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Community News

  • A lesson in the past

    Avery Trace Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution recently had its annual genealogy workshop.

    Materials were given to each individual attending, and genealogy experts Shirley Smith and Marcia Pickel discussed resources for researching family history. Among them was the recently released 1940 U.S. Census records.

  • Harriman Happenings: April 16

    The Rev. Steve Womack delivered the word of God Sunday for the Easter sunrise service. There was congregational singing led by Preacher Robert Hall. This service was well attended. Afterward, we all enjoyed a delicious breakfast.

    Marvin and Anna Anderson spent a few days in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Marvin played baseball with his senior team. Anna enjoyed the beach and making new friends. This weekend, Marvin and his bowling team are in Chattanooga.

  • 'Round Rockwood: April 16

    When the tornado hit Cumberland County, we were told to go to the big basement room with 8-foot concrete walls.

    That’s what we did. I was just about to put on my nightgown. No, they said, forget the gowns, so that’s what I did, but I was surprised at the folks who came in their night clothes. One man had short shorts on and several hadn’t got ready for bed yet.

  • The Garden Gate: Colorful iris bears name of equally colorful goddess

    The beautiful iris, the state flower of Tennessee, blooms in so many different colors. It was named after Iris, the personification of the rainbow in Greek mythology.

    There are about 200 species of iris to be found in the northern temperate zone. Native to Asia, about 30 different species grow wild in the eastern United States and in the the Mississippi Delta.

    They are a part of the family which includes freesia, crocus and gladiolus.

  • Loads of fun and food for Hands of Mercy

    Roane County 4-H, Kingston Police and Fire Departments, Kingston Explorers, state Rep. Julia Hurley, Harry Wampler of Wampler’s Farm and Elm Hill and Sharon Pinner of Hands of Mercy rest during a recent successful springtime food drive and fun event for Hands of Mercy’s food pantry.

    Two truckloads of canned goods were collected, and more than 400 people participated and were given a free hot-dog lunch, courtesy of Wampler’s Farm Sausage.

    A petting zoo and face painting were also part of the attractions.

  • ETHRA sponsoring Summer Food Program

    East Tennessee Human Resource Agency will sponsor the Summer Food Program in Roane and other East Tennessee counties this summer.

    The Summer Food Program is a federally funded free food program made available to all children when school is not in session.

    The purpose of this program is to make good nutritious meals available to children throughout the summer months.

    ETHRA contracts with food vendors in each county to prepare meals daily for this program.

  • Smythe among Dogwood Ball debs

    Madison Paige Smythe of Kingston is among the 56 young women from throughout East Tennessee who will be presented during the Dogwood Ball.

    The 50th annual ball of the East Tennessee Presentation Society will be on April 21 in Knoxville Coliseum.

    Smythe is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Smythe of Kingston.

    She is a sophomore at Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville.

  • Harriman Happenings: April 11

    Madison and Miciah Caruthers celebrated their 14th birthday Saturday, March 31.

    They live in Murfreesboro but celebrated their special day in Nashville.

    Their grandparents, Spencer and Judy Anderson from Harriman, joined them for their special day along with their mother, LaToya.

    They spent the day at Opry Mills shopping. Later they dined at Dave & Buster’s Restaurant. Judy said the food was great.

    After the meal, Madison and Miciah had fun and played games in part of the restaurant.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of April 11

    25 Years Ago
    A one-night occupant of a cell in the Rockwood Safety Department was not incarcerated, but just passing through. V.A. Kelly, 72, of Illinois, was about two months into his walk around the world. He usually spent his nights in jails or firehouses. A widower, Kelley hoped to meet people, visit family and explore his great-grandfather’s birthplace. But his biggest goal was to try and locate prisoners of war and soldiers listed as missing in action. He guessed his journey would take five years, more or less.

  • Sheriff’s office hours changing on Monday

    Hours are changing for the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    Beginning Monday, April 9, the business office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

    The change will not affect inmate visitation hours, which are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

    The business office and inmate visitation will be closed for all government holidays.

    The sheriff’s office is at 230 N. Third St., Kingston.

    For non-emergencies after office hours, call 354-8045. For emergencies, call 911.