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  • See Fort Southwest Point by candlelight for holidays

    Hear ye, Hear ye: Step back in time with this weekend’s candlelight Christmas tour at Fort Southwest Point, Kingston.

    The tour and reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11.

    The public is welcome to visit and experience the sights, sounds and flavors common to the people of the 18th century.

    Guests will be greeted at the visitors center for the candlelight tour of the fort.

    Beeswax candles will light the walkway, and bagpipe music will set the tone.

  • Roane State planning holiday concert Dec. 10

    Roane State Community College’s Jazz Band, Celebration Singers, Concert Choir, Stage Band, Bluegrass Band and faculty will perform a holiday concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 in the theatre on the Roane County campus.

    A $10 donation per person is suggested.

    The traditional holiday concert includes classic and modern selections, ensemble pieces as well as solos and a carol sing-along.

  • Harriman library key part of annual tour

    Harriman Public Library at 601 Walden Ave. has traditionally been a centerpiece of Harriman’s Tour of Homes during the holiday season.

    The historic Carnegie library will again be a stop on the tour, sponsored by Cornstalk Heights Community Organization.

    This year’s tour will be from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 11 and from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 12.

    The historic structure, built from funds by philanthropist and steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, will have an open house and gift shop.

  • Flotilla to help REACH

    The seventh annual Christmas Light Flotilla is scheduled to set sail at about 6 p.m. Dec. 4 from Caney Creek Marina near Rockwood.

    This yearly parade of lighted boats will travel to Kingston City Park.

    Representatives of Operation REACH will be available to take donations for the program.

    Operation REACH is a nonprofit program that raises money to help children buy Christmas gifts for their families.

    The children who participate are in prekindergarten through eighth grade and are recommended by their teachers.

  • Decline a shirt, feed 9

    ’Tis the season to be giving, and Medic Regional Blood Center has a way to double good deeds when stopping by any blood drive this month.

    Medic is known for the free T-shirts it gives to donors, but those giving blood this month can help the hungry by declining the offer.

    “If a donor decides to decline the T-shirt, Medic will make a donation — value of the t-shirt — to Second Harvest Food Bank,” said Medic spokeswoman Christi Fightmaster.

  • Harriman Tour of Homes marks its 20th year of holiday tradition

    Harriman’s Cornstalk Heights Historical Community Organization welcomes the public to help celebrate the holiday season by touring some of the homes and businesses in The Town That Temperance Built.  

    The Tour of Homes celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and the public is welcome to help commemorate the special occasion that has become a Christmas tradition in Roane County.

    The two-day tour will be from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 11 and from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 12.

  • Busy weekend for Babahatchie
  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Dec. 1

    25 Years Ago
    Harrell’s IGA in Kingston and Harriman advertised T-bone steaks for $2.59 per pound; red grapes for 59 cents per pound; ground beef for 99 cents per pound; large eggs for 59 cents per dozen; 42-ounce Tide detergent for $1.69; a 10-pound bag of Idaho potatoes for $1.49; and 2-percent milk for $1.69 per gallon.

    10 Years Ago

  • Prices dropped on Rockwood paver bricks to honor area vets

    Rockwood 2000 is offering area veterans a discount on engraved paver bricks for Memory Lane, an ongoing project  in the city’s Homecoming Park at West Rockwood Street and Front Avenue.

    The paver bricks are an excellent way to honor those who have fought for the peace and safety of this country, said project Chairman Maurice Greif.

    “All will be placed in a group in the Memory Lane,” he added.

  • Ride in antique auto a wish come true for Kingston’s Whittenbarger

    Inspired by the movie, “The Bucket List,” a Kingston woman has made a similar list of interesting things she hopes to see or do during her lifetime.

    With the help of Rex Walls of Harriman, Wendy Whittenbarger recently marked off one of the items: a ride in an antique car.

    At 40, Whittenbarger has many years ahead to realize her list, but she was eager to get started. While cerebral palsy has limited her from some things, she has an adventurous spirit and is always eager to learn and experience something new.