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  • Obed photography contest deadline nears

    The National Park Service reminds the public the deadline for submitting entries for the 2014 Obed photography contest is July 22.

    Images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes, weather, or people interacting with nature within the Obed Wild and Scenic River.

    All photographs, except those submitted as artistic, should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared.

    Photographs may be submitted into one of five categories:

  • Sock-Hop Gala benefits student writers

    Roane Writers Group will host a benefit 1950s Sock-Hop Gala from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 in Rockwood Event Center.

    Those attending this adults-only bash are encouraged to wear poodle skirts, jeans, pony tails and duck tails, saddle shoes and penny loafers.

    They may also park motorcycles and antique cars in front and go inside to dance to ’50s music by a disc jockey and a band.

    Reservations are $250 for a table of eight or $30 per person; school teachers are admitted for $25.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to Panama City Beach, Fla.

    The Roane County News had fun in the sun and got sand between its — er, folds — when it took a trip to Panama City Beach, Fla., with a group of Roane County women.

    Vacationers, from left, Lesi Clough Gibson, Jill Cole, Robin Pitt, Diane Tate, Wendy Mee and Meri Bradshaw Kidd took a break from the rays and waves to pose for us.

    Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

  • Give blood Friday in Harriman

    Summer months are difficult for several businesses — and the same is true for Medic Regional Blood Center, the community blood provider.

    The organization struggles to reach the daily quota of donors necessary to adequately supply hospitals, said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations.

    “Families are busier than usual with kids out of school and planning vacations,” she said. “However, there’s more activities in our area which, unfortunately, can lead to accidents where blood is needed.”

  • Roane Choral receives ABC grant

    The Tennessee Arts Commission has awarded an Arts Build Communities grant to the Roane Choral Society.

    The $3,300 grant is made possible through an appropriation of state funds by the Tennessee General Assembly, federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Tennesseans who buy specialty license plates.

    “This is a very fine performing-arts group,” said state Sen. Ken Yager. R-Kingston.

    “I am very pleased this grant has been awarded for this purpose.”

  • The Garden Gate: Patriotism paraded in fireworks and nature

    At the time of the Declaration of Independence of this country, John Adams and several of his associates called for fireworks to express their jubilation ― and we have used them in this way ever since.

    July is a celebration month. There is Independence Day on July 4 as the birthday of our nation as an independent democracy. In France, the commemoration of the taking of the Bastille on July 14 is observed as a turning point in the 18th-century French Revolution. And we celebrate summer vacations and our gardens.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to Alaska

    The Roane County News made its first foray to The Last Frontier when it went to Juneau, Alaska, in May with, from left, Billy White of Kingston, Stanley Leffew of Harriman and Edward Johnson of Oakdale.

    The East Tennesseans pose in front of Mendenhall Glacier, a mountain glacier about 12 miles long in Mendenhall Valley.

    Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

    Be sure to tell us where you — and the News — traveled for a break and photo.

  • Babahatchie concert to close out holiday weekend

    Babahatchie Community Band will close out the holiday weekend with a free concert at 7 p.m. July 6 at David Webb Riverfront Park, Harriman.

    The national anthem will be followed by “The Liberty Bell March” by John Philip Sousa.

    “This fun march was written for Sousa’s unfinished operetta, ‘The Devil’s Deputy,’” said Alison Westrich of Babahatchie Community Band. “It wasn’t originally named ‘The Liberty Bell,’ but his wife and band manager suggested the title, and it stuck.”

  • Roane State has new programs

    Roane State Community College will offer two new programs beginning in fall 2014: An associate of applied science in medical informatics and an associate of applied science in financial services.

    The Tennessee Board of Regents approved the programs at its June meeting.

    The two-year medical informatics program combines information technology and health care. As health care providers increasingly use complex computerized records, they need qualified employees with computer skills and expertise in digital health care record-keeping.

  • Addressing fears helps recovery at RMC

    Special to the News

    Frank Kolski was scared.

    Very scared.

    After his heart attack in May 2013, the mere thought of exercising was frightening to the 66-year-old Kingston man.

    So when Dr. Nicholaos Xenopoulos, the cardiothoracic surgeon who placed two heart stents in his blocked arteries, ordered 36 one-hour sessions of cardiac rehabilitation at Roane Medical Center, Kolski was worried.