Drone in the Vineyards at Spout Spring Estates Winery

I’ve been busy this summer working on a website and marketing materials for the new Thunder Road Wine Trail.   It is scheduled to go live September 1, 2015.  It has been so much fun getting to visit the wineries and meet the winery owners on the trail.

Well, Tim Smythe, a resident in Sharps Chapel, TN, is starting a … [ Continue reading ... ]

Natural Tunnel State Park

Another pretty day, another road trip.  A friend, knowing that we had ventured out to visit The Wilderness Road State Park just across the TN border in VA, recommend that we go a few more miles down the road and visit Natural Tunnel State Park.  She would often take her grandchildren there and camp. (See Interactive Map)

We … [ Continue reading ... ]

Sgt Alvin C. York State Historic Site

We love to hop in the car on pretty days and take rides in the country.  It is always nice to have a destination and we remembered a friend of ours  telling us about the homestead of Sgt. Alvin C. York in Pall Mall, TN.  He had lent us the book and the movie, which we read and watched last … [ Continue reading ... ]

Job Well Done! Powell River Kayak & Canoe Regatta 2015

UPDATE:   The First Annual Powell River Kayak & Canoe Regatta included 49 boats, a total of 57 participants., and the invaluable assistance of 35 volunteers from the community.

Click here are the Final Race Results:  Final Results Composite


Minutes ago I watched the Kentucky Derby as I sat on the couch babying my sore muscles. The winner was American … [ Continue reading ... ]

Silence is Golden | Retreat at Well Being Conference Center

A few weekends ago, Jim and I attended a silent retreat at the Well Being Conference Center just 8 miles north of Tazewell, TN.

Yes, I said “silent”. We were not supposed to talk after 9:00 Friday evening until noon on Sunday, except for structured sharing sessions each day. We did it, for the most part, and learned a lot … [ Continue reading ... ]

Savings Program at Sharps Chapel Elementary School

citizens-bankI was at Sharps Chapel Elementary School again this morning reading to the kids during their library time.  As I was leaving, I said good-bye to a friendly woman sitting at a small child’s school desk in the main lobby.  But this time I decided to finally stop and find out more about who she was and what she was … [ Continue reading ... ]

Sharps Chapel Post Office – New Hours

Sharps Chapel Post Office

(new hours  effective 2/7/15):

Monday – Friday: 7:30 – 11 and
12 – 2:30 pm
NOTE: closed 11-12 for lunch)
Saturday: 7:30 am – 11:00 am

Times change even in Sharps Chapel, TN — literally.  Our post office has new hours, effective 2/7/15.

There have been some personnel changes also — Cheryl is no longer … [ Continue reading ... ]

Books Donated to Sharps Chapel Elementary School

Books Donated to Sharps Chapel Elementary School by FCE Sharps Chapel Chapter Books Donated to Sharps Chapel Elementary School by  Dewey Decimals Book Club from Sunset Bay Books Donated to Sharps Chapel Elementary School FCE Sharps Chapel Chapter Books Donated to Sharps Chapel Elementary SchoolI’ve never been more proud to be in a group (well, two groups) than I have the two here in Sharps Chapel — all because of an idea that someone had and the enthusiasm of others to pick it up and help make it happen.

The “someone” I am talking about is Debbie Brown — the founder of the Sunset … [ Continue reading ... ]

Mary Starr Cookbook – Search for Local Foodie History

Mary Starr CookbookThis is another story of serendipity where one interesting fact leads to a whole new adventure in pursuing local foodie history.  It all starts with a punch.

A few weeks ago I was offered some punch at a Holiday Home Tour in Old North Knoxville.  It was unusual in that it had Jell-O in it.  That’s when I first … [ Continue reading ... ]

Letters to Santa from Sharps Chapel, TN

Letters to SantaSometimes the littlest things brighten up your day.   Such was the case when I was out walking and saw this darling tiny mailbox filled to the max with letters to Santa.

I have it on very good authority that Santa did pay them a visit — 15 minutes ago to be exact.

Merry Christmas to everyone!… [ Continue reading ... ]

Mary Nicholas Johnson