Worley’s 14th Tennessee River Run Will Host Wade Hayes, Lorrie Morgan, Tracy Lawrence and Others

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Darryl Worley's 14th Annual Tennessee River Run will host several fundraising events beginning July through October.

(l to r) Country music artists Darryl Worley, Tracy Lawrence, Lorrie Morgan and Wade Hayes will perform during the 14th Annual Tennessee River Run.

“There is new energy going into the planning of all the Tennessee River Run events this year,” said C. Seth Sumner, Savannah assistant city manager.

Darryl Worley’s Annual Tennessee River Run events will span July through October this year, as volunteers celebrate the 14th year of raising money for the Darryl Worley Foundation. Worley will host Wade Hayes, Lorrie Morgan and Tracy Lawrence in downtown Savannah for this year’s main concert Saturday, Oct. 3.

This year’s concert will have a second stage showcasing Alyson Greene, Bryan Moffitt, Kirstie Lovelady, Brassfield Aly and Dead Horse during set changes, so entertainment will be nonstop.

“There is new energy going into the planning of all the Tennessee River Run events this year,” said C. Seth Sumner, Savannah assistant city manager. “We hope to provide quality entertainment at reasonable prices, so families will come out and help raise money for the foundation to serve our neighbors in need.”

The TRR celebration includes the Darryl Worley and Friends Songwriters’ Event at Bumpus Harley-Davidson in Jackson July 28. Country music artists Mark Collie, Daryle Singletary and Jim “Moose” Brown will join Worley in the performance.

Events continue with TRR Boat Poker Run Saturday, Aug.15, at Pickwick Landing State Park. In September, a golf tournament, a bass tournament and a 5K run will lead up to the main events in Savannah Oct. 2 through Oct. 4.

Worley will perform with country artists Mark Narmore, Walt Aldridge, Wynn Varble and Jim “Moose” Brown on the lawn of the historic home of Savannah Mayor and Mrs. Bob Shutt Friday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m. This follows TRR Songwriters’ Events held in Murfreesboro and Jackson in July.

At 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, some downtown streets will be closed to traffic as set-up for the concerts begin on Main Street in Savannah. “The city will provide shuttles from parking areas to Main Street, making things more convenient. We want to have the day be open and as welcoming as possible with kids’ games available outside the gated area,” said Sumner. “We hope families will come out and enjoy the games and vendors.”

Worley will open the concert at 2:30 p.m. with a special set of songs. Country music artists Hayes, Morgan and Lawrence will follow Worley’s opening performance on the main stage. Tickets are $20 per person; entry is free for children 12 and younger.

Hayes’ first No. 1 hit was “Old Enough to Know Better” on the Billboard’s Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart. He co-wrote “Go Live Your Life” after surviving two cancer diagnoses.

Morgan has written and recorded more than 15 original songs and sold more than six million records. Her voice has made the songs “Five Minutes,” “Something In Red” and “Watch Me” standards in country music.

Lawrence is known for the hits “Time Marches On” and “Alibis.” He has had 22 songs on the top 10 Billboard charts and sold more than 13 million albums.

Known for his patriotism and support for U.S. troops, Worley has had 20 hit singles and six albums. A Hardin County native, Worley created the Tennessee River Run to raise funds to support area residents in need. Worley said the events bring great entertainment for the people of West Tennessee. “We have worked to refine it in ways that bring in even more for the charity, which is the bottom line,” he said.

The Darryl Worley Foundation serves nonprofits, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center. This year the foundation will help Hardin County Middle School implement The Leader in Me, a curriculum that encourages leadership skills in all students. The Foundation is currently working with area agencies to plan a wellness center to support drug and alcohol addicts and their families.

Event and ticket information is available darrylworleyfoundation.org, http://www.facebook.com/TennesseeRiverRun and http://www.tnriverrun.org.

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