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Community News

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

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

    The distribution for all areas will be at Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    The church is in the former Dagger Canoe building.

    Residents of Kingston and Harriman will pick up their commodity foods from 9 to 1 p.m. Dec. 12.

    Oliver Springs and Rockwood residents will pick up commodity foods from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 13.

  • Harriman Home Tour Dec. 14-15

    Historic Harriman’s 23rd annual Christmas Tour will be from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 14 and from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 15.

    Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for ages 6-12, with ages 5 and younger touring free.

    Tickets are available at Red Door Antiquities and Rocky Top General Store, or may be purchased the day of the tour at Harriman Public Library.

  • tnAchieves in need of mentors

    Individuals with a passion for education who can spend 10-15 hours annually to help area high school students achieve their college dreams are sought to become a tnAchieves/RoaneAchieves mentor.

    “As a mentor, you will make a difference and help students receive a tnAchieves scholarship and make it to college,” said Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist for The Roane Alliance.

  • Arts Council making plans for open show

    The Arts Council of Roane County will have its second annual Roane Open Art Show on Dec. 13-15 in the building formerly known as Roane Medical Center Annex at 431 N. Roane St., Harriman.

    The council has issued a call for artists to participate in the show, which is open to all area visual artists and fine crafters and will be free to the public.

    The show will be judged by Kingston artist Jan Hill.

    Awards will be given in several student and adult categories, along with a Best in Show grand prize.

  • Kick butts on Nov. 21

    Nov. 21 marks the 2013 Great American Smokeout — and the Roane County Health Department encourages smokers to use the occasion to either make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and quit smoking that day.

    “By quitting – even for one day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing the risk of cancer and diseases related to smoking such as emphysema and COPD,” said Donna Raines, public health educator at Roane County Health Department.

  • Kingston fall ’13 decoration winners

    Kingston Parks and Recreation Department recently announced winners of its 2013 fall/Halloween decorating contest.

  • Take time Saturday to look at the stars

    The public is welcome to attend an evening of astronomy lectures and lunar viewing at Roane State Community College’s Tamke-Allan Observatory on Nov. 16.

    The gate will open at 7:30 p.m.

    Highlights will include a general astronomy presentation at 8 p.m., followed by lectures on what can be seen on the moon.

    “We’ll also hear about solar ‘killer’ events, getting ready for a full discussion on Jan. 18,” said David Fields, Tamke-Allan director.

  • Meet The Bridge Hall-of-Famers

    The Bridge at Rockwood recently honored residents, staff and community members inducted into the facility’s ninth annual Hall of Fame earlier this month.

    Inductees include:

    • Vera “Billie” Meadows for her personal achievements and entrepreneurship.

    • Wayne Earl Swicegood for distinguished military service and volunteerism.

    • Staff member Kaye Howard for volunteerism.

    • Community member Gail Lyke for public service and volunteerism.

  • Energy grants offered

    Tennessee is planning a third offering of the Clean Tennessee Energy Grants to fund energy efficiency projects for municipal governments, county governments, utility districts and other similar entities across the state.

    The state plans to make $1.9 million available for the grants.

    “Increasing Tennessee’s energy efficiency will help us be even better stewards of both taxpayer dollars and our environment,” said Gov. Bill Haslam.

  • CONTACT to mark 40 years of listening

    For 40 years, volunteers with CONTACT Care Line have provided a listening ear to East Tennesseans in crisis, and the Oak Ridge-based nonprofit is welcoming the public to an evening of Bluegrass music to celebrate its milestone anniversary.