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Community News

  • Plant sale back on

    The eighth annual Master Gardeners of Roane County plant sale on May 4 was postponed due to rain.

    The sale has been rescheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18 at Ladd Landing in Kingston.

    This is a public opportunity to obtain plants, knowledge and information from trained volunteers through the Tennessee Master Gardener Program of Roane County and the University of Tennessee Extension.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 8

    25 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Beautiful iris worthy of name fit for a goddess

    The beautiful iris blooming in our gardens with elegance is worthy of the goddess for whom it was named.

    Tennessee’s state flower was one of the more popular of spring flowers in gardens of medieval Europe, and it is still one we greet with joy in our own spring gardens.

    Some of us refer to these flowers as flags or, if we are French, fleur de lys.

  • Shrine paper sale starts next week

    Jon Loden, left, owner of Loden’s Auto Body Center in Kingston, makes a $1,000 donation to help kick off the annual Shrine Paper Sale fund drive for Shriners Hospitals for Children.

    Roy Ford accepts the donation.

    The paper sale will be May 13-18, with a road block planned for May 19

    “Noble Loden has given generously every year,” Ford said. “When you see the men with the red fezzes, please help. In the past, the people of Roane County have been very generous.”

  • Free canning class offered

    Rocky Top General Store is known for its rustic and nostalgic pieces, and comments from customers about the Harriman business’ canning products has inspired a class on the classic Southern method of preserving food.

    “We just had so many people coming in that wanted to learn how to can and don’t know how,” said Debbie Mee of Rocky Top General Store.

    Mee said the free class will be June 8.

    A University of Tennessee Extension agent will be providing the class, which will be informational.

  • Three honored with Silver Star Awards

    Renaissance Terrace of Harriman recently honored three people during its inaugural Silver Star Awards Gala.

    The honorees were Amber Jacks of Mid-East Community Action Agency and two caregivers, Houston Wallace and  Bonnie Stizler, both of whom were elected by their peers and voted on by their superiors.

    The caregivers were honored for setting the bar for care and consistently delivering stellar performances.

  • Arts Commission reinstates ABC grant program

    The Tennessee Arts Commission has reinstated its popular Arts Build Communities grant program.

    The ABC grant category is designed to provide support for arts projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, and enhance the sustainability of asset-based cultural experiences.

  • Harriman Happenings: May 6

    More than 250 people attended the home-going service of Elder Ruby Jean Boyd last Friday.

    Jean was well known and loved by all who knew her.

    She was the wife of the late Jack Boyd. She was also a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and child of God.

    She was an elder in Sevier Street Seventh-day Adventist Church.

    Jean’s living was not in vain. She will be missed by family, her church and friends.

  • CASA Run for the Child set May 18

    CASA’s annual Run for the Child will be May 18 on the main campus of Roane State Community College in Roane County.

    Entry forms may be downloaded from www.casaninth.org, or runners may register on the morning of the race.

    Registration opens at 6:30 a.m., and the race begins at 8.

    This 5k run and walk raises money to train and support Court-Appointed Special Advocates, volunteers appointed by the juvenile court to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children.

  • Hidden art treasure contest under way in Rockwood

    The Arts Council of Roane County is conducting a hidden art treasure hunt contest in Rockwood, just in time for Mother’s Day.

    The council designed the contest, which continues through May 10, to support both area businesses and artists.

    The council has “hidden” Roane County artists’ works in the shops of some of Rockwood’s merchants and other businesses.

    Each participating business is featuring a single work of art displayed with the council’s signage in each of the participating businesses.