TN Motorcoach Drivers Test Safety Skills at Rodeo

Lebanon, Tenn. – Twenty-nine drivers from around the state will test their skills at the semi-annual Tennessee Motor Coach Association’s Driver Safety Rodeo Aug. 2-3 at Cumberland University’s football field parking lot, located at 417 Harding Drive.

Drivers will measure their mental abilities in a written exam and their driving maneuvers in a timed obstacle course. The winners will earn trophies, prize money and the reputation of being among the safest drivers in the Tennessee.

The event begins with a luncheon and educational sessions on Aug. 2 at Comfort Suites in Lebanon, Tenn. Lisa Rouse, Special Agent of the Tennessee Division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, will teach motor coach owners and drivers about safety procedures. Following the safety seminars, drivers will take the written exam. 

On Aug. 3 at 8:00 a.m., drivers will compete in the skills course. They will be tested on eight skills: left turn, right turn, stop line, off set alley, backing, parallel parking, serpentine and diminishing straight line. Points will be earned at each obstacle in the overall course time. Some judges will be on board the motor coaches, measuring each’s driver’s performance behind the wheel.

Safety while operating a motor coach will always be of the utmost importance, since drivers are transporting precious cargo: people. Statistics have shown motor coach travel is one of the safest types of transportation in the United States, with recent safety measures implemented. For more information, view the fact sheet distributed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

About the Tennessee Motor Coach Association

The Tennessee Motor Coach Association was established in June of 1995 when a group of concerned motorcoach owners were called together at the urging of the North Carolina Bus Association. Having experienced the many benefits of an active association, NCBA members convinced attendees that a state association would have a major impact on the travel industry not only in Tennessee, but throughout the nation as well. With their help, TMCA was born that day as officers and board members were elected.

After establishing by-laws and requirements for membership, the new association quickly began a recruitment program for active members. Our ultimate goal is to promote the advantages of group travel by motorcoach and broaden the spectrum of destinations throughout Tennessee and America. To do this our association made a commitment to enlist operator members that were willing to join in a “team effort” to educate and inform the traveling public of what our unique industry is all about and how we can serve them better.

As a result, our association has grown to include 23 motorcoach operator members in the state of Tennessee and 11 affiliated operators from outside the state of Tennessee. We have 11 Tour Planner, which are companies that plan trips and use our member’s coaches. We also have over 300 Associate members from all over the U.S. that sell to our members. This can be attractions, hotels, restaurants, tour receptive, insurance companies or parts and services.  In just a short period of time our members realized the tremendous advantages of working together in unity. Although competition is still a major part of our everyday business, operators now are able to compete in a healthier market due to knowledge gained and shared through cooperative efforts of our membership. Through social events, regular meetings, and specially designed training and seminars our members have managed to stay on the leading edge of today’s ever changing industry. Issues such as State and Federal legislation, safety, public relations, tourism and travel related programs are constantly monitored by the association in order that its members maintain the highest standards possible and enhance the image of the motorcoach industry.

Media Contact:

Terri Merryman, Director
Wilson County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
Office: 615-453-9655
Cell: 615-430-5090

Decorative Bull Contest Winners Announced

Decorative Bull Contest Winners Announced

Lebanon, TN – Three businesses have won the contest for best decorative bull promoting the NJHR Finals in Wilson County. The winners will be honored on Friday night at 7pm during the National Junior High Finals Rodeo at the Ward Agricultural Center. Two of the winners were chosen by rodeo officials: The Lebanon Antique Mall and Premier Orthopedics.  The “Fan Favorite,” El Molino Restaurant, was chosen by citizens who “liked” their favorite decorated bulls featured on the Wilson County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Facebook page. One representative from each winning business will receive free admission to Friday night’s rodeo.

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National Junior High Finals Rodeo – By The Numbers

Lebanon, TN – In a few days, a huge crowd of people and animals will be converging at the Ward Agricultural Center for the National Junior High Finals Rodeo from June 19 – 25, 2016. Besides the expected 50,000 competitors and visitors, you might be surprised to find out that hundreds of livestock are required for the competition. Here’s the breakdown from the organizers of the rodeo, the National High School Rodeo Association:

  • 80 Bulls
  • 100 Chute Dogging Cattle
  • 90 Tie-Down Calves
  • 180 Break-a-way Calves
  • 200 Goats
  • 80-100 Team Roping Cattle
  • 100 Bareback and Saddle Bronc Steers

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First-Ever Comprehensive Social Media Blitz for Rodeo

Lebanon, TN – The Wilson County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is taking on a new adventure with the National Junior High Finals Rodeo June 19 – 25, 2016, with comprehensive social media coverage of one of the largest youth rodeos in the world for the first time. The rodeo is expected to bring more than 50,000 attendees and more than $10 million in economic impact for Wilson County.

Social media coverage will include live video streams from YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, and Periscope, as well as videos, photos, and information posted throughout the competition. Contestants and attendees can interact, share videos and images about their experiences on the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s official Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter feeds. To interact with your social media channel of your choice, all you have to do is go to the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau website,, and you’ll find icons to help you follow us! Read more ...

Cheer On The Cyclists In The Big Hill Challenge

Lebanon, TN – The Wilson County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau invites all Wilson County residents to visit historic Watertown on Saturday, June 11, 2016, to cheer on the cyclists participating in the Big Hill Challenge. Athletes of all skill levels have been brought together to enjoy the beautiful rolling landscape in the Big Hill Challenge for the past 13 years. The Wilson County CVB will be on-site, promoting the premier cycling race on all its social media channels, which users can link to at

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Business buy Bulls to boost Rodeo in Wilson County

Business buy Bulls to boost Rodeo in Wilson County
Business buy Bulls to boost Rodeo in Wilson County

Lebanon, TN – There’s a bunch of bull in Wilson County, and it’s all in good fun, and to help promote the National Junior High Rodeo Finals at Ward Agricultural Center June 19-25, 2016. The Wilson County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau wants to remind everyone that local businesses may purchase the decorative bulls from the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce for $250 for one year or $400 for two years. Businesses may then decorate the bulls, and many have chosen colors and accessories that reflect their services and/or products. So far, county officials said 67 decorative bulls have been bought. But time is running out fast! Since the rodeo is coming up within a few days, this bull market won’t last long. This unusual promotion has gotten the attention of several local media, with WKRN-TV Channel 2 coming to Wilson County on Tuesday, June 7, to do a story about the decorative bulls to air on the news station this week.

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Memorial Day Events In Wilson County

Memorial Day Events in Wilson County
Memorial Day Events in Wilson County

Lebanon, TN – Several community events are planned in Wilson County during the week preceding and the week of Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a federal holiday that was originally called Decoration Day, and is a day of remembrance to honor the men and women who have died in service to the United States of America.

May 25: Final Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. Give blood in honor of local police, fire and emergency responders from 1 – 6 p.m. at the Mt. Juliet Parks and Recreation Community Center, 1075 Charlie Daniels Parkway, Mt. Juliet, TN. To register:

May 27 – 30: Healing Field of Flags. American Legion Tyler Cates Post 281 and West Wilson County Exchange Club are hosting the 4th Annual Field of Honor – Healing Field at the corner of Mt. Juliet Road and Division Street next to the train station in Mt. Juliet. Supporters may purchase a flag in honor of a service member of loved one at

May 30 – Memorial Day Ceremony at Wilson County Veterans Plaza. Former Marine and noted Cumberland University baseball coach Woody Hunt will be the featured speaker at the ceremony, which begins at 9 a.m. Hunt holds a record of 1,500-plus career game wins, including three national championships. Hunt served as a corporal in the Maine Corps and spent time at Paris Island, S.C., Cuba and the Mediterranean Sea.

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Free Concert features early Rock and Roll Classics, Contests

The Road Crew playing at Jammin with the General
The Road Crew playing at Jammin with the General

May 17, 2016

Downtown Lebanon’s premiere concert series, Jammin’ with the General, will kick off Thursday, May 19, 2016, with some real early rock and roll flair. The Road Crew, a Nashville-based band with a sound that includes rockabilly, country, and Americana styles of music, will perform songs from rock and roll’s early era, like those made famous by Elvis Presley, Rick Nelson, Chuck Berry, Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers, and Asleep at the Wheel.

The free concert will include a dance contest and a hula hoop contest during the series kickoff on Thursday, May 19. People who attend the show are welcome to dress in vintage 1950s and 1960s attire. Guests should bring their own lawn chairs when gates open at 6 p.m. Free music starts at 7 p.m. Music fans who come early can stop and shop at The Mill at Lebanon and the Historic Lebanon Main Street, then delight in unique shopping on the square during Late Night Lebanon.

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Wilson County CVB and WSM 650 Announce Talent Search

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April 21, 2016


Lebanon, TN – The Wilson County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and WSM 650 announced the Bates Ford Talent Search to be held during the WSM Live From The Capitol Theatre May 21 and June 25, 2016. The event is sponsored by Bates Ford, Wilson Bank & Trust and Shiloh Music. “Bates Ford is proud to support up and coming talent. We feel like this talent search taking place at the Capitol Theatre is a great place to showcase that talent, said Tony Bates of Bates Ford.

Two Grand Prize Winners will be selected during the Search, and will have the opportunity to open for the Oak Ridge Boys at the Wilson County Fair on August 23, 2016, or for Darryl Worley at the Capitol Theatre on July 9, 2016. Two other winners will have the opportunity to perform on the Fiddlers Grove Opry Stage during the Wilson County Fair. Read more ...

Country Living Fair Returns to Lebanon, Tennessee, April 22-24

Nancy Fuller, TV Personality & Author of Farmhouse Rules, to Speak at Fair and Sign Copies of Her New Cookbook Farmhouse Rules on Saturday, April 23, at 12 p.m. and Sunday, April 24, at 1 p.m.

Country Living Far - Lebanon, Tenn.

WHAT:  The Country Living Fair brings the magazine’s content to life and gives readers access to a unique shopping experience featuring more than 200 vendors from 25 states, including antiques sellers, food purveyors, artists, furniture makers, crafters, and more. Guests will also have access to cooking, crafting, and DIY demonstrations, will be able to sample locally sourced, artisanal food, and can shop the Country Living General Store.


April 22, 23, 24 - 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Gates open for Early Bird ticket holders at 8:30 a.m. Friday & Saturday.


James E. Ward Agricultural Center
945 East Baddour Parkway
Lebanon, TN 37087


Meet the Country Living editors, as well as special guests, including:  

  • Nancy Fuller, TV personality & author of Farmhouse Rules
  • Erin and Ben Napier, stars of HGTV’s Home Town
  • Cari Cucksey, star of HGTV’s Cash & Cari
  • Joanne Palmisano, contributing DIY NETWORK designer and stylist
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Lineup Announced for Live 650 WSM Music Showcase

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April 15, 2016 | PDF


Lebanon, TN - The decision has been made – the artists to be featured in the WSM Live From The Capitol Theatre showcase on April 23 are:

  • Georgia English & the Jukebox Kids
  • Jamie Stever
  • Cory Jackson
  • Lauren Marie Presley
  • Presley & Taylor
  • Joe Galbato

WSM Radio personality Bill Cody will host the live showcase at the historic Capitol Theatre in downtown Lebanon, Tennessee, from 1-3 p.m. CT on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Those attending the Country Living Fair are especially welcome to be a part of the theatre audience.

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Wilson County Hotels Offer Discounts for Marathon

St. Jude Rock N Roll Marathon

Lebanon, TN - Participants in the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon and 1⁄2 Marathon (formerly known as the Country Music Marathon) are being invited by another avid runner, Mayor Randall Hutto, to stay in Wilson County for the April 30th event. Several area hotels are offering discount packages which include round trip train tickets to the marathon. Runners won’t have to worry about traffic and can ride in cool comfort and convenience with their friends on the Music City Star. Rest up for the run in a comfortable room with all the amenities and here's the best part: free parking for the duration of your visit to Wilson County.

There’s a complete list of hotels offering discount packages at

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Rodeo By The Numbers

For Immediate Release

March 15, 2016


Lebanon, TN – Huge crowds of people and animals will be converging at the Ward Agricultural Center for the National Junior High Rodeo Finals from June 19 – 25, 2016. Besides the expected 50,000 competitors and visitors, you might be surprised to find out that hundreds of livestock are required for the competition. Here’s the breakdown from the organizers of the rodeo, the National High School Rodeo Association:

  • 80 Bulls
  • 100 Chute Dogging Cattle
  • 90 Tie-Down Calves
  • 180 Break-a-way Calves
  • 200 Goats
  • 80-100 Team Roping Cattle
  • 100 Bareback and Saddle Bronc Steers
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Spring Forward - Balloon Festival Update

Wilson County Balloon and Music Festival

Spring Forward

(Lebanon, TN) The Wilson County Balloon and Music Festival originally scheduled for Labor Day weekend at the Lebanon Municipal Airport is being moved forward to the spring of 2016. The exact date will be announced in the next few weeks. Organizers of the event in cooperation with the Balloon Federation of America made the decision based on the logistics of the balloon competition and the many components of that element of the festival.

“We want this to be one of the largest, if not the largest balloon and music festival in the Southeast,” says Eric Thompson, President and CEO of Prospect, Inc., the major beneficiary of the festival. “Moving the event to the spring will enhance that opportunity for the balloonists and our visitors."

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