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Community News

  • The Garden Gate: April opens tricky but brings us fine flowers

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Those of us who belong to garden clubs tend to think of our own little group as a small, self-contained, unique and special little island of activity. And, of course, in many ways it is. But it is also a very real part of what has become a great force over the last 100 years and which has become a vast influence on gardening all over the world.

  • Kingston, Rockwood libraries recipients of technology grants

    Public libraries in Kingston and Rockwood will each be awarded $21,866 in grant funding to upgrade technology.

    “Libraries in rural areas play an especially important role in connecting citizens with the resources and opportunities that are oftentimes isolated to urban areas,” said Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, whose office awards the grants in cooperation with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

  • Rockwood 2000 slates candidate forum

    Rockwood 2000 will host a public candidate forum beginning at 6 p.m. May 17 in Rockwood City Hall.

    The purpose of this event is to introduce the public to candidates running for Rockwood City Council in the June 7 election.

    The objective is to inform as many people as possible about the positions of each candidate.

    Candidates seeking to fill a two-year term are Charles Carter, Roberta Dennis and William “Pete” Wright.

    Eight candidates are vying for three seats with four-year terms.

  • Roane GOP unveils new website

    The Roane County Republican Party joins the electronic age with the launch of its new web and social media site.

    The new site, roanerepublicanparty.com, has GOP news, conservative blogs and event calendars.

    Each member will also have his own page to customize by uploading photos, videos, news stories and creating and updating a blog.

    There is no charge to join; those wishing to participate may sign up or go through their Facebook account for access.

  • Museum opens new K'Nex exhibit

    Observe, investigate and experiment with fully functioning replicas of machines, structures and amusement park rides with K'Nex: Building Thrill Rides, an exhibit open through Sept. 11 in the American Museum of Science and Energy, Oak Ridge.

    This special exhibition is designed to captivate young visitors and provide them the opportunity to explore the science, math and technology behind hair-raising amusement park thrill rides.

  • 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