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HARDTACK and HARD TIMES: Battle of Blountville Win Pinnacle Award.

May 9th, 2014 1:35 am by Ned Jilton

HARDTACK and HARD TIMES: Battle of Blountville Win Pinnacle Award.

Battle of Blountville wins Northeast Tennessee Tourism Pinnacle Award for Special Event 2013. Pictured: Captain Ric Dulaney, Committee Chairman, and Susan Whitaker, Director of TN Department of Tourism. Congratulations!

This past Wednesday, May 7, the 2014 Northeast Tennessee Pinnacle Awards were handed out in a ceremony at the Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City and among the winners was the 150th Anniversary Battle of Blountville with its Committee Chairman Ric Dulaney, Captain of Company B, 19th Tennessee Regiment, Civil War reenactors, accepting the award.

Organized by the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association, the Pinnacle Awards celebrate tourism's peak performers and are given to individuals, groups, businesses and organizations that significantly contribute to the region's economy through tourism promotion and development.

Chairman Dulaney and the Battle of Blountville won the Pinnacle Award for Special Event in 2013. The three day event drew large crowds to the Blountville/ Sullivan County area and is on tap again for this year.

The Birthplace of Country Music also won a Pinnacle Award for Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion and Kingsport CVB picked up a Pinnacle Award for the "AAU 5th Grade Girls Basketball National Championships" and a Merit Award in the Special Projects category for the "Fall Farm Tour". Sycamore Shoals' production of "Liberty!" won an Merit Award for Elizabethton/Carter County Tourism.

Congratulations to Capt. Dulaney and all those involved with the Battle of Blountville for the well deserved honor. Congratulations, also, to all the winners that have worked hard to promote the tourism industry in our area.

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