In recognition of the commitment, perseverance, and milestones achieved by The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, the State of Tennessee, Lewis County, and the City of Hohenwald have declared October 2014 as Elephant Awareness Month.

Governor Bill Haslam, Lewis County Mayor Bill Webb, and Hohenwald City Mayor Johnny Clayton all signed official proclamations stating, “The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee continually sets and reaches goals to better the lives of all elephants worldwide.”

Photo by Glenda Atkinson, Lewis County Herald Photographer/Reporter

Calendar of Events
September 30

Hohenwald / Lewis County Proclamation Signings by City Mayor Johnny Clayton and County Mayor Bill Webb declaring October Elephant Awareness Month – Location Hohenwald City Hall at 11:00 a.m. 

October 10 – 11

Oktober Heritage Festival, Hohenwald, TN Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. All Events are FREE!

  • Outreach booth open behind The Elephant Sanctuary Welcome Center in City Parking Lot. Merchandise will be available to purchase inside Welcome Center.
  • Kids Corner Activities: Friday & Saturday – An activities table will be available for children visiting the Welcome Center to draw and display their elephant artwork on a Community Wall; Elephant tattoos.
  • Elephant Poster Art Project: Friday & Saturday – Lewis County Elementary School 2nd Grade Elephant Poster Art Project will be on exhibit from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Reception for Artists and their families from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon on Friday and Saturday. Open to the public.
Art exhibit will remain on display at the Welcome Center for the remainder of the month from the hours of 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily Thursdays and Fridays.
October 11
  • Billie’s Birthday 5K Fun Run: Saturday at 8:00 a.m.
  • “Last Chain on Billie: How One Elephant Escaped the Big Top Presentation: Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Welcome Center
  • Author Carol Bradley Discusses Last Chain On Billie at 2:00 p.m. at the Downtown Nashville Library
    Carol Bradley returns to Middle Tennessee to speak at the renowned Southern Festival of Books in downtown Nashville.The Festival is a huge, FREE annual event, featuring many talented and interesting authors from all genres.

    The critically-acclaimed non-fiction book Last Chain on Billie chronicles the experiences of our resident Asian elephant "Billie"—her difficult life in entertainment, and subsequent triumphant journey to Sanctuary. The book also explores the contemporary challenges facing zoos and circuses, as public scrutiny around conditions for captive elephants steadily increases.
October 17 Art For Elephants on Exhibition at Third Coast Clay in The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin, TN 37064; 615-599-2200 - 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Elephant inspired original artwork by local artists and area students will be for sale. A portion of the proceeds benefits The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.
October 21 Jodi Picoult Discusses Leaving Time at 6:15 p.m., Nashville Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music, Ingram Hall
In Leaving Time (available Oct. 14), the #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult tells the story of a 13-year-old girl’s search for her missing mother. The novel is set against the stunning backdrop of a fictional sanctuary whose elephants are based on those residing here at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Through her deep and fascinating research, Picoult opens readers to the breathtaking world of elephants and their behavior.

Picoult will be in Nashville to discuss Leaving Time as part of the Salon at 615 speaker series, co-hosted by the Nashville Public Library and Parnassus
Books. While the salon is a paid, ticketed event, admission includes a copy of the author's book and a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Elephant

Tickets can be purchased at the Salon at 615 website. Seating is limited; advance purchase is recommended as onsite tickets may no longer be available.