Willie Nelson Coming to Rocky Mount Sept. 6

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

willieROCKY MOUNT - Country music legend Willie Nelson will be in Rocky Mount September 6, performing at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 23 at 10 a.m.

General admission tickets are $162. Gold section tickets are $220. Standing room only tickets are $112.

Over his six-decade career, Nelson has recorded over 200 albums. 

For more information, go to or call the box office at 540-GUITARS. 


YMCA Offering CPR, First Aid Classes This Summer

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

ymca37ROCKY MOUNT - The Franklin County Family YMCA will be offering American Red Cross safety courses this summer. Among these are babysitter training and adult and pediatric CPR, First Aid, AED.

“It is so important for our community to have access to classes that teach the crucial lifesaving skills of CPR and first aid. We are especially excited to offer the babysitter training program,” says JT Boyd the program’s instructor.

In an emergency situation requiring CPR the person in need will most likely be someone you know. This could be your spouse, your child, your parents, or a friend. According to the American Heart Association 70% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in home and of that only 46% get the immediate help they need before EMS arrives.

Learning CPR is a critical safety skill that can save someone’s life, maybe even the life of a loved one. The babysitter training course is offered to kids 11 years old and up. They will learn essential techniques in child watching, including how to handle behavioral and emergency situations. They will gain the confidence they need to be exemplary babysitters. For more information call 540-489-9622.


Franklin County is host to Two Featured Concerts and Six Cultural Experiences during Celebration

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

Rocky Mount - The Franklin County Division of Tourism & Film is pleased to announce the availability of a program guide to The Crooked Road‘s Third Annual Mountains of Music Homecoming celebration. The 76-page guide can be picked up at seven convenient locations. These are free while supplies last.

The signature regional event will be held June 9-17, 2017.  This program is an exciting opportunity for the communities in the region to showcase and celebrate those community assets they are most proud of and want to share with visitors, such as traditional music, crafts, history, and outdoor recreation offerings. 

Franklin County will lead off the regional event by hosting the kick-off concert on Friday, June 9 featuring an international lineup of interpreters of ballads and traditional songs. The Harvester Performance Center will showcase bluegrass on June 13 with Lost & Found and the New Standard Bluegrass. Cultural Experiences in Franklin County include the Rocky Mount’s Third Annual Court Days…Making Music and Memories, “Picking on the Porch” and tours at the Jubal Early Homeplace, and four events, activities and events at the Blue Ridge Institute & Farm Museum.

As a gateway to the Crooked Road, Franklin County is the eastern anchor to this spectacular regional event. We are literally opening the front door for visitors to savor the flavor that is truly Franklin County and Southwest Virginia.

Program guides are available at the following locations: 

Blue Ridge Institute & Museum 

20 Museum Drive, Ferrum

(540) 365-4412

Boones Mill Town Hall

359 Boones Mill Rd, Boones Mill

(540) 334-5404