Events, Nature, Uncategorized, Watts Bar Lake

Storm the Fort & Take Home the Cannon

Ft Southwest Point cannon firingMost days are calm and quiet at Fort Southwest Point in Kingston. This reconstructed pioneer fort and museum overlooks the lake and preserves a serene part of Roane County history. However, there’s one day every year where people come to storm the fort. Sounds intense, right?

The Storm the Fort Half & Sprint Triathlon is held every August as athletes converge to see who can conquer this challenging course. This year, the competition will take place on August 20th and will feature the area’s fiercest triathletes.

As in the previous two years, Storm the Fort will offer both a half iron distance and a sprint option.  The sprint race consists of a wave point to point 600 meter swim, fairly flat (by East TN standards) 17 mile bike course, and an out and back “around the Fort” 4 mile run on the Kingston greenway.

One of the coolest features of this race is the coveted miniature cannons that are given as awards. Where else does your race begin with cannon fire and end with the opportunity to take home a mini version of such a cool memento?

If you’d like more information on the race, visit to register.

Events, Live Music

Hooray for Harriman

hooray for harrimanEveryone looks forward to Labor Day, but here in Roane County, we have an extra special reason to celebrate – Hooray for Harriman! This free family event takes place on Roane Street in Downtown Harriman each year. This year, we are celebrating Harriman’s 125th anniversary, and the festivities will be in full swing from 9am-4pm.

Fans of arts and crafts rejoice! At Hooray for Harriman, you’ll have the opportunity to talk with local crafters and purchase their wares. Interested in becoming a vendor? Click here for more information.

If you’re like us, you come to festivals for the food and music. Hooray for Harriman has the best of both! Barbecue, hot dogs, delicious desserts and ice cold drinks will be available all day long. Great local bands and gospel groups will perform throughout the day. Full bellies and tapping toes are a signature of this annual beloved event.

Lots of Children’s activities will be available for kids of all ages. This is definitely an event for the whole family. Grab your grandparents, parents, neighbors, friends, kids, grandkids, and anyone else you can think of! There’s something for everyone at Hooray for Harriman!

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Events, Live Music, Uncategorized

Baby Boomers Night Out

baby boomersEverybody needs a night out on occasion. Make plans to put on your dancing shoes and head to the Princess Theatre for Baby Boomers Night Out on Thursday, August 25 from 7pm-10pm. This star-studded evening will feature two legendary acts right here in our hometown!

Fans of 60s and 70s rock are sure to recognize the evening’s headliners. Dennis Tufano, original lead singer of The Buckinghams (“Kind of a Drag”, “Don’t You Care”, “Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song” and more) and drummer and original lead singer for Rare Earth ’69’-’75, Peter Rivera “(“Get Ready”, “I Know I’m Losing You”, “I Just Want To Celebrate” and more) will rock the house as you reminisce on your favorite memories.

Atlanta-based Stevie G and the Rockerz will open the show with their “highly energized, fun and extremely entertaining music.”

Go ahead and mark this down for date night on your calendars. Get there early so you can grab a treat at one of our bakeries or do some shopping downtown.

Visiting from out of town? Visit for hotel information.

Tickets are available online here.

Events, Live Music

Music and Melons by the Babahatchie Band

11017851_1003841433000268_3222823581874470699_nLooking for a fun and free way to enjoy live music this weekend? Head to Harriman this Sunday for “Music and Melons” – a free concert by the Babahatchie Community Band.

Babahatchie is a unique Native American name for the Emory River running through Harriman, meaning “babbling waters.” For 20 years or so, the band of that same name has performed for residents and visitors with popular classics, marches, brass band music, and show tunes.

Sunday’s concert will begin at 3:00pm at David Webb Riverfront Park in Harriman. Musical selections will include some well-known movie soundtracks so there’s sure to be something for everyone.

The Harriman Lions Club will be there slicing up sweet watermelon for all concert goers to enjoy. Don’t miss out on one of the most fun events of the summer! This is your last chance to hear the Babahatchie Community Band at the gazebo this year.

Interested in joining the band? They’re always happy to accept new members! The full group, usually about 30 members strong, was formed by Dr. Joseph (Joe) Williams and holds weekly rehearsals, which are open to the public and held in the Harriman High School band room most any Monday evening around 8 PM.

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Events, Live Music, Uncategorized

Cap Off the Summer at Harriman Cruisin’

Join us for Harriman's Cruisin'School is back in session, and it won’t be long before Labor Day is here. Help us give summer the send-off it deserves this Saturday, August 13  at one last Cruisin’ in downtown Harriman.  Cruisin’ is one of the few events where part of Roane Street is closed for an evening of family-friendly fun. Classic cars, hot rods and motorcycles line the street creating quite the nostalgic scene. Bands will be playing as friends gather together to celebrate what makes our county special. Admission to Cruisin’ Harriman is free, but food vendors will be on site with a variety of mouthwatering menus.

While the car show is quite impressive, the true crowd favorite has to be the abundance of games! There are lots of opportunities for the kids to play, but we encourage the young at heart to participate as well. Be careful – we’ve heard the corn hole tournament can be highly competitive!

Got a good looking car, truck or motorcycle you’d like to show off? Registration begins at the Princess Theatre.