Grand new opera for Nashville

September 27, 2007

Coming on the heels of the Nashville Symphony’s triumphal opening of the $123.5 million Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the city’s major opera company has announced plans for a new, $6 million opera house.

The Tennessean has a story on Nashville Opera’s new digs, which will open in the Fall of 2008. Having these new structures–and the fundraising campaigns that built them–so close together demonstrates the health of the arts in Middle Tennessee, the generosity of donors, and perhaps a need to give Nashville its old nickname: Athens of the South.

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Photo from Nashville Opera


Roger Brashears: keeper of the Jack Daniel’s fame

September 27, 2007

While in Chattanooga, I touched base with Roger Brashears, the head of public relations at the Jack Daniel’s distillery. He has worked for the distillery since 1963–Mr. Jack was only there for 29 years–and fits perfectly with the down-home image so carefully tended by Brown-Forman, the corporate owners since 1956.

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Red State Update: Is it good for the Tennesseans?

September 27, 2007

Every time there’s any sort of Tennessee or Southern-based humor, any laughter on my part is always followed by an unsettling thought: does this make us look bad?

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Smoking ban begins on Monday

September 27, 2007

Knoxville’s Metro Pulse has a good cover story today on Tennessee’s smoking ban, which begins on Monday.  Halting the smoking in restaurants and other public places is great.  Tennessee has such good food–and good cooks–that it has been shame to let smokers foul the air for so long.

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