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Community News

  • Harriman Happenings Sept. 1

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Mr. Gallaher, who recently passed away in Springfield, Ohio.

    He was the brother of Judy Anderson, Jackie Gallaher, Homer Gallaher and Hattie Gallaher.

    There are other relatives here and in Ohio.

    Judy Gallaher Anderson and Spence Anderson celebrated 40 years of marriage Saturday, Aug. 24.

    They are parents of Jerome Anderson and LaToya Anderson and have five grandchildren.

    Their children made a reservation for Judy and Spence to dine.

  • Music and Melons annual concert coming to Harriman this weekend

    Babahatchie Community Band and Harriman Lions Club will present the annual Music and Melons concert beginning at 7 p.m. Aug. 31 at David Webb Riverfront Park, Harriman.

    Harriman Lions Club will serve cold watermelon while the band presents new and exciting music in this free concert to kick off the Labor Day weekend.

    After starting with the national anthem, the band will go into “Light Cavalry Overture,” arranged by Henry Fillmore.

  • Weekend reunion for Harriman alumni of ’40s, ’50s, ’60s

    Harriman High School alumni from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s will have a three-day reunion this weekend.

    The reunion will take place Aug. 30-Sept. 1 in Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park.

    It begins at noon Aug. 30 with music, a hot dog vendor and classmate visitation.

    Activities continue on Aug. 31, when Babahatchie Community Band and Harriman Lions Club will present the free Music and Melons concert at 7 p.m.

    Classmates are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

    Tents will be set up for various classes.

  • Heritage Commission’s Gala on the Lawn benefits old courthouse

    Roane County Heritage Commission will have its annual Gala on the Lawn at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the historic Roane County Courthouse, Kingston.

    This year’s honoree will be Eugene Pickel.

    Proceeds from the event will benefit renovations to the old courthouse, one of only six antebellum courthouses remaining in Tennessee.

    Contact Stephanie Wright at 803-9778 or stephanie.wright@era.com for more information.

  • 5k run to help Boys and Girls Club

    The second annual Boys and Girls Club of Roane County 5k run will start at 8 p.m. Aug. 30 at the club site in the former Harriman Middle School gymnasium.

    The club, which opened in January, served 25 to 50 children in a daily summer program.

    There’s a possibility of opening a second location in a nearby community within the next year.

  • Adopt a crag at Obed

    Obed Wild and Scenic River, in cooperation with the East Tennessee Climbers Coalition, will have the annual Adopt-A-Crag volunteer event on Sept. 6.

    Volunteers participate in a day of clean-up activities along a variety of rock climbing areas of the Obed Wild and Scenic River. The clean-up starts at 9 a.m.

    The public is also welcome to meet at Lilly Bridge at 2 p.m. for the monthly Obed Climb with a Ranger program.

    The National Park Service provides all the gear and instruction.

  • The Garden Gate: Olives a constant through the ages

    One of the most beautiful, valuable and romantic trees through the ages is the olive.

    There are references to olive trees in more than 65 places in the Bible. The names of many places, such as the Mount of Olives, refer to olives.

    Olive trees are used for decoration in modern landscaping. The growing, production and exporting of olives is a major industry.

    The dove Noah sent forth from the ark brought back a black olive branch. The dove and the olive branch have been symbols of peace ever since.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to Berlin, Germany!

    The Roane County News got another stamp in its passport when it accompanied Bill and Elaine Vandiver to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany.

    The newspaper went with the Vandivers on a Baltic Cruise June 27-July 7.

    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.

    You may drop off photos at the newspaper office at 204 Franklin St., Kingston, or email to newsroom@roanecounty.com.

  • OS fest vendor applications due

    Vendor applications for Oliver Springs’ annual October Sky Festival are due by Sept. 1.

    Visit octoberskyfestivaltn.org for details or an application.

    The festival will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at Arrowhead Park and along Winter Gap Road in downtown Oliver Springs.

  • NAACP seeks Roane black history

    Roane County NAACP-Branch 5626 is gathering information about the history of African Americans in Roane County as part of its Black History Month events in February 2015.

    While the focus of the Black History Month programs will be on the civil rights era from the end of World War II through 1970, it is hoped enough information will be obtained about all African American history in Roane County so a comprehensive book can be published.