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Community News

  • Heritage Commission’s Gala on the Lawn benefits old courthouse

    Roane County Heritage Commission will have its annual Gala on the Lawn at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the historic Roane County Courthouse, Kingston.

    This year’s honoree will be Eugene Pickel.

    Proceeds from the event will benefit renovations to the old courthouse, one of only six antebellum courthouses remaining in Tennessee.

    Contact Stephanie Wright at 803-9778 or stephanie.wright@era.com for more information.

  • 5k run to help Boys and Girls Club

    The second annual Boys and Girls Club of Roane County 5k run will start at 8 p.m. Aug. 30 at the club site in the former Harriman Middle School gymnasium.

    The club, which opened in January, served 25 to 50 children in a daily summer program.

    There’s a possibility of opening a second location in a nearby community within the next year.

  • Adopt a crag at Obed

    Obed Wild and Scenic River, in cooperation with the East Tennessee Climbers Coalition, will have the annual Adopt-A-Crag volunteer event on Sept. 6.

    Volunteers participate in a day of clean-up activities along a variety of rock climbing areas of the Obed Wild and Scenic River. The clean-up starts at 9 a.m.

    The public is also welcome to meet at Lilly Bridge at 2 p.m. for the monthly Obed Climb with a Ranger program.

    The National Park Service provides all the gear and instruction.

  • The Garden Gate: Olives a constant through the ages

    One of the most beautiful, valuable and romantic trees through the ages is the olive.

    There are references to olive trees in more than 65 places in the Bible. The names of many places, such as the Mount of Olives, refer to olives.

    Olive trees are used for decoration in modern landscaping. The growing, production and exporting of olives is a major industry.

    The dove Noah sent forth from the ark brought back a black olive branch. The dove and the olive branch have been symbols of peace ever since.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to Berlin, Germany!

    The Roane County News got another stamp in its passport when it accompanied Bill and Elaine Vandiver to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany.

    The newspaper went with the Vandivers on a Baltic Cruise June 27-July 7.

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

    Be sure to tell us where you — and the News — traveled for a break and photo.

    You may drop off photos at the newspaper office at 204 Franklin St., Kingston, or email to newsroom@roanecounty.com.

  • OS fest vendor applications due

    Vendor applications for Oliver Springs’ annual October Sky Festival are due by Sept. 1.

    Visit octoberskyfestivaltn.org for details or an application.

    The festival will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at Arrowhead Park and along Winter Gap Road in downtown Oliver Springs.

  • NAACP seeks Roane black history

    Roane County NAACP-Branch 5626 is gathering information about the history of African Americans in Roane County as part of its Black History Month events in February 2015.

    While the focus of the Black History Month programs will be on the civil rights era from the end of World War II through 1970, it is hoped enough information will be obtained about all African American history in Roane County so a comprehensive book can be published.

  • Elvis impersonator to give special concert at Roane Writers sock hop

    Roane Writers Group is planning a different kind of fundraising gala this year: a poodle-skirted, saddle-shoed, 1950s Sock Hop.

    The event, from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 in Rockwood Event Center at 120 Rockwood St., will raise money for scholarships and prizes the Writers Group awards each year to winners of its annual Roane County Student Writing Contest.

  • Kingston library exhibits Titterrow’s works of art

    The artwork of Tom Titterrow will be on display through Aug. 29 in Kingston Public Library.

    Titterrow is a Florida-based artist who has previously exhibited his work in the Kingston area.

    The exhibit will open at 10 a.m. Aug. 27 in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    Also upcoming at the library is its regular Thursday Night at the Library program on Aug. 28.

    Amber Jacks and Tammy Edwards will be guest speakers for the 6 p.m. presentation, “Getting Every Child Ready to Read: Beyond Dick and Jane.”

  • Roane United Way to kick off annual campaign today

    Roane County United Way will have its annual campaign kickoff from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in Michael Dunn Center on Gallaher Road, Kingston.

    “With 37 partners delivering over 40 programs and services, the Roane County United Way is committed to making lasting changes to Roane County,” said Roane County United Way Director Dina Jackson.

    The event features guest speakers presenting an overview of how United Way mobilizes the caring power of the community and what impact it has through its partners.