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Community News

  • Roane guardsman retires after 37 years’ service

    After more than 37 years of service, Staff Sgt. Thomas Greene retired from 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, (Tennessee Army National Guard) at the end of June.

    The Roane County native began his military career in October 1977, when he joined the old Company D in Oak Ridge as a ground surveillance radar operator.

    “I was 23 when I joined,” said Greene, who lives in Dyllis near Harriman with his wife, the former Sandi Bright of Loudon.

  • Budding pianists, vocalists perform

    Piano students of Nancy Skidmore and vocal students of Tommy Taylor recently performed in a recital in Kingston First Baptist Church.

    The students, with their teachers, are, front row from left, Levi Parish, Avery Parish, Savannah Turpin, Jacqueline Turpin; second row, Skidmore, Rebekah Sanders, Skye Clemmons, Toby Taylor, Declan Brewer, Tucker King; third row, Sophie King, Cynthia Roberts, Mary Beth Oliver; and back row, J.B. King, Emma Barnett, Jacob Mincke, Lauren Baggett, Rachael Baggett and Taylor.

  • Kentucky author to speak Thursday at Kingston Library

    Kentucky native and author Donald Curtis will speak during Thursday Night at the Library on July 31.

    The free program starts at 6 p.m. in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    Curtis is the author of “And Should We Die …” which tells the story of the Cane Creek Massacre.

    The incident is a little-known massacre of a Mormon congregation by members of the Ku Klux Klan in 1884 Lewis County.

    Curtis will have copies of his book on hand for purchase.

  • Ten from Roane to be presented at annual Teen Board dance in Sept.

    The Teen Board of Knoxville has invited 10 Roane Countians to be presented during the 54th annual Teen Board Presentation Dance on Sept. 27.

    Teens are presented during the annual black-tie event as a reward for completing hours of service to civic and welfare projects for charitable organizations in their community.

    Presentees include:

    HARRIMAN

    • Carly Brown, a student at Harriman High School. Her parents are Levie and Misty Brown.

  • Docs to rock for Free Clinic event

    Second Opinion, a group of Methodist Medical Center physicians and friends who perform classic rock, will provide music for dancing during the Aug. 16 Atomic Blast, the annual fundraiser for the Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge, which serves Roane County.

    The fundraiser will be from 5 to 10 p.m. in the parish life center of St. Mary’s Church at 327 Vermont Ave. It will include a catered dinner, Celebrity Dance Contest and live auction.

  • Sip coffee, climb with ranger at Obed

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will have two programs on Aug. 2.

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

    Depending on participant interests and ability levels, participants will travel to one of several different climbing areas around the park.

  • Well drilled in early 1900s along Obed River plugged

    An abandoned well drilled in the early 1900s on the banks of the Obed River has been plugged through a collaborative effort between Emory River Watershed Association, Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the National Park Service.

    The well was at Potter’s Ford in the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area.

    Project funding was obtained by the Emory River Watershed Association from the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Environmental Restoration and Enhancement Project Program.

  • Solar-powered house open to public at OR museum

    The Living Light Solar House, an ambassador for good design and energy efficiency while at the University of Tennessee, is now open to the public at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

    This newest exhibit was built by University of Tennessee students.

    UT donated the solar house to the Children’s Museum, where it arrived May 17.

    The new exhibit invites children and families to experience sustainability in an energy-efficient house recognized for its architectural design.

  • Animal-assisted therapy meeting set

    A free informational meeting for those interested in becoming volunteers with Human Animal Bond in Tennessee will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 5 in Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Loudon.

    Doors open at 5:30 for registration.

    HABIT is an animal-assisted therapy program. It is a non-profit group of volunteers working together to promote the bond between people and animals.

  • Powwow headed to Knoxville on Aug. 9

    With the theme, “The Warrior Tradition,” warriors past and present will be honored during the seventh annual Spirit of Nations Powwow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 9 at Chilhowee Park, Knoxville.

    Veterans and active-duty personnel will be admitted free. In addition to honoring military personnel of today, Robert Eldridge of Cherokee, N.C., will have a special display related to the Thomas Legion, a primarily Cherokee Confederate regiment that spent a considerable amount of time in East Tennessee.