What’s new in East Tennessee

downloadNASHVILLE (press release)—2015 marks the 150th anniversary of becoming president of the United States. Special events will be held in Greeneville, where his two homes and burial site are located. It is also one of five National Civil War sites in Tennessee.

Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event continues in 2015 themed, “The Final Shots In Tennessee.” The 2015 event named “Reconstruction Tennessee” will take place April 30-May 1 in Knoxville and surrounding historic sites. The event was named an ABA Top 100 event for 2015.

Expansions at the Island in Pigeon Forge include the Margaritaville Restaurant, the Margaritaville Island Hotel and Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen and the Ripken Baseball Experience for youth baseball tournaments located just down the street.

The Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge will exhibit the only Bible saved from RMS Titanic in 2015. The only Titanic lifejacket that was tied to an actual passenger aboard the ship, Madeleine Astor, will be on display in 2016. The life jacket is currently valued at $1 million.

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is now open in downtown Bristol. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the 1927 Bristol Sessions.

The Chattanooga Choo Choo in Chattanooga will complete an $8 million renovation and restoration in the spring of 2015 that includes a comedy club, 500-capacity music/entertainment venue, retail space and two new restaurants with outdoor patio seating.

Paula Deen, the famed chef and restaurateur, recently opened The Paula Deen Store in Gatlinburg.

Rocky Top Sports World Complex recently opened in Gatlinburg and has already been ranked as one of the top 5 new sporting venues in the country.

Seven Islands State Birding Park is now open in Kodak, Knox County. The diverse natural landscape of aquatic and grassland habitats makes this a premier birding destination with more than 180 species of birds sighted. The park encompasses 416 acres along the French Broad River and features eight miles of natural trails, rolling hills and views of the Smoky Mountains.

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