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  • Spaghetti supper to benefit Shriners Children’s Hospitals

    The Kerbela Roane County Shrine Club "Lady Shriners" will have a spaghetti dinner and silent auction from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in Union Lodge 38 at 550 W. Spring St., Kingston.

    This event will raise funds for Shriners Children’s Hospitals, which will receive all the proceeds.

    The Shriners Hospitals for Children treats children with burns and orthopedic problems with no cost to the patient or family.

    Transportation is also provided, along with accommodations for the family during the child's hospital stay.

  • The Garden Gate: Gardens tell of our great history

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    There is little, when one thinks about it, that is new in gardening. Much of it is actually very old indeed.

    The terraced gardens of skyscraper city apartments hark back to the hanging gardens of Babylon. The stepped-back-style of city architecture traces its roots to the Aztecs, Incas and Biblical times. In addition to providing sunlight and air, it creates terraces for gardens.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Oct. 5

    25 Years Ago
    “Just Say No Clubs” began forming in Harriman and Kingston schools as a part of the state’s effort to eradicate the misuse and abuse of drugs through education.

    10 Years Ago
    Rockwood firefighters had a poster contest as part of National Fire Prevention Week. Since funding for the program had been cut by the state, Rockwood Firefighters Association Local 4043 donated funds to pay for trophies presented to third- and fifth-grade winners.

    Five Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: What’s the biggest berry? Read on

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Farmers’ roadside stands are piled high right now with pumpkins and squashes. Supermarkets are featuring them with pumpkins pies (which the early colonists termed “a pudding baked into crust”), pumpkin bread and plastic jack-o’-lanterns.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Sept. 28

    25 Years Ago
    Gene Tate retired from Harriman Fire Department after 44 years. He was the second paid firefighter hired by the city. “An ax and a stream of water were all we had when I first became a fireman in 1942,” he said. “It never was a good paying job, but it was dependable.”

    10 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Fall flowers bloom to brighten our days

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    September was the seventh month of the Roman calendar, but it is the ninth month according to our modern reckoning. The Anglo-Saxons called it the Barseley month.

  • 3 children’s programs at library

    Harriman Public Library is offering three children’s programs this fall.

    An after-school program for grades K-5 takes place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. each Tuesday.

    For a $3 monthly fee, youngsters read books, have snacks and do craft-related projects.

    The preschool program is from 11 a.m. to noon each Wednesday. Children read books, focus on a letter of the alphabet of the week, say the pledge of allegiance, sing songs, play games and do craft-related projects.

  • 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.