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DYNAMIC IMAGE OF JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE AND BRISTOL, THE BIRTHPLACE OF COUNTRY MUSIC FEATURED ON 2014 TENNESSEE VACATION GUIDE COVER

January 08, 2014
Tennessee Department of Tourist Development has released the 2014 Official Tennessee Vacation Guide in print and online as an e-guide, recognizing Bristol as the Birthplace of Country Music. Music lives in Tennessee – and that message comes through loud and clear in the new 2014 Official Tennessee Vacation Guide. A striking cover shows native Tennessean and international superstar Justin Timberlake paying homage to Tennessee’s musical roots, while callouts highlight some of the state’s top music destinations, including Bristol, the Birthplace of Country Music.

“We’re thrilled to showcase Justin Timberlake on the cover of our 2014 Official Tennessee Vacation Guide as we celebrate the 60thanniversary of rock n’ roll and all that Tennessee offers as the global music destination of choice.” said Commissioner Susan Whitaker, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.Tennessee Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, who resides in the Bristol area, is a strong supporter of Tennessee’s tourism industry. “Being the Birthplace of Country Music and having Bristol Motor Speedway here is definitely a huge driving force behind tourism in this region,” he said. “It’s absolutely wonderful that Bristol is receiving this type of recognition.”

Matt Bolas, executive director of the Bristol Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, is happy to see Bristol featured on the cover of the vacation guide. Bristol is recognized as the Birthplace of Country Music because the first country music recordings were made here in 1927.
“We have such a wonderful partnership with Tennessee Tourism and we’re honored that Bristol has a place on the cover,” he said. “We feel very fortunate to be able to work with such an amazingly talented group of people, and they, along with Virginia Tourism, continue to work diligently with us on the opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.”

Leah Ross, executive director of the Birthplace of Country Music, was ecstatic to learn of Bristol’s billing on the guide. “We’re absolutely thrilled to be included on the cover, along with Justin Timberlake, and we’re honored to be recognized for the role Bristol has played in shaping the music of Tennessee,” she said. “We appreciate Tennessee Tourism for giving us this kind of recognition, particularly in the year in which we’re opening the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.”

Also inside the guide, some of the music industry’s top celebrities, including Dolly Parton and Sheryl Crow, share their favorite Tennessee experiences throughout a dynamic photo essay highlighting several facets of the state’s travel industry. A series of features also showcases Tennessee music, food, spirits, outdoors, festivals and the diverse network of Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways, including can’t-miss stops along each one. A special double-page spread highlights Union City’s brand new $100 million attraction, Discovery Park of America.
Add to that a list of annual events, regional overviews and best bets, maps, attraction listings and more, and potential visitors have everything they need to plan the perfect Tennessee vacation.
Like last year, a new iPad app of the guide will be available soon in iTunes offering additional rich media and interactive content, as well as links to all advertisers.

More than 550,000 guides are available free at the state’s 14 Welcome Centers and to tourists requesting the publication via tnvacation.com and 1.800.GO2.TENN. It is also available as an e-guide at tnvacation.com. The guide is Tennessee’s primary vacation planning and marketing publication for domestic and international tradeshows.

Happy New Year from Believe in Bristol!


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January 07, 2014
Believe in Bristol wishes everyone a very happy New Year — we hope it is full of joy and fun! And we hope to see you downtown soon — the perfect place to eat, shop, and be merry to get rid of the post-holiday blahs!

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E-Commerce training session at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce

January 14, 2014
Come out to the January Professional Development Training Session: E-Commerce at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, January 14, 9am to 12 noon. Anyone who owns a small business or who may be thinking about starting a home-based business should consider this session. E-Commerce can open markets such as eBay (sales over $14 billion), Etsy (sales over $895 billion), and Pinterest to help promote your products. This session can be instrumental in teaching business owners how to tap into those markets. RSVP is required by January 13. Training, provided by Sandy Ratliff with the Virginia Department of Business Assistance, is FREE for all attendees. Email reservations@bristolchamber.org to register or call 423-989-4850 for more information.

KP to host the Cork-Lickers Saturday night!

January 11, 2014
KP will host the Cork-Lickers this Saturday, January 11, 2014, 7 pm — 11 pm. The Cork-Lickers are a local well known band you won't want to miss. There is no cover and $2 beer specials. KP is located at 520 State Street, Phone: (423) 764-3889 for more information. Also, check out the new website — http://kpduty.net/.

Get into the SWING of things with Bristol Ballet's Swing Dance Class!

January 10, 2014
Bristol Ballet will be hosting a Swing Dance class on Friday, January 10, 7:30-10:30pm! Cost is $5 per person — no partner is needed and refreshments are provided though if you'd like to bring something to share, it will be gladly accepted! Taught by Ashby Dickerson, this is sure to be a fun and energetic evening! For more information, call Bristol Ballet on 276-669-6051.

Support Historic Downtown Bristol — vote for our businesses in the Virginia Living 3rd Annual Best of Virginia Readers' Survey

January 08, 2014
Historic Downtown Bristol — and all is has to offer — needs just 10 minutes of your time! It’s that time of year again—the Virginia Living 3rd Annual Best of Virginia Readers' Survey (http://www.virginialiving.com/Vote). And so it's time to vote for your favorite restaurants, shops, museums, hotels, arts events and more in Historic Downtown Bristol!
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Bristol Recovery Road for Women's Denim and Diamonds Event — get your tickets now!

January 08, 2014
Get your tickets now and support a great cause at Bristol Recovery Road for Women's Denim and Diamonds Event on Thursday, January 16, 6 — 9pm. The evening will feature a silent and reverse auction fundraiser, a fun photo booth, heavy hors d'oeuvres by KP Duty, and special guest, Amy Lynn from WJHL! Held at KP Duty's Bank Street location, just off State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol, tickets are $45 each or 5 tickets for $40 each. For more information and to reserve your tickets, call Marjorie on 423-646-9291, Landy on 423-340-1908, or Donna on 423-366-0905.
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Flannel suits at Wm. King Clothiers — the perfect outfit for a winter day!

January 08, 2014
“Baby, it’s cold outside” is an understatement!This is the ideal weather for breaking out the flannel suits. If you don’t have one or are looking to update your wardrobe, this is the perfect time to visit Wm. King Clothiers. Our semi-annual sale is now in progress and it’s the ideal time to dress appropriately for the weather... in a flannel suit of course!

Restock and refuel with deals at Bristol Office Supply through January 10!

January 08, 2014
Restock and refuel with Bristol Office Supply on Moore Street in Downtown Bristol! As we start the New Year, it's the perfect time to get stocked up with new supplies and stationary items — check out Bristol Office Supply's website for great deals, valid through January 10: http://view.sprtmail.com/?j=fec411747367077b&m=fe9715707060007a76&ls=fe161275726c037c7d1378&l=ff65127475&s=fe5d1d707562057b7013&jb=ffce15&ju=fe6416707561017f7212!

City of Bristol TN Updating Comprehensive Park, Recreation & Greenways Plan

January 08, 2014
The City of Bristol Tennessee has begun the process of updating the Comprehensive Park, Recreation & Greenways Plan. This plan marks an exciting milestone for the City of Bristol in the evolution of its park system. The purpose of this long range plan is to properly meet the park and recreation needs of the citizens of Bristol for the future as well as the present. To participant in the survey please go to http://www.svy.mk/1dRngY4, the survey should take no more than 3-5 minutes to complete. The City of Bristol will advance the community’s vision of the park system by: • Documenting the existing system and the planning process; • Identifying future park and facility needs as Bristol grows and evolves; • Providing recommendations for each existing park and facility; • Discussing approaches to operating and sustaining the system; • Providing criteria to prioritize recommendations and projects in the coming years; and • Presenting an implementation plan.
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Ken Simmelink Art Exhibition at the Bristol Public Library

January 08, 2014
The Bristol Public Library is happy to announce award-winning artist Ken Simmelink will be showing his paintings in the Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery for the months of January and February, 2014. Although the artist is a thirty year resident of Elizabethton he grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Sketching and painting have been a long time hobby of Ken’s. In college he majored in Psychology but he also took a variety of art courses including oil painting and sculpturing. A career in aviation and missions, however, left little time for artistic endeavors. Only after retirement in 1996 did Ken take up painting seriously. Ken works in three media; oils, pastels and watercolor, but most of his current work is in oils.
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Upcoming Events

Laura Thurston at O'Mainnin's Pub

January 09, 2014

blowfish emporium painting party — Rooster

January 09, 2014

Swing Dance class at Bristol Ballet

January 10, 2014

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

January 10, 2014

Acoustified at O'Mainnin's Pub

January 10, 2014

Sugar Lime Blue at O'Mainnin's Pub

January 11, 2014

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

January 11, 2014

Sunday Funday at O'Mainnin's Pub

January 12, 2014

The Clinch Mountain Misfits at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

January 13, 2014

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

January 13, 2014

blowfish emporium painting party — Flowering Tree

January 14, 2014

Guido Au'Some & the Open Mic Players at O'Mainnin's Pub

January 14, 2014

E-Commerce training session at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce

January 14, 2014

Last Call at O'Mainnin's Pub

January 15, 2014

Bristol Recovery Road for Women's Denim and Diamonds Event

January 16, 2014

blowfish emporium painting party — Sunset

January 16, 2014

2014 CCA Kidz Team from Suwon, Korea, performing at the Paramount

January 17, 2014

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

January 17, 2014

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

January 18, 2014

Buster Keaton Silent Movie Film Festival with Rex Ward on the Mighty Wurlitzer at the Paramount

January 19, 2014

Paula Dellenback & Fox River at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

January 20, 2014

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

January 20, 2014

blowfish emporium painting party

January 21, 2014

Paramount Season Show "Smokey Joe's Cafe" at the Paramount

January 22, 2014

blowfish emporium painting party — Flowers

January 23, 2014

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

January 24, 2014

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

January 25, 2014

Voices of the Mountains: From Bach to the Future at the Paramount

January 25, 2014

Butch Heath and His Bluegrass Boy Scouts at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

January 27, 2014

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

January 27, 2014

Professional Development Training: Harassment Prevention & Diversity at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce

January 28, 2014

blowfish emporium painting party — Trees

January 28, 2014

blowfish emporium painting party — Abstract Flowers

January 30, 2014

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

January 31, 2014

The Paramount Chamber Players present "Song, Rhapsody and Drama" at the Paramount

February 01, 2014

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

February 01, 2014

The Gospel Two at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

February 03, 2014

Beaver Creek Storytellers at 606 State Street Gallery

February 04, 2014

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

February 07, 2014

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

February 08, 2014

Changin' Lanes and The Willy Boone Wildcats at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

February 10, 2014

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

February 10, 2014

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