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Community News

  • Kingston’s Dye tops in watermelon-carving contest

    Kingston’s Nanthawan Dye was recently awarded second place in the 2014 Watermelon Carving Contest.

    Dye’s entry, which took honors in the “Most Elegant” category, was among the elegantly etched and creatively carved watermelons from across the globe submitted for the contest, sponsored by the National Watermelon Promotion Board.

    “We were wowed by the nearly 100 contest submissions this year — the most we’ve ever received,” said Stephanie Barlow, National Watermelon Promotion Board director of PR and social media.

  • Fall Happenings 2014

    Festivals
    • The second annual Senior Street Fair, a partnership between Rockwood Housing Authority and Mid-East Community Action Agency, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24 on West Rockwood Street, Rockwood, in front of Martin Manor Apartments. Music, an Elvis impersonator, a chili and cornbread competition for seniors, vendors, marshmallow roast, cake walks and other activities are planned. A warming center will be inside Martin Manor for those needing to get in from the cold.

  • Harriman Happenings: Oct. 20

    This past week Carolyn Clemmons spent several days with her son, Roy Clemmons and his family.

    They went to Octoberfest and the Shriner’s Circus in Nashville Municipal Auditorium.

    Carolyn’s grandson, Tennessee, is 22 months old.

    They went to church and ate at Demos Restaurant. It was a fun filled weekend.

    My niece Cheryl Childress celebrated her birthday Oct. 11. Happy birthday Cheryl. I’m sure you had a blessed and happy day.

  • Roane State’s Classroom under the Sea looks at invasive species in sea

    The lionfish invasion and sharks will be topics for the Oct. 23 episode of Classroom Under the Sea.

    One of the most destructive forces in the ocean today is a fish. One of the most misunderstood fish in the ocean is known for its destructive force.

    The lionfish and the shark will be the topics of the next episode of “Classroom Under the Sea,” an online lecture series hosted by two educators living underwater for 73 days.

  • The Garden Gate: What’s in a name? A lot, when it comes to gardening

    Editor’s note: As Ellen Probert Williams continues her respite, we share one of her classic columns, first published on Oct. 3, 2012.

    Many of the rollicking medieval names for plants have been lost in favor of more prosaic titles, but think how exuberant a garden would be planted with such things as Bouncing Bet, Sweet Sultan, Bobbing Joan, Lustie Gallant, Gardener’s Garters or Glare of the Garden.

  • Y-12 emergency management exercise Oct. 15

    Emergency management personnel from Y-12 National Security Complex, along with state, federal and area emergency management personnel, will conduct an exercise Oct. 15 at Y-12’s New Hope Center.

    Because of the activities associated with the exercise, New Hope Center on Scarboro Road will be closed to the public from 8 a.m. to noon.

    East Portal Road from Scarboro Road, up to and including Portal 13, will also be closed from 8 a.m. to noon.

    The exercise should be completed by late morning or early afternoon.

  • Fall Happenings

    Festivals
    • Rockwood First Presbyterian Church will have its annual Halloween cookout and hayride from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29. Food, family-oriented fun and games and Christian fellowship are planned. The church is at 429 W. Rockwood St.

  • Harriman Happenings-Oct. 13

    Sincere sympathy to the family of Mary Ann Jackson, who recently passed away at Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center at the age of 105.

    She lived a very long life and was a Christian lady.

    Her parents preceded her in death and a brother.

    Norma DeArmond (Carl) was her caregiver, and she really helped care of her.

    Mary left other cousins and family members behind.

    Service was held for her Thursday with Dr. Joseph Weaver officiating.

  • Key new programs to help farmers manage risk

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

    Vilsack said new tools are now available to help provide farmers the information they need to choose the new safety net program that is right for their business.

  • Enroll now for dairy farm risk management

    Tennessee farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program.

    The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin — the difference between the price of milk and feed costs — falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture also launched a new Web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage under the Margin Protection Program that will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions.