Tina Turner Celebrated In Her Hometown

Erica Williams

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn- West Tennessee residents spent two days celebrating Tina Turner, the international superstar who was born and raised in Haywood County.

The Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville held the first annual Tina Turner Heritage Days this weekend to pay homage to the singer.

"It's a big tourism draw because she's a big superstar," Sonia Outlaw-Clark, Director of the Delta Heritage Center, said.

People from all over the world came out to participate in the Friday and Saturday events, including musicians from as close as Brownsville to as far as Norway.

"I went to see Tina Turner myself back in 1988, during her European tour," Knut Roppestad, a Norwegian musician said. "So I was happy to perform here."

And besides bringing more awareness to the county, organizers say the community event helped out in other ways.

"It's drawing international attention to Haywood County and that means more tax dollars," Outlaw-Clark said.

The Delta Heritage Center houses a year-round exhibit of Tina Turner and other local artists.


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