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  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 7

    25 Years Ago
    Veterans organizations joined together at the courthouse for a wreath-laying ceremony at the monument to Roane County’s war dead. The brief ceremony ended with a salute and the playing of taps.

    10 Years Ago
    After months of compelling and sometimes volatile debates, 57 percent of Roane Countians voted yes on a ballot referendum which would clear the way for a state lottery. Most other counties followed suit, thus lifting the constitutional ban on a lottery.

  • How does United Way divvy up funds?

    Roane County United Way is extremely grateful to all the volunteers who have served and continue to serve on its funds allocation review panels.

    “For those who may not know, the United Way uses a very rigorous process for determining how your contributions will be divided among our community partners,” said Deborah Alexander Davis of the Roane County United Way. “This process ensures contributions are allocated to best meet the needs of Roane County residents across six service areas.”

  • Harriman Happenings: Nov. 5

    God gave us a wonderful day Sunday as the women of St. Mary’s Baptist Church celebrated our annual Women’s Day.

    The theme was “Women of Faith.” Sister Joann Palmer was the worship leader for the morning worship service.

    Music was provided by different tapes, which were great. Our theme song was “Have Faith in God.”

    Sister Elfredia Williams was our speaker. Her message was great.

    Our afternoon worship leader was Sister Sheila Hall.

  • Coats for the Cold collections to start

    Dennis Ferguson’s annual Coats for the Cold campaign kicks off next week with four collection sites.

    The 18th annual campaign aims to distribute coats to those less fortunate to help keep them warm this winter.

    The public can help by dropping off unused coats and jackets starting Nov. 5 at one of four collection sites:

    • United Community Bank, Kingston

    • Chase Drugs in Physicians Plaza, Midtown

    • Live and Let Live Drugs, Rockwood

  • Cornhole tournament benefits HFD vehicle

    Harriman Fire Department will have a fundraising cornhole tournament at 4 p.m. Nov. 10 across from Harriman’s main fire station at 603 Walden Ave.

    Entry fee is $30 per team; one of every 10 teams will receive a prize.

    No preregistration is necessary; Cornhole Players Association tournament rules will be followed.

  • Harriman police appreciate Roane State

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle, center left, presents Roane State Community College President Gary Goff, center right, a plaque of appreciation for the use of Roane State facilities for the Harriman Police Department’s annual K-9 seminar.

    Also on hand for the presentation are, from left, Harriman Assistant Police Chief Kenneth Humphrey, Roane State Interim Police Chief Mike McCullough and Roane State support staff member Diane Cox.

  • Dunn Foundation honors Sexton

    The Michael Dunn Foundation board of directors recently honored C.G. Sexton for his leadership and service to the Foundation for more than 30 years.  

    The board presented a star to Sexton at one of the residences owned by the Foundation and named after Sexton.

    The C.G. Sexton Home is used by Michael Dunn Center to provide support and a home to people with disabilities.

    During his term, Sexton led an effort to raise funds through an annual reverse raffle.

    He also was respon-sible for leading the

  • Christmas Ideas Fair starts Thursday

    Today is Halloween, but members of the Roane County Family and Community Education Clubs are thinking about Christmas — the Christmas Ideas Fair, that is.

    This year’s two-day extravaganza will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 1 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 in Kingston Community Center.

    Breakfast and lunch will be available each day, and dinner will be available on Thursday.

    New to this year’s Ideas Fair are Gifts in a Jar and a Christmas General Store.

  • Walk, 5K to aid schools

    Roane County Schools Coordinated School Health Program’s fourth annual 5K race/walk will be on Nov. 3 at Fort Southwest Point, Kingston.

    Medals will be awarded in all age groups, with male and female categories in each division. Entry fee is $25 for adults; student entry fee is $10. The walking division will begin at 8:30 a.m., with runners to start at 9; registration tables will open at 7:30. Registration forms are available at roaneschools.com or from Patti Wells at 882-3700, Ext. 1910, or pawells@roaneschools.com.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Oct. 31

    25 Years Ago
    Best-selling author and columnist Erma Bom-beck was in Oak Ridge for a book signing. La-