Community News

  • Make a pledge to save this week

    What are you saving for?

    Whether it’s a new house, new car, retirement or a child’s college education, organizations from across the state want Tennesseans to take the pledge this week.

    Feb. 23-27 is America Saves Week, a national event designed to encourage savings on any level.

    A number of organizations want Tennesseans to take a moment to think about savings goals and then take the pledge to make it happen.

    Saving is important. Even small amounts put back can yield major accumulation, if done consistent-ly.

  • Pre-K among issues United Ways to lobby for during Day on the Hill

    United Ways of Tennessee, the association of 38 United Ways in the state, gathers today — Wednesday — for its Day on the Hill to support preservation of funding for Pre-K classrooms, K-12 standards and federal funding for afterschool programming.

    Advocates plan to attend a training session and awards ceremony in the House Chamber, followed by visits with their legislators.

  • Gas up 26 cents per gallon in past month

    Gas prices across the U.S. jumped an average of 4 cents last week, AAA reported earlier this week.

    The current national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.29.

    Motorists are now paying 26 cents more a gallon since prices hit

    a low of $2.03 on Jan.


  • Feb. 26 chili supper to help Second Chance

    Second Chance K-9 Rescue will have its 16th annual benefit chili supper this week.

    This event, which benefits area dogs and cats, will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in Kingston Community Center.

    Chili, dessert and drinks will be available for a $5 donation.

    All proceeds donated helps with Sceond Chance’s spay/neuter program and helps pet owners who are unable to afford food for their dogs and cats.

    Second Chance K-9 Rescue is a 501c3 organization dedicated to helping animals.

  • Ellis-Ashburn pens first book

    Former Roane County resident Hope Ellis-Ashburn recently released her first book, “The Story of Kimbrook Arabians.”

    The book outlines the historic Arabian horse breeding program of Bill and Joanne Gutknecht and is primarily based in rural Giles County.

    It introduces the background history of the program, along with the horses that were a part of it from its inception through present day.

    One special chapter on the Milky Way Farm, where Kimbrook Arabians once resided, details the history of the Milky Way Farm.

  • Military Matters: Rue Eskridge

    U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Rue Eskridge recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    Son of Mona L. Hopper of Oliver Springs, he is a 2010 graduate of Oliver Springs High School.

    His sister is Chelsey M. Eskridge of Oak Ridge.

    Eskridge 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.

  • Harriman Happenings February 23

    A Valentine’s murder mystery titled “Who Killed the Love?” was produced and directed by Barbara D. Moore. The play was at Jamieson Development Center.

    This was a show and dinner.

    The play was great, and all who attended really supported Barbara.

    The dinner was delicious.

    More than 100 people attended.

    After the play and dinner, several stayed for the after party, which included dancing to some of their favorite music. The DJ did a great job.

    Congratulations to you, Barbara. You did a great job!

  • Roane Choral Society to present ‘Rhapsody and Fantasy’ March 7

    Roane Choral Society will present “Rhapsody and Fantasy: Emotion in Music” at 7 p.m. March 7 in South Harriman Baptist Church.

    Admission is by donation.

    Slade Trammell, accompanist for Roane Choral Society, will perform Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy in C Minor,” with members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.

    Eugene Hattaway leads the Roane Choral Society as music director/conductor for his sixth season.


    Tennessee Medieval Faire auditions

    Due to cold weather, open actor auditions for the Tennessee Medieval Faire (previously called the East Tennessee Renaissance Festival) will be from 2 to 5 p.m Feb. 28.

    Auditions will be at 125 Barrie Lane, Kingston.

    Email DarkhorseLLC@comcast.net or call 466-1902 for details.

    Southwest Point DAR book signing

    Southwest Point Chapter NSDAR postponed its program and book signing by Shirley McCracken, author of “The Breastplate: Civil War Adventure.”

  • Weather delays International Fest for a week

    Inclement weather led officials at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge to postpone its International Festival.

    The festival is rescheduled for Feb. 28 in the museum at 461 West Outer Drive, Oak Ridge.

    The same entertainment line-up, food and culture booths originally scheduled are on tap to be there for the rescheduled event.

    Entertainment, crafts and cuisines from cultures around the world will be featured at the International Festival.

    Spice of India Dancers will be the featured performers.