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Community News

  • Lawyer to talk on aging matters

    Attorney, Amelia Crotwell of Elder Law of East Tennessee will present a program on advanced directives, living wills and other estate-planning documents during the Oct. 16 Thursday Night at the Library program.

    The program will start at 6 p.m. in Kingston Public Library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    Those planning to attend are asked to preregister by calling Mid-East Community Action Agency Senior Services at 354-0450, Ext. 228

    Crotwell will also discuss qualifying for public benefits and preserving assets.

  • Energy-assistance applications now accepted

    Mid-East Community Action Agency is now accepting applications from those needing help paying energy costs.

    Applicants must be responsible for paying their own energy costs.

    Applications are available online at www.mecaa.net.

    They may also be picked up at the Mid-East office at 2415 N. Gateway Ave., Suite B, Rockwood. Office hours are from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:15 to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

  • Elk crossing? Apparently in OS

    Oliver Springs Police Officer Shannon Runyan spotted a pedestrian of a different sort while on patrol Monday.

    Runyan took a picture of the elk, which he said was crossing the four-laned Tri County Boulevard close to Strutt Street.

    The officer said the department has received several calls from residents who reported the elk had been sighted in their yard, street and road.

    Runyan originally shared his photo Monday afternoon on the Roane County News Facebook page.

  • Harriman Happenings-Oct. 6

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Jay Bee Dickens Jr., who recently passed away.

    He was a faithful member of the American Legion Post 232 of Harriman and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

    Some survivors include his wife Elizabeth Dickens.

    He had three daughters; two sons; mother, Dorothy Dickens; two sisters; three brothers and their family; 15 grandchildren; and a host of other relatives.

    The Rev. Willie Gallaher officiated this service.

    Mr. Dickens’ wish was to be cremated.

  • Coats for Cold drive underway

    Collections are underway for coat and jacket donations for Dennis Ferguson’s annual Coats for the Cold.

    Collections continue through Oct. 17 at Midtown Pharmacy, Chase Drugs and Hannah’s Tanning Hut in Harriman, United Community Bank in Kingston, and Live and Let Live Drug Store in Rockwood.

    Coats will be distributed beginning at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 in the garden center at Rockwood Walmart Supercenter.

    Anyone in need of a coat or jacket is encouraged to attend and pick up outerwear to keep them warm during the upcoming cold months.

  • Self-publishing to be focus of OR workshop

    Charles Connor, author and founder of the Harriette Austin Writing Program and the Harriette Austin Writing Conference at the University of Georgia, will conduct an all-day writing workshop on “The Self-Publishing Process.”

    The workshop, “Where and How to Do It: eBooks, Print and Audio,” will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 in Anderson County United Way office at 161 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge. The event is the fall workshop of the Tennessee Mountain Writers.

  • 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.”