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Community News

  • Historic figures passed through the Obed region

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will present an Oct. 11 ranger program about three famous people who once visited the Obed area.

    Both legend and evidence combine to show that Andrew Jackson, John Muir and Daniel Boone each trekked across the environs of Morgan County and what is now the Obed Wild and Scenic River.

    A park ranger will present information on each of their visits and will focus on primary source writings and journal entries from centuries past.

  • Two meetings set for Kingston homeowners

    Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties and the city of Kingston will have two public meetings on Oct. 9 with Kingston homeowners whose homes sustained damage during the June 10 tornado/straight-line winds.

    Ralph M. Perrey, Tennessee Housing Development Agency executive director, will be at the first meeting, from 10 a.m. to noon in Kingston City Hall at 900 Waterford Place.

    Another meeting, from 4 to 6 p.m., will be in Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

  • Orange you glad you’re a Vol? These kids are

    Students at The Henry Center show their orange pride prior to the Tennessee/Arkansas game earlier in the season.

  • Military Matters: Ryan M. Gross

    U.S. Army Pvt. Ryan M. Gross recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    Son of April Curtis of Clinton and Ian Gross of Rockwood, he is a 2014 graduate of Rockwood High School.

    His grandmother is Linda Toman of Clinton.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

  • Suicides on rise among Tennessee veterans

    Statistics released recently by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services indicate the number of suicides by veterans increased from 197 in 2012 to 214 in 2013.

    “Sadly, our brave men and women who once served in uniform may struggle with thoughts of suicide and thoughts of giving up,” said Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Douglas Varney.

    “They must always know they are never alone.”

  • Lawyer to talk on aging matters

    Attorney, Amelia Crotwell of Elder Law of East Tennessee will present a program on advanced directives, living wills and other estate-planning documents during the Oct. 16 Thursday Night at the Library program.

    The program will start at 6 p.m. in Kingston Public Library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    Those planning to attend are asked to preregister by calling Mid-East Community Action Agency Senior Services at 354-0450, Ext. 228

    Crotwell will also discuss qualifying for public benefits and preserving assets.

  • Energy-assistance applications now accepted

    Mid-East Community Action Agency is now accepting applications from those needing help paying energy costs.

    Applicants must be responsible for paying their own energy costs.

    Applications are available online at www.mecaa.net.

    They may also be picked up at the Mid-East office at 2415 N. Gateway Ave., Suite B, Rockwood. Office hours are from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:15 to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

  • Elk crossing? Apparently in OS

    Oliver Springs Police Officer Shannon Runyan spotted a pedestrian of a different sort while on patrol Monday.

    Runyan took a picture of the elk, which he said was crossing the four-laned Tri County Boulevard close to Strutt Street.

    The officer said the department has received several calls from residents who reported the elk had been sighted in their yard, street and road.

    Runyan originally shared his photo Monday afternoon on the Roane County News Facebook page.

  • Harriman Happenings-Oct. 6

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Jay Bee Dickens Jr., who recently passed away.

    He was a faithful member of the American Legion Post 232 of Harriman and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

    Some survivors include his wife Elizabeth Dickens.

    He had three daughters; two sons; mother, Dorothy Dickens; two sisters; three brothers and their family; 15 grandchildren; and a host of other relatives.

    The Rev. Willie Gallaher officiated this service.

    Mr. Dickens’ wish was to be cremated.

  • Coats for Cold drive underway

    Collections are underway for coat and jacket donations for Dennis Ferguson’s annual Coats for the Cold.

    Collections continue through Oct. 17 at Midtown Pharmacy, Chase Drugs and Hannah’s Tanning Hut in Harriman, United Community Bank in Kingston, and Live and Let Live Drug Store in Rockwood.

    Coats will be distributed beginning at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 in the garden center at Rockwood Walmart Supercenter.

    Anyone in need of a coat or jacket is encouraged to attend and pick up outerwear to keep them warm during the upcoming cold months.