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Community News

  • AARP driver safety classes set in Roane

    An upcoming eight-hour AARP driver safety class in Roane County offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The two-day course will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 17-18 in Roane County United Way at 2735 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.

  • Online resource for burial in state veterans cemeteries aims to streamline process

    The state of Tennessee has implemented an innovative new online pre-registration form to allow veterans and their families to be preapproved for burial in the state veterans cemeteries.

    Traditionally, funeral directors contact the nearest state veterans cemetery when they receive a request to bury the remains of a veteran or dependent who previously expressed interest in burial at one of the four locations.

    In many cases, family members are unable to locate the veteran’s discharge papers which must be used to determine eligibility.

  • Legal Aid attorney to speak at luncheon

    Mary Lyn Goodman, an attorney with Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, will be the guest speaker for the next Lunch with the League.

    The meeting will begin at noon Sept. 17 in the social hall of Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge, Lunch with the League is open to the public.

  • New hours at Harriman library

    Harriman Public Library is implementing a temporary change of business hours.

    The library is now open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

    The change is in effect until Jan. 1, 2014.

    Harriman Public Library is at 601 Walden Ave.

    Call 882-3195 for details.
     

  • DAR presentation to focus on ‘Virginian Giant of Revolution’

    Travis Bowman, a seventh-generation descendant of “Virginian Giant of the Revolution” Peter Francisco, will give a presentation on his ancestor at 11 a.m. Sept. 21 at Lawnville Church of Christ, Kingston.

    The event is a presentation of Southwest Point Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Kingston.

    Bowman, who stands 6 feet, 6 inches tall like his ancestor, has spoken at historical societies across the country.

  • Miss October Sky contestants sought

    Oliver Springs Historical Society is now taking applications for its first Miss October Sky Pageant.
    The pageant will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in
    Kellytown Baptist Church’s activity building as a preliminary event to the annual October Sky Festival.
    Registration fee is $25 per entry, with categories open to ages newborn to high school in the Roane County area.
    Entry forms are available at area schools and online at octoberskyfestivaltn.org. Deadline for entry is Oct. 1.

  • OS historical society calendars available

    Oliver Springs Historical Society has its 2014 calendars available.
    The calendars are $10 each. All proceeds go toward restoration of the Abston Garage, which the historical society will use as a museum facility.
    Call Barbara Hilemon at 435-5064 or Betty Hackworth at 435-5695 for details.

  • Early literacy workshop slated at Harriman library

    A early literacy workshop, “Every Child Ready to Read at Your Library,” will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 in the children’s department of Harriman Public Library at 601 Walden Ave.
    The free workshop, presented by Harriman and Kingston public libraries, will provide information on how to help babies, toddlers and preschoolers learn to read.
    It is open to parents, grandparents, teachers and daycare providers.
    The workshop is expected to last 45 minutes.
    Refreshments will be served.

  • Harriman Happenings- Sept. 9

    Our condolences to relatives and friends of Vida Ooten Kilby, who recently passed away in Detroit.
    Vida was the wife of the late Thomas Kilby Jr.
    The couple was former residents of Harriman. Our deepest sympathy to the family.
    Last Monday, the Rev. Henry and Pat Cleveland from Oak Ridge spent Monday afternoon with me.
    Henry grew up in Harriman and is the son of the late Rev. Nep and Emma Cleveland.
    He has been the pastor of New Salem Baptist Church in Knoxville for 36  years. He is retiring from this church.

  • The Garden Gate: Discover the pleasant fruits of Egypt

    The pomegranate is one of the most ancient fruits. It is mentioned in 14 books of the Bible and listed in many other ancient writings.

    Pomegranates are native to Asia, from northern India to the Levant, where they have been cultivated since prehistoric times.

    They are common in Israel, Egypt and along both shores of the Mediterranean Sea. They grow wild in Syria, Lebanon and in parts of Africa.

    In the Bible, pomegranates are termed “the pleasant fruits of Egypt.”