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Community News

  • Kingston library making plans for Read Across America celebration

    Kingston Public Library is planning a Read Across America celebration this weekend.

    The celebration, in partnership with the Children's Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley, will be from 4 to 6 p.m. March 15 in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    Craft activities for children and reading tips and materials for parents will be available.

    Additionally, the community will have the opportunity to hear more about the Children's Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of March 9

    25 Years Ago
    Kingston attorney Gene Banker launched a personal campaign and introduced a bill before the Tennessee General Assembly. The bill, though changed to a degree, provided for a legal document called a living will.

    10 Years Ago

  • Cold War Crisis exhibit to open

    The story of civilian pilot Francis Gary Powers is revealed through photographs and memorabilia in “Cold War Crisis: The U-2 Incident” at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    The exhibit will be open March 12-Sept. 11 in the museum at 300 S. Tulane Ave.

    Powers was flying for the Central Intelligence Agency when he was shot down over the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960, during Operation Overflight.

  • 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 March 16.

    • Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, from 2 to 3 p.m. March 16.

    • Harriman Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17.

    • Rockwood National Guard Armory, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March.

  • 'Last Reunion' scribe to speak to OR group

    Jay Searcy, author of  “The Last Reunion: The Class of 1952 Comes Home to the Secret City,” will speak during the upcoming Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association monthly meeting.

    The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. March 10 in Midtown Community Center, also known as Wildcat Den, at 102 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.

    Searcy has been touring East Tennessee to promote his new book. In hihs travels, he shares stories about his time in Oak Ridge and his knowledge of the area.  

  • Relay for Life team rally scheduled for March 15

    Roane County’s Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society strives to give everyone in the community a chance to help the organization save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

    Teams may register for the April 29-30 event by visiting RelayForLife.org/roane or by calling 558-4045.

  • Howards fly aboard Honor Air

    World War II veteran Noah E. Howard and his son, Vietnam veteran Nathan E. Howard, both of Harriman, are among the veterans who flew to Washington, D.C., last fall aboard Honor Air.

    The father and son had a photo opportunity with U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., who saw off the group with Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett.

    Bill Haslam, who now sits as Tennessee governor, was also on the flight.

    The elder Howard is a retired Union Carbide Co. supervisor. His son is vice president of United Community Bank.

  • Military families can drive with pride with state’s Blue Star plates

    One of Tennessee’s newest license plates gives relatives of members of the U.S. Armed Forces a way to display their support for the troops.

    The plates, issued under a new law sponsored by state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, are now available to residents whose spouse, parent, sibling or child is serving in the armed forces of the United States at the time of application.

    "Today, we live in a free country because of the sacrifices of our nation’s servicemen and women and their families,” Yager said.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of March 2

    25 Years Ago
    Cherokee Middle School was trying to implement a class to teach the fourth “R” — responsibility — into its curriculum. Principal Jody McLoud said the class would offer ways for teenagers to prepare for mental and physical changes that take place during adolescence. It would also help “give kids the strength and courage to make their own decisions and not follow the trend.”

    10 Years Ago

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Steven R. Murphy

    U.S. Army Pvt. Steven R. Murphy has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    Son of  Sherry Tipton of Harriman, he was a 2002 graduate of Oakdale High School.

    During the nine weeks of training, Murphy studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.