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  • Fiction, poetry workshops set for January Jumpstart

    Tennessee Mountain Writers are planning fiction- and poetry-writing workshops for January Jumpstart XIV on Jan. 10-12 in Best Western Morristown Conference Center.

    J.T. Ellison, a bestselling author of 10 critically acclaimed novels, will lead the fiction workshop.

    The poetry workshop will be conducted by award-winning poet and quilter Jane Hicks.

    January Jumpstart will open with an informal evening social hour on Friday.

    Workshop sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

  • ‘Nutcracker’ helps animal shelter

    The cast of Roane County’s 2013 “The Nutcracker” and public donations yielded 1.5 tons of food for the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    “The Nutcracker” 2013 cast alone donated 1,470 pounds of pet food during the annual food drive.

    Top donors included cast members Jensen Peacock, with 310 pounds, and Savannah Ellis, with 190 pounds.

    Arts in Motion owner Jennifer Austin, an animal lover herself, initiated the pet food drive years ago.

    It has become a traditional part of “The Nutcracker.”

  • Military Matters: Mark A. Jones

    U.S. Air Force Airman Mark A. Jones recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

    Son of Roy Jones of Oliver Springs, he is a 2007 graduate of Mount Pisgah Christian Academy, Oliver Springs.

    Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in 2011 from Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville.

    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • Military Matters: Brett M. McKinney

    U.S. Air Force Airman Brett M. McKinney graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

    Son of Jessica Ferguson of Kingston, he is a 2012 graduate of Roane County High School, Kingston.

    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • Double up on giving this year

    There’s still time to help two area nonprofit agencies with one stop this holiday season.

    Medic Regional Blood Center offers donors the opportunity to decline the the traditional donor thank-you gift.

    The value of the gift will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. The value provides about nine meals to the area food provider, said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations.

    “This is a great way to make your good deed go a little farther,” she added.

  • Dunn Legacy Society inducts Blanchards, Seiverses

    The Michael Dunn Foundation hosted a November reception to honor the newest members of the Michael Dunn Foundation Legacy Society.

    The Legacy Society was established to recognize and thank individual donors who have made the most significant contributions in the history of the organization.

    Established in 2011, the Legacy Society represents approximately $750,000 in individual, lifetime contributions made to the Michael Dunn Foundation.

    The newest members honored at the Legacy Society reception were the Blanchard family and the Seivers family.

  • New flag for Kingston library

    Avery Trace Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution recently presented an American flag to Kingston Public Library its faded and worn flag.

    Flag of the United States of America Chairwoman Sydney Beard presents the flag to Library Director Steve Jacks.

  • First Beautification Awards presented

    Harriman Sonic and the home of Mary "Cricket" Human Butler at 308 School St. are the first recipients of Harriman Garden Club's monthly beautification awards.

    The inaugural awards were presented in November.

  • Harriman Happenings Dec. 16

    Last Saturday Richard Hickey celebrated his 80th birthday with a surprise party given by his children Gary Hickey, Jill Johnson, Robin Channon and Mary Alice Douglass.

    The party started with two hours of bowling at Tri-City Lanes for guests who could bowl. Afterward, they gathered at St. Mary’s Baptist Church to continue the party. Richard’s grandson Rodney provided the music.

  • Neighbors to share memories of Obed

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River host another “Memories of the Obed” program on Dec. 14.

    The program, beginning at 1 p.m., will feature Sonny Human and Judge Mike Davis, long-time residents of the area.

    Memories to be shared include logging in the park area, fishing and hunting, and life in general along the Obed River in years gone by.

    This free program will be in the Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St. in downtown Wartburg.

    The program explores the unique river-related memories of area individuals.