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Community News

  • Residents frolic in Florida

    Steve Arney and Eugene Martin of Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center recently traveled by plane to Panama City Beach, Fla., for three days of fun and adventure on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

    The men were among a group of Signature Healthcare residents who spent a vacation enjoying nightly music and movies by the pool of their resort, dinners out, time on the beach, parasailing and a trip to Gulf World.

  • Emergency Personnel Day July 19

    The Defenders Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club and Fraternal Order of Police Local 69 will have Emergency Personnel Day on July 19.

    The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Roane State Community College’s main campus between Harriman and Rockwood.

    Admission is free.

  • The Garden Gate: Gardens of the past can prove historically pivotal

    In a beautiful book, “An 18th Century Garland,” Louise Fisher writes, “Words change their meanings, and like music, can be interpreted in many ways. The colors of a picture fade, but plants and flowers have much the same significance in every age.”

    We hear so much these days about historic preservation. All across the country, the sites of early settlements and forts, as well as the structures of historic homes and buildings, are being marked as historic sites and populated by re-enactors striving to bring back the ambiance of an earlier day.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of July 16

    25 Years Ago

  • Obed photography contest deadline nears

    The National Park Service reminds the public the deadline for submitting entries for the 2014 Obed photography contest is July 22.

    Images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes, weather, or people interacting with nature within the Obed Wild and Scenic River.

    All photographs, except those submitted as artistic, should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared.

    Photographs may be submitted into one of five categories:

  • Sock-Hop Gala benefits student writers

    Roane Writers Group will host a benefit 1950s Sock-Hop Gala from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 in Rockwood Event Center.

    Those attending this adults-only bash are encouraged to wear poodle skirts, jeans, pony tails and duck tails, saddle shoes and penny loafers.

    They may also park motorcycles and antique cars in front and go inside to dance to ’50s music by a disc jockey and a band.

    Reservations are $250 for a table of eight or $30 per person; school teachers are admitted for $25.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to Panama City Beach, Fla.

    The Roane County News had fun in the sun and got sand between its — er, folds — when it took a trip to Panama City Beach, Fla., with a group of Roane County women.

    Vacationers, from left, Lesi Clough Gibson, Jill Cole, Robin Pitt, Diane Tate, Wendy Mee and Meri Bradshaw Kidd took a break from the rays and waves to pose for us.

    Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

  • Give blood Friday in Harriman

    Summer months are difficult for several businesses — and the same is true for Medic Regional Blood Center, the community blood provider.

    The organization struggles to reach the daily quota of donors necessary to adequately supply hospitals, said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations.

    “Families are busier than usual with kids out of school and planning vacations,” she said. “However, there’s more activities in our area which, unfortunately, can lead to accidents where blood is needed.”

  • Roane Choral receives ABC grant

    The Tennessee Arts Commission has awarded an Arts Build Communities grant to the Roane Choral Society.

    The $3,300 grant is made possible through an appropriation of state funds by the Tennessee General Assembly, federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Tennesseans who buy specialty license plates.

    “This is a very fine performing-arts group,” said state Sen. Ken Yager. R-Kingston.

    “I am very pleased this grant has been awarded for this purpose.”

  • The Garden Gate: Patriotism paraded in fireworks and nature

    At the time of the Declaration of Independence of this country, John Adams and several of his associates called for fireworks to express their jubilation ― and we have used them in this way ever since.

    July is a celebration month. There is Independence Day on July 4 as the birthday of our nation as an independent democracy. In France, the commemoration of the taking of the Bastille on July 14 is observed as a turning point in the 18th-century French Revolution. And we celebrate summer vacations and our gardens.