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Community News

  • Backpacking workshop set at Frozen Head Park

    Join Tennessee State Parks staff for an Introduction to Backpacking Workshop at Frozen Head State Park on Oct. 22.

    Participants will be taught the essentials of backpacking and hiking on a 6-mile roundtrip hike through the mountains of East Tennessee.

    Hikers will meet at 8 a.m. for a gear tutorial.

    Participants should bring their own gear, such as backpack, sleeping bag and tent, but a limited supply is available on a first-come first-served basis.

    The group will then head to Tub Springs campground on a roughly 3-mile hike.

  • Pawpaw Town or, as you know it, Kingston

    Where oh where is pretty little Susie?
    Where, oh where is pretty little Susie?
    Where, oh where is pretty little Susie?
    Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch.

    Come on boys, let’s go find her,
    Come on boys let’s go find her,
    Come on boy let’s go find her
    Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch.

  • Harriman Happenings: Sept. 26

    I wish Curtis Eskridge a speedy recovery.

    Curtis is in Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. Lets keep him in our prayers.

    Get-well wishes to Jimmy Dawn Thomas. She is a patient in Parkwest Medical Center.

    Congratulations to Mr. Danny and Mrs. Carolyn Baker, who are celebrating their wedding anniversary today.

    They were married Sept. 26, 2003. May you have a blessed day and more years of marriage.

  • Street painting festival set Oct. 1

    Artists and sponsors are needed for the 16th annual Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival.

    It will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Oak Ridge branch campus of Roane State Community College, 701 Briarcliff Ave.

    The rain day is on Sunday, Oct. 2.

    The purpose of the festival, organized by the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge, is to raise funds for scholarships for Roane State students.

    The festival is also a competition for the artists.

  • A cappella group to be at Princess

    Canadian a cappella group Eh440 will perform Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Princess Theatre in a free concert sponsored by the Roane State Campus Activities Board.

    Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m. The public is welcome. The Princess is located in downtown Harriman.

    Eh440 has won numerous awards for their 2014 album “Turn Me Up” and received rave reviews for their latest work.

  • AAA: gas prices down, insurance rates up

    According to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse survey, 37 percent of Tennesseans have not reviewed their auto insurance policy with an agent in the past year.

    “Many drivers, even those who have not had a recent crash or have points on their license, have seen their auto insurance rates rise this year,” said Gene Calkins, AAA’s vice president of insurance.

  • Reception marks Park Service’s centennial anniversary

    In celebration of the National Park Service turning 100 years old, the Obed Wild and Scenic River is planning a combined birthday party and an Art in the Park reception.

    The reception begins at 5 p.m. Aug. 25 in the Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St., downtown Wartburg.

    The National Park Service has been celebrating its impending centennial for more than a year, but Aug. 25 marks the actual day when the National Park Service can claim 100 years of protecting our nation’s most treasured places.

  • Tilley completes Farm Bureau Boot Camp

    Roane County Farm Bureau member Whitney Tilley was among 14 farm and ranch women leaders recognized by the American Farm Bureau Federation as graduates of the organization’s 10th annual Women’s Communications Boot Camp in Washington, D.C., last month.

    The group of agricultural leaders was recognized after completing an intensive three-day course featuring sessions on working with the media, public speaking, testifying and messaging.

  • Obed’s healthy 2-mile hike includes view of Lilly Overlook

    In celebration of the National Park Service’s centennial anniversary, the Obed Wild and Scenic River will conduct a healthy hike this weekend.
    The hike begins at 10 a.m. Aug. 20.

    Participants should meet at the Lilly Overlook parking area, which can be found after crossing the Lilly Bridge on Ridge Road in Morgan County.

    Rangers Rick Ryan and Veronica Greear will lead a moderate 2-mile loop hike that will include the Lilly Overlook, the Boulder Field and the Bridge trails.

  • County honored for sewer extension

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody recently accepted an award on the county’s behalf during the East Tennessee Development District’s annual awards banquet.

    The banquet, attended by more than 130 East Tennessee elected officials and ETDD staff members, was July 14 in the Museum of Appalachia in Norris.

    Roane County was cited at the banquet for completion of a sewer line extension project along South Pine Ridge Road.

    The recently installed sewer line will serve 35 households in the Pine Ridge Road area.