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Community News

  • Wheat annual homecoming this weekend

    By Bonita Irwin, for Roane Newspapers
    Students and friends from Roane County’s former Wheat community will meet Oct. 2 in George Jones Memorial Baptist Church in celebration of the 80th year of reunions for those who have connections to the community.

    The church is the only building left standing in what was a thriving community.

    The service will begin at 11 a.m., with the Rev. A.L. Turpin bringing the message.

  • Senior activities in the works

    Mid-East Community Action Agency’s senior services program has several opportunities in the coming months to participate in activities or programs.

    A free weekly chronic disease self-management program will meet each Monday from Oct. 3 to Nov. 7 in Harriman Community Center.

    Each weekly meeting will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

    The program is ideal for those who have a chronic condition such as asthma, arthritis, depression, diabetes or COPD.

  • Tractor show rolling into town

    Three Rivers Antique Tractor & Engine Club is gearing up for a tractor show and tractor pull this weekend at Roane State Expo Center.

    Set-up will be on Sept. 30, with a tractor pull at 7 p.m.

    The tractor show opens at 7 a.m. Oct. 1, with tractor parade at noon and a tractor pull at 3 p.m.

    A swap meet will take place both days.

    Admission is free; donations will be accepted.

  • Air show to benefit Shriners hospitals

    The Tennessee Eagles RC Club will have a radio-controlled air show this weekend to benefit Shriners Children's Hospitals.

    The show will begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 1 at Harriman RC Park off Fiske Heights Road. Admission is free; food and drinks will be available.

    A $10 landing fee will be charged to all pilots,
    with all proceeds going to Shriners Children’s Hospitals.

  • Up for a spooky escapade? Check out Hauntings of Harriman

    Thrills, chills and fun are on tap for the annual Hauntings of Historic Harriman.

    This year’s event, beginning at 7 p.m. Oct. 7-8, offers a historically accurate, spirit-filled adventure through the streets of Harriman.

    The area is home to beautiful Victorian homes and buildings built more than a century ago. Given the long history of the area, it should come as no surprise that ghosts and spirits are known all too well to the people living there.

  • 1,442 books read during program

    Harriman Public Library had a world of fun in the recently completed summer reading program.

    “One World, Many Stories” was the theme of this year’s program, which had 146 children registered. The children read 1,442 books, and the library had prize drawings during each program.

    “The library is proud of all the children and their achievements,” said Tammie Edwards, children’s librarian. “Every child was a winner in having a good time reading and listening to great stories.”

  • Radical Regeneration coming to Harriman

    Radical Regeneration, a community event organized to inspire hope and friendship within Roane County and surrounding areas, will kick off at 3 p.m. Oct. 30 at Harriman Riverfront Park.

    Organizers said the event is designed to ensure that anybody and everybody can be accepted they way they are.

    Festivities will include things for all ages. Bounce houses, moon walks, face painting, playground, cotton candy and games are planned for younger children.

  • Relay for Life meeting rescheduled to Oct. 3

    The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is looking for committee members to be a part of the 2012 Roane County Relay for Life.

    People interested in being a part of a committee will be a part of the community's biggest effort to fight cancer.

    The committee interest meeting, originally scheduled for Sept. 27 at Roane State Community College, has been postponed.

    The meeting will now begin at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Roane State, in Room O-202.

  • Babahatchie’s concert to feature patriotic tunes

    Babahatchie Community Band concerts are a part of Americana in Harriman.

    This is especially true of the next concert at 3 p.m. Sept. 25 at Harriman Riverfront Park. Admission is free.

    “This concert is mostly music by American composers with one exception,” said Babahatchie band member Alison Westrich. “‘Amparito Roca’ was composed by Jamie Texidor, a Spanish composer from the early 1900s. He wrote this and named it after a student of his.”

  • Roane State Playmakers present comedy ‘Rainmaker’

    The Roane State Community College Playmakers will open their 2011-12 season on Oct. 6 with “The Rainmaker.”

    Performances will be in the O’Brien Theater. Show times are October 6-8 at 7 p.m., Oct. 9 at 2 p.m., Oct. 13-15 at 7 p.m., and Oct. 16 at 2 p.m.

    General admission is $10 for students and $7 for seniors. Tickets are available at the door.

    “The Rainmaker” by N. Richard Nash is a comedy set in a rural western town during the Depression.