Friday, October 07, 2011

"Autumn in the Smokies Fall Festival!"
WHEN: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 28-30, 2011 - 5pm-10pm

WHERE: Adventure Island @ Rafting in the Smokies Outpost, Hartford, TN

COST: $3 per person (Please bring a canned food item or boxed food item to be donated to the Bread Basket)
Story-Telling by the Bonfire

Pumpkin Carving Contest (Bring your carved & decorated pumpkin)



Live Music

Zipline for $10 per person

****Costumes Are Welcome!****
For more information call 1-800-PRO-RAFT

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Music of the Mountains


Music of the Mountains
Heritage, Harps and Hymns
Presented by the Cocke County Partnership's Tourism Council

Sunday, April 10, 2011
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Smoky Mountains Visitors Center
On Cosby
(corner of Hwys. 321 and 32)

Admission -$4.00
200 tickets available at Chamber/Tourism office beginning  
Monday, March 28, 2011
At The Door

Featuring Cocke County's own -
Mountain Strings, Spirit of Smoky, Ransom Hall and Hall Friends and Family, Kay Keener-O'Neil, Beth James and Judy Bryant.

Presented by Cocke County Partnership's Tourism Council
Thanks to NEWPORT PAVING, Smoky Mountain Home Health and  Hospice,
National Bank of Tennessee, Smoky Mountain WordWorks,
Manes Funeral Home, Newport Federal Bank, & Baptist Hospital of Cocke County 

Call the Tourism office at 423-625-9675 for more information


Wednesday, January 05, 2011

MLK National Day of Service 2011

MLK National Day of Service 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
A Day On, Not A Day Off!

Currently seeking individuals non-profits, religious groups, business and civic leaders to organize community service projects as part of the MLK National Day of Service.
The goal is to have more than 100 projects performed throughout Cocke County.
Do what you already do, but do it on January 17.
For more information call Shedenna Dockery – 423-289-3107


Saturday, January 01, 2011

Cultivating Farm Revenue Conference

The sixth statewide conference for agritourism will be 2011 Agritourism Cultivating Farm Revenue held January 12th and 13th at Pickwick Landing State Park. The conference will include exciting educational sessions, opportunities for networking and the annual meeting of the Tennessee Agritourism Association.

Agritourism Conference details:
For questions about the agritourism conference, please contact:

Megan Bruch
for Profitable Agriculture
Phone: (931) 486-2777  (931) 486-2777

Pamela Bartholomew
Tennessee Department of Agriculture
Phone: (615) 837-5160     (615) 837-5160



Friday, November 05, 2010

The Sunnyside Trail Opens in East Tennessee

A new scenic byway is open to motorists who plan to visit the Great Smoky Mountains region of East Tennessee and would like to do some scenic driving and exploration. The Sunnyside Trail winds along Smoky Mountain back roads through lush Appalachian countryside. Jump-start your journey by outlet shopping in Sevierville, hometown to Dolly Parton. See the work of blacksmiths, carriage makers, potters, and glassblowers in Gatlinburg's Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. Stop at the Newport/ Cocke County Museum to view Appalachian and Native American artifacts and Carver's Applehouse Restaurant for lunch then check out the Briarwood Safari Park.

Just a few of the many other sights along the trail are the Trotter-water House, New Salem Church, Wonderworks and the Titanic Museum, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, the Foothills National Parkway, Holloway’s Country Home (quilts), the Valentine Sevier Home, the Doak House Museum.

For many more details as well as suggestions on lodging and dining, visit the Sunnyside Trail page of the Discover Tennessee Trails and Byways web site.


Thursday, August 05, 2010

First Civil War Trails Sign Location

The official location for the first marker sign on Cocke County's Civil War Trails was announced on Thursday, July 29th. One of two signs sponsored by the Parrottsville Ruritan Club will be placed on the lot where the late Charles and Aileen Cureton once operated a store in downtown Parrottsville.

The Cureton's daughters, Charlene and Barbara, volunteered to have the sign placed there within sight of where Peter Reece was hanged during the Civil War. The hanging occurred across the street and up the hill from where the sign will be located. The sign is expected to be erected in time for next year's sesquicentennial of the American Civil War.


Friday, March 12, 2010


This season, Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be undertaking a number of projects to improve Park roads and facilities that includes campground/picnic restrooms, trailheads, and a popular campground. Great Smoky Mountains National Park has benefitted tremendously from funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as well as previously-authorized Federal Lands Highway Program funds. As a consequence, the scheduled work will result in the temporary closure of several popular roads and delayed opening of some facilities. The Park’s website ( provides a map outlining the project areas and details the schedule of work and timetable for each project to help visitors better plan their visit.

[Click Here] for a snapshot of this year’s facility schedule in PDF format.