No Lane Closures on Tennessee Highways During the Thanksgiving Holiday

No Lane Closures on Tennessee Highways During the Thanksgiving Holiday
TDOT Halts All Lane Closure Activity for Busy Holiday Travel Period

Thanksgiving travelers will not be slowed by construction on Tennessee roads during this busy travel holiday. TDOT will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. All construction related lane closures will be stopped beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 26 through 6:00 a.m. Monday, December 1.

“With nearly a million people expected to travel by car this Thanksgiving, our highways will be busy, especially on the peak travel days of Wednesday and Sunday,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. “Halting road work during this busy time will provide maximum capacity and help minimize congestion.”

While all lane closure activity will be stopped, workers may be on site in some construction zones. Motorists are reminded to drive safely and obey the posted speeds, especially in work zones. Drivers convicted of speeding in work zones where workers are present face a fine of up to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.

“The Governor’s Highway Safety Office and TDOT are partnering with law enforcement across the state for the I-40 Challenge, with the goal of having zero fatalities on the 455 miles of I-40 in Tennessee,” said GHSO Director Kendell Poole. “The Tennessee Highway Patrol will have troopers stationed every 20 miles on I-40, along with increased law enforcement on all highways. We want everyone to have a safe holiday, so remember to buckle up, drive the speed limit, and don’t get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you’ve had anything to drink.”

Some long-term lane closures will remain in place on some construction projects for motorists’ safety.

AAA predicts 46.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more during the Thanksgiving holiday, the highest number since 2007. An estimated 973,710 people are expected to travel by automobile in Tennessee. Nationwide, 89% of all travelers will drive to their destination. In the southeast region, travelers are estimated to journey 549 miles round-trip. Road trippers will pay the lowest price for fuel in five years, with prices more than 40 cents lower per gallon compared to last Thanksgiving.

Updated travel and construction information can be found on the TDOT SmartWay website at or you may call 5‑1‑1. You can also receive traffic alerts via TDOT’s multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets @TN511 or any of TDOT’s other Twitter pages.

As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for their destination. Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.



Nashville Symphony Rolls Out Special Ticket Deals for Holiday Shoppers

Nashville Symphony Rolls Out Special Ticket Deals for Holiday Shoppers

The Nashville Symphony has announced several promotions and special offers this holiday season, delivering big savings and great value on a wide array of performances at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Already under way and running until 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve is a Holiday Pack ticket promotion, offering savings of up to 30 percent on tickets for two or more concerts. Holiday Packs can be purchased online at, via phone 615.687.6400 or at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center Box Office at One Symphony Place.

Additionally, the Symphony is introducing a first-time special “No Fees” promotion for Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year. Handling fees will be waived for all ticket purchases, giving buyers a savings of up to 15 percent per order.

The Black Friday sale will run on Friday, November 28, from midnight until 11:59 p.m. online at, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. via phone and at the Symphony Box Office.

The Cyber Monday sale will run online only at from midnight until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, December 1. (No Fees promotions apply to ticket and subscription services charges only. Extra fees may apply to cover package add-ons, such as wine and chocolate.)

In addition to classical concerts showcasing the music of Beethoven, Mahler, Tchaikovsky and more, along with two world premieres, the Nashville Symphony has a diverse array of concerts scheduled between now and June 2015, including performances by Tony Bennett, Kenny Rogers, Patti LaBelle, Boyz II Men, Styx, Dave Koz, Vienna Boys Choir, Boyz II Men, Bernadette Peters and Kenny G.

Holiday Concert Schedule
Holiday pack sales and No Fee promotions can be used on tickets for any upcoming Nashville Symphony concert this holiday season. The full list of December performances is as follows:
  • Michael W. Smith: Spirit of Christmas with the Nashville Symphony
    7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • The Manhattan Transfer Swing Christmas
    8 p.m. Friday, December 5, 2014
    Concert presented without orchestra
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors
    with the Nashville Symphony & Puppets of the Nashville Public Library
    11 a.m. Saturday, December 6, 2014
  • Home Alone in HD with the Nashville Symphony
    7 p.m. Saturday, December 6, 2014

  • Dave Barnes Presents a Very Merry Christmas with Special Guests
    7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 7, 2014
    Concert presented without orchestra
  • Anthony Hamilton: Home for the Holidays
    7:30 p.m. Monday, December 8, 2014
    Concert presented without orchestra
  • Jim Brickman: On a Winter’s Night
    7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 9, 2014
    Concert presented without orchestra

  • Tony Bennett with the Nashville Symphony
    7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014
    8 p.m. Friday, December 12, 2014
  • Handel’s Messiah
    with the Nashville Symphony & Chorus
    7 p.m. Thursday, December 18, 2014
    8 p.m. Friday, December 19, 2014
    8 p.m. Saturday, December 20, 2014
  • A Nashville Symphony New Year’s Eve
    The Best of Gershwin, Strauss & More
    6 p.m. Wednesday, December 31, 2014



Ring In 2015 with Acme Feed & Seed's New Year's Eve Celebration

Ring In 2015 With Acme Feed & Seed's New Year's Eve Celebration
Acme Feed & Seed Presents The 24 Hour Champagne Diet

Ladies and gents, it’s time to break out the bubbles, suit up in style and party the night away. Acme Feed & Seed is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration with live music, a champagne lounge, DJ dance parties, and a VIP rooftop experience.

7 p.m. - Live music kicks off
9:30 p.m. – Trapped Above Ground with Guthrie Trapp, The Mule Kickers & Special Guest (Americana/Blues)
Midnight Balloon Drop
12:30 a.m. – Orkesta Mondo Pingus (Afro Cuban/Salsa)

Champagne Lounge with worldwide countdown broadcasts, intimate group spaces and a selection of NYE specialty cocktails

9 p.m. – All-night rager with Spice-J (Dance/Party)
Midnight Balloon Drop
Generation Domination Photobooth

The rooftop will be open all night for those who purchase VIP tickets and will include an hour of complimentary champagne at 11:30 p.m., a partial view of the Jack Daniel’s Bash on Broadway: New Year’s Eve in Music City with performances by Gavin DeGraw and Lady Antebellum, as well as the fireworks show, and a rooftop DJ performance from 12:45 a.m. to close.

Tickets go on sale to the public on Thursday, November 13 and can be purchased at:

$50 includes access to Acme’s first three floors (NO ROOFTOP)

$150 includes access to all floors, rooftop, and an hour of complimentary champagne on the rooftop from 11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Acme Feed & Feed
101 Broadway (at 1st Ave)
More information on exclusive private entry will be sent to ticket holders upon purchase.

Party starts at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve
Wednesday, December 31, 2014



Dickens of a Christmas Celebrates 30th Year!

Franklin’s Main Street will recall the spirit of Christmases past when the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County throws its annual Dickens of a Christmas celebration Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13-14. This year the event marks its 30th anniversary, and will feature both time-honored activities that have become perennial favorites, as well as a few new traditions in the making.

Much of what folks from Franklin and beyond associate with Dickens of a Christmas will return for the 2014 event, including:

• Franklin’s Main Street and its beautiful Victorian architecture decked out for the holiday season and closed to vehicle traffic from Second Avenue to Fifth Avenue.

• Some 200 characters, dancers and entertainers in the street, including several from Charles Dickens’ stories interacting with the public. Expect to see the nefarious Fagin from Oliver Twist; Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim Cratchit with his parents from A Christmas Carol; and of course, a Victorian Father and Mother Christmas with treats for children.

• Sugar plums and roasted chestnuts being sold on the street, much like they were during the Victorian era.

• Street vendors selling old English fare, including bangers and mash (grilled sausages & mashed potatoes); Somerset Sausage Rolls (sausage-filled pastries); shepherd’s pies; fish ‘n chips; and Yorkshire “toasties” (spicy sausage, hamburger and cheese mixture on rye bread).

• A variety of musical performances on both the stage at City Hall and at various locations on the street.

• Horse-drawn carriage rides on the Public Square.

• A holiday arts and crafts bazaar featuring more than 70 vendors along Main Street.

• A town sing of classic Christmas carols on the Public Square to end the event on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

There will be several new additions to the festival this year, including:

• The Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County—organizers of the event—guarantee snow on Main Street for Dickens of a Christmas. Bring your camera for a family photo!

• A costume contest for folks dressed as a character from any Charles Dickens story or in Victorian attire. Categories for children, adults, and groups.

• An expanded variety of musicians and street performers.

Dickens of a Christmas will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 13, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 14. The event is free and open to the public; some attractions will involve a small fee. More information and a schedule of events will be available at



Keeping Your Kids Content During The Holidays

5 Tips for Keeping your Kids Content During the Holidays

Keeping your kids content during the holidays can be a difficult task. With all the marketing and consumerism during this holiday, it’s easy for your kids to get sucked in and expect everything they’ve asked for on Christmas morning.

So, how do you keep your kids happy and content during the holiday season?

1. Set expectations early. Discontentment happens when kids expect the whole toy store under the tree and only receive three or four gifts. Make sure their expectations are realistic long before Christmas morning. If a new bike’s not in the budget, let them know.

2. Make a Top 10 list. Of what, you ask? Ask your kids to think of 10 things they are grateful for. Thanksgiving might be a great time to do this, but keep it around all year!

3. Donate old toys. After the new toys wear off, kids usually want more. This cycle will never stop unless you teach them that stuff is just stuff, and it will never bring happiness.

4. Give to someone in need. Many organizations will help you find kids in need during the holidays. And a lot of their needs are actual needs, like clothes and shoes. Knowing other children don’t have as much stuff could be an eye-opening experience for your kids.

5. Go serve. Every city has opportunities. Take a Saturday afternoon with your kids, and go serve for a few hours. Every child needs to experience what it feels like to put giving into action.

No matter what you plan to spend this Christmas, make sure you’ve made a budget. We’ve created, a free online tool to help you put a plan in place long before the Christmas season. As you try to teach your kids about discipline and contentment, this budget tool is a great way to make sure you have reasonable expectations as well!

By Rachel Cruze

*Rachel Cruze is a seasoned communicator and presenter, helping Americans learn the proper ways to handle money and stay out of debt. Her new book, Smart Money Smart Kids, co-authored by her dad Dave Ramsey, released April 2014 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times best-sellers list. You can follow Rachel on Twitter at @RachelCruze, online at, or at


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