Community News

  • Free camping on Obed on MLK Day

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 19 by authorizing one night of free backcountry camping permits.

    Other fee-free days during 2015 are also planned.

    They include Feb. 14-16 to commemorate Presidents Day weekend, April 18-19 to celebrate the opening weekend of National Park Week, Aug. 25 to celebrate the National Park Service birthday, Sept. 26 to observe National Public Lands Day, and Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

  • Put on those walking shoes and join the Friday Fit Club

    Covenant Health affiliates Methodist Medical Center and Roane Medical Center are teaming up with Anderson and Roane County Parks and Recreation Departments to create a Friday Fit Club.

    The club will meet for monthly hikes.

    Those who enjoy hiking and are interested in participating in the Friday Fit Club are encouraged to attend a planning meeting from 8:45 to 10 a.m. Jan. 9 in the Ridge Conference Room of Methodist Medical Center at 990 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge.

    Light refreshments will be served, and registration is required.

  • Town hall meeting to address prescription drug abuse concerns

    The Roane County Rx Task Force will have a “Taking Back Roane County” town hall meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in the student lounge area of Roane State Community College’s main campus.

    A panel of physicians, pharmacists and law-enforcement officers will discuss their concerns and challenges around prescription drug abuse and provide information about how county residents can protect themselves and loved ones.

    An addiction video with personal testimony will run prior to the meeting.

  • Pennington’s Trenton Street home tops in beautification

    Mary Beth and Jamie Pennington at 502 Trenton St., Harriman, are the recipients of Harriman Garden Club’s December Beautification Award.

    “There were many beautifully decorated lawns in the area,” said Pat Ramsey of the Harriman Garden Club,” and we appreciate all their time and effort in creating a fantasy wonderland in lights for all the public to enjoy.”

  • Free flu shots available at Roane Health Department

    Flu season is here, with seasonal influenza cases now reported across Tennessee.

    The Roane County Health Department is working to protect the entire community by providing free flu vaccinations to area residents until vaccine supplies are depleted.

    Patients may walk in any time to request a flu vaccine. Vaccines will be offered from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays during regular clinic hours.

    “Vaccination is the best

    protection against the flu, and the Roane County Health

    Department, the Tennessee Department of Health and the

  • Harriman Happenings: Jan. 5

    Troy and Ashley Anderson took their children to Florida for Christmas.

    They went to Disney World and other places of interest.

    Troy said, “This was a great Christmas for all of us.”

    After Christmas Day, Mel and Stephanie and their children, along with Mel’s mother, Carolyn Clemmons, spent a week in Florida.

    The children love going there. They see so many things and have several friends there they go out with.

  • Help build a primitive bow at Jan. 15 Obed workshop

    Obed Wild and Scenic River, in partnership with bowyer Travis Gosnell, will have the year’s first primitive bow workshop on Jan. 15.

    The workshop will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Obed Visitor Center at 208 Maiden St., Wartburg.

    Gosnell, who built his first bow as a child, said he has always enjoyed a good challenge.

    “At times, it is a kind of therapy from the rat race of life,” he said about building bows.

    Gosnell has his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Tennessee Tech University.

  • Kingston winners deck the halls and lawns

    Kingston Parks and Recreation Department has named the winners of its annual holiday decorating contest.

    Jamestowne Assisted Living, at 851 Lawnville Road, is this year's business winner.

    Tom and Debbie Curry won this year's residential award. Their award-winning home is at 745 Montvue St.

  • Fundraising campaign for proposed amphitheater kicking off next month

    A pledge campaign to help fund construction of an amphitheater on Watts Bar Lake in Kingston will officially get underway in January.

    The goal of the 18-month-long campaign is to raise $160,000 for the construction of what is being referred to as Three Rivers Amphitheater.

    “Three Rivers Amphitheater refers to the site’s proximity to the Tennessee, Clinch and Emory rivers,” said a website dedicated to the project at www.kingstonamphitheater.org.

  • Soup’s On fundraiser in 10th year for CAC

    Kids First Child Advocacy Center’s 10th annual Soup’s On fundraising event will be on Jan. 21 in Tellico Village Community Church’s Christian life center.

    Lunch will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; dinner will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

    Tickets are on sale now and are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

    Soups will include Blackfoot potato with sausage, Tuscan chicken, Elvis Presley vegetable, vegetarian and Hunter’s Chili.

    Call 865-986-1505 or visit kidsfirsttn.org for details.