• TDOT, Tourism & TWRA Partner to Provide Fishing Access at Smith County Welcome Center

    Tuesday, November 09, 2010 | 7:35am
    New Parking Area at I-40 Welcome Center in Smith County Provides Anglers Access to Caney Fork River
     
    NASHVILLE – Anglers now have new access to the Caney Fork River in Smith County thanks to a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. A new parking area and access trail to the Caney Fork River is now open at the I-40 Welcome Center in Smith County at mile marker 267. The Welcome Center can be reached by both eastbound and westbound traffic on I-40. The new access area was developed to provide safe, legal access to the popular river for fishing.

    Tourist Development |Transportation |Wildlife Resources

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  • New Guide Shows Off Tennessee's Plentiful, Beautiful Equine Trails

    Wednesday, October 27, 2010 | 9:01am

    NASHVILLE – A new equine trail guide is available now from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. The new statewide directory, offered free of charge, is the most comprehensive ever published for Tennessee.

    Guides can be requested by visiting www.picktnproducts.org. Click on “Equine Resources” to be directed to an online request form, and the guide will be sent by mail.

    The 50 page guide features easy to use regional sections combined with symbols to indicate private trails, private stables, overnight stabling, city parks, state parks, national parks & forests, state forests, bed & breakfasts with stabling, cabins, primitive camping, camping with electrical hookups, restroom and shower facilities and even wagon trails. Contact information is included for every location.

    Agriculture |Tourist Development

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  • Tennessee Inaugural Civil War Sesquicentennial Event Announced

    Monday, July 26, 2010 | 7:00pm

    Governor Phil Bredesen to Open Ceremony

    NASHVILLE – In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, Tennessee’s Sesquicentennial Commission announces the state’s Inaugural Sesquicentennial Signature Event. Taking place November 12 and 13, the theme of this historic milestone is "The Coming of the Civil War." Governor Phil Bredesen will kick off the event at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Jackson Hall beginning at 10 a.m. CST on November 12.

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  • Grand Opening of Brand New Tennessee Welcome Center in Unicoi County

    Friday, May 14, 2010 | 9:17am

    ERWIN, Tenn. - The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Tennessee Department of Transportation hosted the official grand opening ceremonies of the brand new I-26 Tennessee Welcome Center, today, Monday, May 14 at 1 p.m. EDT. The center is located at I-26 in Unicoi County, near Erwin. The grand opening event was part of Tennessee’s National Tourism and Travel Week festivities.

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  • 2010 National Travel and Tourism Week

    Wednesday, May 05, 2010 | 11:05am

    NASHVILLE - National Travel and Tourism Week will take place throughout the country May 8-16. This year’s theme for the week is “Stand Up and Be Counted,” as cities and travel businesses nationwide rally in support of the industry’s impact on local communities and states.

     

    And, in spite of the challenging circumstances in a number of cities and counties in parts of Tennessee, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development has announced that many tourism sites throughout the state will participate in this important national event.

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  • Tennessee Tourism Issues Statement in Response to Mid-State Flooding

    Wednesday, May 05, 2010 | 4:41am

    NASHVILLE - On May 1 and 2, the city of Nashville and some of the surrounding cities and counties in Tennessee experienced record-breaking rains. While the overall impact of this weekend's weather has not been fully assessed, some of Nashville's popular attractions have sustained flood damage and will be closed for several weeks. However, many of Nashville's attractions, restaurants, hotels and historic sites remain open for business.

    In addition, travelers to other major Tennessee tourism destinations, including Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, the Smoky Mountains and Northeast Tennessee, will find these locations without incident and 100% operational.

    Media Advisories |Tennessee Emergency Management Agency |Tourist Development

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  • Tennessee Aquarium Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Earth Day

    Thursday, April 15, 2010 | 7:00pm

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Tennessee Aquarium will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 24.

    Earth Day is a grassroots movement to protect vital natural resources. In recognition of its celebration, the aquarium will join more than 100 zoos and aquariums across North America by hosting a "Party for the Planet" celebration.

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  • Tennessee Tourism Releases 2010 Vacation Guide

    Thursday, January 21, 2010 | 6:00pm
    State’s Official Travel Planner
     
    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development has released the 2010 Official Tennessee Vacation Guide. The state’s premiere resource for vacationers is packed with hundreds of colorful photos, feature articles, and descriptions of the state’s attractions, lodging, historic locales, entertainment venues, state parks, outdoor adventures and more.

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  • Black History Month in Tennessee

    Monday, January 18, 2010 | 6:00pm
    Music, Exhibits and Parades Celebrate Black History Month in Tennessee
     
    NASHVILLE- During Black History Month, stories of courage and triumph will be told throughout Tennessee with music, exhibits and parades. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Nashville Sit-In Movement and this time of year proves exciting as the state remembers life before and after the civil rights movement.

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  • Bredesen Announces Discover Tennessee Trails and Byways Tourism Initiative

    Tuesday, November 03, 2009 | 9:06am
    Country Superstars Rascal Flatts Lend Their Voices to the Marketing Campaign
     
    FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Governor Phil Bredesen announced today the launch of Discover Tennessee Trails and Byways with the debut of the Old Tennessee Trail. Rascal Flatts will be lending their voices and support to the project as part of the marketing campaign.
     
    Led by the Department of Tourist Development, Discover Tennessee Trails and Byways is a statewide initiative encompassing all 95 counties along 15 regional trails, and featuring Tennessee’s five National Scenic Byways. The Old Tennessee Trail will highlight more than 70 significant tourism sites, promoting Davidson, Williamson and Maury Counties.

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  • Governor Bredesen Announces Tourism Initiative as State Blazes New Trails

    Thursday, October 29, 2009 | 7:00pm
     

    Media Advisory

    Governor Bredesen Announces Tourism Initiative as State Blazes New Trails

     

    WHO:             The Honorable Phil Bredesen, Governor
                            Susan Whitaker, Commissioner of Tourist Development
                            Gerald Nicely, Commissioner of Transportation
                            Matthew Kisber, Commissioner of Economic & Community Development
                            Mark Shore, Executive Director of the Williamson County
                            Convention & Visitors Bureau
                            Aubrey Preston, Tourism Ambassador

    Media Advisories |Tourist Development

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  • Grand Opening and Media Event at Tennessee’s newly completed I-75 Welcome Center in Jellico

    Thursday, September 24, 2009 | 7:00pm

    Grand Opening and Media Event

    Tennessee Welcome Center - I-75 South in Jellico (Campbell County)

     
    WHAT:  The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Tennessee Department of Transportation will host a Grand Opening and Media Event at Tennessee’s newly completed I-75 Welcome Center in Jellico.
     
    WHEN: Monday, September 28 at 1 p.m. EDT.

    Media Advisories |Tourist Development

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  • Governor's Conference on Tourism to be held in Murfreesboro

    Wednesday, September 02, 2009 | 7:00pm

    Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Tourism Strategies for Tough Times

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The 2009 Governor’s Conference on Tourism will be held Sept. 16 – 18 in Murfreesboro at Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center. This year’s theme is, “Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Tourism Strategies for Tough Times.”
     
    President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, Roger Dow, will deliver the convention’s keynote address on the power of travel. Senior Vice President of Research, U.S. Travel Association, Dr. Suzanne Cook, will also deliver a keynote address on the topic of tourism industry trends and forecasts. Other highlights include educational seminars designed for all segments of the tourism industry, unbeatable networking opportunities and the State of the Industry address by Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker.
     

    Media Advisories |Tourist Development

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  • Cherokee History is New Focus in Southeast Tennessee

    Tuesday, August 25, 2009 | 7:00pm

    Rich History Is Interpreted and Brought Into Spotlight

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Local tourism professionals are working alongside scholars, citizens and history buffs in a movement that is uncovering new stories and raising awareness of Southeast Tennessee’s extremely significant Cherokee history, a part of America’s most important Native American past.  
     

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  • First National Memorial Service for Meriwether Lewis - Commemorates 200th Anniversary of Lewis’ Death

    Thursday, August 20, 2009 | 7:00pm

     FIRST NATIONAL MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR MERIWETHER LEWIS

    Commemorates 200th Anniversary of Lewis’ Death

     
    HOHENWALD - On October 7, 2009, Meriwether Lewis, the leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, will be honored for the first time with a national memorial service. In commemoration of the bicentennial of Lewis’ death and to respect his memory, Hohenwald, Tenn. will pay tribute to Meriwether Lewis with a ceremony worthy of this true American hero.  

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