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Community News

  • Open art show Dec. 14-15

    The 2013 Roane Open Art Show in the downtown Harriman building known as The Annex at 431 N. Roane St. will feature dozens of area professional, accomplished amateur and student artists displaying paintings, pottery, photography, textiles and various mixed-media works.

    Virtually all of the pieces on exhibit will be for sale. The show will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 15.

  • Harriman Happenings: Dec. 9

    Members of Harriman American Legion Post 232 were visitors at St. Mary’s Baptist Church the fourth Sunday in November.

    Those who attended this service were Bronce Cleveland, 1st Vice Cmdr. Edward Buttram, Post Cmdr. Greg Love, Sergeant at Arms Walter Love and Charles Ewing.

    They enjoyed the service and will be back again soon.

    Other visitors were Derrick Gilbert, his wife Dr. Donna Gilbert and their son Dominique Williams from Oak Ridge.

  • Commodity foods distributed this week

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will distribute USDA commodity foods for Kingston and Harriman residents in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Distribution for Harriman and Kingston residents will be Dec. 12; Oliver Springs and Rockwood residents will pick up their foods on Dec. 13.

    Distribution times for both days will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Call 354-0450 for more information.

  • Health-care reform info offered at OR open house

    Oak Ridge’s Grace Lutheran Church an open house this weekend to provide information about getting insurance via the Affordable Care Act.

    The open house will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 in the church at 131 W. Gettysburg Ave.

    Although the deadline for individuals to sign up has been extended to Dec. 23, time is getting short for those who wish to have insurance that takes effect as of Jan. 1.

  • Ride the rails with Santa the next two weekends

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum has scheduled several weekend one-hour Secret City excursion rides for all to enjoy the Christmas season this month.

    The narrated one-hour excursion trips will depart at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14.

    It will also depart at 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15.

    Ticket prices are $19 for adults and $15 for ages 3-12. Children younger than 3 may sit on their parents’ lap and ride for free.

    Popcorn, refreshments and railroad souvenirs will be available.

  • Fort Southwest Point sets Christmas candlelight tour

    Kingston’s Fort Southwest Point will host a Christmas candlelight tour and reception next weekend.

    The tour and reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14.

    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.

    Special attention will be given to recreate an atmosphere of the past during the event.

  • The Garden Gate: Don’t take the common grapefruit for granted

    Crusaders arriving in the Holy Land during the 12th century were amazed and excited to learn that apples, supposedly the forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden, were not native to this land.

    Many researchers today believe the forbidden fruit was the apricot. But the Crusaders of the 12th century thought it was the big, yellow citrus fruit they called the pomolo.

    This tropical fruit would grow in England, but it flourished in the islands of the Caribbean.

  • State’s DAs honor Yager’s Senate work

    The Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference recently honored state Sen. Ken Yager for his work in the Senate.

    Yager received the award at a meeting of the group attended by district attorneys statewide.

    “We greatly appreciate the tireless work and steadfast commitment of Sen. Yager to first understand, and then develop workable solutions, to some very difficult crime problems,” said James W. Kirby, executive director of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference.

  • Tuba solo part of program

    A tuba solo by Joe Williams with accompaniment by Barbara Miles is among the program features of the Harriman Music Club meeting on Dec. 12.

    The meeting starts at 3:30 p.m. in the home of Nancy Newcomb; co-hostesses are Linda Raby and Wilda Taylor.

    The program theme, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” will be presented by Newcomb. Also on tap are a vocal solo by Terry Utsey and a sing-a-long led by Mary Hickey and friends.

    The Hymn of the Month will be presented by Peggy Sheppard.

  • Alzheimer’s group applauds The Bridge

    The Bridge at Rockwood was recognized recently at an awards ceremony for the center’s efforts for the Alzheimer Tennessee Five-County Walk earlier this fall.

    The Bridge of Rockwood team was honored as one of the top fundraising teams for this year’s event.

    On hand for the ceremony are, from left, state Rep. Kent Calfee, Sandy Langley

    and Kathy Parks of The Bridge at Rockwood, Walk Chairmen David Erb and Terry Payne. Thirty-nine teams participating in this year’s walk raised $68,431.