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  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Sept. 29

    25 Years Ago
    A 1949 model pumper was Kingston’s first fire truck, the only unit the city had for 15 years. After a new unit was purchased, city employees eventually restored the 1949 pumper as a showpiece in area parades and other events.

    10 Years Ago

  • CASA volunteer training under way

    Abused and neglected children need support, and CASA trains volunteers to lend a hand.

    CASA — or Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children — has volunteers from all walks of life.

    Each volunteer takes a 30-hour training class that prepares them to advocate for children in the court system.

    “We are looking for people who care about children and want to make a difference in their lives,” said Peggy Severance, CASA of the Ninth Judicial District program coordinator.

  • Wheat community homecoming this weekend

    Alumni of Wheat High School and Old Roane College will gather with residents of the former Wheat community this weekend to celebrate their annual homecoming.

    The Oct. 3 service will begin at 11 a.m. in George Jones Church in the former community off Blair Road. John Stair Jr. will give the message.

    A basket lunch will be served at noon.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Sept. 22

    25 Years Ago

  • Scholarship among the winnings in Rockwood Fall Fest pageant

    This year’s winner of Rockwood Fall Festival’s Miss Teen Fall Festival Pageant will receive more than a sash and tiara.

    Pageant sponsor Rockwood 2000 is awarding the 2010 winner a $500 scholarship to be applied toward tuition at her choice of educational institution, including universities, colleges, beauty and technical education centers.

    The pageant is among those Rockwood 2000 will have during the Rockwood Fall Festival on Oct. 2 at Homecoming Park on North Front Avenue in downtown Rockwood.

  • The Garden Gate: Grains evolve through the years, maintain prominence in our diets

    By Ellen Probert Williamson, Roane Newspapers

  • Dawgs for the Dogs fundraiser helps with spaying, neutering pets

    Second Chance K-9 Rescue will have its 11th annual Dawgs for the Dogs fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 18 at Kingston City Park.
    A hot dog with trimmings, chips, drink and dessert will be available for a $5 donation. Proceeds will go toward various Second Chance community projects.
    Second Chance assists low-income families and individuals who are unable to spay or neuter their pets. It also assists with shots, but pets must get their rabies vaccinations.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Sept. 15

    25 Years Ago
    A Cinetel Productions film crew was in Rockwood shooting the streets and faces of Roane County residents for the situation comedy, “I-40 Paradise.” Many of the external scenes were shot in Rockwood, with the remainder of shooting in Knoxville for the sitcom, which was broadcast on cable’s The Nashville Network. Why Rockwood? “The setting was just right,” explained casting director Bruce Ribble. “We looked all around, and Rockwood had what we were looking for.”

  • Roane area reunions

    Editor’s note: The Roane County News publishes reunions each Monday. Reunion notices should be submitted no later than 3 p.m. Thursday to appear in the following Monday paper.

    COMMUNITY
    • A Walnut Hill old-time community reunion will be from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at Roane County Park shed 2. Those attending are asked to bring pictures and a covered dish for the meal. Call Pam Lively Hines at 882-8435, Deanna Lively Newberry at 423-369-2755 or Judy May Shubert at 882-2239 for details.

  • TVA completes construction of spring-filled water line for Kingston

    Kingston and TVA officials recently celebrated the official dedication of a new spring-fed water line that will provide a plentiful supply of clean water to Kingston residents.
    The original gravity water line was destroyed during the 2008 ash spill at TVA’s Kingston Fossill Plant. At the request of Kingston Mayor Troy Beets, TVA officials agreed to a complete replacement of the damaged water line.