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  • Easter Egg Hunts

    THURSDAY, MARCH 24
    • Roane State Community College’s 22nd annual egg hunt for ages 3-10 will begin at 5 p.m. at the clock bell tower on the main campus between Harriman and Rockwood. Children participating are asked to bring a basket. In case of rain, the hutnw ill be in the student lounge of the Dunbar Building. The event is presented by the Roane County Campus Activities Board. Contact Sarah Hooper, coordinator of student engagement, at 882-4638 or hooperse@roanestate.edu for details.

  • Harriman Happenings: March 14

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of the Rev. Orville “Chee” Willis, who recently passed away.

    He slipped peacefully away at Tennova West in Knoxville.

    He was the son of the late Pastor O.W. and Mrs. Willis. Also, brother of the late Pastor Donald Willis, former pastor of St. Mary’s Baptist Church.

    His service was held last Tuesday at Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Clinton.

    Sincere sympathy to the family of Ronald Coleman, who passed away last Sunday.

    The family is being remembered in our prayers.

  • Bid ‘Downton’ farewell at Princess Theatre event

    You have enjoyed the accents, the outfits and knowing looks that are staples of the hit show “Downton Abbey.”

    But, it’s time to say goodbye to “Downton” as the program’s final season comes to an end.

    To celebrate, the Roane State Foundation welcomes “Downton” fans to its “Farewell to Downton” event on March 12.

    The event begins 2 p.m. at the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.

  • Silent auction proceeds help pets

    Roane County PAWS, is an animal advocate/rescue group dedicated to helping the animals of Roane County, will have a fundraising silent auction next weekend.

    The auction will be from 5 to 8 p.m. in Harriman American Legion Hall.
    Many donations to be auctioned off include those from area and out-of-town businesses.

    Funds raised in the silent auction will help PAWS make a difference in the lives of animals.

  • United Way meeting set

    Roane County United Way will have its annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. March 21 in office location at 2735 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    The meeting will feature campaign recognitions, election of new board members, and an update to the community on United Way activities.

    Anyone interested in attending should contact the United Way offices, 882-7711, or e-mail djackson@unitedwayroane.org no later than March 14.

  • Event aims to plant 50,000 trees in a day

    -More than 3,600 volunteers from 80 counties are signed up to participate in Tennessee’s largest tree-planting event, organized by Tennessee Environmental Council.

    During the Feb. 27 event, 50K Tree Day, participants will plant 50,000 native trees in one day.

    “People in Tennessee love planting trees, and it’s a top priority for our organization as a way to improve our environment, communities and public health,” said John McFadden, CEO of Tennessee Environmental Council.

  • Harriman Happenings: Feb. 15

    Get-well wishes to Marvon Brooms, who was discharged from Roane Medical Center.

    He is now getting much better at home.

    Sincere sympathy to the family of Edna Earl “Mac” McNamer, who recently passed away with her family by her side.

    In 1954, she and her late husband opened Merri-Mac Bakery. Ms. McNamer was presented with a key to the city in 2004 on their 50th anniversary.

    She was a beautiful lady who loved her family and her church family. She will be missed.

  • Democratic Party delegate convention set March 5

    The Roane County Democratic Party will host its Democratic Party County Delegate Convention on Saturday, March 5, at Rockwood City Hall.

    The convention is to select the delegates from each county to the District Convention.

    The doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the event starts at 1 p.m.

    It is open to all registered voters in the county, supporters of the Democratic Party, and those who agree to support the nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2016 Presidential election.

  • Bear, junior ranger program planned for Feb. 28

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River will have a bear and junior ranger program on Feb. 28.

    The program will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St. in downtown Wartburg.

    Children and adults of all ages are welcome to stop by and hear a park ranger describe the habits and mannerisms of black bears, which are found throughout the rural areas of eastern Tennessee.

    After the discussion on black bears, youngsters will get a chance to fill out an

  • Get ready to pay even more at the pump

    Prices at the pump should get more expensive this week thanks to an increase in oil prices and high demand for gasoline.

    Crude oil prices rose for the third consecutive week, making the cost to produce gasoline more expensive.

    Gas prices nationwide have increased for 20 of the last 23 days, rising 16 cents to Sunday’s average of $2.20.

    “Gas prices could climb another 8-10 cents this week in response to the recent hike in oil prices,” said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman.