Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

August 26, 2013

Saturday night country dances held at Fair Park

By Tina Taylor
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — People worldwide love to dance to country music. Country music has really made Tennessee famous. The closer you get to Nashville, the stronger that love gets.

Folks around Crossville live with their radios tuned to WOW Country 102.5, which are great friends with everyone. What if all the adults who love to dance to country music had a place they could go dance every Saturday night? "What if" is going to be happening every week, starting this coming Saturday night, Aug. 31, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Fair Park across from the fairgrounds.

The Southern Pride Country Band plays the kind of country tunes that makes you want to dance. Dad is Lynn Isham ,who works at A-1 body shop. He sings and plays lead guitar. His wife is Tammy and she plays the drums. Their sons are Tanner, 13, who’s on the bass and also plays trumpet in the Cumberland County Community Band, and Travis, 11, plays the keyboard. Both boys attend Homestead School. The family has played at many local events like the Palace, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital fundraisers and festivals like Pioneer Day.    

Tommy J. Fincher has always been exposed to the entertainment world since his mother, Gertrude “Frankie” Nielson, was a singer on the radio and the "Lawrence Welk Show." Tom is a man of many talents as a songwriter, singer, actor, standup comic, storyteller, guitarist, trumpeter and banjo player. He has played all over the country with all kinds of well-known people.

Fincher will be heading up these dances. He has a long list of people who will be making special appearances every week. Terri Utsey has a great voice and is a wonderful person and very funny. Tommy Moore has played at the Grand Old Opry. Ashley Krohn sings great, hard-to-sing songs and has a beautiful voice. Cowboy Wetwood Dalton will also be attending, as well as many others. The cost will be $5 every Saturday night at the door. No alcohol allowed.

This Friday morning, the country duet of Days Gone By with Patrick Studer and Pam Harman will be playing, starting at 9:45 a.m. at the senior center.

September is almost here, with lots of new classes coming to the senior center this fall. If you would like to learn Spanish, Ramon Winenberg will be starting classes beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 10:30 a.m. Get signed up! The classes are free.

If you have always wanted to make things out of yarn or string, now you can take free crochet lessons with instructor Janet Olinger, beginning Tuesday, Sept.10, from 1 to 2 p.m.

“Take Charge of Diabetes” classes with Cumberland County UT Extension Agent  Kelli Bottoms will help you learn how to take better care of yourself and feel better. This classes will be starting Tuesday, Sept 24, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. You do need to get signed up. Educational classes at Fair Park Senior Center are sponsored by Hood Funeral Home.

Just a reminder: Senior Day at the Fair is this Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cumberland County Community Complex. There will be lots of games, door prizes and the crowning of Ms. Senior Cumberland County.

The Fair Park Senior Center is across the street from the Cumberland County Community Complex at 1433 Livingston Rd. in Crossville and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit their website at http://www.fairparkseniorcenter.org or call 484-7416 to learn more.