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Community News

  • FCE Rural Mixers mix it up for scholarships

    The Roane County Rural Mixers Family and Community Education Club meeting to make crafts recently are, front row from left, Lennie Stansbury, Rachel and Sally Wright, Madge Jackson, Linda Rogers; and back row, Judy Murray, Julia McCoin and Robin Greenberg.

    The group met at the Wrights’ home to make crafts to sell for the Betty McGlasson Scholarship Fund and 4-H camp.

    The Rural Mixers meet the second Thursday of each month in Kingston Community Center.

  • Shhh! Dad needs his beauty sleep!

    Father’s Day is this Sunday, and it gives us all an opportunity to show Dad how much we love him for everything he’s meant to us.

    Dads hold us up in the rough times, cheer for us in the good times and, as a 7-year-old Elizabeth Hall illustrates, they’re even there for us when they’re napping.

    Elizabeth, now 14, made her father, Rodney Hall of Ten Mile, feel pretty by adorning him with baubles, barrettes and bows while he copped a few Z’s after work.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in Africa!

    The Roane County News had one of its more humanitarian globetrotting trips when it accompanied the Ochs family to Ghana, Africa.

    “In this picture, we are with the children from Great Mission International, an orphanage in Teshie, Ghana,” explained Bekah Ochs, at left in the middle of the back row, holding children with sisters Abby, center, and Maddie.

    “We recently returned for a medical mission outreach with a team from [Feeding the Orphans]. After the team left, our family stayed several weeks to reconnect with friends.”

  • Field Day a good time to hear about ham radios

    Roane County Amateur Radio Club will participate in the annual ARRL Field Day from 2 p.m. June 27 to 2 p.m. June 28 at Fort Southwest Point Pavilion, Kingston.

    The public is encouraged to attend and hear more about The Roane County Amateur Radio Club and amateur radio, commonly referred to as ham radio.

    “We run generators, camp out and put up temporary antennas to communicate with other stations and have some fun doing it,” said Jim White, a member of Roane County Amateur Radio Club.

  • More than 30 employers taking part in Wednesday’s Job Fair

    More than 30 East Tennessee companies have finalized plans to participate in the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s Job Fair on June 17.

    The Job Fair will be from 3 to 7 p.m. June 17 in the Roane State Community College Exposition Center at 276 Patton Lane, between Harriman and Rockwood.

    This hiring event will allow job seekers to meet employers face to face, present résumés, complete job applications and possibly schedule interviews.

  • Going Medieval for the Boys and Girls Club

    Barrie Paulson, left, and Harriman Mayor Chris Mason, right, present a $250 donation to Reggie Coleman, director of the Roane County Boys and Girls Club at Harriman Middle School.

    The money was raised at last month’s Tennessee Medieval Faire.

  • Southwest Point DAR genealogy workshop a success

    Twenty people attended Kingston’s Southwest Point Chapter NSDAR’s genealogy workshop on May 30.

    Ann Blomquist from the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville was the keynote speaker.

    She began with the basics of genealogy and concluded with the genealogical software available today.

    Blomquist discussed free websites and demonstrated how the sites can be used.

    Blomquist teaches basic and intermediate genealogy at the East Tennessee History Center.

  • $2.47 to be average gas price through ’15

    Motorists across the country saw increases at the pump last week, but that trend is not likely to continue, AAA reported on Monday.

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration updated its forecast, expecting monthly average gas prices to decline through the end of the year, reaching as low as $2.27 in December.

    According to the report, the average price of gasoline from June 1-Aug. 31 should be $2.60 — the lowest since 2009.

  • Museum Wednesdays are Wonderful

    The Knoxville Opera will bring entertaining and popular selections from 20th century Broadway musicals and opera classics to the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge from 11 a.m. to noon June 17.

    The program is part of Wonderful Wednesdays, a program in which guests will be invited to Imagination Station Summer Camp through July 31.

    Summer campers at the museum each week will participate, and the programs are free to the public with admission.

    Other upcoming Wonderful Wednesdays are:

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in Hawaii and Canada!

    More fun in the sun for the Roane County News — this time with J.C. and Sandra Morgan for a 12-day cruise to Hawaii and Canada in celebration of their 47th wedding anniversary.

    The Morgans pause for a snapshot with the News in Maui.

    They visited Honolulu, Hilo, Kona, Kauai and Maui while in The Aloha State, then went to Vancouver, British Columbia.

    The Morgans’ daughter, Jennifer Morgan, accompanied them on the cruise.

    Sandra said they saw a lot of banana, coconut and pineapple trees and beautiful waterfalls.