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Community News

  • Kids read more than 700 books during Harriman library’s summer program

    Harriman Public Library had a booming time with its “Fizz ... Boom ... Read!” science-based summer reading program.

    Eighty-three children registered for this year’s program, and more than 700 books were read.

    There were three categories for this year’s program: listeners, beginning readers and readers.

    Listeners winners were Kate Pickel, first place; Madelyn Butler, second place; and Samantha Hammonds, third place.

  • October Sky Fest to introduce new town walking tour

    Ever want to take a walk back in time to where life was slower, ladies went to finishing school and the world came to town to bask in the mineral springs?

    Oliver Springs Historical Society is offering such a walk with its new walking/driving tour of the town.

    The group has completed a new self-guided tour brochure listing 50 historical sites in Oliver Springs.

    The brochure will be available during the town’s October Sky Festival on Oct. 18.

  • Shadrich Jones family to dedicate grave marker

    The family of Shadrich Jones will commemorate his service in the War of 1812 with a military service and gravestone dedication this weekend.

    “We do not know if he had a proper funeral and are pretty sure he didn’t have a military funeral,” said Pat Pierce-Goss of Harriman, one of Jones’ descendants.

    Family and guests are asked to arrive at Weidemann Hotel in Deer Lodge between 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. Sept. 27 to be shuttled to the grave site off Meister Hills Road in Deer Lodge, Morgan County.

  • Amendment details to be outlined at GOP women’s picnic

    Four amendments to be on the Nov. 4 ballot will be discussed during the Roane County Republican Women’s annual picnic.

    The 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 the amendments.

  • Military Matters: Dustin P. Beckner

    U.S. Navy Sailor Dustin P. Beckner recently graduated from basic training at the Naval Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

    Son of Pamela O’Dell and Phil Beckner, he is a 2014 graduate of Roane County High School, Kingston.

    Beckner is now stationed at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla., for advanced training as an aviation ordinanceman.

  • Military Matters: Sydney Parks

    U.S. Army Pvt. Sydney Parks recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    A 2014 graduate of Roane County High School, Kingston, she is the daughter of Wes Parks and stepdaughter of Kim Park of Kingston.

    During the nine weeks of training, Parks stu-died the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

  • Military Matters: Katherine Turek

    U.S. Army Pvt. Katherine Turek recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    Daughter of Clint Turek of Dayton and Teresa and Bill Shewbrooks of Rockwood, she is a 2014 graduate of Rockwood High School.

    During the nine weeks of training, Turek stu-died the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

  • Harriman Happenings

    Visitors at St. Mary’s Baptist Church last Sunday were Brian Farmer, his friend Penney, her daughter Natalie, and Brian’s daughter Madison.

    Also, his mother Carol Farmer was with them.

    They were blessed and said they will be back.

    Emmitte Yette, a former resident of this city, will celebrate his birthday the 26th of this month. Happy birthday, Emmette, and be blessed.

  • Lots to see and do at Kingston Country Fair

    Kingston Country Fair organizers are touting this year’s annual event as “the largest craft fair in Roane County.”

    The festivities, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4 at Southwest Point at 1226 S. Kentucky St., feature a collection of some of the finest handcrafters in East Tennessee.

    Admission is free. Door prizes will be given away each hour throughout the day.

    Attractions also include a classic car show, 4-H shows with a petting zoo, horse and riding demonstrations.

  • Bus tour bringing Tennessee first lady here

    Tennessee first lady Crissy Haslam will be in Roane County today — Sept. 19 — as part of the Governor’s Books From Birth 10th anniversary statewide bus tour.

    Haslam and the special bus will be here beginning at 2 p.m. at Harriman’s Pinnacle Pointe shopping center on Hwy. 70 in Midtown.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    Children’s activities and registration for Roane Imagination Library will be available.