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Community News

  • Run for Your Health race set

    Roane County Schools’ sixth annual “Run for Your Health” 5k race/walk will be Nov. 1 at Fort Southwest Point, Kingston.

    Entry fee is $25 for adults who register before Oct. 18 and $30 afterward; student entry fee is $10.

    The walking division will begin at 8:30 a.m., with runners to start at 9; registration tables will open at 7:45.

  • Wheat lives on for those who called it home

    By Bonita Irwin • For Roane Newspapers
    Alumni of the former Wheat High School and old Roane College, as well as former residents of the former Wheat community, will celebrate their annual homecoming at the George Jones Church on Oct. 5.

    The service will begin at 11 a.m., with A.L. Turpin bringing the message. A basket lunch will be served at noon under the nearby tent.

    The community of Wheat, situated near the K-25 Site, was first known as Bald Hill because all of the timber had been cut to construct houses.

  • Rockwood 2000 holding candidate forum Oct. 7

    Rockwood 2000 will host a public candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in Rockwood City Hall.

    The purpose of this event is to introduce the public to candidates running for Tennessee House of Representatives Districts 31 and 32, Rockwood mayor and Rockwood City Council in the Nov. 4 election.

    The public forum’s objective is to inform as many people as possible about the positions of each candidate.

    Candidates will be grouped according to the position for which they are running.

  • Be wary callers demanding utility payment

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative reminds members to be on alert for a telephone scam that continues to plague rural Tennesseans.

    Scam artists call a home or business posing as a co-op or utility employee who threatens to shut off service unless the consumer provides immediate payment using a reloadable debit card, prepaid gift card or online payment service like PayPal.

  • Kids read more than 700 books during Harriman library’s summer program

    Harriman Public Library had a booming time with its “Fizz ... Boom ... Read!” science-based summer reading program.

    Eighty-three children registered for this year’s program, and more than 700 books were read.

    There were three categories for this year’s program: listeners, beginning readers and readers.

    Listeners winners were Kate Pickel, first place; Madelyn Butler, second place; and Samantha Hammonds, third place.

  • October Sky Fest to introduce new town walking tour

    Ever want to take a walk back in time to where life was slower, ladies went to finishing school and the world came to town to bask in the mineral springs?

    Oliver Springs Historical Society is offering such a walk with its new walking/driving tour of the town.

    The group has completed a new self-guided tour brochure listing 50 historical sites in Oliver Springs.

    The brochure will be available during the town’s October Sky Festival on Oct. 18.

  • Military Matters: Dustin P. Beckner

    U.S. Navy Sailor Dustin P. Beckner recently graduated from basic training at the Naval Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

    Son of Pamela O’Dell and Phil Beckner, he is a 2014 graduate of Roane County High School, Kingston.

    Beckner is now stationed at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla., for advanced training as an aviation ordinanceman.

  • Military Matters: Sydney Parks

    U.S. Army Pvt. Sydney Parks recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    A 2014 graduate of Roane County High School, Kingston, she is the daughter of Wes Parks and stepdaughter of Kim Park of Kingston.

    During the nine weeks of training, Parks stu-died the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

  • Military Matters: Katherine Turek

    U.S. Army Pvt. Katherine Turek recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    Daughter of Clint Turek of Dayton and Teresa and Bill Shewbrooks of Rockwood, she is a 2014 graduate of Rockwood High School.

    During the nine weeks of training, Turek stu-died the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

  • Amendment details to be outlined at GOP women’s picnic

    Four amendments to be on the Nov. 4 ballot will be discussed during the Roane County Republican Women’s annual picnic.

    The picnic will be on Sept. 25 at Roane County Park shed 2 at 3515 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served starting at 5 p.m.; the Roane County Republican Women will provide desserts and side dishes.

    Cost is $7.50 per person.

    Republican legislators have been invited to speak on the amendments.