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Congratulations to Shear Obsession: Celebrating 1 Year in Downtown Bristol!

Congratulations to Team Shear Obsession, who are currently celebrating their one year anniversary! They have a great team that we are happy to have on State Street in Downtown Bristol. Be sure to think of them for your next pampering appointment.

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2016 Historic District Preservation Award Nominations Now Open

Nominations are no open for the City of Bristol, VA's 2016 Historic District Preservation Award. Residential and commercial properties within the city's five historic districts whose owners/developers have engaged in high-quality preservation or maintenance projects are eligible to be nominated. The 2016 award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony in May to coincide with National Historic Preservation Month. Nomination forms and submission guidelines are available online at the City's Website. For ease of nomination, the public is encouraged to use the convenient online nomination form. However, an interactive version of the form may also be completed online, then printed, and mailed or hand-delivered. Deadline for nominations is March 31.

Bristol Public Library Receives Donation to Purchase Large Print Books

The Bristol Public Library has received a $1000 donation to be used for large print books. The donation has been given by Dr. John Gross of Carolina Macula and Retina in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Dr. Gross’s donation is in honor of his grandmother Mrs. Negetha Powers.

"I love the idea of the large print books helping the sight impaired community and putting them in memory of Meme. I'm sure the act of reading preserves that spirit of freedom and independence which is diminished often times with macular degeneration and most seniors prefer to read over audio books."

“My grandmother lived in Bristol and suffered from macular degeneration,” said Dr. Gross. “She was an avid reader and the large print books provided by the Bristol Public Library helped to preserve her spirit of freedom and independence which had diminished with her loss of vision. She had to give up driving and other tasks, but thanks to these books she was able to indulge her life-long love of reading."

Reference Librarian Jeanne Powers was excited and pleased at word of the donation. “We have a growing number of people who enjoy all sorts of large print books: westerns, romance, mysteries, and non-fiction. This donation will allow us to expand our selections in all these categories.”

Dr. Gross graduated from the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University.

Downtown Bristol Events

A Night at the Museum: A Murder Mystery Themed Party

March 24 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


You're invited to Believe in Bristol's 7th Annual Downtown Showcase: A Night at the Museum – a murder mystery themed party!

Your presence is requested at the A-list party hosted by Believe in Bristol on Thursday, March 24th from 6-9 pm at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. While socializing and schmoozing with country music legends, careers will be made, secrets will be revealed, scandals will be broken and a homicide will happen.

With a V.I.P. victim and all legends suspect, you will be called upon to find the criminal by cracking this tragic event.

Will it be a super-fan, overly excited to meet their favorite star? A livid lover who has been pushed too far? Or possibly a legend who is jealous of the fame of another?

As the night unfolds, so will a web of lies and scandals intricately woven to point you to a killer. It is up to you to uncover the clues or the culprit will remain concealed!

Come walk the line for A Night at the Museum full of mystery, celebrities & scandal. Call 276-644-9700 or email for more information or to order your tickets.

James Meadows

March 25 | Quaker Steak and Lube

James Meadows will play Quaker Steak & Lube in downtown Bristol.

About James Meadows
James started up his band, James Meadows & The Country Mile Drifters, just after his album officially released in August of 2008. The band is compiled of amazing professional musicians who put on a very high energy show. Their shows contain a huge set list filled with both fan/crowd requested and timeless Classic Country, Top 40 Country, Bluegrass, Southern Rock, and Originals that are sure to blow the walls off of any event or venue.

Parks & Recreation Easter Egg Hunt

March 26 | Cumberland Square Park

Enjoy an exciting morning of fun-filled Easter activities at Cumberland square park in downtown Bristol! Enjoy the colorful mascots of city departments and organizations. Cotton candy is free for all kids, and photos with the Easter Bunny will be available for a nominal fee.


  • 9:30 – Mascots, Easter Games and Photos
  • 10:00 – Line Up for Egg Hunt
  • 10:15 – Prizes Awarded

Egg hunt is for ages 2-9, with four fields (2-3, 4-5, 6-7 and 8-9). Call 276-645-7275 for more info.

Coloring Contest
Coloring contest for children ages 4-9! Click here to download the picture for your child to color. Mail the completed picture to:

Coloring Contest
PO Box 16523
Bristol, VA 24209

Prizes will be awarded for the top two entries in each age division. Entries must be received by March 18th.

Meet the Easter Bunny!

March 26 | Shelbee's Vintage Cafe

Peter Cottontail – The Easter bunny – will be at Shelbees! Featuring free cookie decorating for the children along with an Easter Egg Hunt and Prizes. Shelbee's will be serving a Brunch Buffet for $10.95 per person (kids under 12 eat free with adult) 11 am – 2 pm.

Ben Walls reception at DreamMore Resort

March 26

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service of the USA. To celebrate, Ben Walls is taking his best National Park pieces to Dolly Parton's DreamMore Resort for a special exhibit that celebrates National Parks. Ben will also be showing off a brand new image from the Great Smoky Mountains and premiering his first new African image from Serengeti National Park.

Ben has a special announcement to make on Saturday evening and a special surprise as to why you're only finding out about this one a week ahead of time (hint hint) – and rest assured, the DreamMore won't disappoint.

To join Ben for this special event, simply visit and use promo code WALLS to receive a special room rate of $145/night at the DreamMore resort. Valid this week only. Contact for assistance with booking, or call the gallery at 877-989-2557.

Dale Carnegie Class: Leveraging Generational Differences

March 29 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce

As 65 million people try to retire by the end of the decade (and the key word here is "try"), we realize that we are in store for a dramatic generational shift and one thing that can be said regarding conflict: we are just getting started!

  • Get an overview of the different generations that exist in the marketplace
  • Explore how the perspective of one generation can polarize them from another
  • Discover best practices of minimizing generational conflict and moving forward
  • Begin a plan to maximize effectiveness in a multi-generational workplace

Cost: Complimentary for members, $35 for non-members. Email to RSVP.

Museum Members Event: A Night With Peer

March 30 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Please note this event is only open to Museum Members and Special Guests.

RSVP: Museum Members should RSVP by Friday, March 25, 2016.

It all started with Ralph Peer, the ambitious record producer who recorded the 1927 Bristol Sessions and helped make The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers into household names. On March 30, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will open a special display on the legacy of Ralph Peer using artifacts loaned by the Peer Family Archives. The display will give visitors a glimpse into Peer’s influence beyond the Bristol Sessions and country music.

Ralph Peer II, the son of Ralph Peer, will be honored at a special reception for museum members at the Birthplace of Country Music Museumafter hours on March 30.

Ralph Peer II, the current Chair and CEO of peermusic, oversees a global network of music publishing companies operating from 35 offices in 28 countries. With well over a quarter of a million titles in the company’s catalogue, and songs that vary from country, blues, jazz and pop to Latin, concert and rock ‘n’ roll, Ralph Peer II directs the largest privately owned company of its kind in the world.

“From Elvis and the Beatles to Beyoncé and Katy Perry, peermusic copyrights make up a vast catalogue of popular music recordings internationally,” said Museum Director Dr. Jessica Turner. “There’s a larger story to tell about Peer’s success beyond the Bristol Sessions. We are excited for the opportunity to share that story at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.”

The Ralph Peer display will be integrated into the museum’s permanent exhibits on the upper level of the museum and will be open through August 1.

Comedian James Gregory

April 1 | Paramount Center for the Arts

Tickets are selling fast! Click here to buy yours online.

For over two decades, the unforgettable caricature of veteran comedian James Gregory ( has stood grinning: his shirt untucked, his arms outstretched, a carefree welcome to a down-home, hilarious comedy experience. It’s storytelling at its best. The trademark caricature is the essence of humorist James Gregory’s comedy: rib-tickling reflections on life from the front porch.

James is constantly touring. He’s on the road about three days a week, forty six weeks a year. He continues to entertain sold-out crowds in theaters and comedy clubs and remains in demand for corporate events. James has been the featured entertainer for over 200 corporations, including the Coca Cola Company, Kimberly Clark Corporation, Hewlett Packard and Kroger. James has also been the featured speaker for events sponsored by various civic and church groups.

James is heard weekly on syndicated radio shows such as Rick and Bubba, John Boy and Billy and Bob and Tom. Combined, these shows are broadcast to people in over 220 cities nationwide. As a result, he now has a grass-roots following that numbers in the millions.

James was born in a rural area about twenty five miles east of Atlanta, GA. He got his first job at the age of twelve at a small country grocery store. By the time he was fifteen, he was working thirty-seven hours a week, as well as going to school. As an adult, James has worked for the U.S. Postal Service, the Department of Defense, and spent almost ten years as a salesman before discovering the wonderful world of stand-up comedy.

James does not “tip-toe” through life as if he’s walking on broken glass or egg shells. That style is evident on stage as well. He is not politically correct. Much of his humor is centered on brilliant observations of crazy relatives and people obsessed with the slightest change in weather conditions – now referred to as global warming. He delights in poking fun at modern sensitive parents and out-of-control environmentalists. Gregory has been quoted as saying, “If you want me to be concerned about endangered species, you need to convince me that we’re about out of chickens.”

The James Gregory show turns the clock back to a time when life was simpler; to a better time, before the death of common sense; a time when people sat on the front porch and actually talked to each other without a cell phone in their ear.

James’ success, like his comedy, is the direct result of the values he grew up with. And now, twenty something years later, it is this unique brand of humor that packs the crowds into his sold-out shows. The absence of vulgarity sets James apart and his stories are carefully crafted art. “I have lived long enough to know people, know life”, Gregory reflects. “My comedy is based on my life experiences. It’s real, it’s funny and the audience loves it. That’s why I’m still in business.”

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Radio Bristol's "On the Sunnyside"

Weekday mornings from 9-11

Weekday mornings from 9-11 am, tune in to WBCM Radio Bristol's "On the Sunnyside" with Kris and Jamie for occasional live music guests, celebrity call-in interviews and golden nuggets of music minutia you can break out around the water cooler to impress your co-workers. Radio Bristol's on the air at 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, on your desktop, or on mobile through iTunes and Google Play.

Bristol Office Supply Weekly Specials

Through March 25

Click here to view weekly specials.

Pen's Floral Easter Special

Available for a Limited Time

Order your flowers for Easter today! Pen's Floral (located at 32 Moore Street) is offering a vase of one dozen mixed-color gerbera daisies for only $30. These will go very quickly, and and quantities are limited. Call today to order: 276-644-4600.

Citizens Fire Academy Classes

Thursday beginning May 5

The Bristol Tennessee Fire Department is accepting enrollment applications for its Citizens Fire Academy which is scheduled to begin on May 5, 2016. The enrollment period will extend from March 18 through April 22 for interested Bristol, Tennessee residents aged 18 years and older. The maximum number of participants is limited to ten so interested persons should submit their applications early.

The Citizens Fire Academy is a public education based program offering attendees the opportunity to learn firefighting skills in a controlled environment. Students will be exposed to the myriad facets of being a firefighter and they will participate in a program of instruction that focuses on fire/life safety and fire prevention. The Citizens Academy does not present a curriculum designed to prepare participants for a career as a firefighter, but extends a fire service knowledge base by way of classroom instruction and practical exercises; all instruction is presented by professional Bristol Tennessee firefighters.

The program will enhance a participant’s understanding of the department's capabilities and limitations, and foster a meaningful, cooperative relationship between firefighters and the citizens of Bristol. The eight-week program will introduce the participants to the history of the fire service; safety topics; firefighting skills, tactics, and strategy; basic first aid and CPR; and, provide insight to the Bristol Tennessee Fire Department’s all-hazard approach to emergency preparation and mitigation.

The class begins on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at 6:00 p.m.and will continue for eight successive Thursdays. For additional information or to request a copy of the application, please contact the Bristol Fire Department at 423-989-5701. Applications also may be downloaded at