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Community News

  • School to mark 50 years

    Ridge View Elementary School, Rockwood, will have its 50th anniversary open house celebration during the Rockwood Christmas Tour of Homes on Dec. 6.

    The event will be from 1 to 6 p.m. in the school at 625 Pumphouse Road.

    “Rockwood 2000 is including them on the home tour ticket,” said Regina Durham of Rockwood 2000. “They will have a gingerbread display as part of the celebration.”

    She added, “You do not have to have a home tour ticket to take a tour of the school,” which will be open to the public.

  • Boy Scout Troop 101 to start annual tree sale on Nov. 28

    Kingston Boy Scout Troop 101 will begin its annual Christmas tree sale at 1 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Gravel Pit shelter of Kingston City Park.

    Tree sales will continue all trees are sold or until Dec. 23.

    Trees offered for sale this year will come from Roan Mountain.

    Proceeds from the tree sale support the Scouts in their camping, outdoor activities and service to the community.

    Troop 101 has provided hundreds of hours of community service this year, with five completed Eagle Scout projects in the area.

  • Tubists put ‘oom-pha’ in Christmas

    The Babahatchie Community Band will present Harriman’s 26th annual Merry TubaChristmas concert at 11:45 a.m. Dec. 6 in Harriman High School’s James M. Williamson Auditorium.

    Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with rehearsal at 10.

    The tuba/euphonium choir under the direction of Sande MacMorran will perform carols and songs of Christmas in a free public concert.

    Tuba/sousaphone and euphonium/baritone players of all degrees of ability are welcome to participate in this event.

    Call Dr. Joseph Williams at 882-3446 for details.

  • The Henry Center youngsters spend Halloween with Spider-Man

    Children at The Henry Center had a Halloween treat from neighboring Warehouse Furniture, which displayed a large jack-o’-lantern and had Spider-Man as special guest.

    Children visiting with their new superhero friend include, from left, Opal Morris, Bella Williams, Keeley Cleveland, Sam Segatto, Ta’Naya Scandlyn, Zailyn Dyer, Cadyn Newman, Preston Pugh, Walter Poland, Jake Edwards, Tom Evans, Bryson Brackins, Karissa Vanover, Ally Freels, Zayden Vanover, Jaxon Armes, Anaya Patel, Braelyn and Tamara Foley.

  • Campground to reopen soon

    Rock Creek Campground, part of the Obed Wild and Scenic River, should soon reopen after construction activities.

    The campground was scheduled to be closed through Nov. 21 for construction of a new comfort station that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and is accessible to mobility-impaired visitors.

    Campsites were also to be upgraded with new picnic tables, campfire grill rings, and wildlife-proof food storage lockers.

    Call 423-346-6294 for more information.

  • Military Matters: Austin J. Jackson

    U.S. Air Force Airman Austin J. Jackson recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    Son of William A. and Amanda B. Jackson of Kingston, he is a 2014 graduate of Roane County High School, Kingston.

    The airman 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.

  • The Garden Gate: Did the pomegranate lead to exile from Eden?

    Editor’s note: As Ellen Probert Williams continues her respite, we share one of her classic columns, first published on Nov. 14, 2012.

    Pomegranates are one of the world’s most exotic fruits.

    In some medieval paintings, Adam and Eve are portrayed with a pomegranate as the fatal “apple” in the Garden of Eden. The fruits are certainly ancient enough in their lineage.

    One of the most ancient fruits, the pomegranate is mentioned in 14 books of the Bible and in many other ancient writings.

  • Free Knoxville hospital workshop to assist with health plan enrollments

    Tennova Healthcare will offer area residents free assistance in learning about and enrolling in health insurance options on the Health Insurance Marketplace.

    The health system will have a free workshop to help individuals enroll from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 22 in the registration department at Physicians Regional Medical Center at 900 E. Oak Hill Ave., Knoxville.

    Application counselors will be on hand to help with enrollments on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Obed film wins national honors

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center’s film, “The Obed: Find Yourself Here,” recently placed first in the short video category of the National Association of Interpretation’s 2014 Media Award Winners.

    The awards competition promotes excellence in the delivery of natural, cultural and historical information.

    The National Association for Interpretation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit professional organization, is dedicated to advancing the profession of heritage interpretation, currently serving pro-

  • Plan ahead during party season

    AAA and Bud Light urge motorists to plan ahead for the holiday weekend if they will be out drinking. This means choosing a designated driver, staying where you are celebrating, using a cab or finding another form of sober transportation.

    “It is imperative that motorists plan ahead,” said Gerry Gutowski, senior vice president, Automotive Services, The Auto Club Group. “For those that have no other safe option, Tow to Go is available.”