In The Wake Of The Tennesse Tornados

Tennesse has seen great devastation and despair in the aftermath of the great tornados that touched down in 4 counties earlier this month. With winds up to 175mph, the devastating funnels tore through Middle Tennesse hitting Putnam County the hardest. It also left what is estimated to be up to 50 miles of damage across Davidson, Wilson and Smith Counties. 

The first tornado has been reported to have touched down in Camden in Benton County which is located 80 miles east of Nashville. It then moved destructively across the Tennesse River gaining power and force, heading for Nashville in the middle of the night. It then touched down over John C. Tune Airport in Nashville and destroyed 90 aircraft and destroyed various airport structures. Because of its late night/early morning arrival, many were not prepared for the intensity of the storm. Many were also left with little time to seek protection for themselves and family members. There have been many deaths in the wake of this tragedy as well as the loss of many homes and belongings. Now with disaster relief efforts in motion, volunteers and different organizations have begun to work toward repairing the broken cities, towns, and counties. 

Disaster Relief Efforts

Organizations like SBP (originally The St. Bernard Project) utilize the help and support of donors like Dumpster Today, volunteers and corporate partners to provide resilience and recovery after a disaster. Zack Rosenberg and Liz McCartney founded their organization in 2006 after volunteering disaster relief aid with the St Bernard Parish in Louisana following Hurricane Katrina. They have grown from a 3 person organization into a National Organization headquartered in New Orleans. They are also a recognized leader in disaster recovery and aim to decrease the time between the disaster and its recovery. The organization has helped to rebuild 2,140 homes and counting with the aid of over 130,000 volunteers in various states struck by natural disasters.

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The Grand Ole Opry

Grand-ole-opry-nashvilleSelf-titled as, “The Show That Made Country Music Famous.”  If you are a die-hard country music fan, then you should know about and visit the Grand Ole Opry. In the city of country music, Nashville, Tennessee, this place is host to all of the greatest country music stars including but not limited to Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, Hank Williams, and others. However, many might not know the deep history that this bestowed place has.

  • Beginnings

Starting as just a radio station, WSM decided to introduce a one-hour barn dance. So, on November 28, 1925, announcer George Hay started the live show with 77-year-old fiddler Uncle Jimmy Thompson. From there it grew to include early stars like Bill Monroe and The Fruit Jar Drinkers. This was still during prohibition. And eventually this barn dance got renamed to the Grand Ole Opry in 1927 and has stuck with the name ever since.

  • Moving Locations

Within 11 years of starting its live show at the National Life & Accident Insurance Company building, the crowds became too large and the show finally moved into the Ryman-auditorium-nashvilleHillsboro Theatre. Shortly after, it moved again to the Dixie Tabernacle. Then again in 1939 it moved to the Nashville War Memorial. And yet, a few years later in 1943 the Grand Ole Opry moved to Ryman Auditorium. There it stayed until 1974. It moved away from the worn-out Ryman Auditorium with only 3000 seats. Finally, the Grand Ole Opry house was built and opened to the public on March 16, 1974 with a modern building, 1000 more seats, and air conditioning. Then President Richard Nixon attended and played songs on the piano. Since then, the house has been home to country’s greatest stars every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday night from March thru November. But during the winter months the show returns to its roots at the Ryman Auditorium to allow for refurbishments to be made at the Grand Ole Opry House and allow the show to acknowledge its roots.

  • Where to Listen Today

Believe it or not, you don’t have to travel all the way to Nashville to experience the music the Grand Ole Opry has to provide. While you do have to travel to Nashville to experience the live show you can listen to the show on its own mobile app, the Sirius XM radio station, Nashville’s 650 AM, or the website. What once could only be experienced by those willing and able to travel or those near Nashville can now be enjoyed by anyone with an internet connection.

Country music wouldn’t have been as popular without the Grand Ole Opry, and thetennessee-relic Grand Ole Opry wouldn’t have been anything without the greatest country stars who performed and continue to perform there today. The Grand Ole Opry is the reason Nashville is the city of country music. If you get the chance to visit this Tennessee relic you defintely should. Especially, if you are a fan of country music where you can check out the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Visiting the Great State of Tennessee

At the crossroads of the deep south and the Appalachian Mountains you will find exploring-TennesseeTennessee, a long state that borders 8 other states, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia. Tennessee is not only filled with beautiful scenery but also has so much to offer in the way of fun, adventure and historic sightseeing. For those of you traveling to this incredible state the history and unique culture will leave you fascinated and glad you made the trip!

Things to DO When Visiting Tennessee

  • great-sights-tennesseeGraceland- The home of the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley. This mansion includes a multitude of Elvis’s personal items including clothing, music, instruments, cars, and a multitude of pictures and other memorabilia. This is the number one attraction in Tennessee so be sure to make reservations.
  • Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage The other home of a famous person. While Andrew Jackson might not be as flashy or as cool as Elvis this mansion and plantation surely doesn’t fail to impress anyone who is wondering what the classic southern plantation looked and operated like.
  • Civil War Attractions –Being a state involved in many battles in the Civil War, Tennessee has many Civil War battlefields and museums. This includes the Lotz House Museum and the Carton Plantation, both in Franklin and both playing a vital role in the Battle of Franklin. Also, there is the Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro that ended up with around 23,000 killed at both sides.
  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum- Located in the capital of country in Nashville this place explores the history and legends of country music including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Buck Owens, Roger Miller, Hank Williams, and more!
  • National Civil Rights Museum- Inside the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, in Memphis, this museum goes over the struggle for civil rights in the South during the 1950s and 1960s.
  • Wildlife Parks- Tennessee has the most visited national park! This great place can be found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, located in the Appalachians near the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. This place includes 850 miles of hiking with frequent spotting of Black Bear, Elk, and Deer. You can also fish and camp there if you desire. Other natural areas include Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville that allows you to rent all sorts of outdoor equipment to explore the 300 acre park. Last but not least is Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga that offers the longest underground waterfall and Lover’s Leap where you can see the beautiful looks and 7 of the 8 states that border Tennessee.
  • Beale St-What Times Square is to New York, Beale St is to Tennessee. This famousbeale-street-tennessee street includes the most popular blues clubs and restaurants featuring Memphis’s famous barbecue. For those who prefer the night life and the city this place is necessary for you to visit when you come to Tennessee.

With so many great sights to see and features to explore you will never find yourself wondering what to do while visiting the state of tennesse. Great food and a little of that warm southern hospitaility will have you already planning your next trip!

Explore With Us!

state-of-tennesseeHello travelers! Our site is all about the great state of Tennessee and all that it has to offer visitors, travelers and the like. Many associate our state with the Country Music Awards, The Grand Ole Opry, and being home to a lot of great musicians and music!  We wanted to create a platform to help share and showcase all of the sites, things to do, places to visit and great things Tennessee has to offer.  Whether you are just passing through or have come to visit our state for a bit we hope you find our site offers insight and info on just what to do while you are here!