Press Releases

Ford Speedway in Lights Opens Nov. 15 in Bristol

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development; November 4, 2013:

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway transforms into a four-mile winter wonderland as Ford Speedway in Lights powered by TVA kicks off its 17th season Nov. 15 and runs through Jan. 4, 2014, featuring a new Battle at Bristol Fan Zone and Light Display.

New this year, fans of the gridiron can catch a Battle at Bristol preview. It features a lighted, football-themed display set atop the Goodyear building in Turns 1 and 2 of the BMS and a small-scale replica of the field, complete with Virginia Tech and Tennessee end zones, positioned on the front stretch pit road.

Those stopping at Speedway In Lights Christmas Village have the opportunity to visit Santa Claus, ride carnival rides, toast marshmallows over a fire, and participate in the Battle at Bristol Fan Zone.

The 2013-2014 route also features returning favorites such as the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies display located under the Speedway’s front stretch grandstands and the SUBWAY® Symphony of Lights, a synchronized light exhibit covering the Darrell Waltrip grandstand and featuring more than 300,000 LED lights blinking in time with the music.

Filled with more than 200 dazzling exhibits, the largest holiday light show in the South and one of the biggest in the country has become a must-see tradition that continues to grow in popularity, setting a weekend attendance record of 20,000 visitors last year.

Guests must enter the display route at the Bristol Dragway entrance, just off Hwy. 394. Tickets for cars are $12 Sunday through Thursday, and $15 Friday and Saturday. The Johnson Controls Ice Rink and HVAC Chill Hill open Nov. 14.

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Ramsey Congratulates Bristol Dentist’s Appointment to Chair TN Fish, Wildlife Commission

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey; February 25, 2013:

(February 25, 2013, NASHVILLE) – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) congratulates Dr. Jeff McMillin of Bristol on his election as chairman of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC). The TFWC works with the State Legislature to provide direction and oversight to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). Dr. McMillin was appointed to the commission by Lt. Governor Ramsey in 2009 and elected chairman at the commission’s February meeting.

“I am extremely proud to see Jeff elected chairman of the TWRA. His deep and abiding love of the outdoors cannot help but be transmitted to everyone with whom he comes in contact,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “As a fellow outdoorsman, I have appreciated Jeff’s dedication to serving on this commission. He is a treasure to the state and the perfect person to oversee TWRA’s mission of conservation and preservation of Tennessee’s fish and wildlife.”

A native of Sullivan County, Dr. Jeff McMillin has been a practicing dentist in Bristol, Tennessee since 1981. After graduating with honors from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 1978, he acquired his doctorate of dental surgery (DDS) from University of Tennessee Memphis in 1981. Dr. McMillin has lived his entire life in Tennessee and his hobbies include hunting ducks, turkey and big game, saltwater, river and stream fishing. He also enjoys planting food plots and improving wildlife habitat on his hunting property in East Tennessee. Dr. McMillin and his wife, Debbie have two adult children, Bart and Sara, and one grandson, Colt.

Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission oversees Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The TWRA was established in 1949 and completely reorganized in 1974. It now consists of more than 600 professionals dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and enhancement of Tennessee’s fish and wildlife for the enjoyment of all Tennesseans and visitors.

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State Health Dept. Lifts Bristol Nursing Home Admissions Ban

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Health; April 18, 2012:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Health announces that the suspension of admissions at Bristol Nursing Home has been lifted effective April 18, 2012. The facility is a 120-bed licensed nursing home located at 261 North Street in Bristol.

The department confirmed the facility has returned to substantial compliance for state licensing purposes. The federal conditions of participation that led to the immediate jeopardy citations have been corrected as stated in the facility’s approved plan of correction, which was approved by federal and state authorities.

On April 13, the nursing home was ordered not to admit any new residents based on conditions found during a complaint investigation and annual survey conducted March 26 – March 31, 2012. During the inspection, surveyors found violations of the following standards: administration, performance improvement, nursing services and resident rights.

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