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Look Ahead to April



Coming up in April, Parks will be featuring the theme for the month: In Bloom! Below are some fun events and activities in the area to look forward to.


Downtown Franklin Art Walk– The first Friday of every month, Downtown Franklin hosts the Franklin Art Scene. It is a free event for all and there are free trolley rides where patrons can ride and stop wherever from 6-9pm. Art will be displayed at dozens of sites even including a variety of spots that appear on the National Register of Historic Places in downtown Franklin. Stop by to see what kind of creativity local artists have to showcase. Find out more here.


Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival– On Saturday April 9th, The Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival…
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Best Springtime Day Trips Around Nashville



Spring weather is in the air, and everyone’s excitement is palpable! Although this year’s winter wasn’t terribly difficult in the Nashville area, springtime is always eagerly welcomed. As the weather shifts toward sunny days full of warm breezes and chirping birds, many people are ready to get out and enjoy the outdoors in any way possible.


A superb springtime activity is embarking on a day trip with close friends and/or family members. Nashville and the surrounding areas are bursting with interesting day trip destinations that are ideal for springtime visits. Here are a few ideas to get you started:


Mammoth Cave, National Park, KY


It’s simply astounding that the world’s longest cave is

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How to Experience Fall In Middle Tennessee


As we settle in for another gorgeous fall in Middle Tennessee, you might be looking for ways to get outside and take advantage of the comfortable temperatures with friends and family. Middle Tennessee is not lacking in fall activities; there is truly something for everyone!


How to Experience Fall In Middle Tennessee

Attend a Sporting Event


Fall in the South means one thing: football! But it’s not the only options for those looking to take in a competitive and energetic affair this fall.


daytime football game between the university of alabama and vanderbilt university

Image Credit: By Latics (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons


If you are a football fanatic, you will have plenty of options to

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The 7 Best Places to See Fall Foliage in Tennessee

The autumn season is upon us, and now it the perfect time to go and see the beautiful fall foliage across the state. Tennessee is full of state parks and other places to see stunning autumn leaves. Find time this fall to take a tour of the gorgeous nature that our beautiful state has to offer!
PARKS - The Best 7 Places to See Fall Foliage in Tennessee


Cade’s Cove

If you’ve ever been to the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area, chances are that you’ve had the opportunity to visit Cade’s Cove. For those who haven’t had the chance to see this National Park during the fall, get in your car and take a day trip with your friends and family. With this 11-mile loop, you’ll see jaw-dropping autumn scenery every step of the way. The National Park Service recommends that

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5 Family Friendly Middle Tennessee Halloween Events You Can’t Miss


Halloween is known for spooky haunts roaming the streets on the 31st, endless candy, and frightening haunted houses aimed at grown ups. Aside from trick or treating and cute DIY crafts, what is there for small children and those easily frightened to do during the autumn holiday? Middle Tennessee is full of exciting family friendly Halloween events that have just the right amount of “spook” for children of all ages!

Lucky Ladd Farms — Eagleville, Tennessee

Located in scenic Eagleville, Tennessee, Lucky Ladd Farms has everything you’re looking for in a Halloween attraction. First, stop at the pumpkin patch and select the perfect pumpkin for your Halloween carving activities.

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Middle Tennessee’s Scariest Haunted Attractions You Must Visit This October


The month of goblins, zombies, vampires, and other frights is upon us! October is known for cooler temperatures, pumpkin patches, and of course, visits to the greater Middle Tennessee area’s best haunted houses and attractions.


Whether you prefer to shoot zombies or walk through terrifying scenarios, we’ve got your guide to the best haunted houses across the Middle Tennessee region.


Miller’s Thrillers — Columbia, TN

Calling all “Walking Dead” fans — this is the Halloween attraction for you!


Located in Columbia, Tennessee, Miller’s Thrillers features two haunting attractions along with spooky entertainment. First, be sure to try the Zombie Paintball

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PARKS Continues to Support Goodwill of Middle Tennessee Through Pick-Up Service

In an ongoing commitment to community support, PARKS is partnering with Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee for a unique pick-up service. Whether you are moving or are in charge of an estate, Goodwill will help you organize your items through a pick-up service. Our own Bob Parks kicked off our new relationship with Goodwill by scheduling the first pick-up.


How can you take advantage of this opportunity to organize your belongings and benefit your community at the same time? Keep reading to find out!


Bob Parks was the first PARKS employee to use the Goodwill Pick-Up Service

Call Goodwill When You’re Moving!

When your trusted PARKS agent has handed over the keys to your beautiful new home in Middle Tennessee, it’s time to call

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Don’t Miss These Exciting Winter Events in Middle Tennessee

The holiday season is approaching fast and Middle Tennessee is full of exciting events this winter. Be sure to take advantage of these local events jam packed with winter and holiday fun!


All The Winter Events at the Gaylord Opryland Resort

From November 14, 2014 to January 3, 2015, you can explore the joy of the holiday season at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. In fact, this year, they have increased the holiday spirit with a variety of new events and activities.

Be sure to grab your tickets for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular happening only at the Grand Ole Opry. It’s the show’s final year in Nashville, so act fast and reserve your tickets to see the Rockettes today! To make it a

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Small Business Saturday   Shop Small



Originally founded by American Express in 2010 to help small businesses, the day encourages consumers to shop at local businesses the Saturday after Thanksgiving (this year on November 29th). A huge help to get the word out is for people to post about it on social media, by saying you’ll be there and then to post pictures of you actually there! You can rally your neighborhood by creating a listing on Eventbrite. If you yourself own a small business, here are some promotional tools.



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Did you know that it is illegal to leave a vehicle running and unattended in the state of Tennessee?



During the winter months more vehicles are reported stolen because many drivers start their cars to warm them up and then go back into the house – in violation of the law. It is unfortunate, but you have to sit in the car if you are going to warm it up.


This is important to note for two reasons:


1.  If you’ve left a running, unattended vehicle and it is stolen, and then involved in an accident or a crime, you could be held responsible for the damages.


2.  Insurance companies can be reluctant to pay a claim when it can be proven that the keys were left inside the stolen car.


Its amazing how one such seemingly innocent

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