Industry Applause is designed to highlight and recognize the achievements of our industry partners.
Dollywood Wins Industry’s Prestigious Applause Awards
Dollywood was recently honored with the 2010 Applause Award, the most prestigious award within the amusement and theme park industry. The award honors a park whose management, operations and creative accomplishments have inspired the industry with its foresight, originality and sound business development.
The award is presented every other year by Liseberg Amusement Park located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Entertainment legend and Dollywood namesake Dolly Parton accepted the award for the park during a special ceremony at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 16. In addition, Dollywood's live entertainment won two International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions Brass Ring Awards for Excellence in Live Entertainment. With 17 Brass Ring Awards, Dollywood has won more than any other theme park in the world.
Gaylord Opryland, Nashville
Gaylord Opryland Resort Now Open
The iconic Gaylord Opryland Resort, which had been closed for repair due to the historic May 2 flooding, reopened its doors Nov. 15. Official grand reopening celebrations continued Nov. 18-20.
Several new features were unveiled at the reopening, such as a completely remodeled Cascades Lobby and Cascades Terrace Bar, as well as the Ristorante Volare and Jack Daniel's Saloon restaurants. In addition, a new Mexican restaurant, redesigned guestrooms in the Magnolia section and renovated Presidential suites were introduced.
The grand reopening of the resort also comes just in time for the much-anticipated 27th annual "A Country Christmas," featuring family-friendly shows and activities and 2 million twinkling lights that are the hallmark of the world-famous event.
Music City Lives Up to Name
Nashville was named No. 1 for Live Music/Concerts and Bands, Affordable Getaway and Affordable Hotels in Travel + Leisure Magazine’s annual America's Favorite Cities survey.
The America's Favorite Cities ranking lines up with a recent branding survey conducted by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau in which 99.1 percent of respondents said Music City lives up to its name/reputation. Nashville was not only highlighted in this year's Travel + Leisure survey for its music and affordability, but also fared well in other categories including: #3 Friendly, #4 Barbecue, #5 Antique stores, #6 Vintage shops and flea markets, #6 Safety, #7 Hamburgers and #7 Wild Weekend. For the complete list of Nashville's rankings visit www.travelandleisure.com/americas-favorite-cities/2010/city/nashville.
14th Annual W.C. Handy Heritage Awards Honors Music Legends
The 14th Annual W.C. Handy Heritage Awards, held Nov. 14, celebrated the 137th birthday of W.C. Handy, “Father of the Blues,” and honored authentic Beale Street musicians and other musical artists.
This year’s awards were dedicated to the memory of Grammy Award winner, producer, composer and recording artist, Willie Mitchell, whose legacy has impacted music throughout the world. The Master Musician Award was presented to the Willie Mitchell family. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Famer, Booker T. Jones, whose masterful compositions at Stax Recording Company helped to create the Memphis Soul Sound. Other artists to be awarded were Archie Turner; Carl Drew; Johnny Scott; Soul Breed; Errol Thomas; Barbara Perry Wright; Martha Jean “The Queen” Steinberg; and “Sleepy” John Estes.
Ruby Falls Gift Supports UT’s Center for Sustainable Business and Tourism
The Center for Sustainable Business and Tourism at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville received recently a contribution from Ruby Falls to support sustainability efforts identified by the center.
The CSBT engages in research and outreach projects with collaborative partners and communities to develop and promote products and services that emphasize sustainability. The donation will aid in helping the center further advance its initiatives of providing operational solutions, improving quality of life, developing sustainable business models and promoting green tourism.
Beale Street, Memphis
Memphis Leads All Cities as the Most Mentioned in Recorded Songs
The Memphis Rock ‘N Soul Museum recently released a comprehensive list of commercially recorded songs that mention the city of Memphis, the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock ‘n roll. The list shows Memphis is mentioned in 1,074 songs, featuring more than 800 unique titles, making it the most mentioned city in recorded song lyrics.
The list, which can be viewed at http://www.memphisrocknsoul.org/over1000songs, is expected to grow with new titles submitted daily. Artists that appear on the list include Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and more.
Lotz House Receives Historic Preservation Marker
The Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities recently placed Williamson County's first APTA historic marker at the Lotz House in Franklin.
The Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities is the oldest statewide nonprofit historic preservation organization in the state of Tennessee and is the fourth oldest in the nation.
Secret City Festival, Oak Ridge
Oak Ridge Honored with Two Top 20 Events Designations for Southeast Tourism Society
The Secret City continues to make a name for itself across the country. The Secret City Festival and the Department of Energy Facilities Public Bus Tour both received the prominent "Top 20 Events" designation from the Southeast Tourism Society.
This is the second time the Secret City Festival has been awarded a Top 20 Events designation from STS and the first time the Bus Tour has been honored. Tennessee reaped a total of nine Top 20 designations for Spring 2011, including the Dogwood Arts Festival in Knoxville; Rivers & Spires Festival in Clarksville; Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis; National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg; International Dogwood Festival in Winchester; Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival in Sevierville; and Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales in Gatlinburg.
Nashville Public Library Wins Prestigious Award for Museum and Library Service
Nashville Public Library was recently awarded the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Medals are awarded to museums and libraries that make extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental and social contributions to the communities they serve.
The library will receive $10,000 and a visit from StoryCorps. Several NPL programs were recognized, including the Bringing Books to Life program and the Limitless Libraries collection development and resource-sharing partnership with Metro high schools.
Darryl Worley, Flanked by Hospital and Local
Officials, Cuts the Ribbon for the Cancer Center
Country Star Opens Cancer Treatment Center in Savannah
Country musician Darryl Worley opened the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center Nov. 3. Located on the campus of the Hardin Medical Center in Savannah, Tenn., cancer patients will now be able to receive radiation and chemotherapy without the long drives currently required of many who seek these treatments.
Margaritaville Opens in Nashville
Mayor Karl Dean cut the ribbon at the opening of the much-anticipated Margaritaville in downtown Nashville Nov. 22. The restaurant will offer live music seven days a week, featuring local bands on three stages.
Final First Lady Series of 2010 Presented Sweet Sounds of Tennessee
November’s “First Lady Series” presented a variety of musical styles in an event entitled, “Country, Folk, Gospel and Soul: The Sweet Sounds of Tennessee,” featuring Robert Oermann, a respected music critic, author and historian, and friends.
The First Lady Series is a monthly event hosted by Andrea Conte in Conservation Hall. The November event was the final in this series for the First Lady. Previous topics included a student town hall with Tennessee’s gubernatorial candidates; a discussion on the Civil Rights Movement in Tennessee; a lecture on the role women played during the Civil War; a panel discussion on the rise of partisan politics; and the impact of war on families.
Dr. Bobby Jones, emcee at the NAACP Image
Awards congratulates Dr. Phyllis Qualls-Brooks
on her nomination. Photo Courtesy of Studio
Congratulations to Dr. Phyllis Qualls-Brooks
Dr. Qualls-Brooks was nominated for an Image Award in Education sponsored by the Nashville Branch of the NAACP. She was in a category with long-standing community leaders in education. Her work with the education initiative in tourism as well as her leadership in the field of education during her professional career led to this outstanding nomination.
Quote of the Month
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
- John F. Kennedy
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