Monday, July 25, 2011

Elvis Fan is West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center's 10,000th Visitor

Pictured are (from left) WTDHC Center Director Sonia Outlaw-Clark, Greg, Taylor and Janice Hatch, and Center Advisory Board Members Carolyn Freeman and Jerry Wilson.

Taylor Hatch helped her grandparents, Greg & Janice Hatch, choose Tennessee as their vacation destination. “I had written a paper about Elvis and I wanted to see Graceland,” said the 11-year-old from Urbandale, Iowa.

After visiting Memphis, the Hatch family was traveling to Nashville before heading home July 20, when they decided to stop at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center (WTDHC) in Brownsville, Tenn. The decision made Taylor this year’s 10,000th person to visit the Center. She was greeted with cheering and applause and presented with a special gift bag full of West Tennessee items, including a Brownsville birdhouse and Tennessee Gold Sauce.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Southern Gospel “Concert on the Porch” July 16

David Smith

The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center’s summer concert series continues with a Southern Gospel concert Saturday evening, July 16. The free concert will begin at 7 p.m., and features Brownsville’s own David Smith and His Voice of Ripley, Tenn.

Known locally as the Singing Firefighter, Smith loves to sing the old southern gospel favorites like “How Great Thou Art” and “In the Garden,” mixed with more modern tunes such as “What Kinda Car.”
 “His Voice” is a Southern Gospel Trio that includes Larry Kelly of Ripley, Candace Maness of Nutbush, and Mitch Platz of Brownsville. The group has been performing together since 2010.
This event is one the entire family will enjoy and is presented from the porch of the Sleepy John Estes home. There will be some bleacher seating and attendees are also encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets. Popcorn, hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available.
His Voice Trio
For more information about the concert, contact Outlaw-Clark at 731-779-9000. The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center is located at I-40 and Exit 56, behind McDonald’s, and features three museums. Visit the Center’s website at