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Jena, Tennessee

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Introduction ...

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

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 Jena, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Jena and the surrounding area.

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Jena

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 Jena. 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 Jena.

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 Loudon County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

Sighting report for Loudon County

Since Jena is near Blount County and also Monroe County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Blount County

Sighting report for Monroe County

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Jena ...

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.

Big Springs   -   5 miles [8 km]<1> to the Northeast of Jena   [Map]

Centersville   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Clover Hill   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Fourmile Bridge (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Friendsville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Greenback   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]

Halls Ferry   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Little River (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Marble Hill   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Meadow   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]

Mint   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Mountainville (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Springview   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Union Grove   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]

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 Jena. 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 was buried at Lynnhurst Cemetery (Knox County, Tennessee) [Map].

Knoxville [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northeast of Jena

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Reggie Cobb<2>

Professional football. He was born in Spring City (Tennessee) on Wednesday March 20, 1963 and died in Maryville (Tennessee) on Saturday February 27, 2016 at the age of 52.

Spring City [Map] is located 39 miles [62.8 km] to the west of Jena

Maryville [Map] is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the northeast of Jena

Find-A-Grave Memorial: David Glenn Douglas

Musician. He was born in Tellico Plains (Tennessee) on Tueday September 27, 1927 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Saturday September 30, 2006 at the age of 79.

Tellico Plains [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the south of Jena

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Burkett Howard 'Uncle Josh' Graves

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 was buried at Cemetery of Spring Grove (Hamilton County, Ohio) [Map].

Knoxville [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northeast of Jena

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

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 was buried at Lynnhurst Cemetery (Knox County, Tennessee) [Map].

Knoxville [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northeast of Jena

Knoxville [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northeast of Jena

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Billy Meyer

Professional football. He was born in Townsend (Tennessee) on Tueday March 16, 1920 and died in Signal Hills (Tennessee) on Sunday September 16, 2007 at the age of 87. He was buried at Grandview Cemetery (Blount County, Tennessee) [Map].

Townsend [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the east of Jena

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Garrard Sliger 'Buster' Ramsey

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 was buried at Sawnee View Gardens (Forsyth County, Georgia) [Map].

Knoxville [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northeast of Jena

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

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 [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northeast of Jena

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

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 was buried at Edmondson Cemetery (Crittenden County, Arkansas) [Map].

Knoxville [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northeast of Jena

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John 'Big John' Tate

How Far From Jena 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 Jena to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Jena and extending to:

  • Loudon [Map], which is the Seat of Loudon County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Jena to Loudon, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Nashville [Map], which is the State Capital of Tennessee, lies 150 miles [241.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 450 miles [724.2 km] 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<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,341 miles [10,204.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,051 miles [11,347.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,927 miles [7,929.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Loudon County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Jena. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Loudon County:

The official website for State of Tennessee:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Jena) 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 Jena. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Jena

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Jena. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.6550, Longitude: -84.1556     [Map].
<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:
<3>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.
<4>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 Jena to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 312.178 degrees.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 307.86 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 308.713 degrees.






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