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Community News

  • 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.
     

  • Rockwood alumni set yearly reunion

    The 10th annual reunion for all Rockwood High School alumni will be June 3-9 at the Rockwood First Baptist Church lake property on Eagle Furnace Road.

    Activities, including an ice cream social, pot luck dinner, game night and dancing will be featured during the week.  

    The main attraction will be a catered lunch on Saturday. Reservations are required.

    The lunch will be preceded by class photos and followed by an auction.  

    The Rev. Kenneth Clayton will conduct a church service Sunday morning.

  • The Garden Gate: This column may someday be part of a home for a furry friend

    A border of day lilies really dresses up your garden. All the pretty flowers are in bloom for only one day at a time, but the blooms are so prolific and replace each other so fast that it is hard to realize they are so well named. Because that’s what they are, one day at a time, day lilies.

    The exuberant and lovely blossoms are among the most satisfactory and easy-care flowers one could imagine for any American or Canadian garden, and they flourish especially well in the gardens of Tennessee.

  • Prowl for owls on the Obed

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will have a spring Owl Prowl beginning at 8 p.m. May 31 at the Lilly Overlook parking lot.

    Those attending will hear about the habits and mannerisms of the Eastern screech owl and the barred owl, two of the most common owls in Eastern Tennessee.

    They will also be taught how to distinguish between the two owls’ different and unique calls.

    Participants will hike to the overlook with park staff as they call out to owls with recorded owl sounds.

  • Memorial Day observances set in Kingston, Rockwood

    Those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom will be remembered on May 27 with a Memorial Day ceremony in Kingston’s Bethel Cemetery.

    Later in the day, Rockwood 2000 will have a similar commemoration and veterans paver dedication at Homecoming Park.

    The Bethel Cemetery cermeony will be conducted by Kingston American Legion Post 110.

    A call to order by Cmdr. Randy Heidle will be followed by the presentation of colors by Cub Scout Pack 101 and Buddy Miles’ placing of the wreath.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files for the Week of May 22

    25 Years Ago
    Cuyler Dunbar, founding president of Roane State Community College, announced through tears that he was leaving the college after 18 years to accept the presidency of Catawba Community College in Hickory, N.C. “There’s never a good time to leave,” he said. “We will remain forever connected [to the school] in heart and spirit.” At the time of his appointment at Roane State, Dunbar was the youngest college president in Tennessee.

    10 Years Ago

  • Harriman Lions serving up pancakes

    Members of the Harriman Lions Club are finalizing plans for the club’s annual “World’s Greatest Pancake Breakfast” from 7 to 11 a.m. May 25.

    “Mary Long, owner of Harriman Steak and Diner has graciously offered the use of her restaurant and her employees again this year to help the Harriman Lions in this project,” said Harriman Lions Club member John Richards.

    Pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee, milk and orange juice will be available for $5 for adults, $2.50 for children younger than 11.