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allure – which is magnified amidst rumors that it’s haunted. Guests can also tap their toes to the hotel’s thriving live music scene. Acts ranging from Grammy winners to bluegrass legends to Beatles cover bands perform in the Chais Music Hall, named in honor of Peters’ late wife. For more information or to make reservations, call (931) 389-7050 or visit

Tales of Tennessee Turning off the TV and saving energy is easy when you can curl up by the fire with a good book. Kathy Schultenover, book club coordinator for Davis Kidd Booksellers, which has locations in Nashville and Memphis, gives a few suggestions for some real page-turners – all written by Tennessee authors.

Dig This Located just off Interstate 26 in Gray, the East Tennessee State University and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site offers an opportunity to check out an entire ecosystem of plants and animals – fossilized, of course. Visitors can observe saber-toothed cats, the world’s only near-complete fossil red panda and various other interesting discoveries. The Miocene site, estimated to be 4.5 million to 7 million years old, was unearthed by a highway crew working on a road-widening project in 2000. Paleontologists were notified, and thousands of fossils have been uncovered so far. The museum is open daily from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., offering guided tours each hour as well as a variety of activities, lectures and programs. Go online to or call (423) 439-3659 to learn more.

Step Back, Slow Down The Walking Horse Hotel in Wartrace transports visitors to a bygone era. Located just outside of Shelbyville, the hotel was built in 1917 and exudes old-fashioned charm. Owner Joe Peters, who purchased the hotel in 2007, has renovated portions of the building while retaining its historic

Nashville native Ann Patchett’s bestselling novel Bel Canto describes a fictional situation where international hostages and their captors unexpectedly connect. I Hate To See That Evening Sun Go Down by William Gay, who hails from Hohenwald, features 13 short stories set in rural Tennessee. The title story was recently made into a film. In Widow of the South, Williamson County resident Robert Hicks tells the based-on-truth story of a woman who turns her Tennessee plantation into a hospital and cemetery during the Civil War. From the nonfiction category, Fortunes, Fiddles and Fried Chicken by Bill Carey takes an in-depth look at several businesses and industries developed by Nashville residents.

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tnconnections Winter 2010 Edition Editor Jessy Yancey Contributing Writers Carol Cowan, Roben Mounger, Jessica Walker Creative Director Keith Harris Photography Director Jeffrey S. Otto Senior Photographer Brian McCord Staff Photographers Jeff Adkins, Todd Bennett, Antony Boshier, Ian Curcio, J. Kyle Keener Photography Project Manager Anne Whitlow Production Project Managers Melissa Bracewell, Katie Middendorf, Jill Wyatt Graphic Designers Jessica Manner, Marcus Snyder Ad Traffic Marcia Millar, Patricia Moisan, Raven Petty Sr. V.P./Sales Carla H. Thurman Sr. V.P./Operations Casey E. Hester V.P./Editorial Director Teree Caruthers V.P./Visual Content Mark Forester V.P./Custom Publishing Kim Newsom Production Director Natasha Lorens Associate Production Director Christina Carden Controller Chris Dudley Advertising Sales Manager, Custom Division Beth Murphy Integrated Media Manager Robin Robertson Distribution Director Gary Smith Accounting Moriah Domby, Diana Guzman, Maria McFarland, Lisa Owens Custom/Travel Sales Support Rachael Goldsberry Office Manager Shelly Grissom Receptionist Linda Bishop

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Tennessee Connections is published quarterly by Journal Communications Inc. for participating members of the Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association. TMEPA represents 61 municipal power distributors in Tennessee, which serve more than 2 million customers. For advertising information or to direct questions or comments about the magazine, contact Journal Communications Inc., 725 Cool Springs Blvd., Suite 400, Franklin, TN 37067. Phone: 615-771-0080.E-mail:

Generally Speaking Part store, part museum, Rocky Top General Store in Harriman has a little bit of everything.


Greenhouse Effect The Greenhouse Bar in Nashville embraces an eco-friendly atmosphere and philosophy.

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Membership Alcoa Electric Department Athens Utilities Board Benton County Electric System Bolivar Energy Authority Bristol Tennessee Essential Services Brownsville Utility Department Carroll County Electrical Department Electric Power Board of Chattanooga CDE Lightband – Clarksville Cleveland Utilities Clinton Utilities Board Columbia Power & Water System Cookeville Department of Electricity Covington Electric System Dayton Electric Department Dickson Electric System Dyersburg Electric System Elizabethton Electric Department Erwin Utilities Etowah Utilities Department Gallatin Department of Electricity Greeneville Light & Power System Harriman Utility Board Humboldt Utilities Jackson Energy Authority Jellico Electric & Water Systems Johnson City Power Board Knoxville Utilities Board LaFollette Utilities Lawrenceburg Utility Systems Lenoir City Utilities Board Lewisburg Electric System Lexington Electric System Loudon Utilities City of Maryville Electric Department McMinnville Electric System Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division Milan Department of Public Utilities Morristown Utility Systems Mount Pleasant Power System Murfreesboro Electric Department Nashville Electric Service Newbern Electric Department Newport Utilities City of Oak Ridge Electric Department Paris Board of Public Utilities Pulaski Electric System Ripley Power and Light Company Rockwood Electric Utility Sevier County Electric System Shelbyville Power System Smithville Electric System Town of Somerville Utilities Sparta Electric System Springfield Electric Department Sweetwater Utilities Board Trenton Light & Water Department Tullahoma Utilities Board Union City Electric System Weakley County Municipal Electric System

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Public Policy on Public Power Learn about the legislation and make a difference MIKE VINSON Executive Director Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association

Today’s political climate is more charged than any year I can recall. We’re deluged by multiple opinions regarding health-care legislation with a divided Congress that’s trying to please everyone. We’re inundated by pro and con positions on global warming, with both sides proving their positions to the satisfaction of many (I guess there can be more than one truth, after all). Cap-and-trade legislation threatens to increase the price you may be paying for electricity in the coming years, and I know of no electric system in favor of what has been proposed so far. Citizens of this great country are rapidly losing confidence in both the media and our elected officials. I guess we should look back at what Will Rogers once said: “Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.” Everybody is right, and nobody is wrong. Optimists are becoming an endangered species. Seriously, much is on our plate today. We must all take the opportunity to hold our elected officials accountable for the welfare of our country. The day is long past when the needs of the few should outweigh the needs of the many (got that one from Spock).

On the state front here at TMEPA, we’re getting ready for the next session of the Tennessee General Assembly, which will convene on Jan. 12, 2010. Once again we’ll have the pleasure of working with a group who are more responsive to citizens’ needs than their Washington counterparts. As usual, we’ll be watching the introduction of bills that may have an adverse effect on your local electric company, as well as bills beneficial to their operations. In addition, we’ll continue working with our legislators regarding issues such as the right of municipals to offer telecommunication services, fees for attaching to the electric poles of other companies (cable and telephone), workers’ compensation, insurance and any other issue that could cost you, the municipal systems customers, more money. We encourage you to contact your state and national senators and representatives to emphasize that any legislation that adversely affects public power ultimately is reflected in higher rates. With the current state of our economy, even a minor increase in your utility costs is unwanted. Each TMEPA member stands ready and willing to serve its customers with integrity, professionalism and efficiency. You won’t find a more dedicated group of public servants than those in your hometown who daily go about keeping the lights on. Should you have the opportunity, let them know they’re doing a great job and their efforts are truly appreciated.



Generally Speaking Part store, part museum, Rocky Top has a little bit of everything story by Carol Cowan photography by Brian McCord


elieve it or not, picturesque Roane County in East Tennessee is home to the nation’s largest neutron science project, the world’s fastest computer and a host of high-tech start-up companies that sprang from research and development at Oak Ridge National Laboratory – also located in Roane County. But pull up in front of Rocky Top General Store, a few miles down the road in Harriman, and all that high technology might as well be worlds away. In fact, eyeing the worn plank floors and old tools and farm equipment lining the walls, visitors to the store might even forget what century it is. That’s fine with owner David Webb, who opened the store in 1959. He and his wife, Mildred, have lived in Harriman all their lives, and the Webbs help keep simplicity and friendliness a top priority by greeting every patron with a bag of fresh-popped popcorn and a dose of Southern hospitality. His establishment outfits rural customers with everything they need for life on the farm and entices tourists with handmade gifts and unique, made-in-Tennessee products. “We’ve got farm supplies, poultry supplies, hardware, plumbing, appliances, furniture, stove pipe,” Webb says. “And we’ve got gifts, old-timey stick candy, jams and jellies, quilts, wagons, cast-iron cookware – ‘general store’ about says it all.”

In addition to store inventory, Webb’s collection of vintage memorabilia has turned Rocky Top into something of a museum. Authentic Radio Flyer wagons are available for purchase, and there’s even an oldfashioned soda pop machine that sells Coca-Cola in glass bottles. Old sleds, wood cookstoves, tin signs, scales, printing presses and musical instruments make the place worth seeing whether you’re shopping or not. “We have a lot of items on display that aren’t for sale,” Webb explains. “I really like the old tools. I’ve got some old singletrees and old horse-drawn plows that were made in Harriman. Over the years, as I found things, I would buy them. Then people got to where they’d just give things to us to add to our display.” That includes an old sheriff ’s car and an antique fire truck out in front of the store, where an old-time façade dresses up the wire shed. Webb says his next addition will be modeled after an old-fashioned town square. “Now all we need is a post office,” he adds. But contrary to appearances, neither Webb nor Rocky Top General Store is stuck in the past. Where a mail-order catalog used to go out to customers far and wide, now everything from chicken wire, rabbit feed, cages, traps and leg bands to Radio Flyer wagons, grandfather clocks, how-to books, rocking chairs, ceramic dolls and apple peelers can be ordered online via the store’s Web site at ■

Rocky Top General Store in Harriman is an authentic, family-owned and -operated country store that specializes in just about anything. Inside, customers find wagons, cast-iron cookware, farm supplies, furniture, wood stoves, antiques, birdhouses, clothing, soap, gifts and much more. 4


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Greenhouse Effect Nashville bar embraces green atmosphere, philosophy

story by Jessica Walker photography by Jeff Adkins


t first glance, the only hint that the Greenhouse Bar is truly the watering hole its name claims to be is the long, bottle-filled structure smack-dab in the middle of the room. Otherwise, with wall-to-wall plant life, watering cans and giant fans, you’d swear it was an actual greenhouse – and it is. Far from the neon of Lower Broad, the Green Hills bar is one of Nashville’s hidden nightlife hot spots, frequented by locals such

as English professor Claire Bates. “This is my favorite bar to entertain out-of-town guests,” she says. “I say, ‘Let’s go to the Greenhouse,’ and they nod, unknowingly. Little do they know it’s a real greenhouse.” Patrons can unwind at the end of the day while taking in the gorgeous greenery of their surroundings. As Bates puts it, “There’s something relaxing about drinking in a greenhouse; the park benches, gravel paths and corrugated aluminum bar.”

Know Before You Go The Greenhouse Bar and The Food Company are located at 2211 Bandywood Drive in Nashville. For more information, visit www.thefoodcompany or call (615) 385-4311.

From left: A series of fans keeps the air circulating to aid the evaporative cooling system at the Greenhouse Bar in Nashville; Jackie Daniel owns two neighboring businesses, the Greenhouse Bar and The Food Company. Winter 2010



Plastics by the Numbers You don’t have to go to the Greenhouse Bar to recycle, but those numbers on plastic items can be pretty tricky. Not sure what they mean? Follow this guide and never be stumped again. #1 PET/PETE – Polyethylene Terephthalate, often found in water, juice and soft drink bottles, is the easiest plastic to recycle. It can be recycled into bottles and polyester fibers. #2 HDPE – High-Density Polyethylene, also easy to recycle, is found in the packaging of detergents and bleach, milk containers, hair products and motor oil. It can be recycled into bottles or bags. #3 PVC – Polyvinyl Chloride is common but difficult to recycle. It can be found in toys, pipes, spray bottles, packaging, furniture and more items. #4 LDPE – Low-Density Polyethylene is easy to recycle and found in grocery and sandwich bags, some baby bottles and reusable drink and food containers. It can be recycled into similar items. #5 PP – Polypropylene is found in clothing, yogurt and deli takeout containers and reusable containers (Tupperware, Rubbermaid, etc). The items can be recycled into fibers. #6 PS – Polystyrene is difficult to recycle and found in cups, packing peanuts, foam trays, some plastic cutlery and egg containers. #7 Other: This could mean a mixture of any and all of the items listed above. Avoid this one if at all possible, as most recyclers don’t want it. Sources: Green Living Tips, Mother Nature Network 8


It’s not just the Greenhouse Bar’s plants that are green; the owner’s efforts are too.

The horticultural ambience provides a unique experience. But it’s not only the vegetation that is green – so is the philosophy. Owner Jackie Daniel recycles all of the cans, bottles and packaging her business produces. She has also installed evaporative panels, which create cool air through water evaporation. Fans circulate the air, keeping her bar comfortable without air conditioning. But that’s just the beginning. Instead of providing paper towels in her restrooms, Daniel supplies high-power hand dryers. While she does use gas heating to keep the bar warm in the winter, she does not heat the bathrooms, which saves energy. The Greenhouse Bar is adjacent to The Food Company, also owned by Daniel. She never intended for her businesses to be green, she says. “I’ve just become more aware of my environmental impact, and I’m trying to change it,” she says. “I started with evaporative panels and added where I could from there.” However, Daniel points out the high price tag that comes with the effort. Currently, the city does not assist with commercial recycling, so Daniel hires a private recycling company. Recycling also means extra work and a less-efficient kitchen operation. But regardless

of the personal cost, it’s worth it to her. “The biggest impact you can make as a commercial business is to recycle,” she says. “Secondary would be burning less fossil fuels.” While she isn’t sure if customers care much about her eco-conscious initiatives, Daniel believes it’s the unique atmosphere the Greenhouse Bar offers that keeps people coming back: “Where else can you go and get plants in your face, a gravel floor and a plastic roof?” Indeed, Daniel has helped bring a little bit of green to Nashville even during the coldest time of the year. “The general horticultural vibe makes you feel like you’re outside when you’re not,” Bates says. “It’s the best place to go for the winter doldrums – the next best thing to a patio.” For her part, Daniel is making an effort to get her customers involved. Individual bins for each recyclable item rely on patrons to place empty bottles and other waste in their proper containers. She says she believes people will refrain from making big changes to their lifestyles until it becomes more convenient. Until then, she will continue to focus on her own impact, urging others to join in. “Something has to be done,” Daniel says. “Something has to change.” ■ Tennessee Connections

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sits on his Foxfire Farm on the edge of the 327-person town. His retail store can be found in the heart of downtown Lynnville at 135 Mill St.


To purchase Col. Littleton’s products, visit or call (800) 842-4075. To learn more, you can hear from “The Colonel” himself by checking out his video on our Web site at

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As the nation’s largest natural habitat refuge for endangered African and Asian elephants, The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is home to 15 rescued elephants in need. Founded in 1995, the sanctuary sits on 2,700 acres in Hohenwald, located in Lewis County. Unlike zoo or circus animals, these creatures aren’t required to entertain a crowd; their only job is to live like elephants.

Col. Garry Littleton is committed to crafting long-lasting leather products in Lynnville, located near Pulaski in the south-central part of the state. All of his luxury merchandise looks as if it could have been made in 1890, he says, and some products actually are based on designs of that era. His products range from heirloom-quality knives and letter openers to belts and apparel – and his more famous clients have included former presidents Clinton and both Bushes as well as actor Robert Duvall.

While tours are not available to the general public, you can get connected with this nonprofit organization by pledging to make a yearly donation or by serving as a volunteer. Donations also make great “alternative gifts.” Rather than giving another superfluous gift this holiday season, you can support an elephant by giving to The Elephant Sanctuary in honor of a friend or family member. This eco-friendly option is becoming increasingly popular and can be easily accomplished by visiting the sanctuary’s Web site,, or by calling (931) 796-6500. Winter 2010

If you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, a Tennessee T-Cake just might hit the spot. Frances Barkley owns the Nashville-based company and guarantees a unique confection made with care and quality ingredients. According to “The Legend of The T-Cake,” the recipe dates back to the Civil War when a love-struck young woman sent a captain her teacakes, hoping to win his heart – and it worked. Soon after receiving the cakes, he married her. The same recipe used by this young woman is used today to make the confections in four flavors: Original, Chocolate Truffle, Key Lime and Luscious Lemon Lime. Go online or call (888) 886-3926 to find out how to order the tasty treat.

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icture an early morning walk through the wet grass with a dear grandparent. The destination is an old hen house that squats close to an abundant vegetable garden. The grandparent gathers the eggs and hustles the young one back to the kitchen with the promise of a buttery scramble. One of the long, strong recollections of childhood involves the egg. I suspect that for all of us, the glorious orb represents a quick and nutritious meal – the original fast food. No doubt, our first task in the kitchen may have been the awkward crack of an egg. Several years ago while on a road trip, a neatly painted sign that read “Fresh Eggs For Sale” enlivened my desire for that small-farm egg of the past, and I started a search in my community. Today, local sources of eggs are much more plentiful. “Eggs are a staple, and today there is a lot of interest in small production – consumers want to support local farmers with egg purchases,” says Jon Frady, organic marketing specialist at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. As a quality ingredient collector, I’ve assembled a winsome group of farmer friends who have enhanced my life with their friendship and luscious meal components. My egg farmers take particular pride in the husbandry aspect of their chickens. “My birds wouldn’t eat anything that I wouldn’t eat. Their feed is nourishing – ground flax and barley seed, kelp meal, wheat bran, wheat berries, millet, cornmeal, oats and vegetable scraps,” assures Allison Neal, who runs the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at Arugula’s Star of Neal Family Farms in Maury County. Their portable hen house, designed by Matthew Neal, is moved every four to five days for foraging. “The grass is always greener,” he says. It turns out that eggs produced in small flocks with pasture to feast upon are superior in flavor. They are a source for a thrifty and premium repast – and a bonus for newfound farmer friends. “The farmer is allowed to capture more Winter 2010

of the money that consumers actually spend on their food in this type of exchange,” explains Rob Holland of the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture. During the winter months, I cherish a simple frittata made with Tennessee fresh eggs, potatoes and goat cheese. A frittata is versatile, suitably served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The hearty main dish, also known as the Italian omelet, can be served hot from the oven or at room temperature. I’ve especially enjoyed thinly sliced frittata and assorted veggies on artisan bread in uniquely delicious leftover form. But, while the dish can also be made a day ahead, possibly the joy of knowing who cares for the hen house is full circle, quality living at its best. ■

Tennessee Frittata 6 eggs, beaten 1 cup diced roasted potatoes (roast potatoes at 375º for 20 minutes) 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 ounces goat cheese 6 slices fried bacon, crumbled

About the Author Roben Mounger, known as Ms. Cook, has a penchant for searching out locally produced ingredients for her family’s meals. For some 15 years, she has eaten year round by way of CSAs and farmers markets. In 2009, she began an organic farm internship with Arugula’s Star of Neal Family Farms. Roben writes a weekly column about food and people for The Columbia Daily Herald and blogs about eating locally at

Fresh thyme Salt and pepper to taste Add roasted potatoes and olive oil to a 12-inch nonstick skillet, then add eggs and top with goat cheese, bacon, thyme, salt and pepper. Bake frittata at 375º for about 20 minutes until the top is lightly browned and puffy. Recipe Resources Eggs and Potatoes: Local CSA or Goat Cheese: Bonnie Blue Farm, Bacon: Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams, Thyme: in the winter, grown indoors or outside in a sheltered location



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Winter in Tennessee Festivals, celebrations, activities and more

on the frontier decorated for Christmas in the style of 1780s. Costumed interpreters, candlelight, refreshments and music. CONTACT: (423) 543-5808

DECEMBER 5 CHRISTMAS IN OUR TOWN Liberty Square, Sparta Horse and buggy rides, entertainment, carolers, music, and more. CONTACT: (931) 836-3552,

DECEMBER 5 18th-CENTURY CHRISTMAS AT OLD FORT LOUDOUN Ft. Loudoun State Historic Park, Vonore This 18th-century Christmas will have actors in authentic costumes. CONTACT: (423) 884-6217,,

DECEMBER 5 ADOPT A TREE AT WARRIORS’ PATH STATE PARK Kingsport Come help plant our future woodlands. For every tree you plant in the park, you get to take one home to plant on your own. CONTACT: (423) 239-6786

DECEMBER 5 MERRY TUBA CHRISTMAS Harriman Tuba and euphonium players gather to pay tribute to composers who have embraced these noble instruments with solo and ensemble compositions. CONTACT: Dr. Joseph H. Williams, (865) 882-3446,

This listing includes a selection of events of statewide interest scheduled in December, January and February as provided by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. Events are subject to date change or cancellation; please call the contact listed before traveling long distances to attend. Due to space limitations, additional information and events can be found online through the department’s Web site,

DECEMBER 5 OAKLANDS CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF HOMES Murfreesboro Tour of Homes features beautiful and historic private homes and the graceful Oaklands Historic House Museum. CONTACT: Oaklands Historic House Museum, (615) 893-0022,,





Historic Downtown Cleveland Mainstreet Cleveland lights the community Christmas tree on the Courthouse Square and welcomes Santa Claus. CONTACT: (423) 472-6587,

Memorial Building, Columbia Step back in time and fill your dance card as you swirl the floor to authentic reels, promenades and waltzes popular during the 1860s. CONTACT: Tammy Hatcher, (931) 698-3876

Rose Center, Morristown Celebrate the season with music, dance and good food. Buy your Christmas presents and decorations from the finest craftsmen of the region. CONTACT: Robert Lydick, (423) 581-4330,, 14


DECEMBER 4-5 CHRISTMAS AT THE CARTER MANSION Elizabethton Spend the evening in this 18th-century home

DECEMBER 5 CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY Exchange Place, Kingsport Fresh mountain greenery and wreaths, baked Tennessee Connections

goods and crafts. Ends with a traditional Yule Log Ceremony on an 1800s living history farm. CONTACT: Exchange Place, (423) 288-6071,

DECEMBER 5 VISIONS OF CHRISTMAS: 1859 Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site, Johnson City Join the Haynes family as they celebrate an Antebellum Christmas with tours throughout all of the historic buildings. CONTACT: (423) 926-3631

DECEMBER 5 OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS Centennial Park, Dayton Features the Christmas Arts Showcase where artists and crafters open their downtown shops. Features food, pictures with Santa, pet pageant, parade and caroling. CONTACT: (423) 775-0361,

DECEMBER 5 DOWNTOWN FOR THE HOLIDAYS Historic Downtown Clarksville Immediately following the Jaycee’s Christmas Parade there will be live music, dancing, and children’s activities. CONTACT: Brittnye Tranberg, (931) 645-7476,

DECEMBER 5-6 SANTA EXCURSION TRAIN Oak Ridge Who needs a sleigh? Catch a ride with Santa Claus on the Secret City Excursion Train. CONTACT: (865) 241-2140,

DECEMBER 6 19th-CENTURY CHEROKEE CHRISTMAS Red Clay State Historic Park, Cleveland This event features live history presentations, including pioneer Christmas cooking, Cherokee arts & crafts demonstration, storytelling and carols. CONTACT: (423) 479-0339,

DECEMBER 6 HISTORIC HOLIDAY HOME TOUR IN THE GROVE Williamson County Community Center, College Grove Features an Historic Holiday Home Tour, Christmas tree lighting, holiday musical performance and Christmas parade. CONTACT: (615) 368-3456

DECEMBER 6 CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF HOMES Macon County Candlelight Tour sponsored by the United Winter 2010




establishment of the Shiloh National Military Park. CONTACT: (731) 925-8181,

DECEMBER 31 NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS SHOW & BALL DROP Gatlinburg For the 22nd straight year, the Space Needle area at traffic light #8 comes alive at the stroke of midnight with a fabulous fireworks show. Features free party favors and live entertainment. CONTACT: (800) 568-4748,

DECEMBER 31 ALIVE IN 2010! Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville All evening there will be a buffet by Fats BBQ, dancing, party favors and a midnight toast. CONTACT: Michael Gill, (865) 934-2039, Women of Macon County. CONTACT: Linda Tucker, (615) 666-2094,

DECEMBER 6-23 CLARKSVILLE TREES OF CHRISTMAS Smith-Trahern Mansion, Clarksville Twenty Christmas trees will be decorated and on display throughout the historic mansion. The Open House will be held on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009. CONTACT: Martha Pile, (931) 648-5725,

DECEMBER 12 SPIRITS OF CHRISTMAS PAST Grandpa’s House on Ritter Farm, Red Boiling Springs Storytelling with International Toastmaster Karen Davis and guests. CONTACT: Rita Watson, (615) 699-2738,,

DECEMBER 12 CHRISTMAS IN OLDE LOUDON Historic Downtown Loudon Step back in time at historic Loudon with games, food, parade and fun for the entire family. CONTACT: Lynda Randolph, (865) 458-9020,,

DECEMBER 12 AT HOME WITH SANTA Jonesborough Children and parents will enjoy visits with Santa, games, crafts, and carriage rides. A Santa Mart is available with volunteers to help children buy and wrap surprise gifts for family members. CONTACT: 866-401-4223,, 16


DECEMBER 12-13 HISTORIC HARRIMAN CHRISTMAS TOUR Harriman Come visit the town that Temperance Built! Tour decorated Victorian homes and historical buildings. CONTACT: Donna Demyanovich, (865) 882-9230,

DECEMBER 13 LOG CABIN CHRISTMAS TOUR Elkton The public will visit six private log cabins and homes all decorated for Christmas. CONTACT: Elkton Historical Society, (931) 468-0668,

DECEMBER 18 SANTA’S LAST BLAST Downtown Paris One of the last chances for youngsters to visit with Santa. Craft booths, Jack Foddrill and his birds, s’mores, reindeer goats, Christmas stories and hot chocolate, live music and more. CONTACT: Downtown Paris Assn., (731) 642-9271,

DECEMBER 24 OLD COUNTRY STORE CHRISTMAS EVE BREAKFAST Brooks Shaw’s Old Country Store, Jackson Christmas Eve Breakfast takes place for its 25th year at the famed Brooks Shaw’s Old Country Store. CONTACT: (800) 748-9588 ext. 114,,

DECEMBER 29 HAPPY 115th BIRTHDAY SHILOH Shiloh A birthday celebration to commemorate the

January JANUARY 2-EARLY MARCH BALD EAGLE TOURS Reelfoot Lake State Park, Tiptonville Join us for a two-hour naturalist guided bus tour to view Bald Eagles in their natural environment. CONTACT: (800) 250-8617,

JANUARY 9-16 20th ANNUAL WILDERNESS WILDLIFE WEEK™ Pigeon Forge Wilderness Wildlife Week is a series of outdoor-themed activities designed to connect visitors with the Great Smoky Mountains. CONTACT: (865) 429-7350,,

JANUARY 15 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. LUNCHEON Dyersburg State Campus, Dyersburg Features guest speakers. CONTACT: Jane Vondy, (731) 286-3300

JANUARY 18 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis Special programs to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. CONTACT: (901) 521-9699,

JANUARY 28-MARCH 13 STITCHES-IN-TIME QUILT EXHIBIT Museum Center at 5ive Points, Cleveland An exhibit of biblical antiquities on loan from Bob Jones University Museum & Art Gallery. Tennessee Connections

CONTACT: Tracy O’Connell, (423) 339-5745,,

JANUARY 29 5th FRIDAY FISH FRY Donoho Hotel, Red Boiling Springs Features bluegrass and gospel music, and fried catfish with all the fixings. CONTACT: Pam Dean, (615) 699-3141,,

JANUARY 29 LUNCH WITH THE ARTS Rose Center, Morristown Meet the region’s artists with the unique opportunity to buy fine art. Enjoy warm soup or stew for lunch. CONTACT: Becky Hamm, (423) 581-4330,,

February FEBRUARY 4-7 WINTER HERITAGE FESTIVAL IN THE SMOKIES Townsend Activities include illustrated talks, tours, demonstrations, history hikes, music and dance, museum exhibits, walks in the National Park, and a Cades Cove reunion. CONTACT: Jeanie Hilten, (865) 448-6134,,


FEBRUARY 20-21 HOUSTON MUSEUM ANTIQUES SHOW Chattanooga Over 35 exhibitors have antiques, exotic plants and garden accessories for sale. CONTACT: (423) 267-7176,

FEBRUARY 25-28 10th ANNUAL SADDLE UP! CELEBRATION Pigeon Forge Celebration of the American West featuring cowboy musicians and poets in concert, Cowboy Symphony, Chuckwagon Cookoff, Western Swing Dance, Cowboy Church, and more. CONTACT: (800) 251-9100,,

FEBRUARY 26-28 MEMPHIS COIN CLUB ANNUAL COIN SHOW DeSoto Civic Center, Memphis Buy, sell and trade coins, medals and currency. Features educational exhibits. CONTACT: Ray Brown, (901) 321-3408,

FEBRUARY 26-28 ANTIQUES ON THE MOUNTAIN Crossville A distinctive array of fine painted and primitive antique furniture, exquisite furnishings, unique accessories, and outstanding collectibles. Features a large selection of rare antiques dating from before

Green Travel Tips


Carpool whenever possible to reduce your carbon footprint – and you’ll also spend less money on gas.


Staying overnight? Unplug major appliances to save energy and lower your electric bill.


Support Tennessee’s sustainable tourism. Find green lodging, dining and attractions at

1930. CONTACT: (931) 456-5035,

FEBRUARY 27 EAST TENNESSEE YOUNG MUSICIANS BLUEGRASS CONTEST Hawkins Elementary School, Rogersville The contest is open to musicians eighteen and under. Categories include fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo and vocal. The contestants are also divided by age groups. CONTACT: Patricia Humbert, (423) 272-1961,,

FEBRUARY 27 9th ANNUAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PIG TOURNAMENT Forbus General Store, Pall Mall World Championship card tournament of the regionally acclaimed card game called Pig. CONTACT: (800) 327-3945,

Tennessee Valley Railroad, Chattanooga Take your Valentine for a rail excursion trip and enjoy a romantic four-course dinner while on board. CONTACT: (423) 894-8028,

FEBRUARY 19 AN EVENING OF CLASSIC LILY TOMLIN Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville Lily Tomlin, one of America’s foremost comedians performs. CONTACT: (865) 656-4444,

FEBRUARY 20 ANTIQUE APPRAISAL FAIR & SHOW Greeneville The Antique Appraisal Fair offers local and regional antique dealers showcasing and selling treasures and six certified appraisers assessing the value of antiques brought in by the public. CONTACT: Tammy L. Kinser, (423) 638-4111,, Winter 2010





PAID Lebanon Junction, KY 40150 Permit No. 222

Winter Energy-Saving Tips Focus on these five areas to stay warm and save money Tennessee residents can keep heating costs low this winter while remaining warm and cozy and enjoying the season – just by making a few simple changes around the home. Hot Water • Use less by installing low-flow showerheads and fixing leaky spouts. • Try using warm or cold water when washing clothes. Washing one large load instead of several small ones can cut costs too. Fireplaces • To make sure your heat isn’t flowing out the chimney, firmly close the damper – an open damper is equivalent to keeping a full-size window open during the winter. • Plug and seal your chimney flue if you never use your fireplace. Heating Equipment • Once a month, check your furnace air filter and clean it or replace it – dirty or clogged filters can force furnaces to work harder, costing you more. • Clean your warm-air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators. Make sure carpeting, furniture and drapes aren’t obstructing the heat. Insulation • Leaky doors and windows can be a costly problem.

Save money by caulking and weather-stripping those drafty areas. • Check the insulation in various areas around your home to ensure they meet the levels suggested for your region. Thermostat • Set your thermostat at the lowest comfortable temperature possible when you’re home. • If there is a time during the day when no one is home, set your thermostat at 65 degrees instead of the usual 72. Maintaining 65 degrees for eight hours a day may cut your heating bill by as much as 10 percent.

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