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  • Coffee, climbing at Obed

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will have two programs on Oct. 4.

    Join National Park Service rangers for a free cup of coffee and informational session at Lilly Bridge from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

    The Climb With a Ranger program will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning at Lilly Bridge.

    The park will provide all gear for rock climbing. Those participating should bring drinking water and sturdy footwear.

    Depending on participant interests and ability levels, participants will travel to one of several different climbing areas around the park.

  • CIA retiree to speak at Lunch With the League

    Tony Jordan, retired CIA senior intelligence service officer, will be the guest speaker at the next Oak Ridge League of Women Voters’ Lunch with the League.

    The program will begin at noon Oct. 7 in the social hall of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church’s new location at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Jordan, who has extensive experience as an operations manager in the Middle East and South Asia, will be addressing what he sees as failures in the U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

  • Churchill’s kin to be in East Tennessee for lecture

    Two of Sir Winston Churchill’s great-grandchildren will be in Knoxville next week to give a lecture on their famous ancestor and his American mother’s role played in the Churchill story.

    Randolph Churchill, with help from his sister Jennie – her great-great-grandmother’s namesake – will give the lecture beginning at noon Oct. 7 in the Bijou Theatre at 803 S. Gay St.

    This lecture is presented by the East Tennessee Historical Society in partnership with the Bijou Theatre.

    Admission is free and open to the public.

  • Dixie Lee part of Harriman downtown royalty

    Blake Rice Kirkland of Harriman, left, presents a sketch of singer and actress Dixie Lee to the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.

    Chris Whaley, president of Roane State Community College, a partner in the Princess Theatre operations, accepts the sketch on the theatre’s behalf.

    Lee was born Wilma Winifred Wyatt on Nov. 4, 1911, in Harriman.

    Her brief film career included 1935’s “Love in Bloom.”

  • ‘Elvis’ to be at October Sky Fest

    Noted Elvis Presley impersonator Greg Johnson will perform for Oliver Springs October Sky Festival on Oct. 18.

    Julia Daniel, the event’s coordinator, said Johnson is scheduled to perform from noon to 2 p.m.

    Joining him will be Pigeon Forge favorite impersonators Jeanette Bradley, who impersonates Dolly Parton, and Phillip Ray with his impression of Johnny Cash.

    Custom and classic cars, hot rods and motorcycles will be on display at the Rocket Boys Rodtoberfest Car Show on Main Street.

  • Roane Choral Christmas concert set

    Roane Choral Society will present “A Child Again at Christmas” at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 at the O’Brien Theatre on the main campus of Roane State Community College.

    “As we capture the magic of Christmas through the past and present, this concert would be incomplete without the appearance of the Roane Choral Society children’s choir and youth choir, as well as the recipients of the RCS Music Education in Schools Grant,” said Julianne Bailey, a member of the Roane Choral Society.

  • Children’s, youth choirs formed

    Roane Choral Society has formed children’s and youth choirs under the directorship of Brenda Luggie, choral director at Roane State Community College.

    The children’s and youth choirs will perform in the Society’s concert, “A Child Again at Christmas,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 in the O’Brien Theatre on the main campus of Roane State.

    No audition is necessary. No fees or dues are required.

    The children’s choir is open to grades 3-6.

  • The Garden Gate: Some plants have a reputation for haunting us all year long

    Editor’s note: Ellen Probert Williams is taking a brief respite. As she rests up, we share one of her classic columns, first published on Oct. 9, 2013.

    Area markets are featuring enormous pumpkins and, even though it isn’t quite Halloween time, preparations are afoot for that annual day of witches, haunts, goblins and ghosts.

  • Military Matters: Samantha M. Adams

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

    Adams is the daughter of Stanley M. Adams of Sarasota, Fla., Heather J. Raines of Harriman, and Shelia Morton of Dandridge.

    She is the stepdaughter of Robert Raines of Harriman and the sister of Jeffrey L. Adams of Knoxville. Her grandmother is Shelia Adams of Sarasota.

    The airman is a 2007 graduate of Bearden High School, Knoxville.

  • Street Painting Fest Saturday

    The 15th annual Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4 (rain date Oct. 5) at Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus.

    Dozens of artists will transform concrete sidewalk squares into colorful chalk paintings during this free festival organized by the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge.

    Children’s activities include face painting, chalking and other free activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Kid Zone. Music will be provided by the Roane State Celebration Singers at 9 a.m.