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Community News

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods next month.

    The distribution will be in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Harriman and Kingston residents will pick up their foods from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 4.

    The food pick up for Oliver Springs and Rockwood residents will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 5.

    Commodity food recipients should be certified.

    Those receiving the foods are advised to bring a bag in which to carry the food.

  • Gala to benefit museum

    Guests will dance jigs and reels to fiddlers’ tunes during “A Celtic Holiday” at the annual Gala hosted by the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

    The Gala, celebrating the culture and cuisine of Scotland and Ireland, will be from 6 to 11 p.m. Dec. 5 in the museum at 461 W. Outer Drive.

    The event benefits the museum. Tickets are $125 each.

    Call Carroll Welch at 865-482-1074, Ext. 105, or visit www.childrensmuseumofoakridge.org for details.

  • Renaissance Terrace quilt honors veterans

    Renaissance Terrace, Harriman, had a recent quilt-hanging dedication ceremony in honor of veterans.

    Nurse Missy Watson, far left, made the quilt, which was framed by Ellis Cable, far right.

    The ceremony was attended by state Sen. Ken Yager, center left, and administrator Roger Parker.

  • Harriman opens historic homes in Christmas tour

    On Dec. 13-14, the public is welcome to take the time to experience true Southern hospitality by touring the historic homes of the Cornstalk Heights area of Harriman.

    The tour will be from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

    Presented by the Cornstalk Heights Historical Community Organization, this is the 24th annual Historic Harriman Tour of Homes.

    Tickets are $15 per person and $5 for ages 11 and younger.

    They are available in advance at Rocky Top General Store, Harriman.

  • Bring joy to a Roane area senior by giving to Operation Holiday Cheer

    This year when approximately 200 senior citizens in Roane and Loudon counties receive a nutritious home-delivered meal from the Senior Nutrition program at Mid-East Community Action Agency, they will receive something else: a small gift that means a lot.

    The Operation Holiday Cheer program delivers a holiday package containing useful items for each person.

  • Soup’s On to help Child Advocacy Center

    Kids First Child Advocacy Center will have its 10th annual Soup’s On fundraising event on Jan. 21 in Tellico Village Community Church.

    Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and dinner will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

    An all-you-can-eat selection of homemade soups, breads and cookies will be available.

    Soup offerings will be Blackfoot potato with sausage, Tuscan chicken, Elvis Presley vegetable and vegetarian as well as Hunter’s Chili.

    Take out will also be available.

  • Fort Southwest Point Christmas candlelight tour set for Dec. 13

    Kingston’s Fort Southwest Point will host a Christmas candlelight tour and reception next weekend.

    The tour and reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13.

    The public is welcome to visit and experience the sights, sounds and flavors common to the people of the 18th century.

    Guests will be greeted at the visitors center for the candlelight tour of the fort.

    Beeswax candles will light the walkway, and bagpipe music will set the tone.

    Special attention will be given to recreate an atmosphere of the past during the event.

  • Campground to reopen soon

    Rock Creek Campground, part of the Obed Wild and Scenic River, should soon reopen after construction activities.

    The campground was scheduled to be closed through Nov. 21 for construction of a new comfort station that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and is accessible to mobility-impaired visitors.

    Campsites were also to be upgraded with new picnic tables, campfire grill rings, and wildlife-proof food storage lockers.

    Call 423-346-6294 for more information.

  • The Henry Center youngsters spend Halloween with Spider-Man

    Children at The Henry Center had a Halloween treat from neighboring Warehouse Furniture, which displayed a large jack-o’-lantern and had Spider-Man as special guest.

    Children visiting with their new superhero friend include, from left, Opal Morris, Bella Williams, Keeley Cleveland, Sam Segatto, Ta’Naya Scandlyn, Zailyn Dyer, Cadyn Newman, Preston Pugh, Walter Poland, Jake Edwards, Tom Evans, Bryson Brackins, Karissa Vanover, Ally Freels, Zayden Vanover, Jaxon Armes, Anaya Patel, Braelyn and Tamara Foley.

  • School to mark 50 years

    Ridge View Elementary School, Rockwood, will have its 50th anniversary open house celebration during the Rockwood Christmas Tour of Homes on Dec. 6.

    The event will be from 1 to 6 p.m. in the school at 625 Pumphouse Road.

    “Rockwood 2000 is including them on the home tour ticket,” said Regina Durham of Rockwood 2000. “They will have a gingerbread display as part of the celebration.”

    She added, “You do not have to have a home tour ticket to take a tour of the school,” which will be open to the public.