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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Blue Gem.

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Blue Gem, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Blue Gem and the surrounding area.

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Blue Gem

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track across the sky.

To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass the location for Blue Gem. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Blue Gem.

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Morgan County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

Sighting report for Morgan County

Since Blue Gem is near Roane County and also Anderson County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Roane County

Sighting report for Anderson County

Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:

The Waymark.com

Curious and Interesting Names Near Blue Gem ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Blair [Roane County] lies Less than 2 miles<1> to the east of Blue Gem

Link to Google Map centered on Blair

Coal Hill lies Less than 2 miles<1> to the west of Blue Gem

Link to Google Map centered on Coal Hill

Crookedfork was located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of Blue Gem

Link to Google Map centered on Crookedfork

Ethel [Roane County] was located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Blue Gem

Link to Google Map centered on Ethel

Gallagher Ferry [Roane County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of Blue Gem

Link to Google Map centered on Gallagher Ferry

Grove lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of Blue Gem

Link to Google Map centered on Grove

Jonesville [Roane County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the east of Blue Gem

Link to Google Map centered on Jonesville

Lake Shore [Roane County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Blue Gem

Link to Google Map centered on Lake Shore

Little Emory [Roane County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Blue Gem

Link to Google Map centered on Little Emory

Orchard View [Roane County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of Blue Gem

Link to Google Map centered on Orchard View

Sugar Grove [Roane County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Blue Gem

Link to Google Map centered on Sugar Grove

Union lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Blue Gem

Link to Google Map centered on Union

Walnut Hill [Roane County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Blue Gem

Link to Google Map centered on Walnut Hill

Wheat [Roane County] was located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Blue Gem

Link to Google Map centered on Wheat

Whetstone was located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Blue Gem

Link to Google Map centered on Whetstone

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Blue Gem. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Professional football. He was born in Knoxville (Tennessee) on Sunday July 7, 1968 and died in Jacksonville (Florida) on Saturday April 20, 2019 at the age of 50. He is buried at Lynnhurst Cemetery (Knox County, Tennessee).

Knoxville is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of Blue Gem

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Reggie Cobb<2>

Professional basketball. He was born in Knoxville (Tennessee) on Sunday April 28, 1940 and died in Cincinnati (Ohio) on Monday August 17, 2009 at the age of 69. He is buried at Cemetery of Spring Grove (Hamilton County, Ohio).

Knoxville is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of Blue Gem

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul 'Duke' Hogue, Sr.<2>

Major League Baseball. He was born in Knoxville (Tennessee) on Thursday January 14, 1892 and died in Knoxville (Tennessee) on Sunday March 31, 1957 at the age of 65. He is buried at Lynnhurst Cemetery (Knox County, Tennessee).

Knoxville is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of Blue Gem

Knoxville is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of Blue Gem

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Billy Meyer<2>

Comedian, actor. He was born in Cumming (Georgia) on Tueday August 10, 1926 and died in Knoxville (Tennessee) on Sunday November 13, 1983 at the age of 57. He is buried at Sawnee View Gardens (Forsyth County, Georgia).

Knoxville is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of Blue Gem

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alvin 'Junior' Samples, Jr.<2>

Musician. He was born in Knoxville (Tennessee) on Tueday February 7, 1928 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Sunday September 13, 1987 at the age of 59.

Knoxville is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of Blue Gem

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joe Earl Stuart, Jr.<2>

Professional boxer. He was born in Marion (Arkansas) on Saturday January 29, 1955 and died in Knoxville (Tennessee) on Thursday April 9, 1998 at the age of 43. He is buried at Edmondson Cemetery (Crittenden County, Arkansas).

Knoxville is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of Blue Gem

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John 'Big John' Tate<2>

How Far From Blue Gem to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Blue Gem to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<3> community of Blue Gem once stood, the straight-line distance beginning in Blue Gem and extending to:

  • Wartburg, which is the Seat of Morgan County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Blue Gem to Wartburg, with an average speed<4> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km]<1> per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km]<1> per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Nashville, which is the State Capital of Tennessee, lies 130 miles [209.2 km]<1> to the West (W). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km]<1> per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 453 miles [729 km]<1> to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of a day, a buggy would take 18 days and walking would take 26 days.
  • The shortest distance<5> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,337 miles [10,198.4 km]<1> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,049 miles [11,344.3 km]<1> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,925 miles [7,926 km]<1> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Tennessee

About Morgan County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Tennessee: https://www.tn.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Blue Gem) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Blue Gem. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Blue Gem

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blue Gem. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.9967, Longitude: -84.4536     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blue Gem have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<3>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Blue Gem, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<4>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<5>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Blue Gem to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 312.366 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.124 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 308.746 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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