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Backroads tourism dinner to remember Templeton

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Pamela Thompson, Consultant with the Templeton Foundation and Project Manager for the Winchester "Spirit on the Square" event, will serve as the speaker at the spring dinner for Tennessee's Backroads Heritage, which promotes tourism in seven Tennessee counties including Bedford.

The dinner will be held Thursday, June 14, at Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant in Monteagle. Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. with the silent auction beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The backroads dinner will serve as a preliminary event and unveiling for the upcoming "Spirit on the Square" event which will be a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Templeton Foundation. The Winchester event is set for Saturday, June 23, on the square.

Sir John Marks Templeton was born in Winchester on November 29, 1912. Templeton sought to answer life's big questions in the fields of finance and faith throughout his life and was named a Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II in 1987. A lifelong philanthropist, writer and investor, Templeton died July 8, 2008.

The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropist catalyst for discoveries relating to the big questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. The Foundation supports research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution and infinity to creativity, forgiveness, love and free will. It encourages civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers and theologians, and between such experts and the public at large, for the purposes of definitional clarity and new insights.

The event's silent auction serves as a fundraiser and allows the non-profit organization to obtain funds to further promote the tourism businesses of Tennessee's Backroads partners.

This event is open to the general public. Reservations are required -- cost $20 per person. Please call 615-613-5627 for additional information.

The Backroads Heritage group actively promotes tourism in the Southern Middle Tennessee area representing the communities between the I-65 and I-24 corridors. Tennessee's Backroads represents seven counties consisting of Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Lincoln, Marshall and Moore Counties and the Monteagle Mountain area and various members from neighboring communities.