Patel, Howard Patel, and Carol Dotson.
New Hotel Under Development in Downtown Gatlinburg
Hospitality Management Solutions, Inc. (HMS), a locally owned management company, will raise the stakes in the Sevier County lodging industry with the construction of the Hilton Garden Inn® Downtown Gatlinburg in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The $15 million project is scheduled to open in summer 2009 and will offer 118 guest rooms and luxurious suites.
“HMS will not only bring in the award winning, mid-priced Hilton Garden Inn brand to Gatlinburg, but we also hope to showcase a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified hotel,” said Logan Coykendall, president of Hospitality Management Solutions. “With Smoky Mountains National Park in our backyard, it is a natural fit for Gatlinburg to be an innovator in promoting efficient and sustainable green development, and we encourage others to follow our lead.”
Knoxville Voted “Visitor Friendly City” by Black Meetings & Tourism Magazine
Knoxville has been named one of 26 “Visitor Friendly Cities” by Black Meetings & Tourism magazine. Attractions that were noted include Ijams Nature Center, Knoxville Zoo, Beck Cultural Exchange Center, Morningside Park, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Knoxville Museum of Art and World’s Fair Park, as well as events such as Sundown in the City and Kuumba Festival.
Golden Ticket Awards
Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards is an annual tradition to celebrate the "Best of the Best." Beating out Magic Kingdom in Orlando and Disneyland in Anaheim, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas was voted the Best Christmas Event in the nation. Dollywood received other top awards including no. 2 on the list of Top Wooden Roller Coasters, no. 2 for Friendliest Parks, no. 3 for Cleanest Park, no. 2 for Best Shows and no. 2 for Best Food.
The Hermitage, Home of
President Andrew Jackson
Howard Kittell Accepts Position at Andrew Jackson’s The Hermitage
The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson, welcomes President and CEO Howard Kittell. Kittell serves as the executive director of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, a position he has held since 1998.
“I am tremendously honored to have been approached by, and ultimately offered the CEO position of The Hermitage,” said Kittell. “Since I first became interested in American presidential history and American architecture, Andrew Jackson and The Hermitage have ranked with Washington, Jefferson, Mt. Vernon and Monticello as principal areas of interest for me.”
Three Tennessee Festivals Make ABA’s List of 100 Best Events for 2009
The Secret City Festival in Oak Ridge, River and Spires Festival in Clarksville and the Pigeon Forge Winterfest in Pigeon Forge were all honorees in the American Bus Association’s Top 100 Events of North America.
Dyers America's Best Burgers
MSN asked Josh Ozersky, food writer and author of "The Hamburger," and George Motz, burger historian and author of "Hamburger America," to help define the best burgers in America. Coming in at no. 9 is Dyer's Burgers in Memphis, Tenn.
Tennessee, The Stage is Set For You