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  • 4-H Chicken Show, Sale next week in Midtown

    The annual Roane County 4-H Chicken Show and Sale will begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 2 at Valley Farmers Co-op, Midtown.

    The sale is an ideal place to find laying hens to start egg production or to purchase replacements for a current flock.

    All proceeds go toward show awards to 4-H members and the original cost of purchasing the chicks.

    Chickens offered for sale will include Rhode Island reds and Barred Rock, Black Star and Red Star prime laying pullets.

  • Autism support group meets

    Roane County Autism Support Group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 11 in Michael Dunn Center at 629 Gallaher Road, Kingston.

    The organization is designed to help parents with autistic and special-needs children, as well as to give children social time to be with others with similar circumstances.

    Babysitters are provided during each meeting. Contact Monique Stevens at Monique_stevens@comcast.net, or visit the Autism Support Group Roane County site on Facebook.

  • The Garden Gate: It yam what it yam, but it's no sweet potato

    There has long been great controversy about whether yams and sweet potatoes are the same — or whether they are two different things.

    The argument consists of two different opinions, equally adamant.

    Some research into the matter is most clearly indicated.

    Webster’s Dictionary is a good place to start. It says that sweet potatoes are large, sweet, thick tuberous roots of a tropical vine related to the morning glory, with variously shaped leaves and purple flowers.

  • OR to dismantle bldg. with Friendship Bell

    Beginning the week of July 28, the city of Oak Ridge will begin dismantling the International Friendship Bell House in Bissell Park.

    Earlier this spring, the city commissioned a structural evaluation of the bell house to determine the extent of suspected water damage to the supporting beams.

    The evaluation determined the majority of the structure, which was holding the 8,000-pound Friendship Bell, was beyond repair.

  • Author Peyton to speak at Thursday Night at Library

    East Tennessee author Cheryl Peyton will be the guest speaker at Kingston Public Library’s “Thursday Night at the Library” on July 24.

    The event starts at 6 p.m. in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    Peyton will be discussing her four books, with particular attention to her thriller, “Six Minutes to Midnight,” set in Oak Ridge.

  • Register now for AARP Smart Driver course

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

    The new two-day AARP Smart Driver course will be from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 18-19 in Kingston Community Center.

    The course has been updated from those previously taught.

    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.

  • Habitat begins construction on 34th Roane home

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity has started building its 34th house in the county on Hope Circle in Kingston.

    Since 1992, Roane County Habitat has built houses for families in need of adequate or affordable housing.

    A selection process identifies families that have both the need for better housing and the ability to make the monthly zero-interest mortgage payments.

    The families then partner with Habitat by donating time to build Habitat homes, and they participate in home ownership training.

  • Get ready to save during tax holiday

    Tennessee’s annual sales tax-free holiday is coming up on Aug. 1-3.

    The annual holiday provides parents an opportunity to get needed back-to-school supplies and clothing, but the savings are available to Tennesseans of all ages, said state Sen. Ken Yager.

    “This sales tax holiday is very beneficial to parents by helping with a lot of the back-to-school expenses incurred at this time of year,” the Kingston Republican said.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to California

    More fun in the sun for the Roane County News this vacation season — this time with Linda Wolfenbarger on a vacation in California.

    While she catches up on her hometown news, the critter looking over her shoulder may just be the largest reader we’ve ever had!

    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.

  • Harriman Happenings: July 21

    Last Sunday, July 13, members of St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church celebrated the 35 years of ministry of our pastor, the Rev. Jesse L. Williams Sr.

    Pastor Williams and his wife, Sister Elfredia Wiliams, are special people.

    Pastor Williams is not only our pastor, he is a great friend, teacher and counselor.

    The morning message was given by the Rev. Gerald Marshall from Dayton, Ohio, pastor of New Commandment Missionary Baptist Church. Music was by the Celebration Choir.

    Afterward, a delicious dinner was served.