Historic buildings deserve our help

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By The Staff

Roane County is blessed with some wonderful historical treasures.

The old Roane County Courthouse in Kingston is high on the list, but so is the Temperance Building in Harriman, the Carnegie-built Harriman Public Library, which is nearly 100 years old, and the Southern Railroad Depot in Oliver Springs.

So far, caring people who understand the importance of these treasures — both for tourism and for the cultural heritage of the residents — have helped these structures survive.

It’s not easy to bring back and maintain old buildings like these.

It takes lots of money, and public funding is in short supply.

We hope residents will get involved in these efforts.

The Roane County Heritage Commission is holding its annual gala this month to help raise money for the old courthouse.

Tickets to the Sept. 27 event are $50, half of which is tax deductible, and will garner the buyer a fine evening of refreshment and entertainment.

If attending a gala is not your style, there are other ways to help. The Roane County Heritage Commission accepts cash donations.

Often what you give can help organizations like the Heritage Commission double their money, because they can use what they raise to garner matching grants from other agencies.

For more information, call the Heritage Commission office at 376-9211.