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PUSH! Film Festival Announces Full Schedule of Events

PUSH! Film Festival is less than two weeks away, and the festival’s organizing committee hosted a press conference today to unveil its weekend of film! Over its inaugural weekend of June 12—14, 2015, the festival will host a variety of curated movies and workshops about film, along with screenings of films from the festival’s juried competition in Historic Downtown Bristol, Virginia and Tennessee. Click here to download the full PUSH! schedule poster.

WBCM Kickstarter Kickoff

This summer, WBCM will be on the air locally in Bristol, TN/VA, and around the world with the WBCM Radio Bristol website and app – but they need your help to make it happen! Click here to donate now!

Bristol Public Library Has New Services for Educational and Employment Opportunities

The Bristol Public Library has entered into partnerships with two area colleges to help people looking for educational and employment opportunities. Northeast State Community College and East Tennessee State University’s Educational Opportunity Center program will be providing counselors to help people enroll in postsecondary education and take part in possible employment training.

City hires new Economic Development Business Specialist

Bristol, Tennessee has a new Business Specialist, Tom Anderson. Economic and Community Development Director Shari Brown recently announced the selection of Anderson, a veteran community and economic developer. “Tom’s education and experience made him our top choice. With his efforts we feel that we can take this department to the next level of service. He will be an asset to the city as we look for new ways to work with businesses, add jobs and grow Bristol for the next generation,” Brown said. Anderson’s duties will include coordinating the city’s economic development activities with NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership, the Chamber of Commerce, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, other government agencies, private enterprise, civic groups and the general public. He will also be working with the Bristol Tennessee Industrial Development Board. Anderson will assist in planning strategies to attract new businesses to Bristol as well as encouraging expansion and retention of existing businesses to promote a stronger economic base.

Downtown Bristol Events

Bike Nite Block Party

June 4 | Quaker Steak and Lube

This is their 1 Year Anniversary!! Come down and celebrate with us!! We open at 11 a.m. and Bike Nite will be kicking off at 6 p.m.! Road closure will start around 3 p.m.!

Ivy Road is playing from 6-9 p.m.
Door Prizes
WQUT will be having a Live Remote

They will be shutting down Piedmont Avenue for this event! There will be plenty of parking and tons of fun for people of all ages!

Banditos at Border Bash

June 5 | Downtown Bristol

Originally from Birmingham, AL, Banditos is a group — more like a gang, actually — of six 20 somethings, nowadays operating out of Nashville, close to, and simultaneously very far away from, the gleaming towers and industry hustle of Lower Broad and Music Row. With the rugged power of a flashy Super Chief locomotive, the Banditos’s self-titled debut album bodaciously appropriates elements of '60s blues-fused acid rock, ZZ Top's jangly boogie, garage punk scuzz a la Burger Records, the Drive-By Truckers' yawp, the populist choogle of CCR, Slim Harpo's hip shake baby groove, gut bucket Fat Possum hill country mojo and the Georgia Motherf**king Satellites. From backwoods bluegrass, to slinky nods to Muscle Shoals soul and unexpected bits of doo-wop sweetness, the Banditos recall many, but sound like no one but themselves.

Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats at Border Bash

June 5 | Downtown Bristol

Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats formed in Asheville NC around early 2011 as a street busking project. Jumpstarted from several songs written Asheville NC native, Andrew Scotchie, The River Rats have evolved from a stripped down guitar and harmonica duo to 5 piece rock soul and blues band with a fiery live show.

Andrew and the Rats have been sharing the stage with national acts such as Sonny Landreth, Big Sams Funky Nation and Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds and been featured at staple music festivals such as Columbia Blues Festival, Awendawe Green and Asheville Barnaroo.

The band is best described as Funkin’ Rock Soul and blues with a southern twist.

New Artist Reception for Photographer Willis Jones

June 7 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts

Willis Jones, photographer, will host a reception at A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts, located at 600 State Street on Sunday June 7, 2015 from 2-4pm. The reception will be catered by The Manna Bagel Company Bakery & Cafe of Bristol, TN. A native of East Tennessee, Jones "captures light for information, emotion and enjoyment" and specializes in beautiful scenery and abstract photography. For details about A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts, or to see more about Willis Jones, visit

Presentation Discusses Lost Cemeteries in the Region

June 8

Bristol Virginia – Most residents are familiar with large perpetual care or visible family cemeteries in the region. Most people are not aware of the numerous local cemeteries that have long since been abandoned and neglected. Many have become overgrown or reclaimed by nature. Charlie Barnette and Carol Hawthorne-Taylor will present a program to the Bristol Historical Association on “Lost Cemeteries of the Region” to bring attention to abandoned and once sacred burials in the Bristol area. The program will be held on Monday, June 8, 6:30pm at the Bristol Public Library.

Charlie Barnette attended Tennessee High, ETSU and Virginia Intermont College and served in the U.S. Navy and the Naval Reserves Sea Bees. He has spent many years documenting collectible bottles, having served as the President of the Bristol TN-VA Bottle Club and authored a book entitled “Spirits & Medicinal Bottles of Bristol, Tenn-VA”. Barnette's collecting habits started with collecting matchbooks, stamps and his passion of bottle collecting to be envied by any bottle collector. He started researching his family history that led him to documenting tombstones and cemeteries. It has now been a passion since 2009 that led to assisting in updating the book “High on a Windy Hill” and volunteering at the Historical Society of Washington County.

Carol Hawthorne-Taylor was bitten by the genealogical bug. Her story began when she was a sophomore in college, having to chart her family tree back five generations. Her grandmother introduced her to an old truck with fragile family papers and photographs that opened a whole new world for her. A teaching career, marriage, raising a family and taking care of aging parents changed her focus but she didn’t completely give up genealogy. Sunday afternoons driving the back roads of Washington County led her to family cemeteries which took her to the Historical Society of Washington County. It was there where she has spent 4 1/2 years helping to update Volume 3 of “High on a Windy Hill”, visiting over 450 cemeteries in the county.

What they both have found is that most cemeteries in Washington County Virginia are in a sad state and many are in a deplorable condition or totally forgotten by time. This has been a passion that has identified hundreds of cemeteries that had not been documented and finding that some have been totally eradicated by developers.

The June 8 meeting is open to the public and held in conjunction with the library’s mission of “Expanding Minds and Building Community”. Contact Tim Buchanan, president, for details of this or other upcoming programs,

Full Moon Jam — Cedar Valley

June 9 | Downtown Center

One of the best bluegrass bands in the Tri-Cities. Come out and enjoy those old time sounds when the music started.


For the 19th year, the City of Bristol Tennessee will be hosting the free concert series "Full Moon Jam" on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 9 or 9:30 p.m. through September 24th.

Bring a lawn chair or come early to grab one of the 350 chairs provided on-site. Refreshments are sold in the concessions area for a nominal fee. Clean, well-stocked restrooms also available.

You are asked not to park in the bank drive-through area adjacent to the venue and please do not to bring skateboards or bicycles into the venue. Parking is available on Shelby Street in the Municipal parking lot or on State Street in designated parking spaces.

Bands subject to change without notice. For more information visit the City of Bristol TN website.

Push! Film Festival

June 12–14 | Downtown Bristol

With less than 7 weeks to go, PUSH! is just around the corner!

PUSH! Film Festival is a first-year event that will take place on the weekend of June 12—14, 2015 in bustling Historic Downtown Bristol TN/VA. As a celebration of the cinematic and visual arts in the heart of the twin cities of Bristol, the festival will bring diverse films to our community and showcase the best regional filmmakers. PUSH! aims to expand the artistic image of our region, engage new audiences in the world of film, and inspire creativity in all of us.The festival will also play host to exciting parties and workshops for filmmakers and audience members alike. PUSH! will offer something for people of all ages; you won't want to miss any of the three days of this unique cultural experience.

The festival is fast approaching, but there is still time to be a part of the event! Tickets will be on sale soon, as well as a big lineup announcement—watch our website and social media to be among the first in the know. And remember that along with our curated film lineup, we will also be offering screening of submitted films—this means that your film could be shown at PUSH!

PUSH! Opening Night Party

June 12 | Bristol Train Station

Believe in Bristol cordially invites you to PUSH! Film Festival's Opening Night Party – in the spirit of old Hollywood!

Featuring live music & dancing, revelry & libations. Party to be held June 12th, 2015 from 6 — 9 pm at Bristol Train Station.

Tickets: $55 per person, $100 per couple

Click here to order your tickets online, or visit the Believe in Bristol office at 36 Moore Street in downtown Bristol, VA. Open 10 am — 5 pm Monday through Friday.

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