Safely Celebrate 2008
By TONYA SMITH-KING
Friday at the
of Fine Art
places in West Tennessee got
their New Year's Eve celebrations
off to an early start over the
weekend. But there are plenty
of activities remaining for
Friday, December 28th, the Dickson
Gallery of Fine Art in Jackson
hosted a "New Year's Eve,
Eve, Eve, Eve" celebration
with new artwork, champagne
toasts and live music.
Then, on Saturday, Big Kahuna's held a "Pre-New Year's Eve Party,"
complete with party favors, a balloon drop and champagne toasts. The
event was for those who aren't able to celebrate the New Year's tonight
for whatever reason, including having to work Tuesday, disc jockey Lee
Frazier said last week.
art on display
at the Dickson
Gallery of Fine
Art in downtown
Big Kahuna's will have its regular celebration tonight for a $20 per person cover charge.
"We have plenty of
security," Frazier said. "We're watching folks very carefully."
Designated drivers have to pay to get in but do get sodas and bottled water free, Frazier said.
places offering celebrations, such as Barley's, have made arrangements
to offer rides home to patrons who get a little too tipsy to drive. But
for nightclubs, restaurants and other venues that haven't made such
arrangements, Mann's Wrecker & Tire Service will be offering its
"Arrive Alive" program for the second year.
Those in the
Jackson-Madison County area needing a ride home may call 424-2173
between 9 p.m. today and 2 a.m. Tuesday. Mann's also will tow their
vehicles home at no cost, said Gary Mann, who owns the company with his
Mann's sons, Garrett and Grant, also work with the company, which has been in
business for 35 years. Almost everyone has been touched by a drunk-driving incident, Gary Mann said.
just thought that would be a good gesture if we could just for one
night get them home," he added. "Maybe, we could hold down on the