By Ellen Probert Williamson
Farmers’ roadside stands are piled high right now with pumpkins and squashes. Supermarkets are featuring them with pumpkins pies (which the early colonists termed “a pudding baked into crust”), pumpkin bread and plastic jack-o’-lanterns.
25 Years Ago
Gene Tate retired from Harriman Fire Department after 44 years. He was the second paid firefighter hired by the city. “An ax and a stream of water were all we had when I first became a fireman in 1942,” he said. “It never was a good paying job, but it was dependable.”
Harriman Public Library is offering three children’s programs this fall.
An after-school program for grades K-5 takes place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. each Tuesday.
For a $3 monthly fee, youngsters read books, have snacks and do craft-related projects.
The preschool program is from 11 a.m. to noon each Wednesday. Children read books, focus on a letter of the alphabet of the week, say the pledge of allegiance, sing songs, play games and do craft-related projects.
By Bonita Irwin, for Roane Newspapers
Students and friends from Roane County’s former Wheat community will meet Oct. 2 in George Jones Memorial Baptist Church in celebration of the 80th year of reunions for those who have connections to the community.
The church is the only building left standing in what was a thriving community.
The service will begin at 11 a.m., with the Rev. A.L. Turpin bringing the message.
Thrills, chills and fun are on tap for the annual Hauntings of Historic Harriman.
This year’s event, beginning at 7 p.m. Oct. 7-8, offers a historically accurate, spirit-filled adventure through the streets of Harriman.
The area is home to beautiful Victorian homes and buildings built more than a century ago. Given the long history of the area, it should come as no surprise that ghosts and spirits are known all too well to the people living there.