Friday

TDH Announces Ebola Resources For Tennesseans

TDH Announces Ebola Resources For Tennesseans

Tennesseans with questions about the disease may call a toll-free number to obtain accurate, timely information: 1-877-857-2945. This number is now open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hours for the information line will be increased in length and will be available seven days a week in the near future.

TDH is providing additional information about Ebola virus disease on our website, including summaries of weekly activities and adding links to other sources of reliable information: http://health.state.tn.us/Ceds/ebola.htm.

Should a confirmed case occur in Tennessee, the department will make a public announcement and post information to the TDH website: http://health.state.tn.us/.

“We are glad there is increased awareness about this disease and we especially appreciate the efforts of our health care partners in prevention, detection and response planning,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “We all need to have an understanding of where the current risk exists and to make sure our concerns are based on facts and not on rumors.”

“If you have not traveled to Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone within the last 21 days and if you have not been exposed to body fluids of a confirmed Ebola virus disease patient, you do not have an appreciable risk for Ebola,” said State Epidemiologist Tim Jones, MD. “This is not an airborne disease, so those most at risk are people who have been in contact with body fluids of a confirmed patient, especially healthcare workers, family members and friends.”

With cold and flu season approaching, many people across Tennessee will develop fevers and have nausea which may cause additional concern this year. Health care providers may ask more questions about a patient’s symptoms and travel history, which is part of an effective effort to provide care and to stop the spread of all illnesses. Getting a flu vaccine can eliminate one reason for a trip to the doctor.

“Flu represents a clear and present danger and every year too many Tennesseans unnecessarily die from this common illness,” Dreyzehner said. “Some incorrectly regard flu as a really bad cold. It’s not; it can and does kill many every flu season. If you have not had your flu shot or nasal spray yet, we urge you to get it now. It could save your life.”

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. TDH has facilities in all 95 counties and provides direct services for more than one in five Tennesseans annually as well as indirect services for everyone in the state, including emergency response to health threats, licensure of health professionals, regulation of health care facilities and inspection of food service establishments. Learn more about TDH services and programs at http://health.state.tn.us/.

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Thursday

Haslam Lays Out Next Steps From Education Summit

Haslam Lays Out Next Steps From Education Summit
Public review of academic standards will include input from across the state

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the process for a public review of the state’s K-12 academic standards in English language arts and math. The process is in partnership with the State Board of Education and will include input from educators and citizens from across the state.

Academic standards are typically reviewed in Tennessee every six years. With these standards now in their fourth year, and with the discussion happening in Tennessee and across the country about Common Core state standards, Haslam believes this is the appropriate time to take a fresh look.

“One thing we’ve all agreed on is the importance of high standards in Tennessee,” Haslam continued. “This discussion is about making sure we have the best possible standards as we continue to push ahead on the historic progress we’re making in academic achievement.”

In the coming weeks, a website will be available to every Tennessean to go online, review each current state standard and comment on what that person likes, doesn’t like, or would suggest should be changed about that particular standard.

The Southern Regional Education Board, as a third party, independent resource, will collect the data in the Spring and then turn that information over to be reviewed and analyzed by professional Tennessee educators. The governor has asked the State Board of Education to appoint two committees, an English Language Arts Standards Review & Development Committee and Math Standards Review & Development Committee, as well as three advisory teams for each of those committees.

The advisory teams will review Tennessee’s current standards and gather input to make recommendations to the two committees, which will then propose possible changes to the State Board of Education.

The two standards review committees will each be made up of six Tennessee K-12 educators and two representatives from Tennessee higher education institutions for a total of 16 Tennessee professional educators.

The two committees will receive input from three advisory teams each, for a total of six. The advisory teams will be grouped by K-5th grade, 6th – 8th grade and 9th – 12th grade, and each team will be made up of six Tennessee K-12 educators and one representative from a Tennessee higher education institution for a total of 42 Tennessee professional educators.

The following have been appointed to serve:

Math Standards Review & Development Committee
• Committee Chair: John Prince, McNairy County Schools, director of schools
• Jamie Parris, Hamilton County Schools, director of secondary math and science
• Julie Martin, Williamson County Schools, assistant principal
• Cory Concus, Tipton County Schools, 9-12 teacher
• Michael Bradburn, Alcoa City Schools, kindergarten teacher
• Holly Anthony, Tennessee Technology University, associate professor of mathematics education
• Stacey Roddy, Hamilton County Schools, director of elementary math and science
• Stephanie Kolitsch, University of Tennessee Martin, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Math Advisory Team K-5
• Advisory Team Leader: Stacey Roddy, Hamilton County Schools, director of elementary math and science
• Kimberly Osborne, Murfreesboro City Schools, assistant principal
• Jamelie Johns, Hamilton County Schools, elementary math coach
• Michael Bradburn, Alcoa City Schools, kindergarten teacher
• Theresa Feliu, Kingsport City Schools, fourth-grade teacher
• Brandy Hays, Lebanon Special School District, 3-5 math teacher
• Jo Ann Cady, University of Tennessee, associate professor of math education

Math Advisory Team 6-8
• Advisory Team Leader: John Prince, McNairy County Schools, director of schools
• Amber Caldwell, Bradley County Schools, mathematics coordinator
• Sherry Cockerham, Johnson City Schools, district math coach
• Darcie Finch, Metro Nashville Public Schools, numeracy coach
• Angela Webb, Putnam County School System, seventh-grade math teacher
• Holly Pillow, Trenton Special School District, math coach and interventionist
• Emily Medlock, Lipscomb University, assistant professor, College of Education

Math Advisory Team 9-12
• Advisory Team Leader: Stephanie Kolitsch, University of Tennessee Martin, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
• Rory Hinson, Gibson County Special School District, assistant principal
• Chelsea Spaulding, Rutherford County Schools, assistant principal
• Joseph Jones, Cheatham County School District, district math coordinator
• Cory Concus, Tipton County Schools, 9-12 teacher
• Kimberly Herring, Cumberland County Schools, 9-12 teacher
• Beth Morris, Lincoln County School System, 9-12 teacher

English Language Arts Standards Review & Development Committee
• Committee Chair: Shannon Jackson, Knox County Schools, supervisor of reading and English language arts for secondary schools
• Susan Dold, Shelby County Schools, literacy advisor
• Jami Corwin, Sullivan County Schools, secondary English language arts curriculum coordinator
• Jaime Greene, Hamblen County Schools, 6-12 instructional coach
• Tony Dalton, Hamblen County Schools, pre-kindergarten-first-grade district instructional coach
• Shannon Street, Cannon County School District, sixth-grade English language arts and science teacher
• Susan Groenke, University of Tennessee, associate professor of English education
• Candice McQueen, Lipscomb University, dean of education

English Language Arts Advisory Team K-5
• Advisory Team Leader: Candice McQueen, Lipscomb University, dean of education
• Debra Bentley, Johnson City Schools, supervisor of instruction
• Stacy King, Greenville City Schools, instructional specialist
• Tony Dalton, Hamblen County Schools, pre-kindergarten-first-grade district instructional coach
• Kerri Newsom, Lake County School System, first-grade teacher
• Cathy Dickey, Greenville City Schools, first-grade teacher
• Kelsea Cox, Clarksville-Montgomery County School System, first-grade teacher

English Language Arts Advisory Team 6-8
• Advisory Team Leader: Shannon Jackson, Knox County Schools, supervisor of reading and English language arts for secondary schools
• Jaime Greene, Hamblen County Schools, 6-12 instructional coach
• Meghan Little, Metro Nashville Public Schools, chief academic officer for KIPP Nashville
• Terri Bradshaw, Blount County Schools, literacy leader
• Jessica Daigle, Clarksville-Montgomery County School System, eighth-grade English language arts teacher
• Tequila Cornelious, Franklin Special School District, instructional facilitator
• Terri Tilson, Tusculum College, assistant professor

English Language Arts Advisory Team 9-12
• Advisory Team Leader: Susan Groenke, University of Tennessee, associate professor of English education
• Brandi Blackley, Tipton County Schools, assistant principal
• Elaine Hoffert, Clarksville-Montgomery County School System, English language arts curriculum consulting teacher
• Autumn O’Bryan, Cleveland City Schools, principal
• Tammy Marlow, Macon County Schools, 9-12 teacher
• Jessica Mitchell, Hardeman County Schools, 9-12 teacher
• TJ Wilson, Williamson County Schools, 9-12 teacher

Recommendations are expected to be made to the State Board of Education by the end of 2015.

The standards review is the first of several initiatives Haslam plans to pursue coming out of ongoing discussions with educators across the state and the education summit he co-hosted with Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell on September 18 in Nashville.

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Tuesday

Lipscomb University Presents “West Side Story”

Lipscomb University Theatre presents the landmark Broadway musical ‘West Side Story’

The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of theater’s finest accomplishments.

Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers, Tony and Maria, find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the American Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.

The original production, with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins, was nominated for six Tony Awards in 1958 including Best Musical and won two of the awards.

When:
Oct. 30- Nov. 1 and Nov. 7-8 at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 2 at 3:30 p.m.

Where:
Collins Alumni Auditorium
One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204

Contact:
Lipscomb Box Office
615.966.7077

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Monday

Boot Barn Opens Downtown Nashville Store

Boot Barn Opens Downtown Nashville Store
Debuts Exclusive Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley Line
Grand opening events and activities also include in-store appearance and autographs by John Rich of Big & Rich,
live music, giveaways and official ribbon cutting. 

Boot Barn, America’s largest western and work wear store, has announced  the grand opening of its new downtown Nashville store and the launch of an exclusive line of clothing and accessories called Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley.

The line will be formally unveiled at a special ceremony at the new store on Friday, October 24, at 2 p.m.

The new store, located at 318 Broadway, is in the heart of Nashville, and will mark its official grand opening during a kick-off weekend of events and celebrations for the local community October 23-26.

Highlights of the grand opening weekend events include:
  • The unveiling of Boot Barn's new exclusive clothing line, Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley
  • Special Moonshine tasting by Tennessee's own Ole Smoky Moonshine
  • In-store appearance and autographs by John Rich of Big & Rich in support of his Redneck Riviera line
  • A special shopping night to support the T.J. Martell Foundation
  • Chances to win a 2015 Brad Paisley concert meet and greet, a pair of Dan Post boots, a $500 Boot Barn gift card, and a range of Boot Barn merchandise
  • An official ribbon cutting, food, live music and more (see full schedule below).
"Nashville is a vibrant representation of the lifestyle that Boot Barn embodies, and we are thrilled to be opening our store in downtown in the heart of the city," said Jim Conroy, Boot Barn's chief executive officer. "We've designed this new store to reflect both our western heritage, as well as the rich music and culture Nashville is known for. "

The Nashville store has been selected to introduce Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley, the newly announced clothing and accessories line Boot Barn developed with country superstar, Brad Paisley.

"Brad Paisley has superstar status in the country music genre, and I can't think of a better place to showcase this new endeavor than at the grand opening of our Nashville store," said Jayme Maxwell, Boot Barn's vice president of marketing. "This line will appeal to those working and living the 'country' lifestyle and also to those who are influenced by Brad's unique sense of style."

The new store, located in Nashville's historic downtown, has a country music flair, featuring a permanent stage for performances. Boot Barn’s first two-level store, the design incorporates many of the building's historic features, including re-use of existing brick walls and wood floors, and the interior will feature photographs of iconic artists, show prints and neon signage. It was designed by Retail One, a leading retail environmental strategy, design and implementation firm.

“Boot Barn reached out early to understand and embrace our brand in their Nashville concept," said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. "We appreciate their approach and welcome them to the neighborhood!”

Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley, currently only available in the downtown Nashville store, is a collection of boots, jeans, hats, T-shirts, jewelry, belts and woven shirts. The new line blends Boot Barn’s western heritage with a contemporary, country music edge. The full collection will be available online and in all Boot Barn stores December 1.

Boot Barn Grand Opening Schedule 

Thursday, October 23
  • 5-8 p.m. A portion of purchases benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation
  • 6 p.m. Live music by Marty Brown
  • 7p.m. Live music by Cort Carpenter
  • 8 p.m. Live music by Mary Sarah

Friday, October 24: MOONSHINE SPIRIT by Brad Paisley DAY
  • 2 p.m. Official ribbon cutting to celebrate Nashville grand opening
  • 2:10 p.m. Official introduction of Boot Barn's new line: "Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley"
  • 2:20 p.m. Moonshine Spirit line “preview”
  • 3-5 p.m. WSIX FM radio remote
  • 5-7 p.m. Ole Smoky Moonshine tasting and refreshments

Saturday, October 25: REDNECK RIVIERA DAY
  • 1-3 p.m. Nash ICON radio remote
  • 3-4 p.m. Live music by Boot Barn store manager Kyle Martin
  • 4-5 p.m. Live music by Olivia Lane
  • 5-7 p.m. Nash FM radio remote
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. John Rich on site for autographs. Purchase any piece of Redneck Riviera merchandise, and John Rich will autograph it!

Sunday, October 26
  • 2 p.m. Live music by Tammy Cassidy
  • 3 p.m. Live music by Ben Bradford
  • 4 p.m. Live music by Olivia Lane
  • Dan Post boot giveaway
  • $500 Boot Barn gift card giveaway
  • Brad Paisley meet and greet giveaway

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Friday

Halloween Chills & Thrills at the Schermerhorn

Enjoy Halloween Chills and Thrills at the Schermerhorn this October
Festivities include trick-or-treating, costume contest and more

The Nashville Symphony is getting in the Halloween Spirit this year, with festive activities and special events at two concerts during the last week of October: Phantom of the Opera on October 28 and The Music of Queen concert on October 31.
The October 28 screening of the legendary silent film Phantom of the Opera will be accompanied by Peter Krasinski playing the Schermerhorn’s massive Martin Foundation Concert Organ, which has 3,568 pipes, adding a breathtaking, seat-shaking sound to one of the scariest movies ever made. Attendees will enjoy a “frightfully festive” atmosphere prior to the performance, including:
  • Trick-or-treating stations throughout the Schermerhorn
  • Costume contest with prizes
  • Free popcorn with drink purchase
  • Halloween decorations
  • Street actors dressed as traditional Halloween characters

The celebration continues on Halloween night, when conductor Brent Havens and a full rock band join the Nashville Symphony to perform Queen’s greatest hits, including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Fat Bottom Girls,” “We Will Rock You” and more. The evening will also include:
  • Red-carpet Superstar SoirĂ©e in the East Lobby – dress like your favorite rock star to get past the velvet rope. Entry is included with any ticket purchase for the October 31 performance, with tickets starting at only $25
  • Nashville Symphony photo booth with fun accessories – get your picture taken with the Symphony’s GRAMMY Award
  • Enter to win fun prizes
  • Specialty cocktails and festive refreshments
  • Halloween decorations
  • Street actors dressed as traditional Halloween characters
The Nashville Symphony is also offering a pair discount packages for The Music of Queen on October 31:

· Date Night Package: ranging from $174 to $300 depending on seat location, packages include two tickets, two glasses of wine and two truffles from the Nashville Chocolate & Nut Company. Use promo code “LOVE” online when ordering tickets.

· “Me Plus Three”: ideal for groups of friends or family members, individuals can save 15 percent when they buy four single tickets. Use promo code “ME+3” online when ordering tickets.

Call 615.687.6400 for more information about discount packages or visit: http://www.nashvillesymphony.org/halloween to learn more about the Nashville Symphony’s ‘Chills and Thrills’ offerings for Halloween this year.

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