Rockwood event draws plenty of seniors

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By Kaitlin Keane





“I used to be 26,” someone shouts, as laughter follows.

“O -75….”

“That’s how old I am now,” is retorted from the other side of the room.

Rockwood Community Center has started a Senior Lunch and Bingo once a month, and it has exploded.

In partnership with Mid-East Community Action Agency, they have turned a low-key get-together into a sizeable gathering.

“We had 40 people today,” said Ellen Kimsey, community center office manager. “Our biggest yet.”

Six months ago, Shirley Eaton, senior nutrition coordinator for Roane and Loudon counties, and Kimsey decided to start the event, and it has been growing since.

“The elderly people love the bingo,” Eaton said. “They love that better than anything.”

It was started to give seniors something to to do.

“To get some out that normally wouldn’t,” Eaton explained.

Along with the potluck lunch Mid-East also provides transportation for those who need it.

They seem to have found the right even, and winners choose from a variety of small prizes.

“If we keep growing like we are, we are going to need a bigger room,” Kimsey said.

The next bingo is scheduled for Wednesday, March 19.

For more information call the Rockwood Community Center at 354-6967.