Tourism spending up 4.2 percent in Hardin County

AUG. 25– Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett announced Tuesday that Tennessee tourism’s direct domestic and international travel expenditures reached an all-time record high of $19.3 billion in 2016, up 4.7 percent over the previous year, as reported by the U.S. Travel Association. 

The numbers rose significantly for Hardin County as well, officials said.

“Tourism is a major contributor to our economic growth. Our county and city leaders  – and residents – understand the impact that tourism generates. It creates jobs and saves our residents tax dollars,” said Hardin County Tourism Director Beth Pippin. 

In Hardin County, guests reportedly spent a total of $40.94 million in 2016, an increase of 4.2 percent compared to 2015, generating a total of $2.49 million in state and $3.57 million in local tax revenues, increases of 6.1 percent and 4.8 percent, respectively. A total of 247 Hardin countians are employed in tourism-related fields, the Tennessee Department of Tourism Development reports.

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Two day boat poker run fundraiser includes music on the water, prizes, tailgate party

AUG. 18-- In its 16th year, Tennessee River Run is once again holding events to bring in funds to help those in need in Hardin County and beyond.

A variety of fundraisers throughout the summer and fall support The Darryl Worley Foundation’s causes. Today and Saturday, Aug. 18-19, features the Tennessee River Run’s boat poker run and concert presented in part by the Pickwick Parrot Head Club. 

You don’t have to own a boat to participate, nor do you have to be good at  playing poker. But it does help.

Having a boat gets participants close to the water activities and the barge where the bands play. But other activities and concerts will be held on dry land at Freddy T’s and Sportsman Boat Storage. 

Poker hands are played by donations, so the more a person spends the better their chances of winning monetary prizes.

“I want to clarify that none of the activities or concerts will be at Pickwick Landing State Park this year,” said Marsha Fisher, co-owner of Freddie T’s Restaurant and member of The Darryl Worley Foundation Board. 

The TRR’s boat poker run and concert has been held in honor of the late Carey Downs and Jeremie Floyd for the past two years. Downs and Floyd were killed in a boating accident on Pickwick Lake in 2014.

“In 2015, the boat poker run brought in $112,000 and in 2016, $110,000. It’s become an event that draws both local participants and those from farther away like Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma,” said Fisher, former wife of Jeremie Floyd. “It’s a proud thing for me to say every dollar raised goes directly to The Darryl Worley Foundation. Everyone involved in the poker run volunteers their time and talents – the businesses, musicians, everyone.”

For $25 or more, an individual can get in on activities surrounding the poker run. 

“There are package deals to help out or you can pay for each event separately,” said Fisher.

Schedule of events

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Hardin County Schools closing Monday due to space weather

AUG. 17– Hardin County Schools will be closed Monday due to inclement space weather.

Director of Schools Michael Davis announced classes are canceled because of liability concerns that students could suffer eye damage from staring at the sun.

Some of the protective solar glasses the school system ordered for students to use in order to observe Monday’s historic solar eclipse are not actually certified as safe, and some of the glasses have yet to be delivered.

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