River Trails meeting to focus on how local business can capitalize on tourism

Sept. 11– The Tennessee River Trails Association (TRTA) is hosting a series of business roundtable discussions next week to identify ways to meet the training needs of front-line employees in local businesses that would benefit from additional tourism. 

Beth Pippin, executive director of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce, says the roundtable “will deal with customer service skills and how businesses and their employees can ‘send forward’ shoppers to related sites.”

The roundtable for Hardin County takes place Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 9 a.m. at the historic Savannah Theater and is hosted locally by the Chamber.

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Pickwick Dam seismic study prompts early drawdown of lake

Sept. 10– The Tennessee Valley Authority is accelerating the annual drawdown of the Pickwick Landing Reservoir located in West Tennessee, Northeast Mississippi and Northwest Alabama as a result of a recent “health check” inspection of Pickwick Landing Dam.

TVA said this morning that initial results from testing and core drilling “suggest a remote chance that the earthen embankment south of the concrete portion of the dam could be damaged by a large earthquake.” 

Lower lake levels will allow TVA to conduct more detailed analysis and testing to determine what will be necessary to strengthen the south embankment against large seismic events. The Pickwick Landing area is only a few hundred miles from the New Madrid Seismic Zone along the Mississippi River.

“Public safety is our top priority,” said John McCormick, TVA vice president of River Operations. “Because large earthquakes can’t be predicted, we’re taking immediate action to enhance the continued safety of the public and our employees.”

Pickwick Landing Reservoir levels are expected to reach winter pool by mid-October, which is about six weeks earlier than normal. Property and marina owners with docks and boats will need to take necessary precautions for the early drawdown. Water levels downstream of Pickwick Landing Dam on the Kentucky Reservoir will not be affected.

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Sunset Symphony concert Saturday is free

Sept. 5– What better way to enjoy the cooler evenings on the brink of the fall season than to listen to a full symphony concert outdoors. 

The 26th annual Sunset Symphony will play Saturday at 5:30 p.m. on the lawn of historic Cherry Mansion in Savannah.

The free concert will be performed by the Germantown Symphony.

“We’re really excited about our 26th year of having the Sunset Symphony in Savannah,” said Joseph Thomas, president of the Savannah Arts Commission. “It’s a wonderful event and I invite everyone to take advantage of the opportunity.”

Conducting the Germantown Symphony Orchestra will be Maestro Ronald Vernon, Professor Emeritus with the Department of Music at the University of Mississippi.

This year’s pops program, “What’s That Jazz,” features several popular numbers including Scott Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag;” songs from the International Dixieland Jamboree, “Bill Bailey” and “When the Saints Go Marching In;” and Glenn Miller’s “Moonlight Seranade.”

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