ROCK ON — A group of spokesmen from across West Tennessee assembled in Jackson Monday to announce a collaboration of communities in bringing the first “International Rockabilly Festival Series” to West Tennessee. It is called “Riders and Rockabilly” and it is designed to stimulate tourism in the most rural part of the state. Four weekends of music, food and fun have been planned in Jackson, Ripley, Brownsville and Union City throughout July. Speakers at the event included (from left) Scott Conger, City of Jackson; Jenci Spradlin, executive director of Riders and Rockabilly LLC; Mayor William Rawls, City of Brownsville; Frankie McCord, executive director of Ripley Downtown Development Corporation; Susan Worlds, executive director of Lauderdale County Chamber and ECD; Mary Beth Hopper, executive director of the Southwest Tennessee Tourism Association; and Mary Nita Bondurant, marketing director for Discovery Park of America in Union City.

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