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Inaugural Youth Music Competition announced for 2013 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

August 06, 2013
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and Capo’s Music Store, LLC are joining forces to produce the inaugural Youth Music Competition. The competition is open to youth ages 5-18 playing the Upright Bass, Banjo, Fiddle/Violin, Guitar, Mandolin or Ukulele.

The Preliminary Competition will be held Saturday, September 7, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at Virginia Intermont College in the Harrison Jones Auditorium. Final Competition will be held Saturday, September 21 during Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. Pre-registration is strongly suggested since each category is limited to 25 participants, but registration will be allowed on the morning of September 7 if there are spaces remaining in that category.

Prizes will be awarded on Saturday September 21 to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Finishers:
* 1st prize will be a new banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle or uke and cash prize (amount TBD)
* 2nd place will receive a $50 Gift Certificate to Capo’s Music Store
* 3rd prize will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to Capo’s Music Store

For more information about the rules and regulations and for the registration form, visit www.caposmusicstore.com or www.bristolrhythm.com.

Vote for the Birthplace of Country Music to win an ad during the Super Bowl!

August 06, 2013
Birthplace of Country Music® has entered the Intuit Small Business Big Game Contest in hopes of winning an ad during the Super Bowl! Your votes will help us make it to the second round! Please click on the link below, vote for us, then SHARE on your Facebook and Twitter pages. THANK YOU!!!! And remember you can vote ONCE per day!

https://www.smallbusinessbiggame.com/tn/Birthplace-of-Country-Music/373167#tn#Birthplace-of-Country-Music

Bristol Tennessee Police accepting applications to Citizens' Police Academy

August 06, 2013
The Bristol Tennessee Police Department is accepting applications for the upcoming Citizens’ Police Academy. The Citizens’ Police Academy will begin on September 9, 2013 and meet on Monday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. through November 11th. All classes will be held at the Slater Community Center located at 325 McDowell St. Bristol, TN. The Citizens’ Police Academy is aimed at providing area residents with an inside look at the operations and services of the police department as well as fostering a better working relationship between the Department and the public. The program includes classroom instruction, exciting hands-on training and a graduation ceremony.

The class costs $50.00 and is open to interested area residents.

During this course, Officers from the Department will instruct citizens in several areas including Law, Crime Prevention, Patrol, Investigations, Defensive Tactics, SWAT, Traffic, and Firearms training. The Academy is not designed to make participants certified police officers, nor does it give the graduates authority to act as police officers. The focus of the curriculum is to provide an informative overview of the fundamentals of police operations. This two-way communication will certainly be an effective and successful way to build a partnership between the community and the police department.

Applications may be found on the city’s website at www.bristoltn.org.

For further information, please contact Nathan Greene, Community Programs Officer at (423)989-3647or ngreene@bristoltn.org.

City of Bristol, TN introduces new Facebook page

August 06, 2013
The city introduced its new Facebook profile page recently titled City of Bristol, TN. It will now be even easier for the community to keep up with city news and events. “According to Facebook data there are over 1.5 billion Facebook users around the world and on average there are over 4.5 billion “likes” everyday. The city’s Facebook is just one of the front porches of our city and with numbers like these it is important that we get our information out before the world. If we were able to get just 1000th of 1 percent of those likes in one day we would have 45,000 people seeing what our city is doing on any given day,” said Terrie Talbert, Community Relations Director.

There is no better way to learn about a city than through photos. The profile now includes a row of recently tagged photos of city events. One can also visit the City News tab which will have posts of all city news releases, or check out the city Job Openings tab to see what positions are available. Want to find an event taking place in Bristol? Look for the Community Calendar which will list most community events. If you want to know about a specific event that is going on in Bristol’s downtown outdoor live music venue click on the Upcoming Events tab which will give you a complete listing of all the musical entertainment available in the Downtown Center venue.

There is also a tab for City Meetings. This tab features all city meetings for the month, their location and start times.

“Feedback is appreciated, please let the staff know what you like, what you would like to see, or how we can improve the page to better fit the community’s needs,” Talbert, continued. “Of course there are rules for posting to the page. The city expects those who make comments to behave appropriately and exchange opinions and ideas in a climate of mutual respect.”

For more information, contact Terrie Talbert, Community Relations Director at 423-764-4171 or e-mail at tsmith-talbert@bristoltn.org.

Downtown Bristol Blog

America's Music Film Series and Talk by Dr. Ted Olson at the Bristol Public Library — Bluegrass

August 10, 2013
The Bristol Public Library is hosting a new six-week program series entitled “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway.” The series features documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of twentieth-century American popular music. The series allows audiences to focus on uniquely American musical genres including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n’ roll, mambo, and hip hop. The next session—Bluegrass—will take place Saturday, August 10 at 11:00 AM in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Library. It will focus on High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music. Dr. Ted Olson, professor in the Department of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University and two-time Grammy nominee for the Bristol Sessions Recordings, will speak at 2 PM after the film screening.
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A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock-n-Roll: American Cancer Society Hope Gala 2013 at the Foundation Event Facility

August 10, 2013
Come support the American Cancer Society at their Hope Gala 2013 on Saturday, August 10, 7-11pm, at the Foundation Event Facility. This will be a premier black-tie event and an exciting evening filled with an elegant dinner, late-night dancing, a spectacular auction, and much more! And as we come together to party for a cause, the American Cancer Society will continue to save lives and create more birthdays by helping people to stay well and get well, find cures, and fight back against a disease that has taken too many lives.The night will be a lot of fun and will include: * Silent and live auctions * Culinary favorites of the south with a rock-star flare — along with a unique "rocktail" or "country cocktail" * Twangbangers to rock the stage! Tickets are available for $125 per person. Call 423-975-0635 to order or visit www.tricitieshopegala.org. Party buses available from both Kingsport and Johnson City for roundtrip transportation to the event in Bristol. Transportation on the party bus will be an additional $40 per couple or $25 for an individual.

Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show!

August 09, 2013
It's summer time and therefore it's time for another Hot Bristol Night Car Show. Held on Friday, August 9, in Historic Downtown Bristol, the event is hosted by the Appalachian Region of the AACA and will feature cars of yesteryear! Last year there were almost 300 cars, and even more are expected at this year's event! The gates from Volunteer Parkway/Commonwealth Avenue onto State Street, which will be closed to normal traffic, will open at 5 pm, and the show will last from 6 until 9. Trophies will be awarded for Best of Show, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The $10.00 entry fee for cars will gain admittance to State Street, a 50/50 ticket (last year's winner took home $400.00!), a door prize ticket, a dash plaque, judging for the trophies, and a CHANCE TO WIN $100.00! ADMISSION FOR THE PUBLIC IS FREE! We hope a lot of the members of area clubs and their friends will join us for another great HOT BRISTOL NIGHT!! For more information, call Jamey Rector, President of the Appalachian Region of AACA on 423-383-2322.

Health Education Series Continues at the Bristol Public Library: Overview of physician training by Dr. Raymond Feierabend

August 08, 2013
Part Four of the Health Education Series at the Bristol Public Library will be at 7 PM on August 8th in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room. An overview of physician training will be presented by Dr. Raymond Feierabend. Dr. Feierabend is a faculty member of the Quillen College of Medicine and director of Bristol Family Residents Program.In the last twenty years, physician training has changed as colleges and post-graduate programs prepare doctors for the changes in delivery of healthcare and the demands of a burgeoning population in need of care. Some observers are saying that the training of physicians is not changing fast enough and the shortage of doctors is a serious threat to the healthcare structure of the nation. The American Association of Medical Colleges estimates that by 2015 the shortage of doctors across all specialties in the United States will be more than 60,000 physicians. By 2025 that estimate grows to 130,000 physicians. As a medical educator, Dr. Feierabend sees firsthand what is happening. He will detail what it takes to become a licensed physician in the United States, the debt load medical students take on to complete their training, the difference between a Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, and if we really do have a shortage of physicians or too many specialists. He will also discuss the impact “Obamacare” will have on the availability of physicians. At the end of his presentation, there will be a question and answer period.
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Bark in the Park and Beverly Hills Chihuahua

August 08, 2013
Promenading pooches will be prancing around the park on Thursday, August 8 when the City of Bristol Virginia Parks and Recreation Department presents Bark In The Park anda Movie. The event will be held in Cumberland Square Park; registration is at 6pm and the events begin at 6:30pm. Events include: * Photo Booth — Have your dog photographed by the Twin City Photo Club for a nominal fee * Contests — Best Trick, Largest & Smallest Dog, Best Dressed Dog, Sit & Speak, Most Hair, and Most Unusual. Awards will be presentd for 1st place, and ribbons given for 2nd and 3rd place. All contestants receive a participation ribbon. Bark in the Park t-shirts will be given to the first 35 to register (only one shirt per pet family). * Pet parade — This kicks off at 6:30pm. A suggested donation of $1 is requested to participate in the walk with the first 40 participants receiving a Bark in the Park t-shirt. All proceeds are designated for the Black Jack Rescue Catahoula Connection. Walk alone or with your pet. * Beverly Hills Chihuahua shown after dark! Exhibitiors include: Pet friendly services, rescue groups, demonstrations, city dog licensing agency, and light concessions. Please note all pets must be leashed, vaccinations must be current, and must be kept under control. Rights are reserved to refuse a dog from participation if it is deemed to pose a threat to others or their pet. For more information, call 276-645-7370.

Enter Believe in Bristol's Downtown Bristol Entrepreneur's Prize!

August 07, 2013
Believe in Bristol is offering a Downtown Bristol Entrepreneur's Prize — and YOU are invited to enter this competition! One-page proposals for a new downtown business from prospective entrepreneurs are due on Thursday, August 29.A judging panel will narrow these down to the top five proposals, and the top five will then be asked to prepare and present a formal business plan in October. A winner will then be chosen from these five entrepreneurs. The Downtown Bristol Entrepreneur's Prize will include $5,000 to be used towards rent on a downtown space, advertising and marketing options, financial planning and entrepreneurial advice, account benefits from a downtown bank, and more! For more information about how to apply, contact Believe in Bristolat 276-644-9700 or info@believeinbristol.org.

Upcoming Events

Sugar-Coated Pub Crawl in Downtown Bristol

May 30 - September 30, 2013

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Weekend Passes on sale for $50

June 01 - August 31, 2013

Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery of the Bristol Public Library features works by Joyce Kistner and Kitty Williams for July and August

July 01 - August 31, 2013

Teresa Kath and Jacob Edwards: Featured Artists at 606 State Street Gallery

August 01 - 31, 2013

State Street Farmers' Market at the Downtown Center — Wednesday Hours

August 07, 2013

The Farmhouse Ghost at O'Mainnin's Pub

August 07, 2013

Laura Thurston at O'Mainnin's Pub

August 08, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Catfish Frye

August 08, 2013

Health Education Series Continues at the Bristol Public Library: Overview of physician training by Dr. Raymond Feierabend

August 08, 2013

Bark in the Park and Beverly Hills Chihuahua

August 08, 2013

Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show!

August 09, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

August 09, 2013

Ryan Ward at 620 State

August 09, 2013

A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock-n-Roll: American Cancer Society Hope Gala 2013 at the Foundation Event Facility

August 10, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

August 10, 2013

State Street Farmers' Market at the Downtown Center

August 10, 2013

America's Music Film Series and Talk by Dr. Ted Olson at the Bristol Public Library — Bluegrass

August 10, 2013

Jim Gates & The Key Keepers at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

August 12, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

August 12, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Rambling Rose

August 13, 2013

State Street Farners' Market at the Downtown Center — Wednesday Hours

August 14, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Thomas Taylor & The Night Shade Band

August 15, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

August 16, 2013

AACA car show at TriSummit Bank Parking Lot

August 16, 2013

Wolf Creek at O'Mainnin's Pub

August 16, 2013

James Meadows at Stateline Bar & Grill

August 16, 2013

Roots of a Rebellion at 620 State

August 16, 2013

St. Paul & The Broken Bones and Blair Crimmins & The Hookers Feature at Border Bash on State Street

August 16, 2013

America's Music Film Series at the Bristol Public Library — Latin Rhythms from Mambo to Hip-Hop

August 17, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

August 17, 2013

Artist Reception at 606 State Street Gallery: Teresa Kath

August 17, 2013

The Floorboards at O'Mainnin's Pub

August 17, 2013

Girls Inc Amazing Race in Historic Downtown Bristol

August 17, 2013

Birthplace of Country Music House Concert at Theatre Bristol: Hillman & Pedersen

August 17, 2013

State Street Farmers' Market at the Downtown Center

August 17, 2013

TriCities Stand Up Paddleboard Company sponsors Appalacian Challenge as part of the Ninth Annual Watauga Lake Triathalon Event!

August 17, 2013

Velvet Blue and Paul Bryant & Kentucky Border at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

August 19, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

August 19, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Dave Adkins & Republik Steele

August 20, 2013

State Street Farmers' Market at the Downtown Center — Wednesday Hours

August 21, 2013

Food City Family Race Night

August 22, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Southern Countrymen

August 22, 2013

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