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  Goodbye.   I write this blog—my final one for the Anderson/Madison County Visitors Bureau—on the morning of May 1. Exactly three years to the day of when I began my wonderful journey wi...
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I have been at the Visitors Bureau just under three years. I have loved the job. But, as of May 11 I will be off on a new adventure as VP/Chief Foundation Officer of Community Hospital Anderson. In th...
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To borrow a phrase from Frank Sinatra, it was a very good year. Now what do we do for an encore?   In 2014 The Visitors Bureau added to its marketing tool box with the use of visual arts. A se...
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I usually reserve this space to talk about local issues or events, especially those pertaining to tourism. But today I am not going to do that. Today I am going to get personal. On January 23, Ernie ...
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It is a new year with lots of memories waiting to be made. Here is a list of 52 things to do in Madison County during the next 52 weeks! Attend an Anderson Symphony Orchestra concert Go to t...
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It is the end of the year, which means in spite a lack of popular demand it is time for the annual Tommy Awards! As always, I make up the categories and determine the winners. No accounting firm is n...
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 I love going. But I hate getting there. And, it keeps happening, no matter where I am or the time of day. I’m talking about getting in the car to go somewhere fun, only to be stopped for long p...
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I can’t believe it is over. I spent months looking forward to it and it seemed to go by in the blink of an eye. After the long, harsh winter we endured last year, everyone was looking forward to summ...
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Happy 85th birthday! A lot of people didn’t think you’d make it this far, and I’ve got to admit, you were looking pretty rough around the edges when you were in your early 60’s. But thanks to a l...
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The month of August in Anderson is going to be awesome for music lovers. In fact, I doubt you could ever find a month in the history of Madison County that had this much musical firepower on the calen...
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The city of Anderson is part of a prestigious and exclusive club that is limited to only 32 cities across America. The benefits are great and the spotlight is about to shine. I am referring to being ...
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The sun was bright, the air was warm, and the breeze made the tower sway a little. As I stood near the edge I was more nervous than I thought I would be. It felt so high. I took a deep breath, said a ...
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It is May! The grass is green, the sky is blue, flowers are blooming, and every hair on your body is about to stand straight up.  Yes, May brings with it the promise of summer, but the month of ...
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Thirty years ago my Grandma Bannon gave me a nugget of wisdom that helped shape my life. It was a simple lesson that had a big impact. Today, a pair of story tellers is having the same type of impact ...
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It was fun and exciting, and most of the time we were flying by the seat of our pants. It seems like yesterday. Hard to believe it has been 20 years already. It won’t officially turn 20 until Septemb...
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ESPN has a program on its schedule called “Numbers Never Lie.” Mark Twain may disagree with the premise of the show’s title, but numbers and statistics can often give us a snapshot of what is working ...
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Just about every one of us is sick of him. With each passing day we grow less tolerant of his seemingly never ending assault on our senses.  But, his reign of terror is almost over. I swear it i...
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It is iconic but now sits empty. It has received national acclaim but now is in disrepair. What to do with it creates passionate debate throughout Anderson. You probably already know what I am talkin...
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It's December, so that means it is time to take a look back at the year.   In honor of our year-end review, I've created the Tommy Awards, because doesn't the world really need more meaningless...
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On Saturday, October 26 nearly 3,100 different people visited the same spot. The next day, 2,500 people visited.  In fact, hardly a day goes by without at least 1,000 people--often times many mo...
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