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Community News

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to California

    More fun in the sun for the Roane County News this vacation season — this time with Linda Wolfenbarger on a vacation in California.

    While she catches up on her hometown news, the critter looking over her shoulder may just be the largest reader we’ve ever had!

    Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

    Be sure to tell us where you — and the News — traveled for a break and photo.

  • Author Peyton to speak at Thursday Night at Library

    East Tennessee author Cheryl Peyton will be the guest speaker at Kingston Public Library’s “Thursday Night at the Library” on July 24.

    The event starts at 6 p.m. in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    Peyton will be discussing her four books, with particular attention to her thriller, “Six Minutes to Midnight,” set in Oak Ridge.

  • OR to dismantle bldg. with Friendship Bell

    Beginning the week of July 28, the city of Oak Ridge will begin dismantling the International Friendship Bell House in Bissell Park.

    Earlier this spring, the city commissioned a structural evaluation of the bell house to determine the extent of suspected water damage to the supporting beams.

    The evaluation determined the majority of the structure, which was holding the 8,000-pound Friendship Bell, was beyond repair.

  • The Garden Gate: It yam what it yam, but it's no sweet potato

    There has long been great controversy about whether yams and sweet potatoes are the same — or whether they are two different things.

    The argument consists of two different opinions, equally adamant.

    Some research into the matter is most clearly indicated.

    Webster’s Dictionary is a good place to start. It says that sweet potatoes are large, sweet, thick tuberous roots of a tropical vine related to the morning glory, with variously shaped leaves and purple flowers.

  • Harriman Happenings: July 21

    Last Sunday, July 13, members of St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church celebrated the 35 years of ministry of our pastor, the Rev. Jesse L. Williams Sr.

    Pastor Williams and his wife, Sister Elfredia Wiliams, are special people.

    Pastor Williams is not only our pastor, he is a great friend, teacher and counselor.

    The morning message was given by the Rev. Gerald Marshall from Dayton, Ohio, pastor of New Commandment Missionary Baptist Church. Music was by the Celebration Choir.

    Afterward, a delicious dinner was served.

  • Ridgeview opening walk-in clinic in Harriman

    Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services Inc. is opening a walk-in clinic at its Roane County office at 221 Devonia St., Harriman.

    The walk-in clinic enables immediate access to mental-health care and eliminates delays associated with having to schedule an appointment.

    Clinic hours will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays.

    Individuals may walk in and meet with a clinician for an initial evaluation without an appointment during walk-in clinic hours.

  • Pigeon Forge musician giving concert this weekend to benefit Explorers Post

    Pigeon Forge entertainer Kenny Evans will give a benefit concert for Harriman Police Explorers Post 920 this weekend.

    The concert will be from 6 to 8 p.m. July 19 in Harriman’s Princess Theatre.

    Admission is $10 per person.

    Tickets are available at Rocky Top General Store, Harriman Jewelry Exchange or online at brownpapertickets.com.

    Evans is a studio musician and vocalist who has worked as the opening act for country superstars including Kenny Chesney, Charlie Daniels, Lonestar, Sara Evans, Toby Keith and Tracy Byrd.

  • League of Women Voters plan Roane candidate forum

    In carrying out its mission of encouraging informed and active participation in government and in preparation for the Aug. 7 Roane County General Election, the Oak Ridge League of Woman Voters will have a candidate forum next week.

    The forum, at 7 p.m. July 22 in the City Room, A111, on the Oak Ridge campus of Roane State Community College at 701 Briarcliff Ave., is free and open to the public.

  • Foster parents sought in Roane County area

    For those looking to make a difference in the lives of children, becoming a foster parent provides a rewarding opportunity to help a child in need.

    Youth Villages is currently in need of caring adults in the Roane County area to open their hearts and homes to children who have suffered abuse, neglect or abandonment.

    These children need families who will care for them until they can return to their birth families or an adoptive family is found for them.

  • Residents frolic in Florida

    Steve Arney and Eugene Martin of Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center recently traveled by plane to Panama City Beach, Fla., for three days of fun and adventure on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

    The men were among a group of Signature Healthcare residents who spent a vacation enjoying nightly music and movies by the pool of their resort, dinners out, time on the beach, parasailing and a trip to Gulf World.