The 2017 Canstruction with Natalie Grant began with a meet-and-greet with key sponsors before going to the Tennessee Room. Grant is a multiple Dove Award winner and has had an amazing music career. Grant said when she was six-years-old singing into her round hair brush, she knew what her life was going to be. Aretha Franklin was an early childhood role model with her strong gospel voice.Read More
Homeowners Greg and Allycin Alexander, graciously permitted me a tour of their lovely home for our first monthly No Place Like Home article. Their home is not only immaculately designed with one-of-a-kind furnishings and architecture but inviting without the least bit of austerity. In fact, when you first enter the home your eyes cannot help but glance around from the alluring artwork to the grand lighting and 19th century furniture in the foyer and formal living room. A glamorous juxtaposition is what comes to mind when describing the home. Keep reading further for an in-depth look inside the Alexanders’ home.Read More
Hitmakers and Harleys featuring country singer Darryl Worley was held at Bumpus Harley-Davidson on Tuesday, October 17. All proceeds from the event benefitted the Darryl Worley Foundation.The West Tennessee native said “it’s always nice to get back and do events like this” in the place that feels like home. Also performing at the event was Jim “Moose” Brown, Erin Enderlin & Don Sampson.Read More
Everything changed for young Jim Norton one Christmas Eve at his aunt’s house. She served homemade sausage balls, stuffed mushrooms and more, all on “fancy trays.” An obsession with entertaining was born.Read More
The 23rd annual Runway for a Cure was held on October 3 at the Carl Perkins Civic Center. It was an evening filled with beautiful clothing, great food, strong survivors and community members gathering to raise funds and awareness to the American Cancer Society.Read More
The alluring premise of “Hotel Chic at Home” is something any reader will understand—what if ordinary life could feel more like vacation?
On vacation, dinner might be arrayed outdoors for a view that you’ve journeyed hundreds of miles to see. A room might transport you to another, more genteel era. A serene moment might be found anywhere, from a swinging hammock, to a wrought-iron table in a garden, a luxurious bathroom oasis, or an intimate corner with a velvet wing chair. As travel and design blogger Sara Bliss has discovered, the experiences of adventure, freedom, sophistication, and calm that she has found in the world’s most unique hotels can be recreated on a personal scale almost anywhere.Read More
It was the perfect day for the XMC, Inc. as they hosted their fifteenth annual Golf Tournament at Pickwick Landing State Park. There were 28 teams of four and it was a great turnout for the tournament. Bob Hamilton, his family and staff went all out to make this a great day for all the golfers who played in the tournament. All proceeds from this tournament goes to Make A Wish Foundation. In April of this year XMC sent a four-year-old and his family to Disney World. What a great thing to see these teams playing for such a great cause. One thing that really impressed me was listening to Hamilton’s grandson, Aidan, share that he wanted to grow up and run his grandfather’s company because “I want to help people.” This young man really made an impact on me because it was wonderful seeing a child want to grow up like his grandfather with his objective to help others. All golfers received a welcome gift. I watched as Hamilton personally thanked the participants and tried to hand deliver many of the welcome gifts himself as possible. All of the XMC staff was excited about the day and looking forward to next year’s event!Read More
In August 2014 I made my first multi-day trip to Ste. Genevieve (pop. 5,500), America’s Original French Colonial Village. Prior to that I had made a few stops for meals when returning home from St. Louis, one hour from Ste. Genevieve. Then in early September of this year I returned to Ste. Genevieve (or Ste. Gen as some call it). In fact, I can visualize having a small apartment there. Perhaps it’s my father’s French ancestry (Normandy, France) that keeps drawing me back to this charming city.Read More
Bone Appétit, the main fundraiser for the Downtown Dogs Group, was held on Sunday, October 15 at the West Tennessee Farmers’ Market. It was an evening filled with good food and music for a good cause for the organization’s fifth annual event.Read More
The Carroll County Shooting Sports Park hosted the 2nd Young Life Sporting Clays Tournament at their amazing facilities that include long-range, sporting clay, field shooting, two Western fast draw shooting cities, coupled with a large meeting room or dining facility. Directly behind the main building is a four-station clay bird range, which allows for handicap shooters, such as Wounded Warriors. The high school shooting teams practice here for regional and national competitions.Read More
Instead of the annual football rivalry that occurs between USJ and TCA on the football field, the two schools came together to perform a charity that benefits people in the area supported by RIFA. In the past the two schools have coordinated this charity project and collected 260,852 pounds of food. RIFA gave out 390,000 meals through Soup Kitchen, Snack Backpack, Food Bank and Senior Staples.Read More
In the world of clandestine operations, private contractors and elite military units, who would envision that one of the most premier training facilities in the country is tucked away in a location that is right on the edge of Good Ol’Rocky Top?Read More
This fall semester marks the 50th anniversary of the day classes were first offered at Jackson State Community College. To celebrate the past 50 years, JSCC held an event in their student center on Monday, September 11 for past and present students, faculty and friends to reminisce, reconnect and see the many great and exciting changes on the campus.Read More
Jeff Arnett was named Master Distiller of the Jack Daniel Distillery in 2008. His supervision of the entire whiskey-making process of milling, yeasting, fermentation, distillation, charcoal mellowing and maturation ensures the world’s top-selling whiskey label is both in constant supply and true to Jack’s guiding belief that “Every day we make it, we’ll make it the best we can.”Read More
If you want to talk about or meet the consummate professional gentleman, then Henry Winkler is the person to meet. Henry strolled into the Tennessee Room for the meet and greet, shaking hands and being so very congenial. He would stroll up to someone wanting his picture and pull someone into the picture with him.Read More
The Jackson-Madison County Library Foundation held its 7th Annual Books of Madison County event on August 24 at the Jackson Fairgrounds.
Many community members came out to support the library at the event that has grown consistently each year. Attendees enjoyed a catered dinner, entertainment and a silent auction.
On Saturday, July 29, community members flocked to the Carl Perkins Civic Center for United Way’s Annual UNITAS event where they enjoyed socializing, a wonderful meal and an evening with special guest speaker Kurt Warner.Read More
Born in Tupelo, MS., Eric T. Jones was raised in Starkville and Kosciusko, MS. and Henderson, TN. After graduating from Chester County High School in 1998, Jones attended Middle Tennessee State University and Freed-Hardeman University. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in history, a Master’s degree in administration and supervision, an Educational Specialist degree and a Doctorate in leadership and policy studies.Read More
On Thursday, July 20, the Dream Center of Jackson held its “That’s Amoré” event at First United Methodist Church. Event attendees enjoyed a delicious meal catered by Olive Garden and desserts by L&T Cakery as well as entertainment by Thirty Wonderful and Kevin Chang, who played violin tableside.Read More
Whether you’re tailgating at the stadium or cheering from home, this fan-friendly guide makes game day eats as exciting as the game itself. There’s no one better to deliver that experience than Daina Falk. A nationally recognized game day expert, cook, and lifelong fan who grew up in the world of sports, Daina combines her passions for sports, food, and sports fan culture to create more than 150 simply delicious fangating recipes along with advice on how to fangate like a pro. You’ll find classics like slow-cooked ribs and sky-high stadium chili alongside fresh twists on much-loved dishes and flavors inspired by local traditions.Read More