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Community News

  • Boys and Girls Club 5k slated

    Roane County’s Boys and Girls Club is kicking off fundraising with a 5k race at Harriman’s Riverfront Park on Monday, Sept. 2.

    The board hopes to have an initial site open and running at Harriman Middle School by mid-December. Eventually they want to expand into other communities.

    The race will start at 8 a.m., prior to the Hooray for Harriman Labor Day festivities.

    Registration is $25, and donation forms for non-racers will be available that day.

  • Harriman Happenings: Aug. 26

    Annual Women’s Conference was held at New Covenant Baptist Church last Saturday and Sunday. The theme was “You Don’t Know My Story.”

    Featured guest speaker was Dr. Wanda Taylor Smith. She retired from University Hospital in Cincinnati where she held as staff nurse and interim nursing administrator before retiring in 2003. She had a lot to say talking about, “You Don’t Know My Story.” Four videos were shown where these ladies told us “You Don’t Know My Story.”

  • Race to benefit cancer center

     The Team Captain Kick-off for the 20th annual BUDDY’S Race Against Cancer to benefit Thompson Cancer Survival Center will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike.  

    The kick-off event presents an early opportunity for interested individuals and organizations to set-up their teams and kick-start their fundraising efforts for this year’s BUDDY’S Race Against Cancer.  The fundraising goal for 2013 is $475,000, with 6,000 registered participants.

  • Task Force on Aging to help seniors

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced the formation of the Task Force on Aging, a group charged with creating a plan to improve the lives and care of older Tennesseans and their families through a collaboration of public, private and nonprofit leaders.

     According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 14 percent of Tennesseans are 65 years of age or older, and the national average is 13.7 percent. Tennessee’s number is expected to grow to more than 22 percent by 2020.

  • Backpack program needs help

    Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee is struggling to feed all children going hungry in the region, including Roane County.

    Food for Kids, a collaborative effort between Second Harvest Food Bank and East Tennessee schools, is aimed at feeding area children through the weekend, when they do not receive free breakfast or lunch served by the school system.

  • Astronomy group to get a virtual tour of Chicago planetarium

    Oak Ridge’s ORION astronomy club will be given a virtual tour of Chicago’s Adler Planetarium at its next meeting.

    The group will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 in the Grove Theater at 123 Randolph Road, Oak Ridge.

  • Harriman’s Music and Melons tradition continues this weekend

    This year’s version of Harriman’s Music and Melons summertime tradition will start at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at Harriman Riverfront Park.

    Harriman Lions Club will provide free watermelons to be served to the audience and Babahatchie Community Band musicians, which will provide the musical part of the program.

    “We have a Latin theme with the music this concert,” said Babahatchie member Alison West-
    rich.

  • Manhattan Project to be topic at Kingston Library

    Timothy Joseph will give a presentation on the legendary Manhattan Project at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 in Kingston Public Library.

    The talk is based on “Historic Photos of the Manhattan Project,” Joseph’s coffee table book with nearly 200 photos, published by Turner Publishing in   Nashville.

    Joseph will be available to sign books during the event.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed Sept. 17-18

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

    Commodity food recipients should be certified by Aug. 30 to receive foods during this distribution.

    Commodity foods will be distributed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17-18 in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

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

    All recipients must pick up their commodities or arrange to have them picked up.

  • The Garden Gate: Statuary in gardening ruined many ancient runes

    There seem to be cycles of popularity for formal, structural, casual and natural gardens. All appear to recur with passing generations of gardeners.

    But some aspects of gardening never change. Flowers, herbs, shrubs, trees, birds, flowers, butterflies and weeds never fail to hold our attention.