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Community News

  • DOE facilities bus tour to kick off for season

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s 2013 Oak Ridge Facilities public bus tour begins June 3 and continues through Aug. 30.

    It offers visitors a first-hand look at the DOE’s Oak Ridge facilities and provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation during the past 70 years.

    The tour continues to be a focal point for tourists visiting the area. Since its inception in 1996, the DOE public tour program has attracted 29,000 visitors from all 50 states.

  • Early American Trade Fair set this weekend in Kingston

    The fourth annul Early American Celebration and Trade Fair, an event of Kingston’s Fort Southwest Point and Clinch River Long Rifles, will be June 1-2 at the fort.

    Historians, re-enactors, traders, crafters, artisans, storytellers and performers will be on site to showcase the 1740-1840 period in American history.

    Food vendors will be available.

  • Puppeteers to open Kingston summer reading program

    Kingston Public Library’s “Dig Into Reading!” summer reading program kicks off at 1 p.m. June 5 with a special visit by puppeteers, who will tell children how to be safe this summer.

    Joining the puppeteers will be Kingston Police Department, who will do children’s IDs, and Kingston Fire Department.

    Barry Mitchell will bring his magic show to the library on June 12. Other activities include a dinosaur hunt on June 19 and a visit from National Park Service rangers on June 26.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 29

    25 Years Ago
    Kingston’s Morrison Hill Christian Church welcomed Dennis Mullen as its new pastor. A 1987 graduate of Johnson Bible College in Knoxville, he is a native of Glenmont, Ohio.

    10 Years Ago
    Roane County businessman Steve Kirkham was honored by the Harriman Economic Advisory Team for his contributions to the community. Kirkham, owner of area Rocky Top Markets, was cited as a member of Hooray for Harriman and the Roane County Industrial Development Board.

    Five Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: It’s easy to go bananas with such a variety of available fruit

    Bananas, as a food, are far older than recorded history. Their earliest home is believed to be the tropical regions of South Asia.

    The armies of Alexander the Great found bananas rowing abundantly in the valley of the Indus in 327 B.C. He learned that dried roots could be carried long distances and would then grown anywhere that the climate was suitable.

  • Free info fair, fish fry for area seniors May 29

    A senior information fair and fish fry is planned form 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 29 in Brittain Village Community Room at Oliver Springs Housing Authority.

    A joint effort between the Offices on Aging in Roane, Morgan and Anderson counties, the event will offer county-specific information on a variety of matters.

    Topics will include disease management programming, physical fitness opportunities, recreational outings, Medicare counseling, senior nutrition and home- and community-based options.

  • Medicare options to be given in seminar

    Roane County seniors who are aging into Medicare or are newly retired may benefit from an upcoming Medicare 101 workshop.

    The workshop, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in Mid-East Community Action Agency Senior Services Department at 1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood, will review information about Part A, B, C, and D of Medicare and options available for Medicare coverage.  

  • Armadillo search is on Saturday

    On May 25, Obed Wild and Scenic River staff will lead the park’s first hike dedicated to researching the possible presence of the allusive and invasive armadillo.

    Obed park rangers will conduct a short, informative hike along the Emory River Nature Trail, during which participants will be taught more about this mysterious creature and the risks that such non-native species can pose to an ecosystem.

    Participants should meet at the Rock Creek Campground at 2 p.m. and should wear appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes.

  • Free summer camp offered for kids

    Looking for a cheap way to give children a fun-filled week-long experience this summer?

    The Salvation Army has a children’s summer camp experience that doesn't cost a thing, said Bob Lepsig, a board member of the Roane and Morgan Counties Salvation Army Service Unit.

    Parents in Roane and Morgan counties have until 5 p.m. June 14 to return completed applications for their child to attend the free summer camp the week of July 1-6.

    The camp is for children ages 7-12.

  • Account set up to help man who lost home in fire

    An account has been established at Y-12 Federal Credit Union in Midtown to accept donations for Ray "Sterling" Wyrick.

    Wyrick, who friends say suffers from a lot of ongoing health problems, lost his Mans Hollow Road home and belongings in a house fire on April 27.

    Call Diana Matheson at 435-9697 or 210-3137 for details.