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New luxury couples resort to be built in Unicoi County

Unicoi County could soon become a premier destination for those seeking romantic, luxury getaways.

The Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Unicoi County announced on Friday that Coffee Ridge in southern Unicoi County would soon be the site of a nearly $20 million all-inclusive, couples-only luxury cabin resort.

According to a press release from the board, the resort will “create cabins and amenities in a luxury atmosphere surrounded by the beautiful Appalachian mountains.” The release also says the resort will be the first of its kind in upper East Tennessee.

“Coffee Ridge will be an all-inclusive, couples-only resort, offering a high-end tailor-made experience for couples to connect with nature and ultimately each other,” said Coffee Ridge Resort owners David and Deborah Hatley. “Coffee Ridge will celebrate an ultra-modern design throughout the property while focusing on sustainability. We look forward to fostering growth in the area and showcasing our region’s beautiful characteristics.”

Tyler Engle, the executive director of the Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Unicoi County, said that groundbreaking on the resort is scheduled for January 2022, and the projected completion date of the resort is near the end of 2023.

“We’ve worked closely with the family who is bringing the resort here,” Engle said.

“We’re really excited to see their vision come to fruition, and we know that this is just another part of our economic development strategy to see a broad and growing economy.”


Get ready for the 16th annual Turkey Trot

Get ready for a Sweet 16 celebration unlike any other when the Turkey Trot 5K Road Race and Family Fun Run/Walk takes place on Thanksgiving Day.

Who: Competitive runners, casual runners, walkers, kids, strollers, wheelchairs, handcycles, and dogs. It’s an all-inclusive good time for participants of all ages and abilities.

What: The 16th Annual Turkey Trot.

Where: The event will start on Legion Street in Johnson City, near Memorial Park Community Center and progress through downtown and back to TVA Credit Union Ballpark.

When: Thursday, Nov. 25, at 8:30 a.m.

“We are so excited to be back downtown with thousands of friends and neighbors for the 16th annual Turkey Trot,” said Race Chairwoman Jenny Brock. “We want to show the world that we can resume normal activities in a safe way so in addition to a commemorative T-shirt, this year’s Trotters will receive a Sweet 16 Turkey Trot mask as well. We ask that everyone wear these when not running or walking.”

Charitable Giving

The Turkey Trot has allowed Up & At ’Em to donate more than $200,000 to organizations that promote health, wellness, and quality of life in our area. Up & At ’Em also awards a total of $3,500 to the top three schools with the most participants in two divisions, with $50,000 being given directly to area schools since the Turkey Trot began.

Sponsors To Date

Supporting this year’s Sweet 16 Turkey Trot are: Saladworks, WJHL Newschannel 11 and ABC Tri-Cities, Appalachian Animal Hospital, Chick-fil-A West Market Street, City of Johnson City, Dempsey’s Jewelers, Dr. Torrey J. Carlson & Associates, HomeTrust Bank, Katz Americas, TVA Credit Union Ballpark, and Zak’s.

Registration Information

Registration for the Turkey Trot is under way at www.jcturkeytrot.com and will close at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24. Fee is $25, which includes shirt, mask and medal. A special discount will be available for families of five or more (living in the same household) that register by Wednesday, Nov. 24. There will be no registrations the day of the event.

Packet pick-up and late registrations will be at Memorial Park Community Center from noon -8 p.m. Nov. 23 and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 24.

A wheelchair division will be offered again this year, and strollers are allowed. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are allowed to start at the back of the pack, and owners are asked to please pick up after their pets.

For more information about the 5K USATF-certified course, trophy categories, school awards and prizes, parking areas, and road closures please visit www.jcturkeytrot.com and like the Johnson City Turkey Trot 5K on Facebook.

Event management for the Turkey Trot is provided by The Goose Chase.