We plan and implement strategies for the controlled growth of Roane County’s economy as a unified voice representing the best Tennessee has to offer businesses, citizens and travelers.

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We bring growth-oriented businesses with strong fiscal discipline, infrastructure and workforce-ready people to East Tennessee.

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We attract travelers who seek unique heritage and the best outdoor recreational experiences to Roane County.

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We connect leaders and organizations for the benefit of local and regional business growth.

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We empower leaders, parents and students to invest in education, so they are better prepared to fulfill the workforce opportunities of Roane County’s future.

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We offer natural beauty, historic charm and low-cost living, distinguishing Roane County as one of the best retirement destinations in the nation.

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Adventure Tourism


Acres of Recreation
Acres of Water
Acres of Parks & Wildlife Areas
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Adventure Tourism

Roane County has four true seasons with mild temperatures, making it a year-round recreation paradise.  More than 700 miles of shoreline on Watts Bar Lake includes three different tributaries: the Clinch, Emory and Tennessee, navigable all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. With water,  bluffs and vistas on the plateau; the Black Oak Ridge Conservation Area and a large number of Wildlife Management Areas, Roane County is the perfect setting to support adventure tourism.

Quick Facts

Miles of Shoreline on Watts Bar Lake
State-certified adventure tourism districts allow tax incentives to generate business growth and job opportunities.
Conveniently located waterfront parks

Adventure Tourism Partners

Adventure Tourism Districts

Roane has several state-certified adventure tourism districts: the Rockwood waterfront; Roane County Park, Caney Creek and the Tamke-Allan Observatory; Riley Creek Campground; Kingston’s entire waterfront; and Harriman, including Riverfront Park to the site of the Tennessee Medieval Faire.

Water Sports

With 39,000 acres of fun, Watts Bar Lake is a spectacular location for boating, paddling and all types of water sports. Fishermen, from beginners to champions, love Watts Bar year round.

Wildlife Management Areas

Boating and wildlife viewing are ideal at Paint Rock Wildlife Management Area, adjacent to Watts Bar Lake.  Mount Roosevelt WMA offers 11,000 acres of hiking and wildlife viewing, especially at one of the highest overlooks in the Cumberlands.

One of the reasons retirement growth has been significant in the Roane County area is not only the lake and proximity but the entire quality of life our community has to offer.

Matt Caldwell


Join Us in Roane

Ready to move where it matters? Let us help you find the right location and resources to grow your business in Roane County, Tennessee.

Justin Snow

Justin Snow

Vice President of Economic Development
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Justin Snow

Justin Snow

Vice President of Economic Development
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