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Community News

  • DOE’s Oak Ridge manager to speak at heritage meeting

    Larry Kelly, manager of the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Office, will be the guest speaker for this week’s joint meeting of two Oak Ridge preservation groups.

    The meeting of the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association and the Advocates for the Oak Ridge Reservation will be on Jan. 10 in Midtown Community Center, Oak Ridge.

    The meeting will start at 7 p.m.

    Kelly will discuss managing resources on the Oak Ridge Reservation in a changing environment.

  • Harriman Happenings: Jan. 7

    Kwayu Graham, a former coach at Austin East High School in Knoxville, left there to take a head coaching job in Lexington, N.C.

    The Carolina Panthers High School Coach of the Week program recognizes high school coaches who, through their hard work and dedication to young people, have made a difference in the lives of their players’ high school and community.

    Kwayu, head coach at Lexington Senior High School, was selected as this season’s second 2012 Coach of the Week.

  • Grant gives Rockwood resident new home in time for the holidays

    Bonnie Davison of Rockwood spent Christmas in her new home, thanks to a 2011 HOME grant received by the city.

    Rockwood received a $250,000 grant that enabled the city to complete the rehabilitation of three existing homes.

    It also provided for the demolition of two additional homes and for new construction to replace those homes.

    Davison lives at 309 N. Dunlap Ave. and said she is very thankful to the city for her new home.

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts said he shares in that gratitude.

  • Harriman Happenings: Dec. 31

    Christmas was really a great day for Julia Harris.

    Her children from Nashville and Knoxville came home to spend this day with her and their sister, Alicia Harris.

    Her children are Tabby Tayler and her son Jalen; Jeff Harris, his wife, Silvia, and their daughters, Courtney and Chelsea; Kristie and Malachi and their three children; and Sybil, her husband Tony Cannon, and their two children.

    They enjoyed a delicious meal with all the trimmings. Afterward, gifts were opened and all were more than happy for what they received.

  • Kingston kid helps hurricane victims

    Kingston Elementary School student Mason Edwards, center, and his brother, Jesse, present Will Cramer from the Anderson County American Red Cross office with money Mason collected for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

    Mason made the decision on his own to find a box and collect money from his family, neighbors and friends, and his parents drove him to the Anderson County Red Cross office on Dec. 21 to drop off the $19.05 he collected.

  • Kick off the new year in a healthy way with a hike at a Tennessee State Park

    Tennessee State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes on New Year’s Day in commemoration of the park system’s 75th anniversary.

    Each state park will host its own special hike in the first few days of the New Year.

  • Hwy. dept. recycling Christmas trees, holiday greenery

    Roane County Highway Department will have a Christmas tree recycling event Jan. 2-3.

    Wreaths and garland will be accepted, but brush is prohibited.

    Christmas trees and greenery may be taken to the Roane County Highway Department at 3070 Roane State Hwy., Midtown, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

    All tinsel, lights and decorations should be removed from Christmas trees, garlands and wreaths before they are taken to the department for recycling.

    Call 882-9782 for more information.

  • Blood drives in Harriman, Kingston

    Medic Regional Blood Center hopes that blood donation is on top of the list for New Year’s Resolutions.

    “If all donors gave just one more donation per year, our area would rarely experience a blood shortage,” said Christi  Fightmaster, Medic’s director of public relations.    

    Medic is the sole provider of blood for 21 counties and 27 area hospitals throughout the greater East Tennessee region.   

  • Plan ahead to prevent being a statistic this New Year's holiday

    As Americans prepare for holiday celebrations, AAA reminds both drivers and passengers of the dangers on the roads on New Year’s Day.

    According to AAA, New Year’s Day consistently ranks as the day most alcohol-related fatalities occur.

    To strengthen efforts to protect the public against drunk drivers and reduce alcohol-related traffic deaths, AAA supports ignition interlocks for all convicted DUI offenders and offers important safety advice to partygoers.

  • Harriman Happenings: Dec. 24

    Gary, Pat and Tyler Hickey from North Carolina, Deloris Gray and daughter, Tenile and grandson, Sheldon from Texas, Mary Johnson, Cora Linson, Barry Linson and daughter Willow, all from Knoxville, Robin Shannon and son from Chattanooga, Kecia Sanders and sons, Kortney Cameron and a friend from Chattanooga, Jill and Keith Johnson, Barbara Upton, Courtney Thomas, DC Upton and Evelyn Sanders, were recently guests of Herbert and Carolyn Griffin.