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Community News

  • 2015 Relay for Life won’t be overnight

    Roane County’s Relay for Life organizers are getting ready for next spring’s big event with their yearly fall kickoff.

    Big changes are happening for the coming year, and they’ll be announced in more detail at the kickoff, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in Kingston United Methodist Church at 212 W. Church St., Kingston.

    The kickoff will include a chili supper and the awards for 2014 being handed out.

    One of the changes is moving the traditional overnight event to one during the day Saturday.

  • Frights on tap for annual Hauntings of Harriman tour

    Ghoulish tales centered around some of the notable homes and buildings in Harriman's elegant downtown return once again in time for the Halloween season.

    Hauntings of Historic Harriman is set this year for Oct. 3-4.

    Tours leave from Walden Street in front of the Harriman Public Library beginning at 8:30 p.m. and leaving every 15 minutes.

    The last tour will be 11 p.m. on Friday and at 10 p.m. Saturday.

    Tickets are $10 and available at Rocky Top General Store, Red Door Antiquities in Harriman and at the gate at the tour.

  • Library Foundation, Choral Society receive state arts grants

    Kingston Library Foundation and Roane Choral Society are among the 26 East Tennessee recipients of Tennessee’s Arts Build Communities grants.

    The Library Foundation is receiving money for the 2014 Roane County Student Writers Anthology, an annual publication of student works determined through a contest of Roane Writers Group.

    Roane Choral Society’s “A Child Again at Christmas” concert is the beneficiary of the funds.

  • Family fun planned at Bethel fall festival

    Family-oriented fun for all ages is on tap at Bethel Presbyterian Church’s annual fall festival.

    This year’s festival will be on Sept. 20, with breakfast, marketplace, live entertainment, children’s activities, café and fried pies.

    All proceeds from this year’s festival will benefit the Michael Dunn Center, Mid-East Community Action Agency’s senior nutrition program and Second Harvest Food Bank’s backpack program.

    The church is at 203 S. Kentucky St., Kingston.

  • The Garden Gate: Wreaths are reminders of never-ending circle

    The circle is an ancient symbol for eternity.

    A circle has no beginning — and no end. Wreaths and wedding rings express this symbol.

    Pliny wrote a book, “Natural History” in ancient times. From that, we learn the many market gardens of Athens supplied the city with flowers, vegetables and wreaths.

    The flowers were raised mainly for garland and wreath makers. They formed a distinct trade.

    Wreaths were an important part of every festive occasion in ancient times. They were used to adorn statues and altars.

  • Alexander Inn to receive special honor

    Oak Ridge’s Guest House/Alexander Inn is the recipient of the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association’s 2014 Historic Preservation Award.

    The group will present the award to Rick Dover of Family Pride Corp., owner of the Alexander Inn, during a special ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the building’s entrance.

    “We’re going to faithfully restore this building to its original look, from the soda-fountain bar in the lobby to the beautiful wide porch out front,” Dover said.

  • Nominations sought for state arts awards

    The Tennessee Arts Commission is accepting nominations for the 2015 Governor’s Arts Awards.

    The awards are Tennessee’s highest honor in the arts. They recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to cultural life.

    “The awards provide an opportunity to recognize the state’s rich cultural heritage, and reward creative excellence in the arts,” said Anne Pope, executive director of the Tennessee Arts Commission.

  • Tennessee first lady to be in Roane on Sept. 19

    Tennessee first lady Crissy Haslam will be in Roane County next week as part of The

    Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Tour.

    Haslam will be with the tour during its stop for Roane Imagination Library from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 at Pinnacle Pointe shopping center on Hwy. 70, Harriman.

    Roane Imagination Library  will honor corporate sponsors Pro2Serve and MCLinc during the tour stop.

  • October Sky Fest one for the books

    Oliver Springs will be the cultural hub of the area during its October Sky Festival on Oct. 18 at Arrowhead Park.

    Arts, crafts and all sorts of creativity will be center stage during the festival. The Roane County Arts Council will have a double booth. While all area artists and crafters are encouraged to book their own spaces, they are welcome to join the Arts Council’s booth. Email artscouncilofroanecounty@gmail.com to place works at the group’s booth.

    Exposure for more musically inclined members is also encouraged.

  • Pet adoptions, more for appreciation week

    Pet Appreciation Week is Sept. 17-21, and a number of pets will be available for adoption on Sept. 20 in an event at Tractor Supply Co., Rockwood.

    The adoptions are part of the company’s partnership with Petfinder.

    “Our team loves animals big and small, and our dogs and cats are members of the family,” said Susan Brown, manager of Rockwood Tractor Supply store.

    “Pet Appreciation Week gives us the opportunity to highlight the work being done by our community partners and introduce more families to the fun of owning a pet.”