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Well, it’s not actually one of the “Seven Wonders.”

As a matter of fact, this wonder is one of only TWO on Earth. And the strange thing is: you’ve probably never heard of it.

Located in the southern part of Hawkins County (near Rogersville), Ebbing and Flowing Spring is one of only two springs in the world to exhibit tidal characteristics with a predictable regularity.

What does that mean?

Well, as its name implies, the spring goes from a gentle trickle to a flood of more than 500 gallons per minute. And it does it every 2 hours and 47 minutes. Unlike thermal springs that produce warm water, the temperature of Ebbing and Flowing Spring maintains a constant 34° Fahrenheit year-round. Read the rest of this entry »


The Sunny Side Trail highway road signs are now installed. Have you seen them? They run from Sevierville up through the Tri-Cities, over through Sneedville, down through Morristown and Dandridge.

We would like to celebrate this final step of the trail completion by gathering as many photos as possible of the Sunny Side Trail highway signs. We are asking for your help. In return you could win a great prize with lots of goodies from attractions, restaurants and business along the trail.

How it works:
Just take a photo of a Sunny Side Trail highway signs (or just let me know where you saw the sign) and post it to you Facebook or Twitter Pics with the location of the sign. Tag Sunny Pickens in the photo on Facebook, post the location on my wall, or mention @sunnypickens in your tweet and you will be entered to win an awesome Sunny Side Trail gift basket.

You can enter as many times as you like but only one entry per person per sign location.

Start snapping those photos and be creative!!

Promotion ends January 30, 2011

There are so many activities and events happening across Northeast Tennessee over the holidays, we don’t want you to miss a thing. Here is a quick and easy list of Yuletide Festivities. Just click on an event for more information. Hope to see you!!

Nov 19 – Jan 8, 2011        Johnson Controls Ice Rink & HVAC Chill Hill Tub Slide – Bristol Motor Speedway

Nov 19 – Jan 8, 2011       Speedway In Lights – Bristol Motor Speedway

Nov 20                               68th Annual Santa Train – Kingsport

Nov 20                               Kingsport Christmas Parade 3:20 p.m. – Kingsport

Nov 21                               Downtown Elizabethton Holiday Open House – Elizabethton

Nov 22                              Downtown Bristol Holiday Open House – Bristol

Nov 25                              5th Annual Up & At “Em Turkey Trot begins at 8:30am – Johnson City

Nov 26 – 28                     Annual Country Christmas Craft Show – Viking Hall Civic Center Bristol

Nov 26 – 27                     Annual Holiday Craft Show & Sale – Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center

Nov 27                             Erwin Christmas Parade and Winter Wonderland Festivities at 8 p.m. – Erwin

Nov 27, Dec 4, 11 & 18  Christmas in Old Jonesborough and Annual  St. Nick Nights – Historic Jonesborough

Nov 28 – Dec 31           Sycamore Shoals Christmas Tree Exhibit and Art Show – Sycamore Shoal State Historic Area – Elizabethton

Nov 29                           Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Bristol. Hours 6:30-7:30 p.m.  – Bristol

Dec 1 – 31                      Andrew Johnson Home Christmas Tours – Check tour hours and ticket information. (closed 12/25)

Dec 1 – Dec 31             Historic Jonesborough Holiday Tree Exhibit – Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center – Jonesborough

Dec 2                              Bristol Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. – Bristol

Dec 3 – 4                        Annual Christmas at Carter Mansion – Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area – 6-9 p.m. – Elizabethton

Dec 3 – 4                       Candlelight Christmas – Rocky Mount Museum – Piney Flats

Dec 3                             Johnson City Christmas Parade 7 p.m. – Johnson City

Dec 4 – Jan 1, 2011   “Christmas in the Park” Holiday Light Show. Hours: 6-10 p.m. – Harden’s Park – Greeneville

Dec 4                            Elizabethton Christmas Parade 6 p.m. – Main Street – Elizabethton

Dec 4                            Sneedville Christmas Parade 6 p.m. – Main Street – Sneedville

Dec 4                            Rogersville Christmas Parade 4 p.m. – Main Street – Rogersville

Dec 4                           Church Hill Christmas Parade 11 a.m. – Main Boulevard – Church Hill

Dec 4                           Gray Christmas Parade 11 a.m. – Gray

Dec 4                           Christmas at Allandale Mansion – Kingsport

Dec 4                           Abingdon Christmas Parade – 11 a.m. – Abingdon, VA

Dec 4                          Mountain City Christmas Parade 4 p.m. – Mountain City

Dec 4                          Doak House Museum Christmas Open House – Greeneville, TN

Dec 4                          Christmas in the Country Yule Log Ceremony 4 p.m. – Exchange Place, Kingsport

Dec 4 – 5                    33rd Annual Progressive Dinner – Historic Jonesborough – Reservations required.

Dec 4 – 17                 Rogersville Parade of Trees – US Bank Main Street – Rogersville

Dec 5                         Greeneville Christmas Parade 2 p.m. – Main Street – Greeneville

Dec 5                         Bulls Gap Christmas Parade 2 p.m. –  Bulls Gap

Dec 5                        Bristol Christmas Tour of Homes 1:30-6:30 p.m. – Bristol

Dec 9                        Christmas Tree Lighting & Christmas Tree Celebration 6:30 p.m. – In front of Sullivan County Courthouse

Dec 10 – 11              Candlelight Christmas 4:30-8 p.m. – Rocky Mount – Piney Flats

Dec 11                      Annual Crockett Christmas 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park – Limestone

Dec 11                      Blountville Christmas Parade 2 p.m. – Main Street Blountville

Dec 11                      Surgoinsville Christmas Parade 11 a.m. – Surgoinsville

Dec 11                      Mount Carmel Christmas Parade 3 p.m. – Mount Carmel

Dec 11                      Old Deery Inn & Museum Candlelight Tours 2-5 p.m. – Blountville

Dec 11                      At Home with Santa 10 a.m.-3 p.m. – Visitors Center – Jonesborough

Dec 11                     Jonesborough Christmas Parade 6 p.m. – Main Street Jonesborough

Dec 11                     Christmas Marketplace – Old High School in Sneedville.  Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Dec 13                    Annual Holiday Tour of Homes – Tickets are $15 in advance – Jonesborough

Variety of Theatre & Musical Productions:

Nov 19 –  Dec 26   It’s a Wonderful Life at Barter Theatre Main Stage in Abingdon, VA.

Nov 23 – Dec 26   A Tuna Christmas at Barter Stage II in Abingdon, VA.

Nov 30 – Dec 26  All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth at Barter Theatre Main Stage in Abingdon, VA.

Dec 3 – Dec 4       The Nutcracker Ballet at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville. Hours: 7 p.m. Presented by the Kingsport Ballet.

Dec 3 – Dec 19     A Christmas Carol at the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre. Performances December 3 – 5; December 10 – 12 and December 17 – 19

Dec 11                    Cinnamon Grits – Christmas in the South at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville.  Hours:  7:30 p.m.

Dec 11 – Dec 12    Bristol Ballet presents “Chirstmas Illuminations” – Paramount center for the Arts – Bristol

Dec 14                   Branson on the Road “A Bristol Christmas” – Paramount Center for the Arts – Bristol

Dec 16                   Bristol Virginia Senior Show Choir Holiday Show – Paramount Center for the Arts – Bristol

Dec 17                   Jingle Bell Rock – A Raucous Holiday Variety Revue at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville. Hours: 7:30 p.m.

Dec 18                   Eddie Miles “Elvis Blue Christmas” – Paramount Center for the Arts – Bristol

Dec 19                    It’s A Wonderful Life Movie – the 1946 American drama showing – Paramount Center for the Arts – Bristol

Bristol’s live music scene might have been inspired by the fact that it is the Birthplace of Country Music, but that’s not the only type of music you will hear here. Bristol features local and regional bands across many genres of music almost every night of the week. Bristol is so well known for their music that many bands write songs specifically about Bristol’s music scene and the unique city that spills over into two states.

Get a peek inside the history that inspired the song “Stateline State of Mind” – Written and performed by These Undowners.

With vegetables you cannot sell you can buy a good laugh.

FALL into the season by spending a wonderful Saturday on the Quilt Trail during our Open House on October 16th.

We invite you to take a trip back in time as you slow down and enjoy the scenic countryside of our region. For your pleasure we have displayed the artistry of the traditional quilt on a backdrop of historic and beautiful barns. Take your time, pack a lunch or better yet stop at a local country store or diner to enjoy some local flavors. You will find a variety of historic sites, produce stands, shops, galleries and other places to entertain you along the way.

Still Hollow Farm

35 participating Quilt Trail locations in 6 local counties are providing exclusive admission along the trail. Hear first-hand, amazing stories of past generations! View heirloom quilts featured on the Quilt Trail, see demonstrations of old-time Appalachian skills and crafts, and get exclusive admission to sites along the Quilt Trail! Enjoy refreshments including cookies, BBQ, hot dogs, lemonade and more! Get exciting discounts at participating businesses along the trail!

Get your open house brochure HERE and join us for a fun day road trip.

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