Community News & Press

We try our best to include the whole city experience here at Gray Line in everything we do. This community of Nashville is very important to us and we want everyone to be a part of it and its vision. Community service is one of the many ways to help support the community and to maintain the great environment of Nashville in its entirety.


Gray Line Tennessee To Add Seat Belts In School Buses

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Gray Line announced Monday it will install seat belts in school buses that serve public charter schools in Davidson County.

The company hopes to have more than 50 percent of its buses equipped with lap-shoulder belts by the start of the 2017-18 school year and 100 percent by the start of the 2018-19 year.

“Our concern for safety is always a top priority and Gray Line Tennessee works hard to develop a culture of safety throughout the entire organization,” said Chuck Abbott, president and CEO of Gray Line Tennessee.

“When it comes to school bus safety, many factors are involved but three stand out: driver performance, student behavior and safe equipment. We will work with our charter school customers on the development and implementation of the plan to roll out the newly equipped vehicles over the next 18 months,” Abbott continued.

Gray Line says each of their buses is already quipped with two camera systems to monitor driver performance and student behavior.

It also says it works in partnership with school administration to proactively identify and address behavior issues on the bus.

According to the press release, there are currently 35 federally mandated safety standards that apply to all school buses, though only six states have seatbelt requirements.

The decision comes nearly a month after six children were killed in a tragic school bus crash in Chattanooga. The driver was arrested and the company that owns the bus has announced major changes in safety.


Nashville Christmas Parade by Piedmont Gas Co.

Gray Line of Tennessee team had a blast the Nashville Christmas Parade on December 3! Gray Line had a total of 5 vehicles in the parade–3 Trolleys and 2 Double Deckers.

Featuring the Nashville Ballet with the Nutcracker Cast, News 2 Broadcast Team, Titan Cheerleaders, Blair School of Music and finally atop a double decker was Madame Tussauds’s first first wax figure, cousin Minnie Pearl, which will be featured in the new attraction opening in Nashville March 2017.

 


Fannie Battle Day Home:  Caroling for Kids

In the Winter of 1916, with less than one dollar in the treasury, and Christmas looming ahead, Fannie Battle Day Home was nearly forced to closed their doors forever.  Volunteers worked fervently with local musicians to create the first Caroling for Kids event.  Through their performances in theaters, hotels, schools, and door to door, they managed to raised $787 and their dedication enabled them to continue Miss Fannie’s mission.

Fannie Battle Day Home celebrates 125 years of service to East Nashville’s children.  Caroling for Kids continues to be a holiday tradition in the greater Nashville community.  Thanks to carolers, volunteers, sponsors (like Gray Line), and friends, they are able to provide top-notch care for at-risk children while their families work or attend school.

Learn more about the Fannie Battle Day Home


OPERATION STAND DOWN

Gray Line of Tennessee is excited to partner with Operation Stand Down (OSDTN) to help veterans find employment inside or outside our organization.

OSDTN provides a wide range of supportive services for Veterans and their families throughout Tennessee – all at no cost to them.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, our close partnership with the VA ensures veterans receive all the benefits and services to which they are entitled.

Learn more about OSDTN


THE CAREER EXPLORATION FAIR

The Career and Exploration Fair provides an avenue for high school freshman in Nashville schools to explore a breadth of career areas.  The majority of dropouts in high school occur between the freshman and sophomore year.  The goal of the Career and Exploration Fair is to raise awareness and excitement that will allow freshmen to talk with local professionals about their interests and see the relevance to their studies. 

The fair hosts approximately 7,000 freshmen from the Academies of Nashville, Magnets of Nashville, and charter high schools in Nashville.

Gray Line of Tennessee participates in this event as part of the Hospitality and Tourism Section.  We highlight careers that they can explore with us in tourism, operations, maintenance, sales, customer service, and more.  Gray Line believes in the power of education and in doing anything that we can as a company to encourage students to stay in school.  The Career Exploration Fair is a unique event that we are proud to participate in on a regular basis.


AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY: MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks are the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting communities with a shared determination to help free the world from the pain and suffering of breast cancer. Passionate walk participants raise critical funds that enable the American Cancer Society to fund innovative research; provide free, information and support to anyone touched by breast cancer; and help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.

Gray Line has provided the Survivor Trolley for this event since it began in Nashville.  The Survivor Trolley allows survivors or those who are in treatment or unable to walk the route to still participate in the event.  Gray Line’s trolley goes along the route with the walkers and the survivors ride along so that they can wave and celebrate with the crowd.  This is an event that we are very much proud to be a part of. 


UNITED WAY: STUFF THE BUS

Gray Line worked with Grand Avenue as a location partner for Stuff the Bus.  Metro Nashville Public Schools has 84,000 kids and about 75 percent of them are living at some level of poverty per Nashville Director of United Way, Erica Mitchell.  Stuff the Bus is designed to provide underprivileged students with school supplies. 

Gray Line of Tennessee and Grand Avenue participated in the Stuff the Bus Days of Action.  Hundreds of volunteers stuffed backpack after backpack full of donated school supplies to give to students so that they could begin the school year right.


CHRISTMAS 4 KIDS

For over twenty years, Christmas 4 Kids has given the joy of Christmas to thousands of Middle Tennessee children that might not otherwise experience it. Each December, local businesses, volunteers, celebrities, recording artists, and their bus drivers set aside two days from their busy schedules for these special children.  

Our Gray Line buses pick up over 400 children and bring them to a Christmas Party held in their honor. Santa and Mrs. Claus join the party, which provides lunch (donated by Garth Brooks), live music, dancing and a lot of fun!  After the party, the children get back on the buses for a parade, led by the Gray Line Trolley carrying Santa and Mrs. Claus, that stretches nearly five miles and features more than 70 Tour Buses, ending at Super Walmart in Hendersonville. Each child is met by his or her own chaperone, and they’re given $150.00 to buy anything they want. Plus, Christmas 4 Kids gives every child a brand new winter coat.  


5th AVENUE OF THE ARTS: FIRST SATURDAY ART CRAWL

The Downtown Nashville First Saturday Art Crawl is a monthly event that takes place the first Saturday of every month from 6pm to 9pm. This event is free and open to the public. Enjoy incredible art and sip on complimentary beverages (provided at most of the art galleries).

A majority of the art galleries are located along the “Avenue of the Arts” aka 5th Avenue with others scattered throughout Downtown Nashville. Gray Line provides free trolley shuttles for the event that run continuously from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.


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