Archive: March 2014
Exit 56 Blues Fest announces music line-up
March 28, 2014
Blues fans will gather May 24 at the Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville for the 4th Annual Exit 56 Blues Fest. The music festival continues to attract Blues enthusiasts from all over the region and is West Tennessee’s only dedicated Blues festival outside of Memphis. The event is Saturday, May 24 and begins at noon. It will feature arts and crafts, car and motorcycle cruise in, a deep-fried barbecue eating competition and an eclectic gathering of West Tennessee Blues men and women.
This year’s music line-up opens with Memphis Jones, a regular at B.B. King’s in Memphis and music historian who entertains the audiences with stories about the songs he sings. Also performing throughout the afternoon are West Tennesseans Lorina McMinn and The Myxx and Dorothy Guinn and Savannah Shoals, along with Mississippi’s Sean Apple and his All Night Long Blues Band.
Beginning at 5 p.m., the Elam McKnight Band will take the stage with a set of their own before backing up West Tennessee Bluesman Dudley Harris. Also making a first time appearance at the festival is Tennessee Sax and the Blues Gentlemen. Many will know Tennessee Sax as Linzie Butler, a Jackson native who has performed all over the world.
The Eric Hughes Band takes the stage at 7 p.m. Hughes has played the festival since its inception in 2011 and this year brings his complete band to entertain with his special blend of Delta and urban blues. He recently released his fourth CD entitled “Drink Up.”
Headlining this year’s festival is Little Boys Blue, a band formed in 1993 by the award-winning team of Jimmy D. Taylor, of Brownsville, and Jackson’s Steve Patterson. Accompanied by Mark Brooks, Dave Mallard, Dave Thomas and Alex Taylor, this band does “boogie blues with an attitude,” encompassing a mixture of electric, acoustic country blues, rhythm and blues and Americana roots music. The group has just finished working in the studio and will soon release their newest CD, “Bad Love,” on the Jaxon Record label.
Admission is free. A complete schedule can be found at www.Exit56Blues.com.
Little Boys Blue will headline this year’s Exit 56 Blues Fest May 24. The festival is free and held annually on the grounds of the Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville.
About the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center: The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center offers a refreshing Southern experience showcasing the history and culture of rural West Tennessee. Inside visitors can learn about the history of cotton, explore the scenic and “wild” Hatchie River and get to know the legendary musicians who call West Tennessee home. Also located on the grounds is Flagg Grove School, the childhood school of Tina Turner, and the last home of Blues pioneer Sleepy John Estes. To learn more about the Center, visit www.westtnheritage.com or call 731-779-9000.
Delta Heritage Center receives award
March 24, 2014
The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center recently received an Award of Excellence from the Tennessee Association of Museums (TAM) during its annual conference in Greeneville, Tenn.
The award recognized the Center for a brochure highlighting the 2013 art exhibition “Two Sides to Every Story.” The exhibit showcased the work of Memphis artist John Sadowski and featured realism and abstract works. The realism work depicted regional landmarks and points of interest.
The organization’s annual Awards Banquet was held at Greeneville’s historic General Morgan Inn March 19. Attendees visited the Andrew Johnson historic sites and the Dickson Williams Mansion prior to the award ceremony held on the hotel terrace.
Founded in 1960, TAM fosters communication and cooperation between museums, cultural societies and other members in order to keep the public informed on the importance of understanding and preserving Tennessee’s cultural, historical and scientific heritage. The organization also encourages best practices in Tennessee museums and continued education among its members. To learn more about TAM, visit www.tnmuseums.org.
The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center offers a refreshing Southern experience showcasing the history and culture of rural West Tennessee. Inside visitors can learn about the history of cotton, explore the scenic and “wild” Hatchie River and get to know the legendary musicians who call West Tennessee home. Also located on the grounds is Flagg Grove School, the childhood school of Tina Turner, and the last home of Blues pioneer Sleepy John Estes. To learn more about the Center, visitwww.westtnheritage.com or call 731-779-9000.
The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center was recently honored with an Award of Excellence from the Tennessee Association of Museums (TAM). Accepting the award for its “Two Sides to Every Story” art exhibit brochure is Sonia Outlaw-Clark, director of the Center. The award was presented by TAM President Adam Alfrey at award ceremonies held March 19, 2014, in Greeneville, Tenn.
Did you attend Flagg Grove School?
March 10, 2014
Did you attend Flagg Grove School in the northwest area of Haywood County near Nutbush? If so, the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center would like to talk with you and document your stories about the school and what it was like to attend there.
The Center is also seeking items from the school including pictures of the school, class pictures, old school books, school and PTA programs, and any other items relating to the school.
Flagg Grove School is currently being restored and stories and items collected will help tell the story of the school and the students who attended. It will also house memorabilia from its most famous student, Anna Mae Bullock, known worldwide as Tina Turner.
If you attended or have information related to the school, please contact the Delta Heritage Center at 731-779-9000 or email [email protected].
The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center offers a refreshing Southern experience showcasing the history and culture of rural West Tennessee. Inside visitors can learn about the history of cotton, explore the scenic and “wild” Hatchie River and get to know the legendary musicians who call West Tennessee home. Also located on the grounds is Flagg Grove School, the childhood school of Tina Turner, and the last home of Blues pioneer Sleepy John Estes. To learn more about the Center, visit www.westtnheritage.com or call 731-779-9000.
HHS teams place second and third in Tennessee Academic Decathlon state competition
March 4, 2014
In the Twenty-ninth Annual Tennessee State Academic Decathlon competition, Haywood High Schoolís Purple Team placed second overall, and the White Team placed third overall. The teams brought home 44 medals, four plaques, two trophies, and two scholarships. As the second-place team, the Purple Team can participate in national online competition, and has the option of applying for a wild card slot in the on-site national competition to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii, in April. With 60,000 points possible for a team, the HHS teamsí scores were only 414.1 points apart.
Emma Baumheckel, Dannon Eubanks, and Symphony Timberlake were invited to participate in the prestigious Speech Showcase to deliver their award-winning speeches to the entire group of decathletes from across the state.
Winning individual medals were the following:
Symphony Timberlake ñ Bronze Medal in Speech
Camry Williams ñ Copper Medals in Math and Essay
Jaylon Douglas ñ Bronze Medals in Literature, Science, Math, and Social Science, Copper Medal in Economics
Nikki Cummins ñ Silver Medal in Math, Bronze Medal in Essay
Ryan Watson ñ Silver Medal in Essay, Copper Medal in Science
Milean Mans ñ Gold Medal in Interview, Bronze Medal in Literature, Copper Medal in Math
Ricarnicea Johnson ñ Bronze Medal in Interview
Jabria Nixon ñ Bronze Medal in Math, Copper Medals in Science, Economics, and Super Quiz
Chars Edwards ñ Silver Medal in Math, Copper Medal in Super Quiz
Kia Davis – Copper Medal in Super Quiz
Brent Ward – Silver Medal in Science, Bronze Medal in Social Science, Copper Medals in Literature and Super Quiz
Jason Elrod – Bronze Medal in Economics, Copper Medal in Super Quiz
Dontai Anderson – Bronze Medal in Economics, Copper Medal in Super Quiz
Dannon Eubanks – Silver Medal in Speech, Copper Medal in Super Quiz
Will Clinton – Silver Medal in Literature, Bronze Medal in Math, Copper Medal in Super Quiz
Emma Baumheckel – Gold Medals in Literature and Social Science, Copper Medals in Music, Art, Math, Economics, Speech, and Super Quiz
Emma Baumheckel was also recognized for being the highest-scoring student on the Purple Team, and Ryan Watson was the highest scoring member of the White Team. As the highest-scoring seniors on their teams, Brent Ward (Purple Team) and Nikki Cummins (White Team) were each awarded $300 Tennessee Academic Decathlon Achievement Scholarships.
On the White Team, Jaylon Douglas (Varsity Division) and Nikki Cummins (Scholastic Division) each received plaques for scoring fifth overall in their divisions. In the Honors Division, Will Clinton received a plaque for scoring fifth overall, and Emma Baumheckel received a plaque for scoring fourth overall.
Coaches for the HHS Academic Decathlon teams are Glynn Bridgewater and John Thomas.