Community News

  • Taste Strutt Street’s best ribs this weekend

    The Best Barbecue Ribs on Strutt Street barbecue cookoff will begin at 11 a.m. June 13 at 180 Strutt St., Oliver Springs.

    All proceeds from the entry fee go toward development of Oliver Springs’ Carmichael Park.

    Contestants will need to bring one slab of ribs to be prepared on site for judging; contestants may bring their own table and chairs for the event.

    Contact Julia H. Daniel at 789-0846 or julia daniel@comcast.net; or the Rev. David A. Benjamin at 249-3856 or davessportsgrill@comcast.net for details.

  • Fish With a Ranger on the Obed Saturday

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River will host Fish with a Ranger Day on June 6.

    This is Tennessee’s Free Fishing Day, and no license will be required for participation in this program.

    Fishing is a popular outdoor sport across the nation, and it is a great way for families to spend quality time together.

    Free Fishing Day is always the Saturday of the first full week in June. Anyone (resident or non-resident) of any age can fish free without a license in Tennessee’s public waters on June 6.

  • Barbecue boxed-lunch June 15

    Tired of the usual lunch offerings?

    Leadership Roane County’s Class of 2015 will have a barbecue boxed-lunch fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, June 15.

    Hosted by Jamestowne Assisted Living at 851 Lawnville Road in Kingston, the food is available for drive-up or delivery.

    Questions? Call or text 293-7680 or email watersmh@roane


    Proceeds will benefit Round About Roane, a Mid-East Community Action Agency elder transportation program. The agency serves Roane and Loudon counties.

  • Shall we gather at the river — er, lake?

    While hazy, hot and humid weather approaches East Tennessee, Roane County’s Reva Clark has colder conditions in her thoughts.

    Clark is sharing a couple of pictures that were taken during a wintertime baptism in the Laurel Bluff area.

    A hole was cut into the ice of the lake’s backed-up waters to make way for the religious rite, apparently performed by Preacher Lewis Holt.

    “I’ve tried to find out who they are,” Clark said, “and the preacher is the only one I’ve found out who is.”

  • Military Matters: Hali B. Morris

    U.S. Army Pfc. Hali B. Morris recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    A 2012 graduate of Midway High School, she is the daughter of Jennifer L. Morris of Cleveland and Clay G. Morris of Kingston.

    Her grandfather is Garvin A. Morris of Lenoir City.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, and physical fitness.

  • Military Matters: Mersadies K.L. Pass

    U.S. Air Force Airman Mersadies K.L. Pass recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    She is the daughter of Scott and Amanda S. Pass of Rockwood.

    Her uncle is Randy C. Pass of Kingston.

    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.

  • Harriman Happenings: June 1

    Congratulations to A.J. Leverett, who graduated from Vanderbilt University on May 8.

    He received a degree in economics and business.

    He is the son of Bobby and Gloria “Penny” Leverett, grandson of Anthony and Jean Harkness and great-grandson of Ceola Lawrence.

    We wish the best in life for A.J.

    Gary Hickey from Charlotte N.C., came home to Rockwood to be with his mother, Carolyn Griffin, who celebrated her birthday earlier this month along with Herbert Griffin, who had a birthday on May 16.

  • Dancing With the AKAs coming June 13

    Several East Tennessee area dancers will showcase their talents when “Dancing with the AKAs” is presented on June 13.

    The event, from 7 to 10 p.m. in Knoxville Expo Center’s Grand Event Center Ballroom is a program of the Oak Ridge Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

    Proceeds will benefit Trinity Out-Reach Center of Hope, Knox Area Rescue Ministries and The Pat Summitt Foundation for Alzheimer’s research.

  • Sip coffee, climb with a ranger on the Obed June 6

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will have two programs on June 6.

    Join National Park Service rangers for a free cup of coffee and informational session at Lilly Bridge from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

    The Climb With a Ranger program will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning at Lilly Bridge.

    The park will provide all gear for rock climbing. Those participating should bring drinking water and sturdy footwear.

    The Climb with a Ranger program is an excellent introduction to rock climbing for individuals who have always wanted to try the activity.

  • ORUD treats Kingston city employees

    Oak Ridge Utility District treats Kingston city employees, including, from left, Firefighter Jay Settles, Police Investigator Keith Kile, Council Member Norm Sugarman and Water Department employee Jimmy Agee, to an annual “thank you” fish fry buffet.

    They were among 41 at the Kingston City Park pavilion who had a meal of fried fish, hushpuppies and cole slaw. \

    “We appreciate being part of the Kingston community and especially value the relationship we have with the city employees,” said Jeff Patterson, ORUD operations manager.