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Jackson County Green Energy Park's Director Timm Muth announced the opening of the new art gallery with an “Art + Energy” group show featuring examples of blown glass, forge-hammered metals, and wood-fired kiln ceramics by local artists.

The new GEP gallery has its grand opening Thursday, April 26, with a public reception from 5 until 7 p.m.

Fine pieces created by Tadashi Torii, Aaron Shufelt, Judy McManus, Tracy Kirchman, Clayton Hufford, John Burtner, Brock Martin, and Preston Tolbert will be on display.


Multi-Grammy and Dove award-winning recording artist, Bill Gaither will present his legendary Gaither Vocal Band at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29. The multi-award-winning group will present the very best in Christian music. The Gaither Vocal Band, founded by Gaither in 1981, will bring powerhouse vocals, innovative harmonies, and a life-altering message.

Bill Gaither, Michael English, Mark Lowry, David Phelps, and Wes Hampton make up the Gaither Vocal Band.


The Highlands Biological Foundation is hosting Wildflower Whimsy on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12.

Held in honor of the Highlands Botanical Garden’s 50th anniversary, the two-day event is a celebration of spring ephemerals featuring wildflower walks, a silent auction showcasing all things garden-related, and special guest lecturer Patrick McMillan, host of Expeditions with Patrick McMillan.


The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will soon welcome two sensational legendary groups, Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters and The Crystals. Both groups climbed the charts with phenomenal musical hits in the 1950s, and their sounds have continued to delight audiences for years. Showtime is set for 7:30 P.M. on April 20. Tickets start at $14 each.

Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters have been referred to as one of the all-time great recording artists for Atlantic Records. The group has welcomed several new members throughout the years, but they’ve always maintained the sound that has greatly influenced soul, R&B, and rock music.


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