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Tents are going up along Highway 127 and early bird shoppers are already taking advantage of bargains and rare finds at “The World’s Longest Yard Sale”. Headquartered in Fentress County, TN, the 127 Yard Sale was established in 1987 and originally stretched from Covington, Kentucky to Chattanooga. Today the 127 Corridor Sale spans 690 miles from Hudson, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama. The official dates for the 127 Yard Sale are Thursday, August 6 through Sunday, August 9. However, motorists should anticipate increased traffic along the route in the coming days as vendors and tourists begin pouring into the area.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department is reminding you to keep your vehicles locked. The Sheriff’s Department posts on their Facebook page that threre are several reports of items being stolen from vehicles parked in residential driveways that were not locked during the last few days. All the vehicles were unlocked and no damage was done to any of the vehicles. You are encouraged to remove all valuables from your vehicle and lock your doors. As the Sheriff’s Department says, remember there are two kinds of auto burglars, window peepers and handle lifters. If you leave valuables in your vehicle it is an invitation to be a victim of crime.
The University of Tennessee announces the VOLeaders Academy, a dynamic partnership between the UT Center for Leadership and Service, the Center for Sport, Peace and Society and the Department of Athletics. The program is unlike any in the country, spanning the boundaries of three different areas of campus, from academics to student life and athletics. It partners athletics with two of the most unique and respected programs on campus for the development of the student-athletes. By using their platform in sport, student-athletes admitted into the VOLeaders Academy will learn how to positively impact their team, campus and local and global communities. The program aims to inspire student-athletes to find ways to use their passion of sport and their influence to enact positive change that transcends their athletic success.
The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development has announced the addition of Anderson, Carter, Sumner and Unicoi counties to Retire Tennessee, the state’s retiree recruitment marketing program, bringing the total number of active Retire Tennessee counties to 19. Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett said, “Tennessee has much to offer people making retirement decisions based on quality of life and cost-of-living. Our state has the lowest cost-of-living in the Southeast and second lowest in the nation, no state income tax and low property tax. Add to that, the state’s breathtaking scenic beauty and unparalleled hospitality, and it’s only natural Tennessee would rank high among the population relocating after retirement.” The four counties join Cumberland and 14 others as Retire Tennessee counties. Now in its ninth year, Retire Tennessee inspired more than 10,000 inquiries from potential retirees last year. Tennessee is one of only four states with retiree recruitment as a formal program and continues to gain momentum as a potential retirement destination for more than 78 million baby boomers.
Visit Knoxville announced 2015 would be the last year for Boomsday. Now a group has organized to start an online campaign to save the event which has been held for 28 years along the Tennessee River in Knoxville. Clint Miller started a Facebook page called, "Save Boomsday." He told Local 8 News, it already had people talking after being up for less than 24 hours. Miller also started a GoFundMe page for people to donate to the cause.
Boomsday is a yearly event in Downtown Knoxville that happens on Labor Day weekend. It ends with the nation's largest Labor Day weekend fireworks display. But the day comes with a $225,000 price tag. It's a cost that Visit Knoxville leaders say sponsors don't want to pay for, but some question if the announcement is a scare tactic to get more financial backing. "Unfortunately it's not," said Visit Knoxville President Kim Bumpas. "We've already been out there. We've been doing this event for 11 years now, and we've been on that footprint. We've been trying to find people to support the event." Bumpas called it a sign of the times - sponsors wanting a better handle on who their audience is. Miller hopes his Facebook page will get their attention and keep Boomsday around. "I think some of these decisions are made without really listening to the people, and if I can get enough response, they might say there's a lot of people really interested in it," said Miller.