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Community News

  • ‘Frozen’ tribute heads to Roane State

    “A Tribute to ‘Frozen’ Live On Stage!” is headed to the Roane State Community College stage next week.

    The stage show will begin at 2 p.m. June 20 in the O’Brien Theater on the main campus of Roane State Community College near Harriman and Rockwood.

    The show will feature the popular Disney movie’s favorite characters, including Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven, Prince Hans, The Trolls, Oaken and Duke of Weasletown.

    Tickets are $19.95.

  • Site deems Tennessee tops in barbecue

    TripAdvisor has served up a list of the top-rated states and restaurants for barbecue and declared Tennessee as No. 1 in the U.S.

    “Being named the No. 1 state for barbecue, by the No. 1 most popular travel site in the world is a huge honor for Tennessee,” said Commissioner Kevin Triplett, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

    “We look forward to welcoming foodies from far and wide to our state to fill up on the best barbecue in the world.”

  • City & County Meetings

    MONDAY, JULY 27
    • Rockwood City Council will meet in regular monthly session at 6 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.

    TUESDAY, JULY 28
    • Harriman City Court will convene at 5 p.m. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.
    • Harriman City Council will meet in regular work-shop session at 6 p.m. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

    WEDNESDAY, JULY 29

  • Tennessee gas prices almost $1 per gallon less than in ’14

    Gas prices are still creeping up in some parts of the Southeastern United States, but motorists are forecast to pay the lowest summer gas prices since 2009.

    In comparison to this same date last year, motorists in Tennessee are saving 92 cents per gallon.

    “Prices should begin to drop later this month as refiners around the nation complete their maintenance switch over to produce summer-fuel grades,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA-The Auto Club Group.

  • DOE public bus tours now through November

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s 2015 Oak Ridge facilities public bus tour is now offered to visitors through November.

    This popular tour of the 33,000-acre DOE Oak Ridge Federal Reservation offers visitors a first-hand look at all of the DOE’s Oak Ridge facilities and provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation in more than 70 years.

    Since its inception in 1996, the DOE public tour program has attracted about 35,000 visitors from all 50 states.

  • Kingston Summer Reading Program: Get ready for some magic!

    A “Super Hero Magic Show” is the next installment in Kingston Public Library’s annual summer reading program.

    Barry Mitchell will headline the show on June 10 in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    “Every Hero Has a Story!” is the theme of this year’s program, which will continue each Wednesday through the end of the month at 10 a.m.

    A photo shoot and tattoos are planned for June 17.

    Police and firefighters will represent hometown heroes in the final program on June 24.

  • Rockwood Summer Reading Program: Dual programs for kids, tweens, teens promise fun

    It’s summertime, and time for the Rockwood Public Library’s 2015 summer reading program.

    This is the 27th annual statewide summer reading program in Tennessee. The theme is “Every Hero Has a Story!”

    “We will be exploring all heroes — real and fiction — this summer,” said Rockwood Library Director Margaret Marrs. “These programs are designed not only to encourage the individual reading habits of older kids, but also to inspire and delight preschoolers.”

  • Harriman Summer Reading Program: Community heroes to be explored in two programs

    “Every Hero Has a Story,” the 2015 summer reading at Harriman Public Library, kicks off June 17.

    HABIT — or Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee — will have representatives at the library at 601 Walden St.

  • Harriman extends fun to teens with ‘Transform Yourself’

    A number of activities are planned for “Transform Yourself and Read!” Harriman Public Library’s 2015 Teen Summer Reading Program.

    All programs are from 2 to 3 p.m. each Thursday in July. The program could extend past the designated time.

    Activities get underway on July 9, with “Divergent and The Hunger Games T-Shirt Designs.”

    Discussions will focus on females coming into power in books and on screen, as well as male vs. female heroes.

  • Boards topic of nonprofit seminar

    The first in a series of five workshops to help nonprofit agencies will be on June 12 in Roane County United Way offices in Midtown.

    The workshop, “Board Development,” will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The United Way offices are at 2735 Roane State Hwy.

    “An effective board of directors is essential for a nonprofit organization to be successful,” said Dina Jackson, United Way executive director.

    “This workshop details the characteristics of high-performance boards.”