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Community News

  • The Garden Gate: Does your salad start or end the meal?

    By Ellen Probert Williamson

  • 'Star Wars' group to make appearance at Kingston book sale

    Kingston Library Foundation will have a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18 at Kingston Community Center.

    Money raised from this sale will go toward purchasing children’s books, large-print books, magazines and the newest best sellers.

    “We sincerely appreciate all your previous donations that made our book sales so profitable,” said Joyce Young of Kingston Library Foundation. “As in the past, we are requesting your help in donating your soft backed and hard backed books to the library for this sale.”

  • Red Cross going to one military contact number

    As part of an ongoing effort to better serve the military community, the American Red Cross is moving to a single telephone number for its emergency communication services.

    Beginning at 8 a.m. June 13, service members and their families can use one toll-free number — 877-272-7337 — to send an urgent message to a service member.

    “The Red Cross has always been there for us,” Robert L. Gordon III, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, said.

  • Midway High class of 1951 reunites

    Midway High School’s class of 1951 recently had their 60-year reunion in Whitestone Country Inn.

    Classmates attending are, front row from left, Ada Frank Woody Thompson, Mary Johnson Kimbell, John Kimbell; middle row, Nola Hall Francis, Christine Raley Matthews, Marie Mitchell White, Tiny Rose Creasman, Stella Huston Massey; and back row, Darrell Townsend, Joe Deatherage and Willie Rose Green.

  • Summer reading program: Oliver Springs sets ‘One World, Many Stories’

    Area preschool and elementary students are encouraged to participate in “One World, Many Stories,” the Oliver Springs Public Library’s summer library program.

    The program, which takes place each Tuesday through June, will feature a different country each week with a story, activity, craft and food representing that country.  

    Interested patrons are welcome to read for prizes and take part in special events offered throughout the summer.

  • Summer reading program: Kingston plans activities in City Park

    Kingston Public Library’s annual summer reading program kicked off on June 1.

    The program, which will continue each Wednesday through the end of the month, will be from 10 a.m. to noon in the pavilion at Kingston City Park.

    Artist Micki Anderson is heading up this year’s program. Refreshments will be served courtesy of area businesses.

    Call Barbara Thorbjornsen at 376-9905 for more information.

  • Salvation Army seeks applications for summer camp

    The Salvation Army is accepting applications for this year's youth summer camp at Camp Paradise Valley.

    The program is June 27 to July 2 on Dale Hollow Lake on Tennessee-Kentucky border.

    The program for ages 7-12 and is free to children of low-income families who live in Roane and Morgan counties.

    The program offers a large number of experiences in a Christian atmosphere. The goal is to provide a positive camping experience for children who otherwise would never go to a summer camp.

  • Blood drive set next week in Harriman

    Medic Regional Blood Center encourages eligible donors to give blood during the summer months, when donations traditionally decrease.

    “It’s a difficult time for our community,” said Medic spokewoman Christi Fightmaster.

    “We see an increase in travel and recreation in our area, and unfortunately those things can lead to accidents and traumas requiring blood transfusions.”

    Roane County donors can do their part by giving blood at a Medic mobile unit from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Harriman Food City.

  • ElderWatch to mark Abuse Awareness Day

    Roane County ElderWatch will observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 with an ice-cream social from 1 to 3 p.m. in the pavilion at Kingston City Park.

    The event involves activities to bring greater recognition of the mistreatment of older adults wherever they live, and to highlight the need for appropriate action. It is intended to give abuse and neglect of older adults a global relevance that will sustain and move prevention efforts forward throughout the years to come.  

  • Babahatchie Band kicking off concert season Sunday

    Babahatchie Community Band will present its first concert of the outdoor season at 3 p.m. June 5 at Harriman Riverfront Park.

    Admission to the concert is free, but donations are always welcome. Refreshments, usually ice cream, are available during intermission.