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Community News

  • Get ready for this weekend's Melons and Music
  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods next month.
    The schedule is:
    • Kingston Community Center, from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 15.
    • Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, from 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 15.
    • Harriman Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 16.
    • Rockwood National Guard Armory, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 17.
    Commodity food recipients should be certified before Aug. 31.

  • THE GARDEN GATE: Bright, broad sunflowers symbolize summer

    By Ellen Probert Williamson, For Roane Newspapers

  • OR manager to have Lunch With the League Sept. 7

    Newly selected Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson will be the guest speaker during the next Oak Ridge League of Women Voters’ Lunch With the League.
    The series starts at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 7 in Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
    Lunch is available on a first-come, first-served basis at a cost of $6.
    The program begins at noon.
    Watson, who has said his management style is one of “openness and communication, has had a 30-year career in local government. He was city manager in Yuma, Ariz., from 2005-10.

  • Harriman getting ready for 'Haunting'

    Get set for fun, thrills and chills in a historically accurate, spirit-filled adventure through the streets of Harriman.
    The annual Hauntings of Historic Harriman will begin at 8 p.m. Oct. 8-9 from the Temperance Building in downtown Harriman.
    “The area is home to beautiful Victorian homes and buildings built over a century ago,” said Becky McClurkan, one of the event organizers.
    “Given the long history of this area, it should come as no surprise that ghosts and spirits are known all too well to the people living there.”

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Rachel L. Sanders

    U.S. Army Reserve Pfc. Rachel L. Sanders recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
    She is the daughter of Barbara Sanders of Kingston.
    Her grandmother is Lois Bell of Egg Harbor City, N.J.
    During the nine weeks of training, Sanders studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

  • Eagles raising funds to help Hunter King's dog mission

    Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3429, Midtown, is devoted to helping Hunter King and his family.
    The organization recently wrapped up a “Luau Fundraiser,” and the “Helping Hunter Party in the Park” is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 11 at Roane County Park.
    A silent auction, bake sale and children’s games are planned.
    Hunter suffers from autism, and his family is working with Wilderwood Service Dogs in Maryville to purchase a service dog trained to assist children in Hunter’s situation.

  • DAR, veterans lend a helping hand
  • Time for Melons & Music

    Cap off a long, hot summer and a festive Labor Day weekend by meeting friends and family for Melons and Music at Harriman Riverfront Park.
    The annual Babahatchie Community Band concert includes ice-cold watermelon served by the Harriman Lions Club.
    The Babahatchie Band will perform popular music favorites from the
    ’40s and ’50s, such as “String of Pearls,” “April in Paris” and “Little Brown Jug.”

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Hobert D. Davis

    U.S. Air Force Airman Hobert D. Davis recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.
    Son of Misty Chaney of Oliver Springs, he was a 2008 graduate of Oliver Springs High School.
    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.