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Tourism taxes give Nashville enough money to keep Music City Center on budget
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VideoBriefAfter more than a year of tourist traffic that surpassed expectations, Metro officials will reserve $15 million of excess tax revenues so they can cover land acquisition costs for the Music City Center project if the city loses its appeal of a costly court ruling. The move should keep the $585 million construction project within its budget, said Metro Finance Director Rich Riebeling, who plans to tell the city's convention center authority about the plan. More



Hall of fame has biggest year ever
Nashville.com    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum set an all-time attendance record in 2011, museum officials announced. The 2011 attendance total of 507,510 people is the largest in the institution's 44-year history. More

Poll: Nashville is 5th-coolest small town in America
Brown County Democrat    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nashville cracked the top five, but didn't take the top spot in the America's Coolest Small Towns Contest. The online poll, conducted by Frommer's Budget Travel magazine, garnered more than 360,000 votes. Nashville earned 10,729 of them, or 2.9 percent. That was good enough for fifth place. More

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Country Music Association donates $1.4 million to help thousands of students learn music in school
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The Country Music Association is helping thousands of students learn music in school to the tune of $1.4 million. The organization donated proceeds from the 2011 CMA Music Festival through its Keep the Music Playing campaign, benefiting music education programs in Nashville public schools. Country music's biggest stars perform for free at the annual summer festival in Nashville. More

Opry stage that once held Cash and Presley to be replaced
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For six decades the stage supported the likes of Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, with the "hillbilly dust" sprinkled across its blonde oak planks adding to the legend of the Grand Ole Opry. After one final show, however, the well-worn stage of Nashville's Ryman Auditorium is scheduled to be torn up, replaced by a newer, more durable surface. More



Water park owners welcome competition from Dolly Parton and Gaylord
The Nashville Ledger    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The announcement of a new $50 million water and snow park being built by Nashville entertainment giants Dolly Parton and Gaylord would seem to be great news for all of Nashville. More tourists, 450 new jobs and positive national exposure — who couldn't rally around this news? How about the owners of Nashville's existing water parks, Nashville Shores and Wave Country? Surely they feel like a mom-and-pop business watching a Walmart pop up next door. Actually, even they seem excited. More

Nashville songwriter has music in his blood
Charleston Daily Mail    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Darrell Scott's latest country music project is a throwback to his family's roots in Kentucky tobacco country — a time, as he says, "before Garth and mechanical bulls." Some of the songs on "Long Ride Home" are 30 years old, and musicians invited to participate included Scott's dad, Wayne, who died just a couple of months ago. "I got a pretty good body of music with him before he passed away," Scott said. More

Tri-Cities Airport considering flights to Nashville
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The Tri-Cities Regional Airport is talking with a small carrier, which they're not disclosing, to add a scheduled service flight to and from Blountville and Nashville International Airport. Marketing Manager, Melissa Thomas, said TRI had a nonstop service flight to and from Nashville until about 2003. Today, it's a challenge to find a carrier that can do that and stay in the black. More
   
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