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Community News

  • Harriman Happenings: June 1

    Congratulations to A.J. Leverett, who graduated from Vanderbilt University on May 8.

    He received a degree in economics and business.

    He is the son of Bobby and Gloria “Penny” Leverett, grandson of Anthony and Jean Harkness and great-grandson of Ceola Lawrence.

    We wish the best in life for A.J.

    Gary Hickey from Charlotte N.C., came home to Rockwood to be with his mother, Carolyn Griffin, who celebrated her birthday earlier this month along with Herbert Griffin, who had a birthday on May 16.

  • Dancing With the AKAs coming June 13

    Several East Tennessee area dancers will showcase their talents when “Dancing with the AKAs” is presented on June 13.

    The event, from 7 to 10 p.m. in Knoxville Expo Center’s Grand Event Center Ballroom is a program of the Oak Ridge Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

    Proceeds will benefit Trinity Out-Reach Center of Hope, Knox Area Rescue Ministries and The Pat Summitt Foundation for Alzheimer’s research.

  • Tennessee Polk Salad Festival set in Harriman

    The Tennessee Polk Salad Festival will return to the David Webb Riverfront Park in Harriman on June 6.

    The regional arts, crafts and food festival, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is an annual event of the Arts Council of Roane County.

    “Art touches us all, and the festival will encourage feelings of creativity and self-expression for all as everyone is encouraged to express their creative talents through music, performance, literature and visual arts,” said Arts Council member Becky Brunton.

  • Milsaps retirement party set

    Harriman Public Library board, staff and patrons plan to honor Barbara Pelfrey Milsaps with a reception next week.

    The reception will begin at 6 p.m. June 4 in the library at 601 Walden St.

    Milsaps has retired from her longtime post as Harriman library director.

    She is being honored “for her 38 years of loving service to the library and the community,” said Tammie Edwards, Harriman library director.

    “Thank you, Barbara. We love you.”

  • ORUD treats Kingston city employees

    Oak Ridge Utility District treats Kingston city employees, including, from left, Firefighter Jay Settles, Police Investigator Keith Kile, Council Member Norm Sugarman and Water Department employee Jimmy Agee, to an annual “thank you” fish fry buffet.

    They were among 41 at the Kingston City Park pavilion who had a meal of fried fish, hushpuppies and cole slaw. \

    “We appreciate being part of the Kingston community and especially value the relationship we have with the city employees,” said Jeff Patterson, ORUD operations manager.

  • Sip coffee, climb with a ranger on the Obed June 6

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will have two programs on June 6.

    Join National Park Service rangers for a free cup of coffee and informational session at Lilly Bridge from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

    The Climb With a Ranger program will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning at Lilly Bridge.

    The park will provide all gear for rock climbing. Those participating should bring drinking water and sturdy footwear.

    The Climb with a Ranger program is an excellent introduction to rock climbing for individuals who have always wanted to try the activity.

  • Lifestar opening base in Rockwood

    The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Lifestar Aeromedical Services plans to open a base in Rockwood later in the summer.

    The facility will be at Rockwood Municipal Airport at 258 Rockwood Airport Drive.

    Last month, Lifestar reached an agreement with Air Evac EMS Inc. to assume responsibility for medical operations of Air Evac Lifeteam in Etowah.

    Lifestar also operates a facility in Sweetwater.

    The Rockwood base will be staffed by one of the teams from the Etowah/Sweetwater facilities.

  • AARP smart driver class set June 8-9

    An upcoming eight-hour AARP smart driver class in Roane County offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The class will be from 8 a.m. to noon June 8-9 in Harriman United Methodist Church at 601 Queen St.

    Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.

  • Moms-to-be get help with kicking the smoking habit

    The Roane County Health Department has staff trained and certified to offer a program to help pregnant women quit smoking and stay quit.

    “We know the harm tobacco use causes to the mother and unborn child,” said Laurie Adams, executive director of the Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program.

    “This program is research-based and proven to help pregnant women quit smoking and stay quit.”

    The program is based in Jamestown, N.Y.

  • Roane United Way tweaks community investment process

    Roane County United Way has completed its annual community investment process of awarding funds to organizations that provide services to improve the lives of Roane County citizens.

    Some changes were made to the application process and the focus when awarding candidates this year.

    In the past, United Way’s business model focused on the “direct impact” of the services being provided to improve the lives of individuals and families.