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Area Description

Welcome to an area of lush green foliage and gently rolling hills punctuated by steep bluffs. A land full of sweeping valleys, clean air, clear rivers and lakes, and hospitable people that enjoy life at a relaxed pace. Welcome to Roane County, Tennessee!

Whether you're looking for an affordable, leisurely vacation destination, a place to locate your business or industry, or a delightful, low-cost place to live - Roane County is just what you're looking for.
Roane County is conveniently located - just 20 minutes west of Knoxville, less than an hour from the Smoky Mountains, an hour north of Chattanooga, and 1 1/2 hours east of Nashville. Roane County is easily accessible with nine exits off of I-40 and minutes from I-75.
U.S. Rte 70 - "Broadway of America", U.S. Route 27, and Hwy 58 provide visitors access to about anywhere they would want to go in the county. But don't hesitate to get off the beaten path and experience everything Roane County has to offer.
Located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, Roane County has more lake miles than any other area in East Tennessee and enjoys more than 700 shoreline miles on beautiful Watts Bar Lake, one of the South's largest lakes covering 39,000 acres. With so much water, Roane County is not only a scenic place, but also a place with an exciting quality of life. An abundance of water recreation, world class fishing, lakeside resorts and restaurants, unique family festivals, roots bluegrass music - just imagine the possibilities.
With our convenient location and affordability, Roane County is well worth a visit.
On your way to the Smoky's or to Nashville? Then why not stop in for a quick visit - you never know, you may decide to stay.

Includes Cities/Towns: Harriman, Kingston, Oliver Springs, Rockwood.

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Watts Bar Lake offers so many recreational opportunities - world class fishing, skiing, sailing, paddle boarding, camping - or just relaxing in a quiet cove. There are 39,000 acres of water to enjoy. With an abundance of species such as bass, crappie, striper and more, fishing tournaments are held nearly every weekend March through October. Camping is available lakeside at Caney Creek RV Resort and Riley Creek Campground. There are restaurants where you can find live outdoor music most summer weekends, while there are several annual outdoor music events - Half Moon Music Festival in September and Gizmo Jam in May. There are so many nice parks on the water's edge - Roane County Park (our largest) with swimming area, splash pad, 18-hole disc golf and numerous covered pavilions; Kingston City Park - home to Smokin' the Water, our annual 4th of July Festival, with the largest covered pavilion and picnic area; Harriman Riverfront Park - home to the monthly Babahatchie Band concerts, along the Emory River; and more. Our largest boat launch is Tom Fuller Park in Rockwood but we have several across the county that will accommodate fishing tournaments. There are several outdoor rentals available - paddleboarding and outdoor gear through Emory River Outdoors in Kingston and pontoon boats through Blue Springs or Caney Creek Marina. During the summer Paddelboard Knoxville sets up (weather permitting) at Kingston City Park; while Tennessee Paddleboard can usually be found in the Caney Creek area.

Roane County is known for its recreation - whether you are looking for things to do on the lake, picnicking or walking in the park, splashing around, playing golf or disc-golf, or competing for prizes and money in a triathlon, bike race or fishing tournament. In Roane County it is all about getting outdoors and enjoying nature at its best!

Roane County is host to many sporting and recreational events throughout the year - fishing tournaments, baseball and softball, triathlon, bike races, and even horse shows and rodeos. Here are just a few of our annual events as well as a list of sporting facilities available for an event.

Roane County Park, located on Watts Bar Lake, features lots of fun family activities - splash pad, 18-hole disc golf course, 1.5 mile paved walking trail, tennis courts, fishing pier, covered picnic shelters, playgrounds, swimming area, canoes, baseball field, and more. There is also meeting room space available. Lakeside primitive camping spots also available. Open year round. Bus parking available. Pets allowed on Leash 9 am - 9 pm. Directions: Exit 350 (Midtown) on I-40. South on Pine Ridge Road to Hwy 70, turning right at light heading west on Hwy 70. Roane County Park is approx. 4 miles on the left.

Roane County boasts a rich musical heritage - particularly in roots bluegrass and gospel. Many local musicians have grown up playing instruments such as the mandolin, bass guitar, harmonica or fiddle. Friends and families have played together for years. In fact, it is not unusual to hear live Bluegrass music in unlikely locations - barber shops, parks, and the front porch of the Rocky Top General Store. All have been good spontaneous stages for local musicians just wanting to play. Since Tennessee has always been known for all types of music it is no wonder that Roane County has become known as the place for roots Bluegrass music.

The Top Secret Trail is a journey through some of East Tennessee's beautiful scenery and best-kept secrets. Roane County is part of this self-guided driving trail - part of the State's Discover Trails & Byways program. Brochures are available at the Tennessee Welcome Centers, as well as the Roane County Visitor's Bureau (Point of Interest #23 on the map) or at other points of interest on the trail. The trail is also available as a pdf online. Top Secret signs can be seen along the route - directing travelers to from one attraction to the next.

This trail takes you from Knoxville to the "Secret City" of Oak Ridge and its atomic mysteries to Harriman and Rugby, both built on the principles of their utopia-dreaming founders. Enjoy nine state parks, natural areas, hundreds of miles of scenic shoreline, town squares, general stores, local museums, arts and crafts, and more on this 465 mile route.

Cultural Activities

Roane County boasts a rich musical heritage - particularly in roots bluegrass and gospel. Many local musicians have grown up playing instruments such as the mandolin, bass guitar, harmonica or fiddle. Friends and families have played together for years. In fact, it is not unusual to hear live Bluegrass music in unlikely locations - barber shops, parks, and the front porch of the Rocky Top General Store. All have been good spontaneous stages for local musicians just wanting to play. Since Tennessee has always been known for all types of music it is no wonder that Roane County has become known as the place for roots Bluegrass music.

Bradbury Bluegrass Music Show
3rd Saturday night at 7 pm
$2 Admission
Bradbury Community Club
3343 Buttermilk Rd, Kingston
Come out for some toe-tappin' fun where a different band takes the stage every 30 minutes. Cloggers welcome!

Bradbury Bluegrass Jammin' Sessions
Every Tuesday night, 6 - 10 pm
$1 Admission
Bradbury Community Club
3343 Buttermilk Road, Kingston
Music is busting from every seam at the Bradbury on Tuesday nights. Musicians and groups are welcome to come and join in. Each room, including the outside provides a place to pick with your friends!

Friday Night Barn Dance
Every Friday night at 7pm
Rockwood Event Center
116 W. Rockwood St, Rockwood
(865) 285-9458

Bluegrass & Country Music
Every Friday night at 7 pm
American Legion Hall
624 Morgan Street, Harriman

Live Music Venues
When the weekend rolls around live music can be found at many of the local restaurants or special venues - many located on the water. Most of the marinas close for part of the winter season so be sure and call for exact time and schedule.

Crow's Nest at Blue Springs Marina
3952 River Road, Ten Mile
Full service restaurant and bar; occasional live music. Open Friday - Sunday only.

Caney Creek Marina
3745 Roane State Hwy, Harriman
Outdoor restaurant providing karaoke and live music some weekends during summer months.

Ladd Landing Listening Room
1100 Waterford Place, Kingston
The Ladd Landing Clubhouse comes alive most Friday nights (excluding summer months) with special guests such as Jason Eskridge, Sam Lewis, Blue Mother Tupelo, and more! Doors open at 7 pm and the music starts around 7:30 in this family-friendly place. $10 to get in + BYOB. Reservations usually not required but calling ahead is recommended as many times it is standing-room only.

RedBones on the River
316 W. Race Street, Kingston
Full-service restaurant and bar overlooking the Clinch River. Live music many weekends year-round, inside or out, weather permitting.

Special Music Events

Babahatchie Community Band provides free concerts during the summer months at Riverfront Park, including the popular Music & Melons Concert in August. The first Saturday in December the band sponsors the nationwide Merry Tuba Christmas at the Harriman High School auditorium - encouraging tuba and euponium players of all ages & levels to participate. For more information visit the Roane County Visitors Bureau events page.

Roane State Presents supports the performing and visual arts for students and patrons of Roane County through a series of plays, concerts, art exhibits and dance reviews. Performances are held primarily at either the Roane State Campus or the Princess Theatre.

Public transportation

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Medical Facilities

Roane Medical Center Harriman, TN
This state-of-the-art facility, completed in February 2013 and licensed for 54 private patient beds, is equipped with modern technologies and expert staff to provide you the best possible patient care. You can count on RMC to be a partner in caring for you and your family. RMC continues to grow its services, attract new physicians, and add advanced technology, all the while sharing its best practices within its health system, Knoxville-based Covenant Health. The results are advances in treatment times, quality outcomes and patient satisfaction. Roane Medical Center always strives to receive high overall patient satisfaction ratings, topping average scores for Tennessee and U.S. hospitals.

The Roane Medical Center offers quality medical, surgical and critical care, emergency services, rehabilitation support, diagnostic imaging and health education. In addition, it's expert staff provides specialized care in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, women's services, inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation and sleep services.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Roane County, Tennessee?

For those of you that retire in Roane County, you will enjoy warm summers, a cool fall, a cold winter and a temperate spring!

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 30's and highs in the upper 40's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 20's. Expect some rainy days in the winter.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Roane County such as a visit to a museum or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cool with averages in the upper 50's and highs in the low 70's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 40's. Expect a lot of rainy days in the Spring, great for a day of shopping in Roane County!

Summertime in Roane County is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are warm with averages in the mid 70's and highs in the upper 80's. Nights are mild with lows in the mid 60's. Expect some days above 90°. Humidity may feel uncomfortable. Expect a lot of rainy days in the Summer.

If you retire in Roane County, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the upper 50's and highs in the low 70's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 40's. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  27  37  47
 Feb  30  41  52
 Mar  37  49  61
 Apr  44  57  71
 May  54  66  78
 Jun  63  74  85
 Jul  67  78  88
 Aug  66  77  88
 Sep  59  70  82
 Oct  47  59  71
 Nov  37  49  60
 Dec  30  39  49

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  22  0
 Feb  0  17  0
 Mar  0  10  0
 Apr  0  2  0
 May  0  0  0
 Jun  6  0  0
 Jul  11  0  0
 Aug  10  0  0
 Sep  3  0  0
 Oct  0  2  0
 Nov  0  10  0
 Dec  0  20  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  5 "  10  29 %
 Feb  5 "  10  31 %
 Mar  5 "  11  36 %
 Apr  5 "  10  44 %
 May  5 "  11  55 %
 Jun  5 "  11  64 %
 Jul  5 "  12  68 %
 Aug  4 "  9  67 %
 Sep  4 "  8  61 %
 Oct  3 "  8  49 %
 Nov  5 "  9  39 %
 Dec  5 "  11  32 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  2 "  2  1
 Feb  1 "  1  1
 Mar  0 "  0  0
 Apr  0 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  0 "  0  0
 Dec  1 "  0  0

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Cost of Living for Roane County, TN

Roane County, Tennessee cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Roane County offers a wide range of housing for every budget. We offer low income over 55 rental housing, rental houses and apartments offering several price and square footage options. The county has houses ranging from the low 70's to upwards of a million. We have Townhouses and Condos, along with some very nice assisted living facilities. Roane County is well known for our lake property, which offers older established neighborhoods, rural country settings and gated communities.

Senior Assistance in Roane County, TN

Roane County, Tennessee offers the following assistance for seniors:

Silver Angels was established to be an alternative choice to nursing facilities providing long-term care for seniors or disabled adults.

Its services include in-home personal care, home delivered meals, personal emergency response systems, in-home respite (temporary relief for family caregiver), assistance with errands and shopping, medication reminders, prescription pick up, light housekeeping and more.

Silver Angles currently serve over 700 persons throughout Tennessee and we are accepting any new clients who are Veterans, have long term care insurance or would like to self pay for their services.
Silver Angels is a home care provider with a Mission to provide individuals with a home based choice in meeting their long term care needs. Our caregivers' provide compassionate care to assist persons with their daily activities in the comfort of their own home.

The Vision for Silver Angels is to have successfully contributed to the overall well being of the persons we've served by supporting them in their long term care needs.

The Mid-East Community Action Agency (MECAA) will partner with the community to strengthen individuals and families through social service programs to increase stability and/or self-sufficiency. MECAA believes in improving quality of life and creating healthy communities.
MECAA serves as the professional organization for the development and implementation of strategies in addressing the problems of poverty within Roane & Loudon Counties.
It is the general purpose of MECAA to identify problems of poverty and to seek the elimination of conditions of poverty as they affect people in the communities of Roane and Loudon Counties.
It shall further be the general purpose and functions of the agency to utilize and mobilize the resources of the community to implement programs that are designed to empowered those in need to rise out of poverty and take charge of their own destiny and become self sufficient.

Community Action changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Roane County Offer For Retirees?

Rockwood 2000 offers many volunteer opportunities within the scope of our Charter goals of Education, Historic Preservation, and Beautification. Opportunities to be involved are not limited to those three specific areas. Almost any skill or talent might qualify you to become a valued member.
Several Organizations throughout our County offer Volunteer opportunities for a variety of areas including education, clerical, fundraising, and event planning to name a few.
The Roane Alliance & Chamber of Commerece offer volunteer opportunities as well.

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