In partnership with Gov. Bill Lee and the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development developed a relief program to directly support tourism through the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund. To aid the industry’s recovery, Tourist Development received $25 million in CARES Act funding to promote safety and inspire responsible travel. $15 million in grants were designated for Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) in all 95 counties. Additional funding will support Tennessee State Parks and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

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A Nashville-based singer/songwriter known for his rich voice and literate folk-based material, Drew Holcomb jumped from promising solo act to successful bandleader when he formed Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors in the late-2000s. Along with his wife, fellow singer/songwriter Ellie Holcomb, Drew and his group established themselves as a passionate and popular Americana act, finding chart success with albums like 2013’s Good Light, 2015’s Medicine, and 2019’s Dragons. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Holcomb grew up listening to his father’s collection of classic singer/songwriter albums of the 70s – including titles by Bob Dylan, Carole King, and James Taylor – and he gravitated toward their musical influence. Holcomb’s interest in music grew as he attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. After marrying Ellie Holcomb, the couple settled in Nashville where they currently reside with their three children Emmylou (7), Huck (5), and Rivers (2). In addition to his successful recording and touring career, Holcomb is the founder of Chattanooga’s Moon River Music Festival, held annually in Coolidge Park as well as Magnolia Record Club, A Vinyl Record Subscription Service. Most recently, Holcomb has partnered with others including Peyton Manning, Andy Roddick and Jim Nance for the release of a new top-shelf whiskey, Sweeten’s Cove. Holcomb’s music has been featured in over 75 TV shows and national ads, including Nashville, Pretty Little Liars, How I Met Your Mother, and Parenthood. The band’s work has been featured by NPR, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, and more. 

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