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Get back to school in style at Opry Mills. The newly reopened mall invites shoppers to participate in Tennessee’s tax-free holiday this weekend.

From Friday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 5, shoppers can enjoy a sales tax exemption, back-to-school expo and deeper discounts on select essentials including apparel, footwear, electronics, backpacks and more for the upcoming school year.

“With no sales tax on select items and extra special deals offered by our unmatched selection of retailers, Opry Mills is the smart destination for all of your back-to-school shopping,” spokeswoman Tarasina Schellner said. “Everyone in the family will benefit from Opry Mills’ unique brand of shopping with more stores, more brands, more savings and more fun.”

According to the National Retail Federation, nearly 50 percent of this year’s back-to-school shoppers will shop for sales more often, and nearly 40 percent will look to use coupons.

With more than 200 popular outlet and value retail stores, and an exclusive coupon book valued at $500 in savings from top retailers, Opry Mills touts itself as being the ideal destination for back-to-school shoppers looking for a bargain.

Lasting from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, the back-to-school expo will feature information on a variety of educational and extracurricular activities, plus family-friendly events, food and product samples and giveaways in the Entertainment Court.

Items qualifying for the tax exempt holiday including schools supplies, clothing and footwear selling for $100 or less per item and computers valued at $1,500 or less per item.

For additional information, visit www.oprymills.com, search Opry Mills on Facebook or call 615-514-1000.

Red Cross offers new license plate

The American Red Cross in Tennessee is now offering drivers the option to purchase a Red Cross license tag for $35.

“Over the years, many American Red Cross supporters have asked for it, and now it’s here!” says Joel Sullivan, CEO of American Red Cross - Tennessee Volunteer Region.

“We’re proud to announce that working in cooperation with our state officials, we have been able to make this request a reality.”

To purchase a license plate, supports may log on to America.redcross.org/tnlicenseplate and pay via credit card online.

As one of the nation’s leading humanitarian organizations, the mission of the American Red Cross is to provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies, according to a press release.

Red Cross supporters now have the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives and show pride in the organization by purchasing the American Red Cross Tennessee license plate.

Proceeds from each license plate will go to statewide disaster readiness, preparedness and response.

For additional information, call 615-250-4272.

MTMC reschedules healthy eating class

Middle Tennessee Medical Center’s Bariatric Services has rescheduled its Aug. 8 healthy cooking class for Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in The Meeting Room at MTMC.

The next two healthy cooking classes will focus on cooking during tailgating season and healthy holiday meals.

Both are open to the public and scheduled to take place inside The Meeting Room at MTMC.

Fall Sports and Tailgating is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 26, while Healthy Holiday Meals will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 15.

Led by Chef Bill Konyok with MTMC’s Food and Nutrition Department, the classes are designed to provide attendees with valuable information, accompanied by demonstrations and tastings, on how to cook healthy while still attaining a delicious meal.

For more information, or to reserve your spot in one of the classes, call 615-396-4965.
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August 02, 2012 at 5:33pm
I am happy to know that that Opry Mills is using this tax-free weekend for a good cause. Like the story said, more and more people are beginning to use coupons and look for sales, especially around this time. With the economy the way it is, people’s money is getting tighter and tighter. Everyone needs new clothes and school supplies when going back to school, and those costs can build up. School costs can get very high with only one child, and much more with those families who are having to supply multiple children. I still remember how fun it was to go buy all new “school clothes” and checking off all the supplies off my class list. When I was this age, I never realized that not everyone get to shop that way. Some people really need the extra help and tax-free weekend is the time to take advantage. It’s awesome that they are not only putting clothing, school supplies and footwear up for sale, but also making it a family-friendly event. Making school time a fun time is hard for children whose summer is ending. Having prize giveaways and food and product samples is just another fun way to get families together having some fun.
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