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Community News

  • Planters primp up downtown area

    Rockwood 2000 members, from left, Sue Hill, Mary Kau, Molly Rogers and Sue McCutcheon install and plant one of 15 “trough planters” as one of the organization’s beautification projects in the city’s downtown area.

    Rockwood 2000 is also working on additional landscaping projects on Gateway Avenue.

  • Adult Ed graduation at RSCC June 30

    The Roane County Adult Education program will hold its annual GED graduation on Thursday, June 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the theater at Roane State Community College.
    A reception will be held after the ceremony for graduates and their guests.
    The event is sponsored by the Roane County Literacy Council and Roane State.
    Graduates and guests are asked to RSVP by June 24 by calling Cindy Hayes with Roane County Adult Education at 376-6663.

  • Plaid-a-Palooza Party to help Rockwood 2000

    Rockwood 2000 is planning something new and different to kick off the summer season.

    The organization’s Plaid-a-Palooza party will be from 6 to 9 p.m. June 17 in Rockwood Street Grill.

    “It is simply to come and have fun celebrating the beginning of summer,” said Sandy McIntosh of Rockwood 2000.

    Those who attend are encouraged to wear their favorite and funky plaid duds.

    Tickets are $25 each or $45 per couple and include dinner, and live musical entertainment.  

  • Half Moon Festival marks 12th year on Watts Bar Lake

    Pack up camping chairs and get ready to pull up those party barges for the 12th annual Half Moon Music Festival in Ten Mile.

    This yearly showcase of area talent blends music and a relaxing day spent in the scenic Blue Springs Cove of Watts Bar Lake.

    This year’s festival will be from 1 to 5:30 p.m. July 10.

    “The event is our way of giving back to the area,” said Wayne Tipps, Half Moon organizer.

  • Extreme heat deadly for kids left in cars

    On an 80-degree day, the temperature inside a locked vehicle increases 19 degrees in just 10 minutes.

    The numbers jump as the minutes pass — to 29 degrees in 20 minutes; and 43 degrees in an hour.  

    The experience could prove fatal for any human subjected to such excessive extremes.

    A child’s body temperature increases 3 to 5 times faster than that of an adult, and children exposed to extreme temperatures can suffer heatstroke, brain damage and death.

  • Heat moving ice-cream social to Kingston center

    The extreme heat wave of the past few weeks has forced ElderWatch to change the location of Wednesday’s ice-cream social.

    The gathering, an observation of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, will be in Kingston Community Center from 1 to 3 p.m.

    The program will include entertainment by Tommy Harding, ice cream and vendor booths with information of interest to seniors and their caregivers. Details will be provided about fraud, abuse and neglect.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    The schedule is:

    • Kingston Community Center, from 10 a.m. to noon June 15.

    • Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, from 2 to  3 p.m. June
    15.

    • Harriman Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 16.

    • Rockwood National Guard Armory, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 17.

  • Harriman alum photos to be available June 11

    Miscellaneous photographs of students who attended Harriman City Schools have accumulated since the 1970s.

    The HCS Alumni Association plans to make these items available to the public starting at 1 p.m. June 11 in front of the Temperance Building.

    New yearbooks from the 1980s and 1990s will also be available.

    Donations will be accepted to help support scholarship funds administered by the Alumni Association.  

    Each year, funds are awarded to selected students at Harriman High School and Harriman Middle School.

  • Rockwood library receives technology grant

    Board members of Rockwood Public Library on Monday accepted a $18,983 grant check from state Sen. Ken Yager, center left, to be used to upgrade technology.

    Accepting the grant on the library’s behalf are, from left, board members Rochelle Angel, Stacey Collett, Rockwood Mayor James Watts, Rockwood Library Director Margaret Marrs and library board members Betty Johnston and Sue Hill.

    Rockwood was among more than 70 Tennessee communities selected to receive grants to upgrade library technology.

  • Harriman summer reading program starts June 15

    “One World, Many Stories” is the theme of Harriman Public Library’s 2011 summer reading program.

    “We will have a lot of fun this summer with many entertaining programs,” promised Tammie Edwards, children’s librarian.

    The event kicks off June 15 with registration, stories, crafts and fun. Grades K-2 will register from 11 a.m. to noon; registration for children in grades 3 and older will be from 1 to 2 p.m.

    Activities for this year’s program include: