Freedom, Fireworks, Family & More

2017 Independence Day

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The Forth of July is quickly approaching, which means it is time to make holiday plans. Whether your plans involve spending time with family, floating in the water, relaxing by a grill, working or whatever else your plans end up being, at the end of the day you will soon hear the booming of Fireworks.

If you do not already have plans to set off your own fireworks, here are some local locations where you can go to relax and watch someone else run after setting fire to the fuse.



  • Martin, Tenn.

    • Location: Parks & Recreation Complex
    • Entertainment: Neil Diamond tribute artist at 6 p.m.
    • Fireworks: Start at dusk

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  • Union City, Tenn.

    • Location: Discovery Park of America
      • DPA will have a $10 admission from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
      • Park grounds will be open for free after 5 p.m.
    • Entertainment: The local band Avonlea from 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.
    • Fireworks: Start at 9 p.m.

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  • Reelfoot Lake, Samburg / Tiptonville, Tenn. July 1, 2017

    • Location: Reelfoot Lake
    • Activities: For family fun, there will be bounce houses and yard games
    • Entertainment: Concert at 7 p.m.
    • Concessions: There will also be an opportunity to purchase food & drinks, and also beer & wine.
    • Fireworks: Start at 9 p.m. near the Tiptonville American Legion area

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  • Kenton, Tenn.

    • Location: Downtown Kenton
    • Activities: A 5K-Run at 8 a.m., a parade at 11 a.m. and a street dance at 6 p.m.
    • Fireworks: Start at 9 p.m. at the ball field

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  • Hickman, KY.

    • Location: Downtown Hickman
    • Entertainment: The band Stealin’ Tyme from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Concessions: A beer garden and BBQ from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.
    • Fireworks: From the Elvis J. Stahr Harbor at dusk


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Miss UT Martin on Track for Miss Tennessee

Newly crowned Miss University of Tennessee at Martin, Miss Brenna Wilkins, is on her way to compete for the Miss Tennessee 2017 title. Miss Wilkins is a Union City, Tenn. native where she resides with her family and works at the local family owned restaurant, Charlie T’s. Charlie T’s is not only a well-kept local secret of Union City natives, a great southern breakfast spot but Charlie T’s was originally owned by Miss Wilkins grandparents who made a huge impact on her life.

With the help of not only her grandparents but also her entire family, Miss Brenna Wilkins possesses all of the qualifications to be crowned not only Miss Tennessee but also Miss America. Miss Wilkins is a caring young lady with the platform of depression and suicide awareness. She is currently in her Junior year at The University of Tennessee at Martin and is studying for a degree in Social Work.

Miss Wilkins is in Group A for the Pageant and is also contestant number 1. She is a shoe-in to wow the judges with her beauty, voice and loving personality. Number 1 is sure to be her lucky number!

Event Line-Up:

  • There are three groups (A, B & C) made up of 12 contestants each
  • Each group has a different event on each night
  • Wednesday

    • Group A has the Talent event
    • Group B has the Swimsuit event
    • Group C has the Evening Wear event
  • Thursday

    • Group A has the Evening Wear event
    • Group B has the Talent event
    • Group C has the Swimsuit event
  • Friday

    • Group A has the Swimsuit event
    • Group B has the Evening Wear event
    • Group C has the Talent event

This weeks events will include:

  • Preliminary Nights (Wed. June 21 – Fri. June 23) of a Multi-Night Competition

    • 25 percent Private Interview
    • 05 percent On-Stage Question
    • 35 percent Talent
    • 25 percent Evening Wear
    • 15 percent Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit
  • Final Night (Sat. June 24) Scoring of a Multi-Night State Pageant:

    • 30 percent Composite
    • 30 percent Talent
    • 20 percent Evening Wear
    • 20 percent Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit
  • Final Night (Sat. June 24) Top Five Finalists:

    • The top five enter the final round of the competition with zero points. The judges will rank to contestants in the order they individually believe the contestants should finish on a final ballot.
      • First place vote is worth 10 points
      • Second place vote is worth five points
      • Third place vote is worth three points
      • Forth place vote is worth two points
      • Fifth place vote is worth one point

There are many requirements to be a Miss Tennessee contestant:

  • High school graduate, or equivalent by June 30 of the preceding year
  • Resident of Tennessee for the last six months
  • No younger than 17 at the time of the local competition
  • No older than 24 by December 31 of the year before she would be crowned Miss America
  • United States Citizen
  • Female that has never been married or pregnant
  • Registered as a full-time student within the franchise area of the pageant she wishes to enter for at least six months OR
    • Employed full-time (minimum 32 hours per week) within the franchise area of the pageant she wishes to enter,
    • Employed part-time (minimum 16 hours per week) and attend school part-time (minimum 6 hours per week) within the franchise area of the pageant she wishes to enter
    • For at least six months prior to local competition date.

To be a contestant in the Miss Tennessee Pageant one must possess the qualities and attributes of Miss America:

  • Roll Model who cares about her role and other women’s roles in society
  • Physically conscientious women with a confident and commanding presence
  • An ambassador and public relations representative of the Miss America Organization
  • Considered both talented and intelligent
  • An activist on issues she deems important
  • Independent and eloquent communicator with the courage of her convictions
  • Accomplished individual whose diversity represents a composite of the “Best of Modern Women”
  • A leader by virtue of her experiences
  • One who takes personal pride in physical fitness and health
  • Raise $100 donation for the Miss America and the CMN (Children’s Miracle Network)

If you are interested in watching the Miss Tennessee pageant but are not able to attend, you can watch live at or Channel 6 Jackson News. The pageant events start Wed. June 21 at 8:00 p.m. and run until Sat. June 24.