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December 2013 E-Clips

Great Places To Stay In Tennessee (TN Business Spotlight) Whether you want to visit the bright lights of a big city or unwind in the country, Tennessee has plenty of places to accommodate your traveling needs. Southerners are known for their hospitality, and Tennessee is certainly no exception. From The Peabody in Memphis to the General Morgan Inn in Greeneville, check out these great places to stay.

Trail Signs Installed on Screaming Eagle Trail (Leaf Chronicle) Signs for the Screaming Eagle trail are now directing visitors and local curious travelers along this important tourism route. The brown signs, recently installed by TDOT along the 353-mile, self-guided driving trail, help guests discover more about Middle Tennessee’s destinations rooted in military and music history as well as some of the nation’s best outdoor locations. The Screaming Eagle trail, with 75 stops from Nashville throughout Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery and Stewart counties, celebrates Middle Tennessee’s history, legends and heroes, landscape, music and cuisine.

Discovery Park Faces Success in First Weekends (WBBJ TV) Officials at Discovery Park of America in Union City are reporting that the first two weekends have been a huge success. According to officials, More than 9,700 people have visited the park from as far away as New York, Colorado and Utah. “The vast majority of our guests have come from Tennessee and Kentucky,” a park spokesperson said. “But we have had people from Ohio, Indiana, Mississippi, South Dakota, Illinois, Missouri, Texas and Louisiana.”

20 Awesome U.S. Cities You Need To Visit In Your 20s ( When you think of American tourism, certain locations come to mind: the bright lights of New York City, the palm trees of Southern California, the nostalgia of Disney World. But for the cash-strapped, adventure-seeking, microbrewed-beer loving, locavore millennial, the old favorites of U.S. tourism don't hold much appeal. Instead, these twenty cities make perfect locations for an urban vacation or worthy spots along a road trip. Nashville, Tennessee: The capital of Tennessee pretty much has it all.

Franklin makes list of 'America's Favorite Towns' (Tennessean)  It seems the word is getting out about our fair city, which has admirers near and far. Franklin has been named one of “America’s Favorite Towns” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, following an online readers’ poll conducted last month. Coming in at No. 8 on the list, Franklin was included among other popular small-town tourism destinations such as Park City, Utah; Telluride, Colo.; and Amelia Island, Fla. “

Explore Tennessee’s Civil War History Online (WREG-TV) Tennessee’s rich Civil War history can be relived at national parks across the state. Now the state library is making it easy for history buffs to access military records from the war between the states. State archivists have been scanning documents of interest to Tennesseans for the past two years, and have now posted the information online, allowing folks to trace their family lineage. You can also learn how soldiers and ordinary Tennesseans lived during the Civil War.

Nashville, the music lover's paradise ( Nashville - From legendary concert halls and recording studios to raucous honky-tonks and other clubs that resound with country, blues, rock and jazz, Nashville lives and breathes its reputation as Music City USA. 

Memphis music legend gives personal tour of Stax (Memphis Business Journal)  Wayne Jackson, a member of the Memphis Horns who played trumpet on nearly every Stax hit recorded, is giving Stax fans a personal tour of the museum. It’s one thing to walk through the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and hear songs like Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness,” but it would be a completely different experience to talk to one of the musicians who played on the song.

 Renaissance Nashville Hotel Hosts the International Tour Management Institute’s 27th Annual Symposium and Reunion  (PRWEB) Unique tourism industry event is an ideal opportunity for Tennessee to showcase its destinations and attractions to a captive audience of tourism professionals.  Dedicated meet and greet time allows exhibitors and sponsors to engage tour operators and tour planners in productive dialogues about itineraries for forthcoming tours. 

Polk County Civil War Trail Marker Dedication Is Friday (Chattanoogan) A dedication ceremony of a marker for the Polk County Civil War Trail will be held at 1pm, Friday, November 22. The program will begin in the Polk County courtroom, then will move outdoors to the marker where shots will be fired from the local SCV camp and a ribbon cutting will take place. The public is invited to attend. 

Tax dollars fuel tourism marketing - Jackson making the most of money on hand for tourism (Jackson Sun) The weapon Lori Nunnery is allocated to promote the city of Jackson is $193,000 with $50,000 budgeted for marketing. Nunnery is the executive director of the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau, which has seen nine consecutive months of growth in hotel/motel tax revenue.

Sevier Co. tourism numbers climb, park shutdown impacts figures (WATE) - New figures show tourism in Sevier County has increased from last year.   The findings were put together by Dr. Steven Morse, the director of the Hospitality & Tourism program at Western Carolina University.  Morse found in Jan. through Aug. 2013, versus the same period in 2012, people spent more on restaurants, retail, attractions and lodging in the county. Sevier County had a two percent increase in hotel room sales during that period, according to Morse's study.

PGA delegates honor Tennessee PGA Section with 2013 Herb Graffis Award ( The Tennessee PGA Section (TPGA), comprised of more than 500 members and apprentices, was presented the 2013 Herb Graffis Award No. 23 during the 97th PGA Annual Meeting. The award is presented annually to a PGA Section that exhibits extraordinary or exemplary contributions in player development and growth of the game programming.

Main Street managers from across Tennessee to meet in Bristol (Tri Historic Downtown Bristol will be hosting the Tennessee Main Street Managers for a two-day meeting focusing on Bristol and tourism opportunities. From Ripley and McMinnville to Sweetwater and Jonesborough, the Tennessee Main Street Managers will be learning how to “Tell Their Story,” discussing tips for small businesses, and exploring all that downtown Bristol has to offer.

PBS Americana Music Weekend Kicks Off  (  The 2012 Americana Music Honors & Awards program was honored last night with a regional Emmy Award nomination in the Special Event Program category by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards show was filmed live at the historic Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2012.

Canadian group studies Sevier County tourism (Mountain Press) The Atlantic Canada Best Practices Mission visited Sevier County this week to learn more about the area's success in attracting multi-generational tourism. Mary Hope Maples, director of the Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Council, which hosted the event, said the group is visiting with the hopes of improving the marketing and tourism back home. 

Chamber’s CVB launches new look; tourism growing (Cleveland Daily Banner) The Cleveland/Bradley Convention and Visitors Bureau unveiled its new look Thursday along with some good news about the local tourism industry. “We’ve had a really healthy tourism industry this past year,” said Melissa Woody, Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce vice president of the CVB. Woody said each year the state ranks the different counties and how tourism impacts their local economies.

Winter weather gives East Tennessee businesses a boost ( Ober Gatlinburg has started the snow making process for their slopes in the Smoky Mountains. It's something they wish to do, but cannot always get to in mid-November. But this year, they are on the right track. "I'm always looking forward to a great year. We are like farmers. We have to be optimistic that the season is going to produce exactly what we need," said John Cossaboom with Ober Gatlinburg.

County Gets Positive Press From Visit By Travel Writers Greene County is not short on tourism attractions. That's the message that a group of travel journalists who visited Northeast Tennessee in late October are already sharing with their readers in other areas of the nation.

Gaston leaders tour Tennessee county for ideas on growth (Gaston Gazette) Twenty-six Gaston County leaders spent three days last week somewhat like kids looking through the windows of a Tennessee candy store. 

Chattanooga in Tennessee has created its own official typeface called Chatype. The city of Chattanooga in Tennessee has officially created its own typeface called Chatype, the first custom typeface in the US made for a municipality. The new font was designed by Jeremy Dooley of Insigne Design and Robbie de Villiers of Wilton Foundry, with help from D+J designers D.J. Trischler and Jonathan Mansfield, and is currently being used throughout the city government

The Tenn looking to 2014  (Memphis Business Journal) After putting together the state’s first official small business accelerator this summer, Launch Tennessee has begun to plan to do it all again in 2014. The Tenn, which brought start-ups from all over Tennessee together this summer, is winding down its first group, and Charlie Brock, CEO of Launch Tennessee, said the organization is assessing the first group of nine companies, but plans are in place to make The Tenn an annual program.

Backroads Heritage unveils ‘Tullahoma Campaign’ book (Tullahoma The result of more than three years’ collaborative effort was celebrated Tuesday night with the unveiling at South Jackson Civic Center of the Tennessee’s Backroads Heritage book “The Tullahoma Campaign: The 1863 Civil War Struggle for Middle Tennessee.”

Hodge named new Tenn. Overhill Heritage executive (Cleveland Daily Banner) The new director for the Tennessee Overhill Heritage Association has been named. Gerald D. Hodge Jr. has accepted the executive director position for the Tennessee Overhill Heritage Association, according to an announcement by the TOHA board of directors. Hodge is replacing Linda Caldwell, founding director of the Tennessee Overhill since 1990.

Sold! Elvis Presley Inc. has a new owner (CNNMoney) Elvis Presley may have left the building 36 years ago, but the King of Rock and Roll is still a very hot property. Authentic Brands Group announced Tuesday that it has purchased the intellectual property associated with the rock-and-roll icon from Core Media Group.


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