The event will take place at the Buffalo Valley Community Center

Putnam County – Jim Denny was born on a farm near Buffalo Valley in Putnam County in 1911 before moving to Nashville in 1922. Soon after, he took control of the Grand Old Opry’s bookings when the Opry was at the height of its popularity.

He fired Hank Williams and booked Elvis Presley, cementing his legacy at the Opry before moving on to other business interests. On March 27, Putnam County will honor Denny with a “Tennessee Music Pathways” marker Tuesday March 27.

The event will take place at the Buffalo Valley Community Center at 2717 Buffalo Valley School Road at 3:30 p.m. On hand will be Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter, Shan Stout, Cookeville-Putnam County Visitors Bureau, Ashley DeRossett, Tennessee Dept. of Tourist Development and family members of Jim Denny.

Launched by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development in 2018, Tennessee Music Pathways is an online planning guide that connects visitors to the state’s rich musical heritage at From the largest cities to the smallest communities, Tennessee Music Pathways stretches across all 95 counties and features hundreds of landmarks from the seven genres of music that call Tennessee home.

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Ron Moses is the managing editor of the Upper Cumberland Business Journal and can be reached via email. Send an email.

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