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  • 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.”

  • Dawgs for the Dogs fundraiser Saturday

    Second Chance K-9 Rescue will have its 15th annual Dawgs for the Dogs fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 13 at Kingston City Park.

    A hot dog with toppings, chips, drink and dessert will be available for a $5 donation.

    Proceeds will go toward various Second Chance community projects.

    Second Chance assists low-income families and individuals who are unable to spay or neuter their pets.

    The rescue group also has a pet-food pantry for those who need assistance with feeding their pets.

  • Legislators asked to speak on amendments at picnic

    Roane County Republican Women’s annual picnic will be on Sept. 25 at Roane County Park shed 2 at 3515 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served starting at 5 p.m.; the Roane County Republican Women will provide desserts and side dishes.

    Cost is $7.50 per person.

    Republican legislators have been invited to speak on four amendments that will be on the Nov. 4 ballot. Information on the amendments will be provided.

    Call Judy Cooley at 466-8470 for details.

  • Sept. 11 ceremony planned in Rockwood

    Rockwood 2000 will have a Patriots Day ceremony from 9 to 10 a.m. Sept. 11 at Homecoming Park in downtown Rockwood.

    Military veterans, emergency personnel, community individuals and those who perished on Sept. 11, 2001, will be honored.

    The event will include a dedication of Memory Lane paver bricks at the park.

    The bricks were offered at a reduced cost during the summer.

  • Now’s your chance to be part of ‘Nutcracker’

    Arts in Motion will have auditions this weekend for the 2014 production of Roane County’s “The Nutcracker.”

    Auditions will be on Sept. 13 in Arts in Motion’s Kingston studio.

    The public is welcome to audition.

    Enrollment at Arts in Motion is not required to participate in the production.

    There is a $10 audition fee.

    Those interested in taking part in the party scene may drop by the studio at 1510 Roane State Hwy. to fill out a registration form from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 13.

  • Half Moon Music Festival keying up Sept. 14

    The Half-Moon Music Festival offers an afternoon of family-friendly entertainment on the shores of Watts Bar Lake in Ten Mile.

    This year’s festival will be on Sept. 14. Access is available via land or water.

    “It’s great seeing the boats line up every year,” said Wayne Tipps, festival organizer. “I also enjoy seeing all of our visitors on shore. We love hosting this event.”

  • Tenn. vs. Fla. blood drive competition set

    The week of Sept. 15-19 marks the ninth annual University of Tennessee vs. University of Florida blood drive competition

    Medic Regional Blood Center encourages all eligible donors and Vol fans to roll up their sleeves and give for the home team.

    “This friendly competition helps us increase our inventory and have fun with the football rivalry at the same time,” said Mike Prowell, Medic business development director.

    Medic will have a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 19 in Roane Medical Center’s Stowers Rotary Community Room.

  • Midway High throws reunion, birthday party

    Midway High School’s class of 1962 had a 52-year reunion last month.

    The classmates also celebrated their 70th birthdays during the event in Paint Rock Church’s fellowship hall.