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Friday, May 15, 2015

Walk of Fame Park to Officially Reopen with Induction of Loretta Lynn and Jack White

Mayor Karl Dean, joined by Metro Parks and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp., announced that GRAMMY-winning artists Loretta Lynn and Jack White will be inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame and join in the official ribbon-cutting of the newly-renovated Walk of Fame Park. The event will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 4 and is free and open to the public.

"I can't think of a better way to celebrate the reopening of Walk of Fame Park than with the induction of Loretta Lynn and Jack White – two very diverse artists," Mayor Dean said. "They represent what is best about Nashville with music that spans multiple genres and generations. They are great ambassadors for the creative community in our city, and I congratulate them on this wonderful honor."

Both the induction ceremony and ribbon-cutting celebration will take place at Walk of Fame Park on Demonbreun Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues. In addition to the inductions of Lynn and White, the new plaque design for all of the renovated stars will be unveiled.

"Individually, Loretta Lynn and Jack White have each made an enormous impact on Nashville's music scene," said Ken Levitan, NCVC Board Chair and President of Vector Management. "Collectively, the impact of their collaborations has been felt exponentially and worldwide. The Walk of Fame showcases our diverse history and illustrates to fans from all over the world why we are Music City."

"The improvements at Walk of Fame Park will enable the city to take better advantage of one of the busiest event parks downtown," said Tommy Lynch, director of Metro Parks and Recreation. "The park will feature more usable green space and better electrical and sound capabilities, and it continues to celebrate the Nashville Music Garden, which is home to nearly 300 roses, including some that are very rare."

The Music City Walk of Fame was created in the fall of 2006 on Nashville's Music Mile, a roughly one-mile stretch that connects downtown to Music Row.

The Walk of Fame is a landmark tribute to those from all genres of music who have made significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and have contributed to the world through song or other industry collaboration. With the addition of Loretta Lynn and Jack White, the Walk of Fame boasts 63 stars. Permanent sidewalk medallions with the artists' name displayed in a star-and-guitar design will be installed in the sidewalk along the Music Mile.

The Music City Walk of Fame is an official project of Music City, Inc., the charitable foundation of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp (NCVC), and is produced with the support of founding sponsor Gibson Guitar and sponsors Durango Boot, Hard Rock Café, the City of Nashville and Metro Parks. Nominations are open to the public and are accepted in the categories of Artist, Musician, Songwriter, and Producer/Music Industry Executive. Application forms are reviewed by the Music City Walk of Fame anonymous selection committee.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America's whiskey

Unraveling the many myths and misconceptions surrounding America’s most iconic spirit, Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America's Whiskey traces a history that spans frontier rebellion, Gilded Age corruption, and the magic of Madison Avenue. Whiskey has profoundly influenced America’s political, economic, and cultural destiny, just as those same factors have inspired the evolution and unique flavor of the whiskey itself.

Taking readers behind the curtain of an enchanting—and sometimes exasperating—industry, the work of writer Reid Mitenbuler crackles with attitude and commentary about taste, choice, and history. Few products better embody the United States, or American business, than bourbon.

A tale of innovation, success, downfall, and resurrection, Bourbon Empire is an exploration of the spirit in all its unique forms, creating an indelible portrait of both bourbon and the people who make it.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Letter from @PredsNHL to all of #Smashville

Dear Nashville Predators Fans,
On behalf of the Nashville Predators ownership group, staff and players, thank you for your outstanding support throughout this season and for turning Bridgestone Arena into a sea of gold during our playoff series against Chicago. Losing in the playoffs is always painful, especially considering how hard our team worked and how close we came to advancing to the next round.  We share your pain and we are still coming to grips with the fact that our season has ended.

There is no doubt that this season, both the regular season but especially the playoffs, was an important learning experience for our very young team. A team that, based on what transpired throughout the year, will continue to grow and develop and be a team that will compete for the Stanley Cup every year for years to come. Among the keys to playoff success, in addition to a strong team and playoff experience, are health and good fortune. Playing without Captain Shea Weber for four games and center Mike Fisher for three certainly increased the challenge but our young players stepped up admirably. Losing double and triple overtime games while outplaying Chicago, games where one bounce of the puck would have changed a loss into a win, tested this teams’ character. They responded by fighting back to win Game Five on home ice and push the Blackhawks to the very end of Game Six.

A re-tooling of our team began just two seasons ago. In that short time, we acquired Filip Forsberg, James Neal and Mike Ribeiro; we drafted Seth Jones and Kevin Fiala (among other young prospects) and we changed course with the addition of Peter Laviolette as our head coach this season.  While we are disappointed to not be playing today, it is a measure of our progress that in two years we have gone from finishing the regular season in 27th place in the NHL in the 2012-13 season, to 19th in the 2013-14 season to 6th in the 2014-15 season. And Coach Laviolette has certainly transformed our team into a more aggressive, offensive and exciting club to watch.

Not many outside of our organization predicted great things for the Predators entering the 2014-15 season. Yet in many ways, it was a special season. From a 15-5-2 start that led to the best record in the NHL through 60 games, to the second best home record in the NHL, your franchise record 30 sell-outs helped transform Bridgestone Arena into a true home ice advantage. From the outstanding rookie season of Filip Forsberg, to the creative playmaking of Mike Ribeiro, to the Vezina finalist goaltending of Pekka Rinne, to the dominant play of the NHL’s top defensive unit led by Shea Weber and Roman Josi, this team improved in many areas.  And the future is even brighter as we witnessed during the playoffs when Josi, Jones, Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis—all under 25—went toe-to-toe with some of the best offensive players in the game. Up front, Colin Wilson and Craig Smith had career years while Mike Fisher added 19 goals in only 60 games.

Our ultimate goal is to win the Stanley Cup. To have a chance to win the Cup, a team must qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. We not only took that step but we are well-positioned to be a Cup contender for many years to come. In addition to the players you are watching in Nashville, there are several promising young players in our pipeline. Among them are NCAA goal-scoring leader Jimmy Vesey and KHL goal/scoring leader Steve Moses; as well as Colton Sissons, Victor Arvidsson, Kevin Fiala and Austin Watson, all playing, or soon to be playing in Milwaukee.

Your Predators’ ownership group is committed to continue to build upon the successes of this past season and deliver the end result we are all after, the Stanley Cup...  The partnership with you, Predators’ fans and our players, staff and owners is one we are all very proud of and it is what drives us to make you and our community proud of the Nashville Predators each and every day.  You have our word that we will not rest until we bring the Stanley Cup to Nashville.

Again, thank you for your ongoing support. We are already working on and looking forward to a great 2015-16 season as the best is yet to come. Your support makes all this possible and is sincerely appreciated.


Tom Cigarran

Monday, April 20, 2015

Details on Arrest in Bomb Threats Against Several @MetroSchools

An individual was arrested and charged in a federal complaint with sending threatening communications by interstate commerce, announced David Rivera, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee. The charges resulted from an investigation into multiple bomb threats and threats of extreme violence at several schools in the Nashville area and in the Northeast.

According to the federal complaint, beginning on March 16, 2015, approximately 16 schools were the targets of bomb threats or threats of violence. The schools targeted in the Nashville area include, Cane Ridge High School; John Overton High School; Antioch High School; Hume-Fogg High School; Strattford High School; and McGavock High School. Also targeted by the threats were schools in Brockton, Massachusetts; Whitman, Massachusetts; Burke, Virginia and Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

This investigation is being conducted by the FBI; the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and the Fairfax County, Virginia Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Van Vincent.    

The defendant is a juvenile and federal law precludes the dissemination of additional information. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

United States Flag Should be Flown at Half-Staff Today to Honor President Abraham Lincoln

In accordance with a Presidential proclamation issued Tuesday, April 14, 2015, the United States flag is to be flown at half-staff today, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in honor of a Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln.

Flags should remain at half-staff until sunset on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Mayor Dean's @NashVitality Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor Schedule

  • Stones River Greenway Walk on Sunday, May 3, 1:30 p.m.: 3.5 miles. Parking available at Kohl’s, 2330 Jackson Downs Boulevard. Walk will start at Kohl’s trailhead.
  • Stones River Paddle on Sunday, May 3, 3 p.m: 3.5 miles. Parking available at Kohl’s, 2330 Jackson Downs Boulevard. Take-out will beat Heartland Park.
  • England Park and Richland Creek Greenway Walk on Wednesday, May 6, 6 p.m.: 3.5 miles. Start and end at West Police Precinct, 5500 Charlotte Pike.
  • Mill Creek Park Walk on Wednesday, May 13, 6:30 p.m.: 3.5 miles. 6691 Sunnywood Drive.
  • Jefferson Street Walk on Thursday, May 14, 4:30 p.m.: 5 miles. Start and end at Hadley Park, 1037 28th Avenue North.
  • Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 15, 7:30 a.m.: 5 miles, ending at Public Square.
  • Downtown Walk on Friday, May 15, 12 p.m. Noon: 3.2 miles. Start and end at Public Square.
  • Tour de Nash Bike on Saturday, May 16, 8 a.m.: 9 miles. From Morgan Park along the Metro Center Greenway.
  • Fontanel Walk on Saturday, May 16, 2 p.m.: 3 miles. Hiking trails at 4225 Whites Creek Pike.
  • Percy Warner Park Walk on Sunday, May 17, 1 p.m.: 5 miles. Hike will start and end at Percy Warner Clubhouse.
  • Percy Warner Mountain Bike Trail on Sunday, May 17, 3 p.m.: 2 miles. Ride will start and end at Percy Warner Clubhouse.
  • Gulch/SoBro Walk on Monday, May 18, 12 p.m. Noon: 3 miles.
  • Harpeth River Greenway on Tuesday, May 19, 6:30 p.m.: Bike, 10 miles; Walk, 3 miles.
  • First Tennessee Park Walk on Wednesday, May 20, 4:30 p.m.: 3 miles.
  • 28th Avenue Connector Walk on Thursday, May 21, 7:30 a.m.: 2.25 miles,
  • Shelby Bottoms Nature Center on Thursday, May 21, 6 p.m.: Bike, 17 miles; Walk, 3 miles.
  • Downtown Bridges Walk on Friday, May 22, 12 p.m. Noon: Finale walk, 3 miles.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Powerhouse Lineup featured on the @NRAnews Leadership Forum Today from #Nashville

FRI, APRIL 10 • 12:45-5 PM CST

A powerhouse lineup featuring potential Republican presidential candidates take the stage.

This event is sold out, so tune in to for scheduled speakers:

  • Jeb Bush, Former Governor of Florida
  • Dr. Ben Carson, Neurosurgeon & Presidential Hopeful
  • David A. Clarke, Jr., Sheriff of Milwaukee County, WI
  • Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator, Texas
  • Lindsey Graham, U.S. Senator, South Carolina
  • Mike Huckabee, Former Governor of Arkansas
  • Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana
  • Rick Perry, Former Governor of Texas
  • Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator, Florida
  • Rick Santorum, Former U.S. Senator, PA
  • Donald Trump, Businessman
  • Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Employee Gun Owner Protection Legislation Becomes Law and Apprentice Hunting Mentorship Bill Awaits Committee Hearing

In great news for Tennessee gun owners and Second Amendment supporters, Governor Bill Haslam (R) signed into law Senate Bill 1058, employee protection legislation, late Monday, April 6.  SB 1058 passed in the Tennessee Senate on March 23 by a 28 to 5 vote. The same day, the House version, House Bill 994, was conformed to its Senate companion. SB 1058 passed in the Tennessee House of Representatives on March 23 by a 78 to 14 vote. SB 1058 takes effect on July 1, 2015.

SB 1058 will provide a cause of action against an employer for an employee who becomes terminated or receives adverse employment action based solely on the lawful transportation or storage of a firearm or ammunition in a personally owned vehicle on an employer’s parking lot. This law will now provide a much-needed remedy to the current law as well as protection for employees who follow it. It is not an offense to lawfully store a firearm in a locked vehicle in an employer’s parking lot.

Last week Senate Bill 1237, sponsored by state Senator Mike Bell (R-09), passed the Tennessee State Senate on a unanimous vote. Its companion bill, House Bill 1079, sponsored by state Representative Ron Travis (R-31), was recommended for passage by the House Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee and could be heard by the full House Finance, Ways and Means Committee as early as next week. SB 1237 and HB 1079 would strengthen Tennessee’s rich hunting heritage by expanding Tennessee’s apprentice program for those who want to try hunting.

Currently, Tennessee law exempts individuals at least 10 years of age from taking hunter education before trying hunting with the purchase of an apprentice hunting permit (as well as the required hunting licenses and permits). When going afield, the apprentice hunter must be accompanied by a licensed hunter at least 21 years of age or older who is hunter-education-certified or otherwise exempt by law. SB 1237 and HB 1079 would expand the existing program so that new hunters could purchase the apprentice hunting permit for up to three consecutive years instead of only once per lifetime. This increase in opportunity to buy the apprentice hunting permit furthers the goal of recruiting new hunters by giving them more time to experience new hunting adventures in the field.

Lengthy hunter education requirements often discourage potential hunters from going afield because they are unwilling to dedicate the necessary time to complete the course in order to pursue an activity that they are simply trying out. The apprentice license program allows them to experience hunting while under the supervision of a mentor. Eventually, the goal is for these apprentices to complete a hunter education course so they can hunt on their own, which has largely been the case in the states with similar programs. Apprentice hunting license programs throughout the country have issued more than 1 million licenses to date and these hunters have proven to be safer than all other classes of hunters in what is already one of the safest recreational activities in America.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Tennessee State Fairgrounds and Expo Center is N.K.A. The Fairgrounds Nashville - Where Events Make History

Tennessee State Fairgrounds and Expo Center and the Fair Board announced that it is changing its corporate name for the purpose of branding to THE FAIRGROUNDS NASHVILLE. The name change for the Metro Nashville entertainment venue will help create an identity for the event space apart from the key signature events that take place including the Tennessee State Fair, The Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville and the Nashville Flea Market.

Celeste LaReau, Director of Marketing for The Fairgrounds Nashville and the Nashville Flea Market stated “The overlapping identities and physical addresses of the fair and fairgrounds are like trying to separate Siamese twins on the internet. Primarily, there is so much confusion in the digital realm because our name is so closely connected with the Tennessee State Fair. Since the Fair is now a separate business entity, the goal is for The Fairgrounds Nashville to create a unique brand as THE VENUE and not THE EVENT without an absolute name change.”

The Fairgrounds Nashville acquired the premium domain name to increase digital presence and SEO to event promoters searching for fairground venues to host their events. Additionally, a directory listing of fairgrounds in the United States will increase internet traffic as a portal to other fairgrounds adding value to the digital real estate.

The name, THE FAIRGROUNDS NASHVILLE will be easier to read, to brand and to remember as opposed the several variations presently in use. All event promoters and media were notified to use the new name and logo beginning March 30th, 2015. The tagline “Where Events Make History” will accompany the launch of the new name and logo in tandem with a social media campaign to educate and engage the public about what makes this Nashville landmark historically significant.

In operation for 109 years, The Fairgrounds Nashville is an ideal indoor/outdoor venue for meetings, conferences, trade shows, concerts and special events of all sizes. Home of the Tennessee State Fair, Nashville Speedway and Nashville Flea Market, the property maintains 8 buildings with more than 120,000 square feet of indoor space for meetings and events with abundant parking. The location is only one mile south of downtown with direct interstate access.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Choice Aire to Begin Nonstop Service to Atlantic City and Miami from @Fly_Nashville

Nashville International Airport (BNA) announces Choice Aire will begin  nonstop public charter service to Atlantic City International Airport (ACY) and Miami International Airport (MIA). The new service will begin on May 21, 2015, and offer convenient connections from Miami to Cuba, Aruba and Curacao.

The nonstop service will be operated by Swift Airlines d/b/a Choice Aire with the following schedule:

DEPARTS                         ARRIVES                         DAYS
BNA   3:30 p.m.            ACY   6:30 p.m.            M, Th, F, Sa, Su
BNA   9:20 a.m.            MIA   12:25 p.m.            M, Th, F, Sa, Su

“We are pleased to welcome Choice Aire to Nashville and to announce new nonstop service to Atlantic City and additional nonstop service to Miami,” Rob Wigington, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority president and CEO, said. “Our aggressive and successful air service program continues to increase air service and deliver nonstop flights to new destinations, meeting the needs of our business and leisure travelers. It is one of the important ways we deliver the Nashville Airports Experience.”

“We’ve been working diligently behind the scenes to launch our new service to these three fantastic cities, with several more destinations on the way,” Danny Looney, Choice Aire CEO, said. “Choice Aire offers a simpler way to fly with safety, integrity and great customer service.”

BNA is currently served by 8 airlines and offers 390 daily arriving and departing flights. Nashville International provides nonstop air service to more than 50 markets.

Choice Aire executives have more than 100 years of combined experience in the air and travel industry. With corporate offices near its Miami hub, Choice Aire serves popular destinations including Havana, the Bahamas, Atlantic City, Nashville, Baltimore and Punta Cana. Choice Aire Charters, LLC dba Choice Aire offers Scheduled Public Charter Flights operated by Swift Air, LLC filed under DOT PC-15-043” “FLA.Seller of Travel Ref. No. ST39659. Cuba Flights Operated by various Public Charter Operators already on file with the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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