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Christmas Won’t Happen at Jellystone Park This Year

Christmas Lights At Jellystone Park Won’t Happen This Year

Reason We’re Being Singled Out, We Feel, Is Because We’re Not Gaylord or Opry Mills

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The plug has been pulled on the popular annual holiday lights show at Jellystone Park. News 2 has confirmed the annual Dancing Lights of Christmas attraction in Donelson will not open this year. Owner Mike Scalf and Metro Councilman Jeff Syracuse both say they weren’t able to work things out in order to operate. It would’ve been the eighth year for the popular drive-through musical lights shows.

News 2 spoke with both men about the situation Tuesday night.Last year, organizers said 45,000 vehicles passed through the exhibit, congesting the already-congested area of Opryland and Opry Mills mill along Briley Parkway and Music Valley Drive. Jellystone Park also sits near a Pennington Bend neighborhood of over 1,000 homes. That’s one of the reasons the city and organizers came to this year’s decision to pull a plug on the event, as well as the inability to agree on a traffic plan, lease agreement, and proper permits.

“The reason we’re being singled out, we feel, is because we’re not Gaylord or Opry Mills. We’re a small veteran-owned little family Christmas light show,” owner Scalf told News 2. “We intend to pursue this. We’re going to ask our show followers to reach out to Metro Council Planning and Zoning and the mayor’s office and see if this injustice can be righted,” he continued.

However, Councilman Syracuse says it’s a matter of how big the lights show became. “In a way, they are a victim of their own success, and I congratulate them on that success, but they’ve really outgrown the capacity of that site to accommodate the event, and they’ve known about this for months,” he said. In a press release sent Wednesday, Scalf and co-owner Andy Eaton urged supporters to contact both Metro Council Planning and Zoning and the Mayor’s Office to encourage city officials to keep the attraction open for the season.

Scalf said in the release, “We were excited and set for the season – having hired employees, rented equipment and placed advertising. We were extremely disappointed to hear about Councilman Syracuse’s decision to shut us down. Contrary to what has been reported, we were not aware of his decision until we were contacted by a reporter Tuesday night.”

Scalf went on to say, “After numerous attempts to work with the city, we can’t help but feel we’re being singled out as the little guy. As I’ve said, we are a small, family-owned operation. We’re no Gaylord. Trying to shut us down right before the holidays is unfair and unjust. We are trying to stay positive and rally our supporters, but the lack of notice on this decision has put us in a hard spot.”Dancing Lights of Christmas says its been trying to work with city officials to alleviate the traffic woes, as well as zoning and leasing concerns, saying although the event “fits this zoning description, Scalf and his attorney communicated with city officials out of due diligence and were told repeatedly that they did not need a special permit.”

Scalf is also urging supporters to attend a public meeting Wednesday night at Troubadour Theater, where Councilman Syracuse will  be answering questions at a holiday traffic meeting. Jellystone also took to Facebook, asking for the public’s help in getting the show back. Their statement said, in full:

Regarding the Christmas light show: First and foremost, we want to thank each and every one of you for your support. It is deeply appreciated. WE NEED YOUR HELP! For the past seven years, we have complied 100% with the city in every capacity. We are not required to obtain a permit, there are NO lease issues, and have always followed Metro police department’s traffic plan and suggestions at our own expense. We would like to ask all of our fans to reach out to Councilman Jeff Syracuse 615-862-6780, Douglas Sloan at Planning and Zoning 615-862-7150, and Mayor Megan Berry ‘s office 615-862-6000 to help us right this wrong, as we never agreed to “pull the plug” on the light show. We ask you to please be respectful with your comments but please let the city know your thoughts. LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR UPDATES AND ANY NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR SHOW.

News 2 reached out to the mayor’s office for comment. Spokesman Sean Braisted said they’ve received some feedback so far since yesterday’s story made headlines. “There seems to be passion on both sides; both the residents impacted by the traffic and the visitors who have enjoyed the lights show in previous years. Hopefully concerned citizens will have the opportunity to hear from Councilman Syracuse and Metro agencies tonight at the community meeting to address issues like this,” Braisted continued.

In addition, a petition was created with a video message from the two Nashville residents behind the “That’s Classic” film production team. And we also learned Wednesday talks are underway to possibly move the popular Jellystone light display to the Wilson County Ag Center in Lebanon. Larry Tomlinson, General Manager, told News 2, “They are still negotiating. It’s a real possibility it could be moved to the Ag Center in Lebanon. We will know more tomorrow.”

– WKRN web staff

Country Top40 Airs on Nashvilles NBRN.FM 11am

Listen to AirplayExpress’s Top 40 for the latest International chart countdown hosted by Ed Dailey on Nashville Radio NBRN.FM this morning at 11AM [CST] Nashville Time

AirplayExpress Top 40 Aired in 11 Countries on 6 Continents, United States, New Zealand, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Scotland, South Africa, Norway,  Panama, Austria and Ireland now listening to the AirplayExpress Top 40 everyweek.

This Week AirplayExpress is proud to Welcome Lee Williams of CMR Nashville Radio, Europe’s No1 Country Music Radio Station to our weekly Top40 Chart Family ….Welcome, welcome, welcome.


RadioWorldNBRNFMEd Dailey will be counting down the latest AirplayExpress  Top 40 from Nashville Tennessee in the regular slot at the Nashville Broadcast Network this morning. To tune in right now click the NBRN banner to the left. Ed Dailey counts down the AirplayExpress Top 40 for the month of May in line with AirplayExpress policy of promoting the Artists on AirplayExpress.

This brand new Top40 chart features only the most downloaded and playlisted songs compiled from the last seven days on AirplayExpress playlists and from playlists sent in by Disc Jockey’s worldwide to AirplayExpress.

AirplayExpress thanks the following radio station for running our show: Nashville Broadcasting Radio Network NBRN.FM USA, Clogher Valley Radio Northern Ireland, Downsouth Country South Africa,  Strabane Radio United Kingdom, E.C.M.A. European Country Music Association Europe, Radio  NashvilleTN USA, Country Radio Irish Radio Scotland, WHIR Wildhorse Internet Radio Radio South Africa, Radio Wellenflug Germany KATQ Radio Montana USA  ECMR Edinburgh Country Music Radio Scotland, Musical Venture Radio Panama, Trucknet Radio Sweden, Serena Beach Radio Germany, Phoenix Radio UK/Ireland,  Country Barnyard 305 USA, ICR International Connection Radio New Zealand, Belgian Country Radio Belgium, Country Tunes Radio-KWWQ-DB Texarkana Texas/Arizona, Norsk Country Radio Norway, CMR Nashville Radio UK/Europe

AirplayExpress Top 40 Aired in 11 Countries on 6 Continents. United States, New Zealand, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Germany, Scotland, South Africa, Panama, Austria and Ireland now listening to the AirplayExpress Top 40.  Even as Our family of DJ’s and Radio station are growing by the week, we are also aware due to the downloads that there are many more radio stations downloading and airing the show, but have not yet let us know, so that we can acknowledge their much valued support.

The Top40 is Edited, Mixed and Mastered at AirplayExpress and sponsored by Wildhorse Entertainment.

– WHISNews21

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

Author Anne Ortlund: Omnipresence

I walked the other day along a river, And watched the ducks and heard some hawk lings’ cries.  Then suddenly the nearness of my Savior brought tears of joy and wonder to my eyes. Oh praise the Lord! “This earth is crammed with heaven.” Oh praise the lord” And Christian look around! For every bush you pass with fire is flaming,   And every spot you tread in holy ground.

I stopped the other day to watch a fountain.  And marveled at the magic  of its grace’.  Then suddenly my  heart was on a mountain And worshiping Jehovah face to face! I wept the other day–oh Christian  hear it! I went !  I wept the other day without control.  But suddenly the blessed Holy Spirit spoke peace again and calmed my needy soul.

Oh praise the Lord! “This earth is crammed with heaven!”  Oh praise the Lord!  And, Christian, look around!  For every bush you pass with fire is flaming and every spot you tread is holy ground!

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