Alliance, Events, Places

The Roane Alliance Office Gets a Makeover

Yesterday the Roane Alliance hosted an open house to unveil the new and improved office space. And, I have to say, it is so fresh and inviting! They are in the same spot as they have been for years, right off I-40 exit 352, but the inside got a facelift. The pictures pretty much say it all.

Thank you to the following Chamber members for making this renovation a reality: Cloth & Chair Interiors, CDI Services Inc., GLA Services, Garrett and Sons Flooring,Browder’s ACE Hardware & ACE Cabinet Center for hardware and paint, local photographers Eric Barger & Paul Mashburn for the artwork & the UPS Business Center for the canvas & printing.

For more before and after pics check out the Roane County Alliance Facebook page.

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Whether you’re a resident or just a visitor passing through, the Roane Alliance office is a place where you can find more information about Roane county sights and activities. It’s a one stop shop for everything Roane. I mean, just look at all the brochures…

Did you know that the Alliance has Roane SWAG for sale? Next time you’re driving by, stop in and take a look at the cute water bottles, stickers, and lake bags!


The Roane Alliance is Roane County’s economic development organization. It is an umbrella organization over both public and private organizations, including the Roane County Chamber of Commerce, the Roane County Industrial Development Board and the Roane County Visitors Bureau. For more information about the Alliance, click here.

Roane Alliance contact information:
865.376.2093 or 800.386.4686
1209 N. Kentucky Street, Kingston, TN 37763

In other Alliance news, the Roane County Chamber recently announced two new additions to its growing team.

August 15, 2014:  The Roane Alliance Expands Chamber of Commerce Program

Events, Places, Uncategorized

The world’s longest yard sale — close to home!

This past Sunday I was able to catch the tail end of the 127 Yard Sale. About a 30 minute drive west on the I-40 Interstate (now this will depend on where you are in Roane County) will put you in Crossville, TN and the famous Highway 127. Every year about this time, people from all over the place come and set-up shop. And, yes, it’s a yard sale that is 690 miles long and the route travels through 6 states; Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. Wowza!

If you haven’t been to the 127 yard sale, you need to experience it – especially since it’s so close to home. You can find all sorts of treasures! I picked up a few mason jars and a wrought iron basket. There are good eats along the route too: corn on the cob, BBQ, homemade fudge, ice cold lemonade, the list goes on. Make sure to wear comfy shoes and bring a book bag to carry all your purchases because you could hike up and down this road for miles…literally.

On our route Sunday, we also stopped in the Cumberland Mountain General Store. Full of antiques, delicious candies, and an ice cream parlor in the back! I could have looked around in there for hours. Such neat items.

World’s Longest Yard Sale


Dates:  August 6-9, 2015




Jammin’ on Watts Bar Lake

I have lived here most of my life – moved here when I was a baby, graduated from Harriman High School in ’82, and now choose to work and play here as an adult (well that’s debatable).  I did move away to attend UT in Knoxville and didn’t move home for several years – around 15 actually – but did finally realize how much I missed Watts Bar Lake (WBL).

Ok, my husband and I tried having a boat on Fort Loudon – but soon tired of being beat to death due to all the traffic – just not enough room for my taste.  Having enjoyed WBL with my family growing up I knew that was what we were missing, so we moved home.  I know I had the opportunity to live somewhere else and realize what a beautiful place Roane County is but I still am amazed to hear residents say “there’s just nothing to do here.”  Take one look at the event calendar at and I think you can clearly see there are lots to do – nearly something to do every weekend every month of the year.

Public Apology, Gizmo Jam 2014; photo from John Cox
Public Apology, Gizmo Jam 2014; photo from John Cox

During the summer there is live music played nearly every weekend, and much of it on the water at area marinas and restaurants.  But there was one live music show that was a must-see – Gizmo Jam.  A motorized or floating device is required as it was held in the middle of Watts Bar Lake – on Gizmo Island, between Grand Vista Bay subdivision and Thief Neck Island.

Band Tamper; Gizmo Jam 2014
Band Tamper; Gizmo Jam 2014

What a way to kick off the summer on WBL!  Held the Saturday of Memorial weekend, those of us lucky enough to have a way to get out there enjoyed a fabulous concert on a perfect sunny day.  The bands that made up the Gizmo Jam included Public Apology, The Band Temper, and Drivin’ Blind. Be sure and check out their Facebook Pages to see where they will be playing this weekend.

Be sure and ‘like’ the RCVB Facebook page to know what is happening each week.  In fact, don’t miss the Half Moon Music Festival on Sunday September 14, another great waterfront concert that can be enjoyed by land or by water.  Now in its 14th year, this festival is held in Ten Mile in the Blue Springs Cove (mm 545.3) from 1:30 – 5:30.

Half Moon Music Festival