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Community News

  • 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:

  • ‘You Are Here’ kicks off June 21

    Harriman Public Library’s  2011 teen summer reading program begins on June 21.

    “You Are Here” is the theme. Programs will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. each Tuesday.

    Activities planned include:

    June 21 — Book talk, games and food.

    June 28 — T-shirt painting.

    July 12 — Mystery photos and food.

    July 19 — Wii activities and food.

  • Landlords sought for voucher plan

    East Tennessee Human Resource Agency is searching for landlords and property managers interested in participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

    Funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, this program helps more than 700 families in 16 counties obtain safe, decent housing at a cost which they are able to afford.

    Homes must be inspected and meet HUD's housing quality standards.

    The family's rental subsidy is income-based and paid directly to the landlord.

  • DOE bus tours continue until Sept. 2

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 Oak Ridge Facilities public bus tour has begun for the summer.

    The tour continues through Sept. 2.

    It offers visitors a first-hand look at the DOE’s Oak Ridge facilities and provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation during the past 65 years.

    The tour continues to be a focal point for tourists visiting the area. Since its inception in 1996, the
    DOE public tour program has attracted 25,000 visitors from all 50 states.