Nature, Places

A Day in the Park

I spent a couple hours at the Roane County Park in Harriman park running, walking, and sitting on the bench watching the ducks in the water and the kids on the playgound. I love the park – the water, the walking trail, the swimming area and splash pad, the disc golf course, the wildlife, the grilling stations…it’s just so peaceful.

There are areas to fish and swim and shelters to have a picnic.  There are tennis and basketball courts.  There are so many activities to enjoy!

Before we all hibernate for the winter, I encourage you to take time out of your day to soak up the sunshine at the park. Beautiful!  Click here for more information.


Places, Shopping

Shopping Around Town: Part I

I have enjoyed wandering in some of the quaint shops around downtown Kingston recently. Though there are several more shops I plan to feature on the blog, I decided to start with these three as I was just in them this week.  So stay tuned for shopping Part II…

  • Smokey Mtn Mercantile  (Click here to like and follow them on Facebook!)

If you want to find antique gems in good condition at an affordable price, you’ll want to stop here. Regina Walker, the owner, has a fully stocked inventory and is always freshening the store with new items.  The store is closed on Saturdays until school starts back up, so she’ll be back to her normal Saturday hours very soon.  Lovely owner and a lovely store!

M-F  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sat  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

101 E Race St
Kingston, Tennessee

Phone:  865- 207-7010

  • Shabby White Owl  (Click here to like and follow them on Facebook!)

A couple steps down from the Mercantile is the Shabby White Owl boutique that opened up about 3-4 months ago.  Cutest monogrammed purses, bags, jewelry, beauty products.  Just a great selection of gifts and personalized goodies.  I also hear they are planning to open another room toward the rear of the shop to showcase furniture, home decor, and clothing lines.

M-F  10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sat  10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

105 E. Race Street
Kingston, TN

Phone:  865-603-9272

Owner:  Annette Leamon

  • Cloth and Chair Interiors  (Click here to like and follow them on Facebook!)

I can’t get enough of this store.  Located next to Food City in Kingston, this is your one stop shop for all things jewelry and home decor.  Stop by this boutique and you’ll see chic lamps, luxe candles, one of a kind jewelry, and gorgeous statement peices for your home.  Kari Openshaw, an East Tennessee Interior Designer, runs her studio within this cute little boutique.  So you can schedule an appointment with Kari or grab a quick gift!  Kari and her staff are super helpful, knowledgeable, and have an eye for design.

Tue – Sat  11:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

1000 Ladd Landing Way
Kingston, Tennessee
Phone:  865- 376-3114



Golf, Places

A Round of Golf at Southwest Point Golf Course

Whether you’re looking to just get 9 holes in or play a full round of 18, Southwest Point Golf Course in Kingston is a gorgeous course right on the river.  Not only is the course scenic and peaceful, the owner (Sydney Beard) and staff are friendly and helpful.  My husband, Daniel, played 9 holes with a cart (I was his driver) for $15 – so it’s quite affordable.  The fairways are wide and it makes for challenging plays, but not overly so.  Totally recommend visiting and playing this course!

2000 Decatur Hwy, Kingston, TN 37763
(865) 376-5282


Introducing a New Blogger…


Let me introduce you to Carrie Owens.  Carrie moved to Roane County recently and stopped in at The Roane Alliance – she wanted to get more involved.  And she has – she is a new member of the Roane Chamber of Commerce and is now a guest blogger for the Roane Visitors Bureau.  So welcome Carrie – and thank you!

While learning more about Roane County and enjoying what it has to offer, Carrie will be sharing her experiences on this blog.  As someone who has grown up and lived here most of my life, I find we take many things for granted.  It took moving away for me to realize that not every place was as beautiful or had a  lake like Watts Bar, and that there truly is “no place like Roane.”  I love hearing from others that they share my love of this place.

I hope everyone is as excited as I am to explore Roane County through Carrie’s eyes.

Pam May
Director of Marketing and Tourism
Roane County Alliance

Events, Golf, Nature

An Afternoon of Golf: Rockwood Golf and Country Club

A few weeks ago my husband and I soaked up some sunshine and played at the 9-hole Rockwood Golf and Country Club.

I had never played that particular course and, boy, was it hilly! Walk the course if you’re looking for a bit of a workout.  We went the golf cart route…

Rates are reasonable and affordable. For $13, Daniel got a round and a golf cart. If you’re walking the course it’s $7. It’s a fun and challenging course and I love the fact that it’s less than 10 minutes from our house.

Over the summer, we plan to play golf at other Roane county courses. So watch for future posts on Lakeside Golf Course and Southwest Point to name a couple. For more information on Roane county courses, click here.

For you golfers out there, Daniel added a bit more review….

Continue reading “An Afternoon of Golf: Rockwood Golf and Country Club”

Events, Live Music, Uncategorized, Watts Bar Lake

Smokin’ the Water July 4th Festival

July 4th is celebrated in a big way here in Roane County. What a fun weekend!

Smokin’ the Water July 4th Celebration

July 3 – 4
10 am – 10 pm
$2 Entry Fee (wrist band gets you in on 3rd & 4th)

This year this annual day-long waterfront festival was host to the APBA Pro Series National Championship boat races, as well as a classic car show, homemade raft race, live music all day, Kids Zone, craft vendors, Zero Gravity Jumping, Laser Tag, contests, great food and the largest 4th of July fireworks show in east Tennessee…and all on the banks of Watts Bar Lake!

Check out the cool video below created by Eric Barger featuring this year’s festivities. Be sure to experience the fun in 2015!