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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.