Eateries, Places

What’s Cookin’ at Copeland’s


Copeland’s of Kingston
A Taste of the Good Times in Life!

If you have not visited this restaurant…you’re going to want to put it on your list.

When Jeremy Copeland  decided to open his restaurant the goal was to have the most accurate rendition of America’s classics from coast to coast.  Jeremy’s mantra: “I always believe if you’re gonna do something, do it right.”  And, boy, he does it right in the kitchen!  The restaurant, located a mile off I-40 exit 352, is a throwback to a classic diner of the 50’s & 60‘s – complete with a juke box, nostalgic art decor, and gingham tablecloths.

You’ll find ‘ole fashioned favorites for breakfast, such as:

  • French Toast:  Grilled & Dusted with Powdered Sugar, Choice of Bacon, Sausage or Ham
  • Banana Pecan French Toast:  Topped with Pecans, Banana Slices & Carmel Sauce
  • 3 Egg Omelettes:  Choice of Grits or Hash Browns, Choice of Toast or Biscuit, Butter & Jelly

For lunch and dinner take your pick from a variety of burgers, salads, sandwiches, and hot dogs; the menu is endless.  Copeland’s burger creations are so unique and melt in your mouth delish.  I have to say my personal favorite is the baked potato burger (1/2lb Burger Covered with Cheese, Bacon & Fries, with Special Dressing).  The secret is in the that dressing – amazing!  They are known for their homeade chips, you’ll want to place an order for those.  I should also mention that every night they feature different specials – when I went a couple weeks ago it was ribeye and slow-cooked ribs!


Just do a quick scan of the menu to see all the yummy-ness Copeland’s has to offer. Whether you’re dining in or carrying out…Copeland’s is a Kingston favorite you’ll not want to miss. Follow them on Facebook for specials and loads of more up-to-date info. If you have a favorite dish, let me know in the comment section below!


A little known fact:  Uniformed officers always receive a 25% discount on their meal.  This includes on duty police, fire fighters and military personnel.

Hours of Operation:
(closed on Sunday)


  • Monday–Friday: 7:30am–11am
  • Saturday: 7:30am–12pm

Lunch & Dinner

  • Monday–Friday: 11am–8pm
  • Saturday: 11am–7pm

104 Martin Street
Kingston, TN 37763

Phone:  865-376-6766

Places, Watts Bar Lake

A Beautiful Weekend at WhiteStone Inn

My husband and I celebrated our two year anniversary enjoying the lovely, inviting, breath-taking views of WhiteStone Inn. Located on Watts Bar Lake and just 30 minutes from our home in Harriman, WhiteStone Inn is described as a “sanctuary for the soul” – and I can attest it is just that.

When you look on their website for directions, there’s a quote that I thinks sums it up quite nicely.
“Whitestone is sequestered from the outside world; it’s far enough into the country to shut out the distractions, but close enough that the journey is not a burden.” While it was a short driving distance, we felt as if we had escaped to a retreat of utter relaxation.  Our room was nicely decorated, comfortable, and the porch was a perfect spot to soak in the gorgeous sunrise.

The property, a 600-acre AAA 4-Diamond bed and breakfast, resembles a village, complete with farmhouse, cottage and southern lodging.  While we were there, Daniel and I canoed on the lake, played a competitive game of ping pong and cornhole, hiked one of the winding trails, enjoyed a carriage ride around the area, went fishing at the bass pond, and ate…very, very well.  The food at the Inn is delicious.  By the way, you don’t have to be an overnight guest to enjoy their dining – simply call up and make reservations for an evening of fine cuisine with beautiful views.  Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the AMAZING massage I had during my stay…hands down one of the best I’ve had.

There are a whole host of other activities there at the Inn, we’re wanting to go back to try the rest! Thanks to the WhiteStone staff for helping us celebrate our anniversary in comfort and class.


Whitestone Country Inn
1200 Paint Rock Rd, Kingston, TN 37763
phone: (865) 376-0113 or (888) 247-2464

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



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!