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  • Holidays perfect time for writing

    The Roane Writers Group has kicked off its annual student writing contest for the 2014-15 academic year.

    Open to all Roane County students in grades 4-12, the contest welcomes submissions in three categories: short story, poetry and essay.

    Entries will be accepted through March 6.

    The contest was conceived to encourage children to discover the joys of good writing and appreciate the difference it could make in their futures.

  • Harriman Happenings, Dec. 22

    The youth of St. Mary’s Baptist Church was in charge of the youth Christmas last Sunday during the 11 a.m. worship service.

    They gave a skit with the older youth, and the little ones gave their speeches by memory.

    All of the children were great. Their leaders were Missy Gallaher, Pearl Moore and Carolyn Clemmons.

    Minister Allen Hickman delivered the morning message. He spoke about giving my all to God.

    This was a good sermon.

    Afterward, we enjoyed our church family and friends for our Christmas dinner.

  • Health benefits for MST victims expanded

    By FREDDY GROVES

    King Features Syndicate

    Military sexual trauma ... like most things in the military, this also comes with its own acronym: MST.

    It can, apparently, happen to anyone.

    The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced expanded eligibility for health services for MST, this time moving to include Reservists and members of the National Guard in receiving mental-health services for sexual assault or harassment that happened during training.

  • RenFest training takes center stage

    Stage-fighting students at Pellissippi State Community College took their unique combat skills to the next level when they performed recently for the East Tennessee Renaissance Festival in Harriman.

    “Our stage-fighting course is unique in Tennessee,” said Charles R. Miller, the college’s theater program coordinator and a professor of liberal arts. “We have one of the top two-year theater programs in the country.”

    Students in the stage-fighting course learn the skills to perform mock combat for theatrical purposes.

  • RSCC recipient of almost $ 1 million in training grant

    Roane State Community College is among the key organizations across the state that has been awarded funding through the Labor Education Alignment Program.

    The program is a state effort focused on increasing opportunities for Tennesseans to obtain a certificate or degree beyond high school that is aligned with the needs of the workforce in their communities.

    Roane State was awarded $970,000 as part of the program.

  • Yager new to Dunn Center board

    State Sen. Ken Yager, left, is the newest member of the Michael Dunn Center board of directors.

    He is welcomed to the board by Michael Dunn Center President and CEO Mike McElhinney, center, and Jim Pinkerton, board chairman.

  • Obed on tap for program

    The unique Obed River gorge of the Cumberland Plateau will be discussed during a 6:15 p.m. Dec. 17 program in The United Church, The Chapel on the Hill, at 85 Kentucky Ave., Oak Ridge.

    Interpretive Ranger Veronica Greear will discuss the Obed Wild and Scenic River, notable for its biodiversity, supporting a diversity of ecosystems that are unique to this river system.

    Following the presentation, the Obed Wild and Scenic River’s Visitor Center film: The Obed: Find Yourself Here award winning short movie will be shown.

  • Harriman Happenings: Dec. 15

    Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Lillian Alberta Mitchell, who recently passed away at her home.

    She was married to the late Eugene Mitchell Jr.

    She was the mother of several children.

    There are 11 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

    She was a cousin to the Douglass family, and she was a good friend of mine.

    She also had a host of other relatives and friends. She was a faithful member of Foster Chapel Baptist Church.

    Pastor Joseph Tolbert officiated her service.

  • Roane State duo’s next undersea class Thursday

    The devastation of coral reefs will be the topic of the next episode of “Classroom Under the Sea,” an online lecture series hosted by two educators living underwater for more than two months.

    The live program starts at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4.

    Viewers can watch live at roanestate.edu/classroomunderthesea and on youtube.com/classroomunderthesea.

    Roane State Community College biology professor Bruce Cantrell and adjunct professor Jessica Fain are living and working in an underwater habitat for 73 days.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods next month.

    The distribution will be in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Harriman and Kingston residents will pick up their foods from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 4.

    The food pick up for Oliver Springs and Rockwood residents will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 5.

    Commodity food recipients should be certified.

    Those receiving the foods are advised to bring a bag in which to carry the food.