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By Carol Kamm at Grandview Realty

Real Estate Services in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe Counties.

So what is a Cowpea Festival?  The name sounds weird but it’s really another name for Crowder Peas or Black Eyed Peas.  Most don’t know that Charleston, TN was known as the pea capital of the United States.  It’s really wonderful that our community recognizes this as an authentic agri-heritage as well as a protein rich food which is a staple in the Southern diet.

The Cowpea Festival begins at 10:00 am with music entertainment, storytelling, games, air toys, and a marketplace of fine arts and crafts.  Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the activities throughout the day.  Some of the sponsors include Bush’s  Baked Beans, Whirlpool, Homestead Lawn and Tractor, Meagher and Meagher Furniture, Bradley Chamber of Commerce, Olin Chlor-Alkali, Ace Hardware, Blossman Gas, Cleveland Daily Banner, Fairfield Inn, Farm Bureau Insurance, Hampton Inn and others.

All proceeds will go towards advancing the Cherokee Heritage Museum in Charleston.  This is so incredible to have such wonderful history right at our back door.  Come and enjoy this festival with your friends and neighbors.

Buyers relocating to Bradley County, Cleveland, Charleston, and the Ocoee Region will appreciate the efforts from the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce in promoting our agri-heritage roots and community spirit.  Cleveland, TN offers so much for homeowners and prospective buyers of all types.


By Carol Kamm at Grandview Realty

Real Estate Services in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe Counties.

McCamy Lake

Many live near Polk County and have no idea of some of the hidden gems.

McCamy Lake Beach.  3170 Hwy 61, Benton – 423-338-3300. A seven-acre lake on top of scenic Chilhowee Mountain.  The swim area has a white sand beach, bathhouse, picnic tables, outdoor grills, and an easy hiking trail around the lake.  No motor boats are allowed.  This is a perfect day trip and just as much fun as a trip to the ocean. Children can bring their buckets, shovels and rafting floats.  Pack a picnic lunch or grill your supper.  It’s free entertainment except for a $3.00 parking fee, (unless you have an annual parking pass from the US Forestry Service).


The Mennonite Farm, Delano, Tennessee.  This is a refreshing step back in time.  A large selection of fruits, vegetables, homemade baked goods, rugs, furniture, and crafts.  It’s a wonderful place to observe how work is done without the use of electricity or gas-powered plows.  The landscape with green fields and beautiful horses is quite relaxing and picturesque.  The people are extremely friendly.  Please note they appreciate their customers to respect them by coming in modest clothing.


By Carol Kamm at Grandview Realty

Real Estate Services in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe Counties.

Interesting comments made in Edge Magazine regarding “Retirement Realignment”.

Every day, 100,000 Baby Boomers reach age 65.  Ramay Winchester, who heads Retire Tennessee, wants more of those to move to Tennessee.

“East Tennessee has the natural. four season beauty of the mountains and rivers with far lower taxes and cost-of-living than in most communities,” she says.

Believe it or not, seniors often change states when they retire.  While the recession has slowed some moving plans down in the past for Seniors, median home prices are up nearly a third for their recession lows and stock values double the 2009 trough.  Now Seniors are on the move again.

….East Tennessee is an attractive area for seniors interested in saving money and paying less in taxes.  “A couple moving from Chicago to Chattanooga for example, would pay, on average, 9 percent less for food, 20 percent less for gas and transportation, 11 percent less for utilities, and a whopping 33 percent less for housing according to cost-living data prepared by the Council of Community and Economic Research. But the biggest differences often come in taxes.  Tennessee has no income tax on wages and property taxes in many communities are only half what they are in many cities.”

Not only are taxes and cost-of-living a huge advantage but Chattanooga also has tremendous cultural, recreational, and volunteer activities for seniors and anyone moving to our city, says Linda Bennett, a former City Council member who heads Choose Chattanooga.  Tennessee offers certification programs to designate some communities as having the best natural and man-made amenities to serve retirees”.

Age 65 and older will rise from 13 percent today to 18 percent in 2030 as Boomers retire and live longer, according to the Pew Research Center.

Tennessee River in Chattanooga Tennessee

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I think anyone thinking of retiring should take a look at some of the Southeast Tennessee cities:  Chattanooga, Cleveland, Ocoee, Athens.  It will be a nice surprise.


sandhill cranesBy Carol Kamm at Grandview Realty

Real Estate Services in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe Counties.


Wondering what there is to do in the dreary months of winter?

The Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival, at the Hiwassee Refuge in Birchwood, is well worth the trip! January 19-20, 2014 from 8-5 pm each day.  The Hiwassee Refuge sits on almost 6,000 acres and is the ideal habitat for thousands of birds.  The event is sponsored by, the TN Wildlife Resource Agency, Olin-Chlor Alkali Products, TN Ornithological Society, and Birchwood Area Society Improvement Council.

So how did the Sandhill Cranes find this area?  Early in the 1990’s the Sandhill Cranes began stopping at this refuge on their way to winter in Georgia and Florida.  Some 12,000 birds will spend the entire winter here at the confluence of the Tennessee and Hiwassee Rivers.  Other birds that can be seen include the Endangered Whooping Cranes, Bald and Golden Eagles, and other native wildlife species.  Occasionally other crane species can be found from Asia and other parts of the world.

Fun activities during the event include Children’s Arts and Crafts booth at the Birchwood Community Center, Music by Nashville’s Don King and Friends, Bluegrass Music by Tom Morgan, Lynne Haas, and folk songs by Ron Branham.  The American Eagles Foundation will feature a Raptors Show.  Chris Simpson of TWRA Region biodiversity Coordinator will host a program on bats and Scott Somershoe, state Ornithologist, will give an update on the Golden Eagle population status on Saturday.

The nearby area is full of Cherokee Indian History and the nearby Cherokee Removal Memorial will host Native American performances and demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday.

My husband and I enjoyed this wonderful festival a few years ago and were fascinated with the Sandhill Cranes flying overhead. Their 6 foot wing span is incredible to watch.  Visitors come from all over the US and the world, and we have it right at our back door.

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By Carol Kamm at Grandview Realty

Real Estate Services in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe Counties.


Ever wonder why we can enjoy such beautiful colors in Autumn?  Leaves change colors because the green chlorophyll disappears from the leaves when cooler temperatures arrive.  These cooler temperatures and bright sunshine turn the plant’s glucose into a beautiful reddish color.  Thanks to Mother Nature, we have a burst of energy in our surroundings.

Fall is also the best time of year to fertilize, aerate, and seed lawns for lush spring colors.  Yes, enjoy the view but don’t put away the garden tools just yet.

Cleveland, Tennessee Apple Festival



By Carol Kamm at Grandview Realty

Real Estate Services in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe Counties.


Do you love apples too?  Come to the Cleveland Apple Festival, a family event in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Throughout the day there will be a craft show, live music, food booths, pony and hay rides, and many other children’s activities.

All proceeds go directly to benefit non-profit organizations in the Cleveland, Tennessee area.

Tickets are $4.00 for adults and $3.00 for children up to 12 years.

By Carol Kamm at Grandview Realty

Real Estate Services in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe Counties.

Mark your calendars, September 14th for the annual, Cowpea Festival in Charleston, TN.  This year’s photo contest will portray a regional rural theme depicting farm work, crops, old barns, farm equipment, buildings and machinery.  Sponsored by Homestead Lawn and Tractor Company, everyone will enjoy the Agri-Heritage Theme and good old fashion fun.

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