Discover West Tennessee June 2022

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DISCOVER O OV June 2022 - Volume 2 - Issue 7

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09 - Riverboats Return to Hardin County 11-Touring Tennessee 19 - Experiencing Spring through a Farmers Eyes 22~ Shamrock’s Ultimate Bullfighters 26- Music of the Movement 28- Discovery Park of America to Upgrade Theater

ON THE COVER Rhonda Vincent, the “Queen of Bluegrass” and member of The Grand Ole Opry.

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Wayne Jerrolds, Bluegrass Festival host, showing his expertise on the fiddle.

Champion Fiddler Wayne Jerrolds to host the 44th Annual Savannah Bluegrass Festival

The 44th annual Savannah Bluegrass Festival will be held July 1 and 2 in Savannah, Tennessee. Performances on Friday night will be on the Tennessee River bank at Wayne Jerrolds Park and then ramping back up on Saturday in downtown Savannah at Savannah Market across from the Courthouse. Friday’s lineup beginning at 6 pm is: Southern Sounds, 4 | DISCOVER

Mallards of Mayhem, Courthouse Pickers, Holt Family, Crosswinds, Scottie Baugus and Boone Creek, followed by festival creator Wayne Jerrolds & Savannah Grass finishing off the evening. Saturday’s lineup begins at noon with: the Fiddlers Roll Call/Open Mic, Jeff Long and Last of Old Time String Bands, Holt Family, Scottie Baugus

and Boone Creek Bluegrass, with headliner Rhonda Vincent and The Rage’s first performance at 2:00pm. Rhonda is known as the Queen of Bluegrass and a member of the Grand Ole Opry, followed by Good Times Grass, and 7 Mile Creek with Maris Richardson. The fun continues with a 4:00pm Dance Contest for all ages!, then continuing

with Rudy Moore and Bluegrass Pals, The Lisa Lambert Band, host Wayne Jerrolds and Savannah Grass opening for headliner Rhonda Vincent and the Rage’s second performance at 6:30pm, and closing out the evening is Joe Garrett and Hatchie Bottom Boys. This down-home pickin’ and singin’ extravaganza on the Tennessee River, created by


the 44th year”. Fans come from all over the area to enjoy the bluegrass sounds echoing through downtown and the historic district. Bring your lawn chairs to relax and enjoy music, food, downtown shopping, and din-

ing. Clap along or kick up your heels at the Dancing Contest as Wayne dishes out over $1000 in prize money! Friday night fiddles around from 6 to 9pm and Saturday kicks it up from noon until 9pm for this two-day music

jubilee. Admission is free and concessions are available. For the latest information about the 44th annual Savannah Bluegrass Festival contact Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 731-925-8181.

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world champion fiddler Wayne Jerrolds, has been packing in audiences since the 1970’s. Teaming with the city of Savannah, Jerrolds promises this region’s biggest and best bluegrass show ever. Event sponsor is Packaging Corporation of America. “We are excited to host our very own hometown Fiddle Champion Wayne Jerrolds and his guests in making this a great Bluegrass Festival,” said Hardin County Tourism Director Beth Pippin. “Our local economy thrives on special events and tourism. We welcome this free event each summer and are happy to celebrate

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Back left to right: Jerry Privitt, Hank Shackelford, Sharon Tubbs, Ijeoma Oleru, Patrick Parham, Kim Morris, Jerry Morris Front left to right: Linda Seaman, Ellen Deming, Almae Chappell, Dusty King, Virginia Conger

Multiplying Good Honors Local Recipients, Selects Winner To Compete Nationally

Leaders Credit Union and WBBJ-TV hosted the Annual Multiplying Good press conference for the 2021-2022 West Tenn. recipients on Thurs., April 21, at the Carl Perkins Civic Center. Jerry Privitt, chief and co-founder of Humboldt Area Rescue Squad EMS, was selected as the West Tennessee national nominee for the 2022 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Outstanding Service Benefiting Local Communities. For the fi fth year, Leaders Credit Union has partnered with WBBJ-TV to bring Multiplying Good’s Jefferson

Award to the West Tennessee community. The Jefferson Awards honors community champions who are “ordinary people doing extraordinary things without expectation of recognition.” The awards are given at both national and local levels. Since May 2018, a new honoree has been selected each month locally. Recipients are nominated by their peers and selected by the Jefferson Awards/Multiplying Good committee members of West Tennessee. Our 2021-2022 West Tennessee winners include: -Almae Chappell: Jackson, Tenn.

-Hank Shackelford: Jackson, Tenn. -Patrick Parham: Jackson, Tenn. -Virginia Conger: Jackson, Tenn. Sharon Tubbs: Jackson, Tenn. -Jerry Privitt: Humboldt, Tenn -Linda Seaman: Jackson, Tenn. -Dusty King: Jackson, Tenn. -Ellen Deming: Jackson, Tenn. -Ijeoma Oleru: Jackson, Tenn. -Kim Morris: Jackson, Tenn. Award recipients are volunteers and champions for numerous charities and causes across West Tennessee, including youth mentorships, community events, elderly service, homeless service, animal DISCOVER | 7


rescue, emergency response, and beyond. A video package for each recipient can be viewed by visiting the WBBJ-TV website. https://www.wbbjtv.com/multiplyinggood/ “At Leaders, we are honored to champion our own community heroes and are been blessed to hear each genuine story and witness their passion of how they advocate for positive change,” said Todd Swims, President and CEO of Leaders Credit Union. “Along with WBBJ, we are honored we’ve had the opportunity to shed light on community members who help us move forward and make lives better.” Jerry Privitt of Humboldt, Tenn., was selected as the West Tenn. national nominee for the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award representing the greatest possible service to a local community by

a private citizen. The national Jefferson Awards event will occur in June, presented in Indianapolis, Indiana. Privitt is the co-founder and chief of the Humboldt Area Rescue Squad, a volunteer emergency rescue team dedicated to the Humboldt Community. Privitt began the Rescue Squad over thirty years ago and has devoted his time and livelihood as the fi rst responder to thousands of calls for assistance. “Multiplying Good is very honored to partner with Leaders Credit Union and WBBJ-TV to bring the awards to the West Tennessee community and to celebrate the accomplishments and service of local neighbors,” said Brady Tanner, Senior Director, Recognition Programs at Multiplying Good. “We are excited for this year’s national nominee and look forward to celebrating Jaunita through

our national event.” If you would like to nominate a champion in your community, visit leaderscu.com or www.wbbjtv.com and follow the prompts. About Leaders Credit Union Leaders Credit Union is a member-owned fi nancial cooperative headquartered in Jackson, Tenn. As one of the largest and most stable credit unions in the nation, Leaders exists to serve the needs of its members and lead the way on their behalf. Leaders was awarded the Best Place to Bank by Jackson Sun’s Readers’ Choice and is placed in the top 1% of credit unions nationwide by depositaccounts.com. Leaders is an Equal Housing Lender and is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration. For more information about Leaders Credit Union, visit the website.

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Riverboats Return to Hardin County!

We are pleased and excited to welcome back our river cruising visitors to the Port of Savannah for the 2022 season! Below is the current schedule, but remember: as river levels can be unpredictable, the schedule can change quickly with time changes and additional stops. This year, Hardin County Conven-

tion and Visitors Bureau, along with the City of Savannah, welcomes the American Queen Voyages line for six stops. River guests love our area for the American history and the river lore that we embrace, not just the civil war era, but the Trail of Tears, the Alex Haley family, the mound builders, and definitely the romance of the steamboats.

Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau operates Step-On Step-Off tours for the American Queen, American Duchess, and American Countess, so you’ll see lots of folks out and about in our downtown district on these days. Guests also enjoy visiting Shiloh National Park on select days. Welcome back to Savannah, river cruisers! DISCOVER | 9



A couple enjoys pizza from Zanders Woodfired Pizza in Dickson

Touring Dickson County

Just outside of Nashville, TN, there is an idyllic small town reminiscent of Mayberry and a time when things were slower. Dickson, Tennessee is everyone’s hometown dream. When you take time to stroll along Main Street in Historic Downtown Dickson, you will be greeted by friendly locals. Stop into the different unique shops, grab a cup of coffee, or even a bite to eat as you make your way to the Clement Railroad Hotel Museum. At the museum, you will learn about the rich history of Dickson County, everything from railroads to the Civil War to Civil Rights.

If you want to continue the path of our history, take a leisurely drive to Charlotte, Tennessee. You can visit Tennessee’s Oldest Working Courthouse on the Historic Charlotte Square, The Promise Land Community, and even hike to an original iron furnace in Cumberland Furnace. After your historic tour on our winding back roads, stop into our infamous Amish market, Country View Market. Relax on the porch with an ice cream cone or hand-made sandwich. If your tastes are a little more “highspeed” then go over to Thunder Alley and race go-karts, go head-to-head in

virtual reality gaming or bowling. You can also take the fun outdoors with hiking, mountain biking, or kayaking at Montgomery Bell State Park. Dickson also boasts some of the best golfing Tennessee has to offer with Golf Advisor’s #1 and #3 rated public golf courses in Tennessee: Greystone Golf Club and the Frank G. Clement Golf Course at Montgomery Bell State Park. Both courses offer lush, rolling greens tempting to beginner and professional alike. When you visit Dickson, Tennessee, you are visiting family, so come on over and stay a while! DISCOVER | 11


A view of the front porch at Country View Market

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Tennessee’s oldest working courthouse, located in Charlotte, Tn.

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Dynamix incorporates state-of-the-art equipment in all 12 clinics throughout West Tennessee. Dynamix Physical Therapy was named a top three finalist for the Ascend National Practice of the Year award. This means that Dynamix is among the top physical therapy companies in the country, serving communities throughout West Tennessee. The team finds out if they won on May 21, 2022.

Dynamix Physical Therapy’s co-founder Heath Ladd stands next to patient Joe McMinn after he “graduated” from physical therapy. Joe’s story has made an impact on his community and his Dynamix family.

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Can physical therapy help someone with 15% heart function? Ask Joe McMinn. At Dynamix Physical Therapy, our therapists work with clients of all walks of life. We work with the student athletes who are rehabbing after an ACL surgery, with the mother who has pulled a muscle trying to balance life, work and kids, and also the savvy seniors who may have had double-knee replacement and need excellent physical therapy to help them get back to doing what they love. And occasionally, our team members meet a patient whose story is unlike the rest, and they are tasked with helping that person get better, stronger and more determined to live than on the first day they walked through the doors.

This is the story of Joe McMinn.

Joe is a beloved community member of Milan, Tenn., is known around town as “Santa Claus.” His warm personality and big smile draws people in to hear his incredible story. Joe had COVID, then started having heart trouble as a result. “Joe was knocking on death’s door when he first started coming to Dynamix for cardiac rehab,” said Heath Ladd, co-founder of Dynamix and Joe’s physical therapist. “At his first appointment in February 2022, he had 15% heart function – meaning his heart was so weak I could not get a pulse with touch, a stethoscope or oximetry.” During the first session, Heath had Joe walking in small increments for a total of 10 minutes. Throughout the next few weeks, they kept up this routine, constantly checking on his vitals and listening to Joe’s report on how he felt. At his tenth appointment, Joe had increased to a brisk 20-minute walk while holding kettlebells, then another 10 minutes without the weights before ending his therapy with 15 minutes on the exercise bike with added resistance. At this time, Heath could feel his radial pulse. Great strides had been accomplished! Two months later, Joe had improved so significantly that he “graduated” from physical therapy. After all of the hard work, determination to get well, and the full support of his medical team, family and Dynamix crew, Joe now has what was most precious to him – his health. At Dynamix, our mission is to be the bright spot in our customers’ day while pursuing excellence in healthcare and service. We build relationships with our patients, encourage them throughout their rehabilitation journey, and celebrate them when they are discharged. Our goal is to help our clients get back to doing what they love, and you can trust that your local Dynamix team will give you 110% every time you visit them. To schedule a free consultation, visit dynamix.life and call your local Dynamix clinic. We are proud to be West Tennessee’s leader in physical therapy and sports medicine! Dynamix physical therapist Kathleen Ingalls talks with her patient on ways to alleviate the pain in her neck.


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A springtime favorite is the West Tennessee Farmers Market, where guests can experience all the fresh produce as the season brings a fresh warmth to the air. You can browse the food trucks that Jackson has to offer

and explore the hand-crafted items that vendors are selling. The farmer’s market is the perfect way to explore fresh ingredients that the springtime has to offer. You can even taste the bigas-your-face donuts from The Donut

Truck while you’re walking through the market. Spring is all about enjoying the fresh ingredients that bloom as the air warms up and the grass turns greener, so why not experience that right here in Jackson, TN?



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New Event at 2022 Henry County Fair: Shamrock’s Ultimate Bullfighters

In a press conference on May 12th at the Chamber of Commerce, representatives from the Henry County Fair Association, the Chamber of Commerce, and Cody and Korie Nance, of Nance Productions, announced plans to partner on an event to kick off the 2022 Henry County Fair, August 20th at the Henry County Fairgrounds. “Shamrock’s Ultimate Bullfighters” will be the title of the event and it will feature freestyle bullfighting and a mutton busting competition. Ultimate Bullfighters or UBF was created over a decade ago to promote the sport of freestyle bullfighting, a derivative of the western sports & rodeo. Shamrock comes from the locally owned business, Shamrock Dirt and Forestry, which will serve as the title sponsor. “These guys are incredible athletes and I am excited 22 | DISCOVER

to support this growing element of our western sports industry,” commented Cody Nance. “Paris welcomed us with open arms for the PBR in Paris, and I think they will find this event just as entertaining.” “It’s a perfect situation for us to grow our relationship with the Nance’s, contribute to the extraordinary effort that the Henry County Fair puts behind their events, and create an opportunity for us to bring people to this community,” commented Travis McLeese, CEO of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. In freestyle bullfighting, a bullfighter competes for 60 seconds against a fighting bull predominantly of Spanish descent to score points for maneuvers performed during the 1-minute competition. Unlike traditional bullfighting,

the animals are not harmed or killed. Bullfighters are judged solely on their ability to perform dangerous stunts as close to the bull as possible without getting hit. With a rapidly gaining fan base due to the high action of the sport itself, the UBF is positioned to become a huge phenomenon in the western sports world and beyond. “On behalf of all of the members of the HC Fair Board, we are excited to be able to join together and help bring such a unique event to West Tennessee and specifically to the Henry County Fairgrounds in Paris, TN,” commented Michelle Hopkins, Fair Board Member. The event will be nationally televised on Pluto TV. More information on tickets, sponsorships, and other details will be available later this summer.



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Scene from the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville. Photo courtesy of Tennessee Department of Tourism

Music of the Movement: New Sites on U.S. Civil Rights Trail in Tennessee Spotlight the Impact and Legacy of Black Music

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development (TDTD) and Travel South announced the addition of two new sites and one expansion along

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the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, including the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville and Stax Museum of American Soul Music in

Memphis. The new additions join other landmarks for a total of 14 Tennessee stops on the trail. “What happened in Tennessee


changed the world and through the power of music of the movement, visitors can learn about that legacy at world-class destinations like Stax and NMAAM,” said Mark Ezell, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Secretary/Treasurer of the U.S Civil Rights Trail Marketing Alliance. “Visitors can walk in the footsteps of the brave men and women who stood up for equal rights. Our state’s history and heritage shine a light on the triumphant and impactful stories at these destinations.” The National Museum of African American Music, which just celebrated its one-year anniversary, is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced and inspired by African Americans. The “One Nation Under a Groove” gallery is focused on how music inspired the Civil Rights Movement and evolved with the issues of the day. Educational programs, programming and events spotlight the achievements and influences of African American music. “From the covert messages embedded in ‘Wade in the Water’ to the stirring melodies of ‘What’s Going On,’ African American music has provided the soundtrack for Civil Rights Movements in the United States,” says H. Beecher Hicks, President, and CEO of the National Museum of African American Music. “We are proud to continue our work in preserving and celebrating African Americans’ contributions and influence on the American Soundtrack.” In Memphis, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, located on the original site of Stax Records studio since 2003, pays special tribute to the artists who recorded there, as well as other American soul legends. Many of the artists and musicians who recorded at Stax were from the surrounding neighborhood, local churches and schools. In a time when racial tension was high, the studio was integrated from day one, focus-

ing on producing its own sound, a Memphis sound. Today, Stax launched its second annual Virtual Black History Month Tour, which is available at no cost to educators and students throughout the world. "Our launch of the Stax Museum's Virtual Black History Month Tour couldn't be more in line with the announcement that the museum is now being added as an iconic location on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail," said Stax Museum Executive Director Jeff Kollath. "More than just a label that recorded some of the most indelible, timeless music in history, Stax Records provided a company culture that was inclusive and where people of all races and genders worked together like family at a time of extreme racism and sexism in the United States and particularly in Memphis and the South. Both our new status on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail and the launch of our Virtual Black History Month tour reflect that rich history and how it still applies to current events." The Stax Museum will hold a special, in-person event Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022, 7-9 p.m., during which it will premiere the virtual tour and host live music and an interview with former Stax Records owner Al Bell. The event is free and open to the public. Another Memphis site along the U.S. Civil Rights Trail is Clayborn Temple, is now expanded to include “I AM A MAN” Plaza, which features a sculpture alongside a wall filled with the names of those who participated and rallied in the historic 1968 Memphis sanitization strikes. For more information on Tennessee stops along the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, visit www.TNcivilrightstrail.com. Travelers can also document their visits and redeem their “stamped” passports for prizes, all from their mobile device, using Bandwango. Passports are available online. The U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which debuted in 2018, includes more than 120 sites that were significant to the

Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s - a collection of churches, courthouses, schools, museums and other landmarks primarily in the Southern states where activists challenged segregation in the 1950s and 1960s to advance social justice. The people, locations and destinations included in the Civil Rights Trail provide a way for families, travelers and educators to experience history firsthand and tell the story of how “what happened here changed the world.” Discover each landmark’s importance, watch interviews with foot soldiers and heroes of the movement, check out an interactive map, past and present photographs and 360-degree special video features. Chart the course of the movement and learn about the full trail and other states’ sites at www.civilrightstrail.com. The U.S. Civil Rights Trail also recently launched a podcast. The series includes half-hour interviews with historians and experts who explore some of the most significant events of the Movement. The podcast series about Tennessee will debut in June, during Black Music Month, and can be found on streaming sites, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and Amazon.

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A family entering the theater at Discovery Park of America.

Discovery Park of America Upgrades Theater to Include State-of-the-Art 4K Digital 3D Technology

Discovery Park of America has begun a project to upgrade the current Starship Theater incorporating a state-of-the-art, laser-illuminated 4K Digital 3D projection system designed and integrated by D3D Cinema. Included in the upgrade is the latest high-efficiency 40,000-lumen laser projector on the market, an advanced surround-sound system and the ability to show 3-D films which will provide significant new programming capabilities in the theater. An additional change is the renaming of the theater to “The Discovery Theater.” “For all of us at Discovery Park, this is more than just new technology and a name change,” said Karl Johnson, Discovery Park of America director of information technology. “The new 28 | DISCOVER

projection and audio system and the ability to show 3D films gives us a fun, new way to implement our mission to inspire children and adults to see beyond.” The Discovery Theater will close for the remodel on September 12, 2022 and reopen on October 8, 2022 with the 20-minute version of two award-winning 3D films, “Dinosaurs of Antarctica 3D” and “Tiny Giants 3D.” “Dinosaurs of Antarctica 3D” from Giant Screen Films and D3D Cinema uses the latest in CGI technology to follow a team of paleoecologists on a quest to understand the southern continent’s profound transformation from a warm and bio-diverse Mesozoic to the frozen desert we know today. “Tiny Giants 3D” from BBC Earth is an adventure film created by the award-winning nature filmmakers Michael Gunton (“Africa,


One Life,” “Madagascar”) and Mark Brownlow (“Planet Earth,” “South Pacific”) and narrated by English actor, broadcaster and comedian Stephen Fry. “Our team is honored by the trust placed in us by Discovery Park to design, integrate and support this important re-imagination of their theater,” said Derek Threinen, D3D’s Senior Vice President of Business Development. “The versatility of this new system will allow Discovery Park to open new worlds of discovery with stunningly-immersive sights and sounds from around the world, and in subjects as diverse as the museum and park itself.” About Discovery Park of America The mission of Discovery Park of America, a premier worldclass museum and 50-acre heritage park located in Union City, Tennessee, is to inspire children and adults to see beyond. Included is a 100,000-square-foot museum featuring 9 interactive exhibit galleries with additional space for temporary exhibits from around the world and a 50-acre heritage park. Discovery Park of America is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations including its principal funder, the Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation. For more information, visit DiscoveryParkofAmerica.com, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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