Military band's concert Saturday to weave story of Army, American jazz into performance

MARCH 24-- As a component of the U.S. Army Field Band of Washington D.C., the “Jazz Ambassadors” will weave the story of the Army and history of jazz music in America into their free performance presented at Hardin County High School on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and ticket holders should plan to be seated by 6:45 p.m.
All tickets have been distributed and the show is sold out.
Those without tickets may be admitted shortly before the concert if there are any available seats.
“A large part of the Jazz Ambassadors touring mission includes performances in small communities. We look forward to our first performance in Savannah, Tennessee, a patriotic American community,” said Sgt. First Class Jonathan Milburn, Jazz Ambassadors tour coordinator.
The band’s visit to Hardin County is sponsored by Shiloh Park, Friends of Shiloh National Military Park, The Courier, Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Savannah Arts Commission, Hardin County High School and “The Pride.”
In addition to Tennessee, the band’s spring concerts will take them to Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
Three local high school students have been selected to play with the “Jazz Ambassadors” for one song of the evening.
Hardin County High School students, senior Logan Murphy, trombone; sophomore Ben Brown, trumpet; and Adamsville  High School junior Hollie Wilson, alto saxophone, will play “Mr. Timmons” (music by Gene Thoren, Jazz Ambassadors).

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Keep Tennessee Beautiful volunteers pick up a ton more trash than last year

MARCH 20– For the second year in a row volunteers gathered at Pickwick Lake as part of efforts by Keep Tennessee Beautiful and TVA to collect debris from local waterways.
“We collected 5,700 pounds of litter this year as part of the ‘Keep Tennessee River Beautiful’ campaign,” said Randy Etheridge, Hardin County Solid Waste Department director. “Last year we collected 3,800 pounds.”
With 50 helpers on March 11, more than double from last year, the clean-up was done around the lake in a few hours.
The event kicked off at Aqua Harbor Grille with a meal provided for everyone.
Missy Marshall, executive director of Keep Tennessee Beautiful, spoke to the crowd.
“A lot of roadway litter ends up in our waterways. This is a great day to work together to get our waterways clean,” said Marshall. “The month of March is ‘Keep Tennessee Beautiful Month.’ By getting the river clean, it helps keep America beautiful.”

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Pickwick State Park hosting spring hike Saturday

MARCH 17-- Pickwick Landing State Park is joining Tennessee’s 55 other state parks in hosting free guided hikes on Saturday, March 18 to celebrate the coming of spring and the bounty of recreation opportunities state parks offer.
Park staff – who can speak to the natural, cultural and historical treasures that all Tennessee State Parks have to offer – will guide free hikes throughout the day. From the cypress swamps of the Mississippi River in West Tennessee to the rugged ridge tops and waterfalls in the middle of the state to the majestic mountains in the East, every park showcases a unique piece of Tennessee’s outdoor beauty.
“For 80 years our state park system has created outdoor adventures and recreational opportunities for all Tennesseans,” said Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Conservation Brock Hill. “We are always excited to highlight our state’s beauty and special stories.”

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