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Tennessee Main Street Entrepreneur Grants Awarded to Six Communities

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced today six communities that will receive the first round of Tennessee Main Street Entrepreneur Grants of $50,000 each to encourage business growth in established downtown commercial districts.

Grants will be used to provide startup space and training for entrepreneurs throughout Tennessee in the downtown commercial districts of Bristol, Cleveland, Columbia, Jackson, Morristown and Savannah.

“Tennessee has become a great state for entrepreneurs and by creating a supportive and nurturing ecosystem, we can maintain our reputation as being a place that’s known for startup success,” Boyd said. “We are excited to be able to assist communities that are actively working to attract investment, and I can’t wait to see the results of these projects.”

“Tennessee Main Streets have put a lot of work into creating an environment for business by improving the appearance of downtown and protecting their historic structures,” Amy New, assistant commissioner for rural development, said. “Our downtowns are an important part of our state’s identity and cultural heritage. Flourishing downtowns provide a sense of pride for our communities, spur tourism and promote entrepreneurship, which ultimately creates jobs. We are excited to see these projects roll out.”

Projects accepted for $50,000 Main Street Entrepreneur Grants:

* Morristown’s Crossroads Downtown Partnership will create three co-working spaces in the downtown commercial district in partnership with the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, Carson-Newman University, Walters State Community College, Morristown Chamber of Commerce and city of Morristown.
* MainStreet Cleveland will restore a 1902 building recently purchased by the city of Cleveland to create a mixed-use, multi-tenant business incubator for startup entrepreneurs.
* Jackson Downtown Development Corporation will create three new retail storefronts for entrepreneurs on vacant lots utilizing repurposed shipping containers. Their partners include theCO, the city of Jackson and University of Memphis Lambuth.
* Believe in Bristol will provide a nine-week CO.STARTERS course for entrepreneurs investing in downtown Bristol, host a business pitch day including local independent community investors and developers and make improvements to their existing co-working office, IdeaSpace.
* Savannah Main Street will reactivate a stretch of vacant storefronts with a micro-business coffee shop and provide space, equipment and Internet access for co-working space. They will also offer a coding class and entrepreneur training for local high school students.
* Columbia Main Street will equip an Entrepreneur Co-Work Center in the downtown district to provide shared work space, equipment and Internet, a training room and training opportunities. Project partners include Columbia Power of Water System, South Central Tennessee Workforce Board, LaunchTN, LEAP Grant Programs, city of Columbia, Maury Economic Alliance, Columbia Industrial Development Board, Maury County Industrial Development Board, Columbia State Community College and Martin Methodist College.

The grant program was offered to accredited Tennessee Main Street communities, and grants were competitively scored.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Find us on the Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on

Downtown Bristol Events

Moon Bound Girl Painting Events for Ladies and Girls

April 20 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio

Paint your own Moon Bound Girl with Kil'n Time on Wednesday, April 20th! Artist Leigh Ann Agee is Moon Bound Girl's creator and illustrator. She's also Rhythm and Roots Reunion's poster artist for 2016! The event includes a book reading and inspirational talk at 5:30 where you can get books signed, then join us for a special canvas class your own dreamer who is shooting for the moon!

Call 423-573-9950 or email to book your spot today! Reservations are required, and space is limited, so don't hesitate.

The price is $45/person, and that includes everything you need to customize your own Moon Bound Girl painting.

Ryan Ward

April 22 | Shelbee's Vintage Cafe

About Ryan Ward
Ryan Ward is a talented, eclectic singer/songwriter, with an endless passion for music. He picked up his first acoustic guitar at the age of 8. Today, Ryan has incorporated many styles from artists that range from Lindsey Buckingham, Stephen Stills, to Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page. Ward started writing songs at the age of 17, but focused more on stylistically solving puzzles with the guitar. Currently, Ward is focused on relaying his message through the vibrations of strings and lyric content.

"When You Get There" is an upcoming EP that includes current songs that will soon become available online and in select stores. This compilation is a blend of acoustic rock, folk, indie, and alternative. Ryan states: "I cannot categorize my music. I guess you have to listen and decide for yourself!" Whatever genre it may be, Ryan Ward's music is not to be missed!

The Crisis Center's 6th Annual Clothesline Project

April 23 | YWCA

The Crisis Center will recognize survivors and victims of Sexual Assault in April with its 6th annual Clothesline Project.

The Clothesline Project is a program launched in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. Since then, it has grown into a national event. The Crisis Center's 6th Annual Clothesline Project will be a day of artistic festivities, games, prizes, community information, and enjoyment.

The Secrets of Anahata Chakra

April 23 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol

The Vishuddha (Throat) chakra is the gateway to higher spiritual realms. It is the first energy center that differentiates man from all other life forms. We must commit to express the truth and sing our song of individuality. Join Rita for the fifth in eight series on the chakras as we will learn about the foundational elements of this chakra, analyze how we use this chakra when we interact with other people, and work on a series of breathing exercises and asanas which will help direct energy to heal your chakra.

Cost: $10

Frank Solivan’s Dirty Kitchen Experience Benefit for Radio Bristol

April 23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

2015 Best Bluegrass Album Grammy nominees Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen celebrate the release of their new album Family, Friends & Heroes with a dining experience cooked up by Frank Solivan himself!

A benefit for WBCM Radio Bristol, fans will be treated to a hearty dishmadeby Frankand cocktailsbefore setting into the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music for some of the finest bluegrass in the country with Frank Solivan & The Dirty Kitchen!

Tickets: $100
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ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic, and Country Music. With Guest of Honor, Bobby Osborne

April 23 | Paramount Center for the Arts

Mark McHenry

April 23 | Shelbee's Vintage Cafe

Mark McHenry is a Country music singer and songwriter that brings the sounds of "modern" and "yester-years" of Country music together for older and younger ears to enjoy. With his influences of Alan Jackson, George Strait, Randy Travis, George Jones, Rodney Atkins, etc., his music represents different generations and always Keepin' It Country. His current single "Gitty up" has become a fan favorite and is available on his website, iTunes and Touch Tunes jukeboxes, His debut EP album is to be released by summer 2016.

Radio Bristol Presents: Farm & Fun Time ft. Foghorn Stringband

April 26 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

During the Grand Opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum the Birthplace of Country Music revived the old WCYB Farm & Family Fun Time radio show before a live audience. Now, Radio Bristol revisits the live music radio hour withone of old-time music’s most amazing acts.

Tickets: $20
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Chicken4Charity: Holly Help

April 27 | Quaker Steak and Lube

On April 27th from 6-9 pm, in conjunction with Holly Help Spay/Neuter Fund, Quaker Steak will host a Chicken 4 Charity Event. You can stop by the restaurant and drop off a donation or you can help out by dining that night and 10% of the food sales* will go to Holly Help. Free calendars and pet treats will also be available.

The Holly Help Spay-Neuter Fund is a Bristol based organization which focuses on the spay sterilization surgeries for dogs and cats. They were founded in the Spring of 2001 and maintain a 501.c3 tax exempt status as a branch of United Humanitarian, A Corporation. They rely mainly on the money received from recycling aluminum cans to fund surgeries. It is an all volunteer organization, and Holly Help pays no salaries.

The Holly Help Spay-Neuter Fund has paid for in full or in part, the sterilization surgeries for thousands of animals. Because one unspayed female animal can produce between 50,000 and 350,000 offspring in a 5 year period, their sterilization rate will make a very substantial dent in the overpopulation rate of cats and dogs in our community. Holly Help has successfully recycled many tons of aluminum cans which were generously donated by the animal-friendly public! The proceeds were used to pay for the surgeries. It takes approximately 4000 aluminum cans to pay for the surgery of one animal.

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