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Community News

  • Senior birthday party planned

    Mid-East Community Action Agency’s senior services department will have a senior birthday party on May 17.

    The party, from 1 to 3 p.m., will honor Roane County residents ages 60 and older who celebrate their birthdays in April, May or June.

    It will be in the Mid-East Community Action Agency offices at 1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood.

    A 1950s theme is planned, with entertainment, Coke and root beer floats and sundaes.

  • National Nursing Home Week under way

    Nursing homes across Tennessee are in the throes of a number of activities in honor of National Nursing Home Week.

    The special week began Mother’s Day, May 8, and continues through May 14. Gov. Bill Haslam also has proclaimed May 8-14 Nursing Home Week in Tennessee.

  • CASA race, United Way Fun Day May 21 at RSCC

    Roane County United Way will once again be taking over Roane State Community College’s campus for its annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 21. The event will run from
    11 a.m.-4 p.m., following  CASA’s Run for the Child fundraising event.
    CASA’s 5k run, walk and shorter fun walk begin at 8 a.m. Day of run registration is at 7 a.m. Money from the run will be used to train volunteers to be court advocates for children who have suffered abuse or neglect.
    To preregister, call Bob Lepsig at 882-2076.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 11

    25 Years Ago
    Michael Dunn Rehabilitation Center celebrated its 15th anniversary with an informal ceremony that included clients and the general public. The center in 15 years had grown from a basement organization to include an expanded building, two greenhouses, children’s residences, a Michael Dunn workshop and Dunn Diversified Industries.

    10 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Marigolds majestically sunny in the garden

    By Ellen Probert Williamson

  • Foundation established disaster relief fund for East Tennessee

    East Tennessee Foundation has established the Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund of East Tennessee Foundation.

    The fund was established to accept gifts to be used in the 25-county East Tennessee service area impacted by the April 27 tornados and to meet future disaster relief needs.  

    In the Foundation’s 25 years of experience, it has built long-standing relationships and networks with area nonprofits that know how to respond in their communities.

  • Get ready for weekend's Polk Salad Fest, Pageant

    The annual Tennessee Polk Salad Festival and Pageant will kick into high gear at 10 a.m. May 14 with opening ceremonies at the gazebo in Harriman Riverfront Park.

    Tommy Hardin will open the event with music, and Autumn McCarroll will sing the national anthem.

    The country-fair-themed event will continue until 6 p.m. at the park and during the Cruisin’ in downtown Harriman.

    Parking, admission and all entertainment are free.

  • Candidate forums in Kingston, Rockwood

    Municipal elections are less than a month away, and two upcoming forums are planned to introduce voters to candidates and help them make an informed decision in the voting booth.

    The city of Kingston will have its forum at 6:30 p.m. May 12 in Kingston Community Center.

    Residents will have an opportunity to meet Kingston City Council candidates on the ballot for the June 7 election.

    Three council seats are open. Candidates include incumbent Norm Sugarman, Tony Brown, John Byrkit and Brenda Timm.

  • Shrine Paper Sale gearing up

    Jon Loden, left, owner of Loden’s Auto Body Center in Kingston, makes a $1,000 donation to help kick off the annual Shrine Paper Sale fund drive for Shriners Hospitals for Children.

    Roy Ford accepts the donation from Loden, who began his annual donation more than 30 years ago.

    The paper sale will be May 9-16.

    Several children from Roane and Morgan counties have been helped by the Shriners Hospitals.

  • Spring dance next weekend

    Several hundred dancers from Roane and 15 area counties will perform during this year’s Arts in Motion spring dance concert.

    Three performances by students of the Kingston and Rockwood studios of dance and choreography are planned next weekend in Roane State Community College’s O’Brien Theater.

    Performances will begin at 7 p.m. May 13-14 and at 2 p.m. May 15.

    Dancers range from age 3 to adult with beginning to professional experience.