Mark Your Calendars for Summer Fun at the SOAC, Provided by MTE and United Communications

Jun 08, 2023 at 07:21 pm by WGNS News

SMYRNA, TN - Middle Tennessee Electric (MTE) and its subsidiary, United Communications, are sponsoring several family-friendly events at the Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center (SOAC) throughout the summer:

  • May 20 – Sept. 3 | From Here to There exhibit: MTE is proud to sponsor this hands-on, interactive exhibit currently on display at the SOAC and running through Sept. 3. Children are encouraged to explore the exciting world of movement on land, sea and air through exhibit stations including a hovercraft chair, an interactive canal lock system, pneumatic air tubes, pulleys, levers and hydraulics. The From Here to There exhibit and a 40-minute climb time are included with SOAC admission.
  • Friday, June 9, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. | MTE Family Fun Night: Visit the SOAC to enjoy live music, free summer treats and a hands-on exhibit sponsored by MTE. Tour MTE’s new EnergyHub trailer to learn about energy-saving tips for appliances, interact with smart home devices, talk with an MTE Energy Pro and more. Additional food vendors will be on-site. This event is open to all ages.
  • Friday, July 14 | Kona Ice Day by United Communications: SOAC visitors can enjoy free Kona Ice provided by United Communications. Come to the SOAC Lawn to enjoy free shaved ice (2 p.m. to 4 p.m. only) and free fiber-splicing demonstrations sponsored by United Communications (from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.). The featured exhibit will be an additional charge of $3.00/person. All ages are welcome.

The SOAC is part of the Smyrna Parks and Recreation Department and is located at 100 Sam Ridley Parkway E. in Smyrna. The SOAC programmers specialize in developing and presenting a variety of environmental education, recreational and outreach programs for all ages.

The SOAC is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. SOAC admission is $7.00 per adult (ages 13-54), $4.00 (ages 55+) and $5.00 per child (ages 2-12); children younger than 2 are free. More information about admission is available at or by calling (615) 459-9710.
From Here to There was created by Sciencenter and Rochester Museum & Science Center with funding from the National Science Foundation.

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About Middle Tennessee Electric (MTE) - Founded in 1936, MTE is the largest electric cooperative in the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) region and the second largest in the United States, serving more than 750,000 Tennesseans via 325,000+ accounts covering nearly 2,200 square miles in 11 Middle Tennessee counties, primarily Rutherford, Cannon, Williamson and Wilson. Municipalities served include Murfreesboro, Franklin, Brentwood, Smyrna, La Vergne, Lebanon, and Mt. Juliet. MTE employs 520 people in seven local offices and its Murfreesboro corporate headquarters.

MTE’s subsidiary, United Communications, is a nationally recognized broadband company with a fiber network spanning more than 1,700 route miles providing high-speed internet and other services to portions of Williamson, Rutherford, Marshall, Bedford, Franklin, Wilson, and Davidson counties.   For more information, please visit

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