Ready or not, here it comes! It is August, and that means an onslaught of activities, such as tax free weekend, back to school, election day, the 127 Yard Sale, football and the fair, are all rolling into Cumberland County over the next few weeks.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. this morning, all Tennessee retailers began selling back-to-school supplies and clothing tax free. Clothing and school supplies less than $100 and computers less than $1,500 will be tax free. This annual event will run until Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. If you are planning on shopping for your student or students, you may experience heavy traffic and long wait lines, so allow plenty of extra time.

The 2014-'15 Cumberland County academic year begins next Monday for teachers with a county wide in-service at Stone Memorial High School and Wednesday for students with a 10 a.m. dismissal time. Student’s first full day of school is Friday, Aug. 8. Tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 2, the Linary Church of Christ will host its annual school supply giveaway. The supplies will be distributed between 8 a.m. and noon at the church building on 1244 Old Hwy. 28. This is for families that need additional assistance with school supplies. If you need more information about the giveaway, call the church at 484-5961 or visit the website at

Early voting for the August county general and November state primary ends tomorrow at noon at the election commission office on Main St. Election day is Thursday, Aug. 7. So if you had rather vote at the polls, you will have to wait a few more days to pull the lever for your favorite candidates.

Antiques, food, toys, you name it, can all be found at the Hwy. 127 Yard Sale that meanders through 10 states and attracts shoppers from all over the country to Cumberland and other counties in Tennessee along the corridor. The “world’s longest yard sale” is 690 miles long, starting from five miles north of Addison, MI, to Gadsden, AL. It officially starts next Thursday, Aug. 7, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 10. Traffic along the routes is often very heavy and very slow. If you are traveling along 127 any of those days make sure to allow extra time as many motorists drive through Cumberland County and make quick, frequent stops.

One of the most wonderful times of the year, football season is just around the corner, with high schools, colleges and the pros all set to hit the gridiron in August. The Cumberland County High School Jets and Coach Ted McCaslin will be on the road for their season opener. The Jets will travel to Bledsoe County on Friday, Aug. 22. The Jets’ first home game will be Friday, Aug. 29, when they will host Scott County. The Stone Memorial Panthers, coached by Mark Wattenbarger, will also be on the road for their season opener Aug.22, when they travel to Livingston. The two local teams will square off against each other on Friday, Sept. 5, at SMHS.

The University of Tennessee Vols will open the 2014 season on a Sunday night rather than the traditional Saturday. The Vols and organizers of the Knoxville based “Boomsday” are trading event days. Therefore, the Vols will host its season opener against Utah State on Sunday evening, while Boomsday — the mega fireworks show associated with Labor Day — will take place on Saturday.

University of Tennessee Head Coach Butch Jones told the Vol Network, “It will be an exciting weekend for our city and state with Boomsday on Saturday and the season opener on Sunday. The atmosphere and energy in Knoxville will be unrivaled.”

The Vols will kick off at 7 p.m. EST or 6 p.m. central Sunday, Aug. 31.

Last, but certainly not least, is the annual Cumberland County Fair. This year’s theme is “A Century of Farms: Their Past, Our Present, Your Future.” Fair activities will begin Thursday, Aug. 21, with entry registration and end Sunday, Aug. 31, with removal of exhibits. Watch the Chronicle for more fair information the next few weeks.

One thing I failed to mention about August is it’s the month Discovery Channel chooses to celebrate Shark Week. Don’t tell anyone this please, but I love Shark Week.


Nearby Fall Creek Falls State Park was mentioned in a nationwide magazine as a great getaway. Fall Creek and its new zip line earned a paragraph in the August issue of “Marie Claire.”