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HUDGINS: Record Store Day prompts new phone app

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Calling all music lovers: The Vinyl District has launched an app just in time for Record Store Day.

“It’s the first app specifically for fans of vinyl, and for folks who would like to support that fast vanishing breed – the brick & mortar independent record store,” Tim Broun, spokesman for the app.

“Besides having a feed from the website, The Vinyl District, the app features a geo-location record store finding tool which is also keyword searchable (helpful when planning a trip to a strange city).”

Currently, the app has stores listed in more than 20 countries and has been downloaded upwards of 16,000 times since it launched in late-March.

The app also features a calendar for record fairs in the US & UK, and a social aspect as well. Users can check-in to stores, leave comments about them, and discuss purchases.

“Our users have also not been shy about helping us source information about stores opening, closing, or moving,” Broun continues. “This has opened up an entire new platform for vinyl and music lovers to communicate and support what matters most to us in real time, all of the time, every day.

He even quoted NPR’s All Songs Considered  as saying, “the free app, created by contributors to a music blog of the same name, combines the Vinyl District’s collective knowledge with online databases and user submissions to find record stores around the country. For the user, a geo-location system offers a bird’s eye view of their neighborhood and points them in the direction of the closest place to buy CDs or vinyl.”

Visit thevinyldistrict.com to learn more about the app and to connect with others who appreciate music.

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Spring is finally here, and it’s time to pack away the coats, dust off the atlas and plan a road trip that gets you out of the house.

Want to immerse yourself in Civil War history? Tiptoe through a garden of tulips? Be amused at an offbeat attraction? Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Tennessee State Parks? You can do it all along Tennessee’s Trails and Byways.

Tennessee Farm Bureau’s Tennessee Home & Farm magazine partnered with the state’s Department of Tourism Development to present a guide to some of the best outdoor attractions along the Tennessee Trails and Byways routes.

Take a trip across the state for a variety of outdoor excitement, including Stones River Battlefield right here in Murfreesboro.

In nearby Franklin, Tenn., The Carter House, Carnton Plantation and Lotz House, along the Old Tennessee Trail, is a trio of restored homes that gives an up-close look at the gruesome battle fought during the Battle of Franklin in November 1864.

“Take a walk through history – literally – at Shiloh National Military Park in Shiloh along Tennessee’s Walking Tall Trail,” Tennessee Home & Farm magazine suggests in a press release from. “Also along the Walking Tall Trail is Ames Plantation in Grand Junction, Tenn. Home to the National Field Trial Championship for All-Age Bird Dogs, this 18,400-acre plantation is rich in 19th-century history, with rows of crops, a herd of horses and 700 head of Angus beef cattle.”

A must-stop along the Promised Land Trail is the Hermitage, the Greek Revival mansion that was home to Andrew Jackson for decades before and after his presidency. The grounds also feature gardens and trails located on 1,000 acres near Nashville. Or, take a walk along Tennessee’s wild side at Reelfoot Lake in Tiptonville, located along the Great River Road Trail.

Thrill seekers won’t be disappointed by the attractions along Tanasi Trail near Chattanooga.

Learn why Chattanooga was named the Best City Ever by Outside magazine as you soar above the beautiful landscape. Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding offers tandem hang gliding rides with certified instructors for a truly breathtaking experience.

For more Tennessee attractions and an interactive map, visit tnhomeandfarm.com.

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MTMC’s Mobile Health Unit and Saint Thomas Health’s “Our Mission in Motion” mobile mammography coach will offer health screenings and mammogram screenings at various times and locations in Rutherford County through the rest of the month.

Beginning at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Saint Thomas’ mobile mammography coach will be located at YMCA Murfreesboro for its grand reopening event to provide screening mammograms to women age 40 and older. Participants must meet the following criteria: not experiencing any breast problems (pain, lump, etc.); no personal history of breast cancer; not being followed by a physician for breast problems; not pregnant; and a year since last mammogram.

Additionally, mammogram participants are asked to notify health professionals of breast implants or any previous benign breast biopsy.

The day of the event, women receiving a mammogram screening are asked to wear a two-piece outfit, sleeves that can be rolled up and avoid using deodorant, perfume, powders or ointments that may interfere with the X-rays.

All health insurance plans are accepted at Saint Thomas Health’s “Our Mission in Motion” mobile mammography coach and financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and also as part of YMCA Murfreesboro’s grand reopening event, MTMC’s Mobile Health Unit will provide free blood pressure and glucose checks, as well as tours of the mobile unit.

The Mobile Health Unit is in service four days a week. For more information on the unit and free community events, please visit mtmc.org/mobileHealth.php. For more information on Our Mission in Motion, visit ourmissioninmotion.com.
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