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  • Harriman’s Henderson a lieutenant colonel

    The U.S. Army promoted Lt. Col. Courtney L. Henderson to his present rank during a spring ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    A Harriman native, he is the son of Marcella Willis of Kingston and Sammy L. Henderson of Harriman.

    The lieutenant colonel was commissioned into the Army as a signal officer in August 1998, only months after he graduated from Roane County High School, Kingston.

    Henderson served as a gold bar recruiter for his first three months of active duty before attending the signal officer basic course in Fort Gordon, Ga.

  • New United Way funding model to be discussed

    Roane County United Way will have the second of two meetings to share information with the community and potential non-profit partners regarding a new funding model currently being implemented.

    The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 11 in the United Way office at 2735 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Based on community input, the United Way is now focused on helping more members of the community achieve greater financial stability, additional education and job skills, and healthier lifestyles.

  • Bark for Life set for this weekend

    Bark for Life, a new Roane County Relay for Life fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, honors the care-giving qualities of canine companions.

    The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Roane County Park shed 2. Registration begins at 9:15 a.m.

    Preregistration is $10 per dog and $5 for each additional pet owner. Registration the date of the event will be $15 per dog.

    For those on Relay teams, registration fees will go toward their team’s fundraising total.

  • Get ready for Christmas Ideas Fair

    Rural Mixers Family and Community Education Club members are gearing up for this week’s Christmas Ideas Fair.

    Club members include, seated, Rachel Wright and Robin Greenburg; and standing, Linda Rogers, Judy Murray, Lennie Stansbury, Madge Jackson and Debbie Genona.

    The Christmas Ideas Fair, a project of Roane County FCE clubs, will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 6 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 7 in Kingston Community Center.

    Handmade items and crafts will be featured, with lunch and dinner available on Thursday, and lunch available on Friday.

  • Preorders taken for DAR veterans book

    The Roane County Veterans Book compiled by Southwest Point Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Kingston, is with the publishing company.

    The books will be sold to the public, and preorders are now being accepted now.

    Contact Connie Williams at 717-3949 or Barbara Wasilko at 310-4560 for details.

    The finished product is expected to be available for public purchase by January.

    Veterans, families and friends submitted the biographies to preserve the history of Roane County veterans.

  • State parks offering vets free golf, camping

    Tennessee State Parks is offering free state parks day to all Tennessee veterans, offering one free night of camping and/or a complimentary round of golf with appropriate identification on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

    “On Veterans Day, we honor the many brave men and women who have served our country,” Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill said.

  • The Garden Gate: Indian legends abound about popular veggies

    Editor’s note: As Ellen Probert Williams continues her respite, we share one of her classic columns, first published on Nov. 7, 2012.

    There are some interesting legends among various Indian tribes concerning the origins of some of our most popular vegetables.

    One widely held superstitious belief insists that a naked squaw strolling through her garden on a moonlit night dragging her garment behind her would ensure a good crop and would prevent cutworms from destroying the planted vegetables, especially corn.

  • Harriman Happenings November 3

    I wish Mark Hightower a speedy recovery.

    He recently had surgery at a hospital in Knoxville. He is feeling some better and is at home recuperating.

    Kenneth Edward Gillespie from Atlanta recently spent a weekend visiting with his sister, Margaret Ruth Collier and her family, and his brother, LC Gillespie, and his wife Mary Alice.

    He always comes to see me before returning home. He is a former resident of Harriman.

  • Youngsters in the pink for breast cancer awareness

    The Henry Center, a program of the Michael Dunn Center, chose Oct. 29 as a day of recognition for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    Youngsters donning their pink in observance of the month are Lukas Hanousek, Cadyn Newman, Walter Poland, Anaya Patel, Ally Freels, Bryson Brackins, Abbigail Welch, Mylaah Chatman, Isabella Whittenbarger, Zayden Vanover, Karissa Vanover, Opal Morris, Bella Williams, Zailyn Dyer, James Reid, Sam Segatto, Ta’Naya Scandlyn, Jaxon Armes, Preston Pugh, Kelley Cleveland and Tom Evans.

  • Still openings in AARP Smart Driver class

    There are still some openings available in the AARP driver safety course to be taught in Roane County next month.

    The eight-hour class, from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 4-5, offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The class will be in Rockwood Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.