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On June 16, Cumberland County Playhouse starts the summer season with a spectacular new production of "Disney’s Beauty and the Beast." Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the memorable songs from the animated film like “Be Our Guest,” and th…

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Dave Griffies moved to Oak Ridge from Birmingham, AL, as a young child. After graduating from Oak Ridge High School, he attended college at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville where he received a BS in Industrial Technology. It was there he met Judy Kidwell, a music major and band member. Wanting t…

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Jack Brickles, the last living member of the original Twitty Bird Band, will present the Jack Brickles Show on Saturday, July 15, at the Palace Theatre in Crossville at 7 p.m. Doors for the performance will open at 6 p.m.

The Annual Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Festival Fiddle Competition winner for 2017 was Jimmy Bilbrey of Cookeville. Bilbrey will perform at Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Auditorium on July 13.  Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman is a series running Thursday nights June 22 through July 27.

The Palace Theater will present the Ultimate Oldies Rock and Roll Show on Saturday, July 29, at 7 p.m. They are a musical group based in Manchester that features music from the '50s, '60s and '70s with a live band, singers, dancers and actors. The complete stage show will include everything …

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  • By Pat Robbennolt Chronicle contributor

Could the Beast learn to love another? Was there a person capable of loving the Beast before the last petal of the rose fell? This amazing musical theatrical explores the answers to these questions.

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The Cumberland County Community Chorus will present a Summertime Concert July 4 at 11 a.m. at the Amphitheater in downtown Crossville. Admission is free. The event is weather permitting.

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On June 16, Cumberland County Playhouse starts the summer season with a spectacular new production of "Disney’s Beauty and the Beast." Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the memorable songs from the animated film like “Be Our Guest,” and th…

The Tennessee Valley Theatre (TVT) will present their latest production, The Neal Simon play “Rumors,” beginning Friday, June 16, and continuing through Sunday, June 25.

One Step Beyond (OSB) is a singles social club designed to help people in Cumberland County and surrounding areas who have lost a loved one or are new to the area. It is not a dating club. It is a support group to help anyone who is feeling lonely or interested in making new friends.

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Crossville's 30-piece professional instrumental brass ensemble, the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass (SSSB), has been honored by invitation only to perform three concerts for the 28th annual Great American Brass Band Festival (GABBF) on June 3 and 4. They have been selected to represent all of…

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Dave Griffies moved to Oak Ridge from Birmingham, AL, as a young child. After graduating from Oak Ridge High School, he attended college at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville where he received a BS in Industrial Technology. It was there he met Judy Kidwell, a music major and band member. Wanting t…

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On Friday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m., Cumberland County Playhouse will open "Smoke on the Mountain", the ever-popular bluegrass/gospel musical comedy that’s now in its 24th year! "Smoke" continues to play to sold-out crowds and delight audiences again and again. This year’s production is once aga…

The 19th Granville Heritage Day on May 27 will again be hosting one of Tennessee largest antique car, tractor and engine shows. This year's show will honor three of the best antique collectors in Middle Tennessee. The Antique Tractor Show will honor Johnny and Debbie Mitchell of Lebanon. Joh…

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The 19th Granville Heritage Day on May 27 will again feature the Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Festival. Uncle Jimmy Thompson from the Granville community was one of the first performers on the Grand Ole Opry. He was a noted fiddle player and performed for Henry Ford in Texas. Ford asked hi…

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Crossville's own professional 30-piece brass band, the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass (SSSB), will be giving their last concert of this season Saturday, May 20 at 7 p.m. at Crossville's Stone Memorial High School's 1,200-seat auditorium.

The 19th annual Granville Heritage Day on May 27 will have the theme “The 1940s: A Decade of Change.” The event has become one of Middle Tennessee’s largest annual festivals and known for the antique car and tractor show, Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Festival, parade, craftsmen, crafts, ch…

The 11th annual Jammin At Hippie Jacks Americana Roots Music festival will take place at Hippie Jack’s farm, on the West Fork of the Obey River, May 25-28. Four days of great music, crafts, camping, gourmet food vendors, children's and adult music workshops, swimming, bonfire and all night o…

  • By Pat Robbennolt Chronicle contributor

Tapping toes and clapping hands resounded throughout the main theater of the Cumberland County Playhouse as "Million Dollar Quartet" opened. Patrons found we had stepped back in history: It was now Dec. 4, 1956. This was the one night that Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Elvis…

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The third annual Tennessee Medieval Faire invites you to travel back in time to the early Middle Ages in Briton. Meet King Arthur and his knights at this rugged outdoor festival, which runs the last three weekends in May including Memorial Day. The festival is located in Harriman near I-40 j…

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Country music legend John Conlee will return to Crossville and perform at the Palace Theatre Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. for another concert that is sure to please any country music lover.

The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be hosting the Spring Planting and Music Festival on Saturday, April 29, starting at 9 a.m. (ET). A diverse range of the region’s most talented live music acts are currently scheduled to perform. Musical genres represented are to inc…

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Historic Granville will host the 3rd Annual Cornbread & Moonshine Festival on May 6. The event will have a cornbread contest with entries taken from 9 to 9:30 a.m. on May 6at Pioneer Village. The rules of the contest are that must be made in large cast iron skillet (no muffins or corn st…

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Springtime at last! Warm days, flowers in bloom and the joyful sounds of the Cumberland County Community Chorus! The chorus is proud to announce their 2017 Spring Scholarship Concert Series. First in the series is scheduled for Sunday, May 7, at 6 p.m. at Crossville First United Methodist Ch…

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Tom Fincher, Regina Clark Stephens, Rob Baker, Cumberland Mountain Boys, the Joe Rice Foursome, Memory Road with Harmony Street, Nice and Easy, Cowboy Bob Johnson, Vinny DeGeorge and other top singers and musicians will perform Tuesday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m. The concert will take place at t…

The Scopes Festival is looking for men, women, teens and children who are interested in theatre and history to join the cast of "Front Page News," the festival’s annual recreation of the Scopes Evolution Trial in Dayton.

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"A Second Helping" is being served up by the Church Basement Ladies in the Adventure Theater of the Cumberland County Playhouse. Gales of laughter were shared on opening night as these women, who are the backbone of the life of the church, once more allowed us to join them. The five person c…

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They're servin' it up again in the Church Basement kitchen. Beginning April 7, Cumberland County Playhouse presents "A Second Helping," the "Church Basement Ladies" sequel!

Historic Granville will have the grand opening celebration of "Remembering the 1940s" on April 8. This special day will feature the World War II musical performers Freedom Belles, whose show will include “I’ll Be Seeing You” at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association is pleased to announce a series of performances and outreach activities featuring internationally renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine, March 30–April 2, 2017. Pine is an American violinist who made her solo debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at …

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"Greener Pastures" by Lori Fischer is being given its premier performance on the mainstage at the Cumberland County Playhouse. Her delightful play "Sparkly Clean Funeral Singers" was performed at the Playhouse last year. Fischer is not only the playwright but part of this cast.

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Celebrate spring and the creativity it inspires at the Appalachian Center for Craft’s 19th annual Celebration of Craft Saturday April 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pianist Catherine Godes, professor of piano at Tennessee Tech, will present her annual faculty recital in Wattenbarger Auditorium on Thursday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. She will be joined by Mezzo Soprano Diane Pulte, professor of voice at Tech.

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The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association is pleased to present the Poulenc Trio on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 7:30 PM at the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church.  The Poulenc Trio is the most active touring piano-wind chamber music ensemble in the world. In a recent review, the New York Ti…

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  • By Ken Steadman & Tom Sterling Chronicle contributors

The Fairfield Glade Lions Club current Travelogue season ends with a trip to “The Highlands of Scotland.” Tom Sterling will be the presenter on April 3 at the Palace Theatre starting at 7 p.m. Tom Sterling has made many visits to the stage with very interesting and informative travelogue adv…

The Museum of Appalachia is excited to announce the additions of evening concerts featuring award-winning artists, and a fun-filled Family Day to its beloved arts and music festival.

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On Friday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m., Cumberland County Playhouse will open its third offering of the 2017 season, the world premiere of "Greener Pastures," the outrageously funny new comedy by Lori Fischer, author of "The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers!"

Would you like to join an ensemble that plays famous Baroque, classical and contemporary music – with strings attached? The March 12 Open House with the Oak Ridge Philharmonia may be the opportunity you need to explore the benefits of playing with this excellent orchestra. Bring your instrum…

The Fairfield Glade Rotary Club and the Stone Memorial High School students have partnered to present a country concert titled "It's a Country Thing" on March 4 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Stone Memorial High School. The concert will feature the two recognized and rapidly rising Nashville bands, …

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The Shalom Center for Continuing Education, based on the campus of Uplands Village in Pleasant Hill, is partnering with Uplands, the Cumberland County Playhouse and the Pleasant Hill Community Church — UCC to bring a special free concert to the main stage at the Playhouse at 7 p.m. on Thursd…

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Grammy-winner Suzy Bogguss is set to return to the Palace Theatre along with her critically acclaimed trio on Friday, Feb. 10, Valentine’s Day weekend, beginning at 7 p.m. The platinum-selling artist is an ACM and CMA winner best known for her 1990s string of country radio hits including “Ou…