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Best Places to Travel in 2014 (Travel and Leisure) Nashville - New hotels and tours, emerging food scenes, and special events make these places the hottest travel destinations in 2014. Enterprising chefs are the new country-music stars, bringing refined yet unfussy restaurants to emerging neighborhoods. Try Germantown’s Rolf & Daughters; Josephine, a new farm-to-table-style spot in the 12South area; and Pinewood Social, with a menu by local star Josh Habiger.

Travel showcase creates networking opportunity (WV Gazette) The tourism industry "isn't an instant gratification business," said one destination representative at Monday's Travel South Showcase marketplace. "It takes several years to see a turnaround, because planning group tours is kind of like working retail," said Anne Ross, of Morristown Area Convention and Visitors Bureau in Tennessee." Read the article 

Overton County eager to share its “top secrets” (Herald Citizen)Rita Reagan-Underhill, left, and Thelma Danner of the Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce are glad to see the new "Top Secret" driving trail signs going up. Read the article 

Seeing the young Elvis at Graceland exhibit (Seattle Times)The telegram sent by Elvis Presley to his parents in November 1954 gives a glimpse into the young singer’s priorities and his optimism, as he begins what will become a career as a rock ‘n’ roll icon and cultural phenomenon. Read the article

State's tourism efforts include smaller communities like Stewart, Houston counties (Stewart Houston Times) The State of Tennessee has long held the notion that visitors to Music City, the Smoky Mountains or Graceland from other parts of the country, and the world, should be a major part of the state’s revenue stream. To that end, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development has been charged with the task of developing and implementing a plan to create more opportunities to bring more people into the Volunteer state who will spend money before returning home. Read the article

Organizers to sell 'premium tickets' for Boomsday 2014 (Knoxville News) Labor Day’s Boomsday celebration will have vendors, live music performances and other activities, a Knoxville tourism official said. Kim Bumpas, president of Visit Knoxville, organizers will be selling “premium tickets” for admittance to the this year’s celebration.  Read the article 

Exploring Northeast TN’s Sunny Side Trail (The Tribune) So many new discoveries awaited us on a recent trip through the Northeast Tennessee TriCities (Kingsport, Johnson City, Bristol) and beyond, including Northeast Tennessee’s Sunny Side Trail. Read the article 

Stewart County focuses on multiple sources for tourism (Leaf Chronicle)A multi-pronged approach to tourism is Stewart County’s focus. “We don’t have a huge business infrastructure in this area,” said Stewart County Mayor Rick Joiner, “so we draw on what we do have. Tourism has a huge impact on Stewart County. Read the article  

Sunny Side Trail Beckons in TN (News OK) When I was a child, my father played Carter Family songs on his flat top guitar and my mom sang harmony to his tenor. I've known the chorus to “Keep on the Sunny Side” for as long as I can remember. The Rhythm and Roots Reunion is among many musical offerings in Bristol, Tenn., which will soon be home to a Smithsonian-affiliated museum chronicling the city's role in the development of country music. Read the article 

Elvis Presley's Graceland Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll with New Exhibit (Broadway World) On July 5, 1954, a delivery truck driver named Elvis Presley walked into Sun Studio in Memphis and recorded "That's All Right" with guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black. Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips played the song on July 8 on WHBQ radio and the switchboard lit up. Rock 'n' Roll was born and the music world changed forever. To commemorate the 60th anniversary, Elvis Presley's Graceland in Memphis is planning a variety of activities, starting with a new exhibit at Graceland entitled "60 Years of Elvis." Read the article 

 

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