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  • 'Round Rockwood: Oct. 22

    Well it looks like we've got enough of much needed rain. This kind of weather is a good time to settle down with a good book and read. My daughter Nina Swafford gave me a big book to read and laugh at some of her articles by the author Erma Bombeck.

    Our son Joe and his wife Kathleen McKinney are visiting from Chesapeake, Virginia. While here we planned a family get-together Joe's house. Joe and Kathleen have bought our house and plan to move back here soon.

  • Harriman Happenings: Oct. 22

    Missionary Gloria Ward and a friend from Atlanta left Friday to attend a ladies conference in Memphis.

    Early Saturday morning, they left for Blytheville, Ark., to assist in a Bible quizzing where 300 or more youth from different parts of the country were in the quizzing that was sponsored by Cedine Bible Ministry.

  • The Garden Gate: What plant does thoughts of Halloween conjure?

    We have for a long time been convinced that kudzu is a menacing, fearsome Halloween plant. And so it is, but now it is being threatened by a new menace, an even more fearsome Halloween menace which some people who have known about it have called “the plant from hell”.

    Arundo is a grass-like and bamboo- resembling plant which has been ranked among the world’s 100 most invasive plants. A number of state and even some national organizations have been trying, with no success, to declare it a noxious weed and ban it from the region.

  • Treasure, area Elvis impersonator to be at October Sky Fest

    By Julia H. Daniel, For Roane Newspapers
    At the October Sky Fall Festival on Oct. 20 in Oliver Springs, one Roane County Treasure will be displaying her family history for the second year.

    Nannie Smith Hopper has spent more than 65 years living in Roane County on her family farm in Oliver Springs.

    She was born in Jefferson City on Oct. 7, 1924. She has many good memories of her early childhood days, such as living in a two-room house that Luther Beller had given the family. The house was once a one-room school house.

  • Lots to see, do at October Sky Fest

    Celebrating its setting for the 1999 movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Laura Dern, the town of Oliver Springs will host its annual October Sky Festival this weekend.

    The festivities will begin late this afternoon at 5 p.m. with a stroll through the old town with costumed storytellers at each stop.

    On Saturday, events begin at 10 a.m. at both Arrowhead Park and the historic depot on Winters Gap Road.

  • Roane Choral marking 40th anniversary in song

    Roane Choral Society will celebrate its 40th anniversary with concerts in November, February and April.

    A variety of music is planned to entertain all music lovers.

    The first concert of the season will be Handel’s Messiah at 3 p.m. Nov. 18 in South Harriman Baptist Church.

    “This is a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season,” said Julianne Bailey of Roane Choral Society.

  • Poetry reading scheduled

    In celebration of the Creative Arts Co-op’s 10th anniversary, Roane Writers Group will have an open poetry reading from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at 426 Ruritan Road, Harriman.

    Award-winning poet and poetry editor John C. Mannone will host the event.

  • The Garden Gate: What are your plans for night of the mad moon?

    Our annual Halloween celebration is an offshoot of the ancient pagan festival of Samhain.

    On that night, the ancients believed, the spirits of all those who had died during the previous year would come back to haunt those still living.

    To appease them, and possibly to scare them away, people dressed in fiendish costumes and left offerings of food on the doorstep.

    So now we have bands of costumed revelers going from house to house shouting “trick or treat,” and we mollify them with candy treats.

  • OR preservation group to hear Rugby program

    Barbara Stagg, former director of Historic Rugby, will discuss the British settlement in Morgan County during an Oct. 11 meeting of the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association.

    The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in Midtown Community Center at 102 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.

    Stagg served as executive director of Historic Rugby from 1977-2009. She still lives in Rugby in 1886 Roslyn, one of the original homes.

    The restored Utopian settlement commemorates a spectacular social experiment of the 1880s.

  • 56 years for Harriman’s class of 1956

    Harriman High School’s class of 1956 had its 56-year class reunion last month in Rockwood Street Grill, Rockwood.

    Classmates who attended are, seated from left, Jane Miller and Kay Mitchell Griggs; middle row, Gloria Cole Littleton, Juantia Graves Ballew, JoAnn Ray Archey, Linda Latham Hargis, Laura Cain Meers, Carol Daniels Diggs, Frances Lowe Ray; and back row, Gerald Scarbrough, Ron Quarles, Gene Latham, Charlie Black, James Polston, Doug Black, Bob Cofer and Chris Palko.

    Not pictured is Gail Francis Harbin.