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January 2014 E-Clips

6 of the best cities to own a vacation home (Move Channel) If you're looking to buy a vacation home somewhere, there some great markets emerging right now. Here are six of them. Gatlinburg, Tennessee is next on the list. Gatlinburg is a city great for people who enjoy the outdoors. http://www.themovechannel.com/news/stories/6-of-the-best-cities-to-own-a-vacation-home-701/

Beyond Bali, Banff and the Barossa: The new holiday hotspots that are suddenly popular for Australians (News.com) "(But) No matter where Aussies want to travel in 2014, there's great deals to be found by being flexible with dates, keeping an eye out for hot deals, and bundling flights and hotels together." Nashville’s music and chicken are set to lure more Aussie visitors. #9. Nashville, Tennesseehttp://www.news.com.au/national/beyond-bali-banff-and-the-barossa-the-new-holiday-hotspots-that-are-suddenly-popular-for-australians/story-e6frfkp9-1226782528872

Fodor’s Forecasts Can’t-Miss Locales for 2014 (Meeting Focus) The Fodor's Travel 2014 Go List, just announced, highlights 25 can't-miss places... Additional buzz-worthy destinations on the Fodor's 2014 Go List include: British Columbia, Canada; Riga, Latvia; Nashville, Tennessee; Corsica, France and South Africa. http://www.meetingsfocus.com/ArticleDetails/tabid/162/ArticleID/22583/Default.aspx

New Chattanooga Whiskey president outlines future goals (Nooga.com) In his new role as president of Chattanooga Whiskey, Andrew Kean will head up business strategies for the company, and leaders are focusing first on opening the new downtown distillery and promoting existing products. http://www.nooga.com/164622/new-chattanooga-whiskey-president-outlines-future-goals/

Panel announces plans for welcome center (Claiborne Progress) Claiborne County may be well on its way to having an official welcome center…“Promoting Claiborne County is promoting everyone in the county,” said Tourism Director Carl Nichols.  Dave Jones, East Tennessee regional manager for the Department of Tourism Development, said that a welcome center can have a great economic impact on the community. http://www.claiborneprogress.net/news/home_top-news/3031679/Panel-announces-plans-for-welcome-center

National Black Caucus meeting begins in Memphis (Memphis Business Journal) An estimated 600 state lawmakers, support staff and business people from around the U.S. will be in the Bluff City for the next four days as the National Black Caucus of State Legislators holds its annual conference in Memphis from today until Dec. 14. http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/news/2013/12/11/national-black-caucus-meeting-begins.html

Pigeon Forge expands Wilderness Wildlife Week to 320 programs, 55 hikes (Knox Daily Sun) Pigeon Forge’s Wilderness Wildlife Week is growing to 320 indoor programs and 55 hikes, excursions and tours into Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It also is moving into a new home, the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, a $45 million special events facility in the heart of town. The 24th annual Wilderness Wildlife Week is Jan. 25-Feb. 1…The lineup of programs is different every day. http://www.knoxvilledailysun.com/entertainment/2013/wilderness-wildlife-week.html

What Makes Tennessee's Music So Very Special (NPR.org) From blues to funk, to country and rock, Tennessee is the place that's given voice to the likes of Bessie Smith, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, Chet Atkins, and many, many more. This winter, the quarterly magazine Oxford American has devoted its annual "Southern Music Issue" to the music of the Volunteer State. http://www.npr.org/2013/12/14/250850070/what-makes-tennessees-music-so-very-special

‘Tennessee Crossroads’ segment set to feature popular Cleveland eatery (Cleveland Banner) THE BALD HEADED BISTRO will be featured this weekend on the Emmy-award winning PBS series “Tennessee Crossroads.” The segment will air a total of three times on WTCI. http://www.clevelandbanner.com/view/full_story/24224335/article--Tennessee-Crossroads--segment-set-to-feature-popular-Cleveland-eatery?instance=latest_articles

Gallatin works to promote city across region Tourism and business officials hope that a recently funded Gallatin image and marketing campaign will help spark more interest in the city throughout Middle Tennessee. Earlier this year, the Gallatin City Council approved $40,000 in funding for the initiative. http://www.tennessean.com/viewart/20131215/GALLATIN01/312150089/Gallatin-works-promote-city-across-region

Tennessee makes 'green' list thanks to solar power (Onenewsnow.com) Tennessee has made the list of top states for green jobs (#9). The list was compiled by the business group Environmental Entrepreneurs in which Tennessee was number nine on the list, with credit going to a solar power generation site in McNairy County, near the Tennessee and Mississippi state line. Former vice president and environmental activist Al Gore tweeted that he was "proud" of his home state of Tennessee. http://www.onenewsnow.com/business/2013/12/09/tennessee-makes-green-list-thanks-to-solar-power

University of Tennessee publishes latest volume of President Jackson's correspondence  The University of Tennessee has published the latest volume of President Andrew Jackson's correspondence http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/6bf8c39d642742c9a3a73e0b47649b10/TN--UT-Jackson-Papers

Skytown Riot releases ‘Soul or System’ EP (Thecelebritycafe.com) Tennessee is quickly becoming a home for musicians from all genres, not only a place for country music artists. Skytown Riot has made Knoxville, Tennessee their home and has brought their alternative rock sound to local venues…http://thecelebritycafe.com/reviews/2013/12/skytown-riot-releases-soul-or-system-ep#jzODe7rYEW8gtGfa.99

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