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Community News

  • Sock Hops headlining Winter Blast

    The third annual Winter Blast could easily become a Valentine tradition for area sweethearts.

    The event, a fundraiser for CASA of the Ninth Judicial District, will be on Feb. 7 in the historic Princess Theatre, Harriman.

    The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a roaming feast provided by Annie’s Catering, Ruby Tuesday and Roane Street Grill in three venues adjacent to the Princess Theatre on Roane Street.

    The Sock Hops will give a concert of four-part harmony with music from the 1950s and 1960s.

  • Book signing in Oak Ridge

    Eva Nell Mull Wike will sign copies of her award-winning history book, “Fiddler of the Mountains,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 17 in Mr. K’s Used Books and CDs Inc. at 374 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge.

    The book includes a CD of her uncle Johnny Mull’s restored mountain music from the 1950s.

    Those buying the book at the signing may opt to have a portion of the proceeds to go to either Boys and Girls Club of Roane County or Oliver Springs Historical Society.

    Email jimwike@comcast.net for more information.

  • Tax-Aide to offer free tax help in Kingston

    AARP Tax-Aide is offering free income-tax assistance and preparation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday from Feb. 3-April 7 in Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

    Seven IRS-trained tax counselors will be available on site to offer assistance this tax season.

    AARP Tax-Aide, one of the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation services available to taxpayers with low- and middle-income, has been available in Roane County for more than 20 years.

    Special attention is given to those age 60 and older.

  • Roane Open Art Show set to start Jan. 19 at RSCC

    The Arts Council of Roane County’s 2015 Roane Open Art Show will have its official opening at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in the O’Brien Art Gallery on the main campus of Roane State Community College in Roane County.

    The event is open to the public.

    Many of the artists with works on display will be on hand for the event, and awards will be presented to the best works in several categories as judged by Roane State Art Department Associate Professor Stacy Jacobs.

  • Girl Scouts taking orders online for 2015 cookie sale

    Thin Mints, Samoas, and all the favorite Girl Scout cookies are back for this year’s sale, which begins Jan. 16.

    Two new varieties, Rah-Rah Raisins and Toffee-tastic, will be available this year — the first for online cookie sales.

    Girls have the option to build their own “My Digital Cookie” websites that are personalized — but protected. Parents must approve the websites, and girls send email links only to people they know.

  • Works sought for Arts in the Airport exhibit

    The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) are calling for entries for the next “Arts in the Airport,” a juried exhibition developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in one of East Tennessee’s most-visited sites.

    An estimated 40-45 fine art works encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists will comprise the exhibition in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint from April 16-Oct. 7.

  • Harriman Happenings, Jan. 12

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Evione Wright, who recently passed away.

    She was the daughter of the late Otha and Willie Martin.

    She was the mother of several children and had 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

    Her service was held last Saturday at Evans Mortuary. The Rev. Alvin Douglass officiated.

    Our sincere sympathy to the family and friends in the passing of Marlvin H. Bolton, who passed away last week.

    He was born in Atlanta to the late Rev. James and Emma Bolton.

  • TDOT ready to tackle roadways this winter season

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation is stocked and ready to clear roadways of ice and snow this season.

    Over the last several weeks, salt supplies have been replenished in all 95 counties, and crews have readied snow plows and brine trucks for the winter season.

    “Tennessee often sees the bulk of its winter weather in January and February,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said.

    “Our salt bins are fully stocked and we have more than a thousand employees ready to mobilize in the event of inclement weather.”

  • Food City cites employees for volunteerism

    Food City stores in Harriman, Kingston and Oliver Springs recently recognized employees through the supermarket chain’s Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition Program.

    Savannah Daugherty of the Harriman store was honored for her work with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and Anderson County Rescue Squad.

    The Kingston store applauded Tiffany Martin for her work with Anointed Praise and Worship’s women’s ministry.

  • Volunteer Energy Cooperative launches online, mobile account tracking tools

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative, which serves South Roane County in its 17-county service area, is helping electricity consumers take control of their energy use and costs in 2015 with a full array of online and mobile account tracking and management options that was launched Jan. 15.

    VE-Bill, VEC’s online bill presentment and payment service, has been upgraded to include a wealth of tools.

    The addition of the mobile app SmartHub allows VEC members to take all these tools on the go.