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Community News

  • Harriman Happenings: Feb. 2

    Happy belated birthday to Dan Baker who recently celebrated his special day.

    I hope you had a great celebration and hope you have many more.

    I extend my sympathy to the family of Trixie Siler, who passed away Wednesday. Arrangements were incomplete at the time of this writing.

    Burckon and Mary Walker left Spring City to attend the services of Mr. Burckon’s father in Blytheville, Ark.

    Several members from Cedine Bible Mission attended this service, including Missionary Gloria Ward.

  • Sign up for free tree to plant on special Tenn. day

    Homeowners, businesses and groups of any variety can now sign up to receive free trees for their property or community.

    The catch? The trees must be planted during one hour — at 11 a.m. Eastern time on Feb. 21.

    A team of non-profit organizations, state agencies and community groups seeks to plant 50,000 trees in one hour across Tennessee on “50K Tree Day,” the first tree-planting undertaking of its size in Tennessee, according to event organizers.

    Organizers are currently recruiting interested groups and individuals to get involved.

  • Public warned about peanut allergin detected in paprika

    The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has issued a public advisory for an undeclared peanut allergen in 5-ounce containers of Pride of Szeged Hungarian Spice paprika.

    The paprika is distributed by Spice Co. of Avenel, N.J.

    On Jan. 12, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture conducted routine retail food product sampling in the Cleveland area.

  • Hospice volunteers needed

    Caris Hospice is seeking volunteers to work with patients and families coping with a terminal illness in Roane County.

    Patient visitation and caregiver respite, administrative and special-projects volunteers are needed.

    “Please join us to share a smile or laugh, organize the office or make a gift for our patients,” said Jennifer Wilson, hospice volunteer coordinator.

    “Overwhelmingly, our volunteers report they receive blessings during this sacred time.”

  • Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

    Special music and messages were given during a service celebrating the spiritual legacy of the civil rights leader on the eve of his birthday.

    Rockwood church leaders under the name People for the Dream organized the event in Rockwood Christian Church, Disciples of Christ.

    “The whole movement was born out of the church,” said Bea Thomas, Speights Chapel AME Zion Church pastor, prior to the event.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in Aruba!

    The Roane County News was chasing sun and fun when it went to Aruba with Wayne and Erna Tipps over the holidays.

    “The weather was wonderful,” the couple said. “We missed the annual ‘cold spell’ in Tennessee.”

    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.

  • Grant aims to help nonprofits in pediatric cancer treatment, services

    East Tennessee Foundation is now accepting applications for funding from the Butterfly Fund of East Tennessee Foundation.

    Organizations must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) or other exempt entities and submit proposals directly related to support of pediatric oncology research, treatment and/or services.

    Funds totaling $50,000 are available to award, and organizations may apply for the entire amount or a portion of funds available.

    Using an online grant application system, applications must be submitted no later than Feb. 27 to be eligible for funding.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to the Caribbean!

    While everyone was dealing with the bitter cold temperatures, Steve and Mona Bolden took their Roane County News on a cruise to the Southern Caribbean to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, Jan. 11-18.

    They said the temperatures were perfect, staying between 79-81.

    They visited San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten and Barbados.

    Planning a vacation?

    Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

  • Yager heads state, local gov’t committee

    State Sen. Ken Yager has been appointed chairman of the Senate’s state and local government committee for the 109th Tennessee General Assembly.

    The Kingston Republican, who represents the 12th District in the Tennessee Senate, was also chosen to serve on the Senate’s commerce and labor and energy, agriculture and natural resources committees.

  • Air Force Jazz Ensemble to perform at Princess

    The U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble will perform in a free concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.

    Although admission is free, tickets are required.

    Tickets can be picked up in advance from Rocky Top General Store at 316 Ruritan Road or Harriman Jewelry Exchange at 509 Roane St., both in Harriman.

    Remaining tickets will be available at the box office on the day of the concert.