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Community News

  • Chili cook-off to help agency

    Wellington Place of Kingston is planning a fall chili cook-off to benefit Alzheimer’s Tennessee.

    The event will begin at 5 p.m. Oct. 18 at Wellington Place at 1098 Bradford Way.

    Those wishing to compete should call Marti Hands at 376-9848 before the evening of Oct. 14.

    Tastings at the event will be four for $1, with all proceeds benefiting Alzheimer’s Tennessee.

  • ‘Duck Dynasty’ Uncle Si raising funds for Roane anti-drug group

    The Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition is among the East Tennessee charities benefiting from the Oct. 25 presentation by “Uncle Si” and Alan Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame.

    The Knoxville Rotary Club presentation starts at 7 p.m. in Knoxville Civic Auditorium as a fundraiser for the organization’s charitable endeavors.

    “We wanted to do something bigger this year than we’ve ever done in the past,” said organizer and Rotarian Greg Maciolek.

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

    The Roane County News got another passport stamp as it accompanied Rockwood’s Spencer Forbes and his wife, Evelyn, to Spain last month.

    The couple vacationed with Evelyn’s sister, Marion Hoofnagle, and visited their nephew and his wife, both of whom are missionaries in Spain.

    While in the country, one of the “locals” — a local statue, that is — decided to check out what’s new and news in Roane County.

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

  • 29 attend Lands reunion

    Twenty-nine friends and relatives gathered for the recent 49th annual Lands family reunion in the fellowship hall of North Rockwood Baptist Church.

    Those attending from out of town were Donna, Greg, Rachel and Jacob Townsend and Ryan Austin of Big Stone Gap, Va.; Rhonda, Alberta and Casey Whittenberg of Murfreesboro; Robert and Kathleen Lands of Dayton; and Linda and David Hudson of Ooltewah.

  • Free Medical Clinic on the move

    After nearly four years in its original location on Robertsville Road, the Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge is moving.

    The clinic will be closed Oct. 11 and Oct. 14 for the move.

    When it reopens on Oct. 15, it will be at its new location at 116 East Division Road, Oak Ridge.

    The new site is across Oak Ridge Turnpike from Methodist Medical Center.

    The phone number, 865-483-3904, and fax number, 865-481-0203, will remain the same.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Oct. 9

    25 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Some plants are spooky all year long

    Area markets are featuring enormous pumpkins and, even though it isn’t quite Halloween time, preparations are afoot for that annual day of witches, haunts, goblins and ghosts.

    Some plants, however, haunt us all the year around. Even trees, usually thought of as friendly things, might sometimes be considered alarming at this time of year. What about strangler figs, witch hazels or dragon trees?

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to Mackinaw Island, Mich.

    The Roane County News’ latest vacation was an island getaway — to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Mich.

    The group vacation of Roane Countians includes Debbie Ripoll, Glendora Tweed, Caroline Diggs, Judy Daniels and Fred Miles of Heartland Tours.

    “The group also visited Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland and stopped off for a stay at Thunder Bay resort,” Diggs said. “The Creation Museum was another stop on the tour on the way home.”

  • Free legal services to be offered as part of Celebrate Pro Bono initiative

    Tennessee lawyers will offer free legal services to those unable to afford a lawyer throughout October as part of the Celebrate Pro Bono initiative.

    Activities kicked off earlier this week with four legal clinics, the first of more than 60 events planned across the state.

    A pro bono clinic is planned beginning at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in Legal Ais Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands’ Oak Ridge office.

    The office is at 226B Broadway, Jackson Square. Call 865-483-8454 or toll free at 1-800-483-8457.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in Hilton Head, S.C.

    The Roane County News needed sunscreen for its July outing with Spencer and Evelyn Forbes of Rockwood.

    The couple took the newspaper with them during a vacation to Hilton Head, S.C.

    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.

    You may drop off photos at the newspaper office at 204 Franklin St., Kingston, or email to newsroom@roanecounty.com.

    Happy travels!