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Community News

  • Master Gardeners working to beautify the county

    The Master Gardeners of Roane County are trained volunteers who help University of Tennessee Extension of Roane County educate and serve the community.

    Tennessee Master Gardeners receive 40 hours of horticultural training through UT Extension and return 40 hours of volunteer community service to become certified.

    They maintain certification with 25 service hours and eight hours of continuing education annually.

  • Muir biographer to be in Kingston

    Kingston Public Library will host a special event later this month with biographer John B. Hunt.

    Hunt, author of “Restless Fires: Young John Muir’s Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf in 1867-68” will be at the library beginning at 6  p.m. April 25.

    He spend a number of days at the Kingston Public Library and the Roane County Historical Society’s Archives while conducting research for his book.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From the Past From the Week of April 17

    25 Years Ago

  • Harriman Happenings: April 15

    Three nights of revival were held at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Midtown.

    The Rev. Jesse L. William was the evangelist. This sermon was based on Psalm 23. Each night was well attended, and all who went were blessed. This is where the Rev. Paul Taylor is pastor.

    Allen Hickman has been inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, an international academic organization for two-year colleges and institutions. In order to be eligible for membership a student must maintain a grade-point average of at least a 3.5. Congratulations, Allen.

  • Police get Beanies to help scared kids

    Beta Alpha Chi, Roane State Community College's chapter of The Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, donated 100 Beanie Babies to the Rockwood Police Department for officers to distribute to children.

    Police answer many calls involving children, with situations including domestic violence, child abuse and fires.

    “We feel like it is important the police have these Beanie Babies to hand out when children are caught in the midst of a scary event,” said Nikki Smith, a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

  • Darnbush taking over command of 278th

    The largest unit in the Tennessee National Guard will have a new commander after ceremonies on April 14.

    The ceremonies, starting at 1 p.m. at the West High School Football Stadium, 3326 Sutherland Ave., Knoxville, will kick off Col. Darrell D. Darnbush’s command of Tennessee’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

    The Rockwood National Guard Armory is part of the 278th, which has been commanded by Col. Frank C. McCauley  since May 2011.

  • Rockwood Rotary seeking new members

    Rockwood Rotary Club is looking for members of the public who are interested in joining the organization.

    “We are very active and would like to have you join with us,” said longtime member Maurice Greif.

    The civic organization meets at 6 p.m. each Monday in Rockwood Street Grill.

    Those interested in joining Rockwood Rotary Club may call Greif at 354-9857, President-elect Eddie Bilbrey at 354-2822 or Treasurer Jerry Jolley at 354-2136.

  • Wrestlers hitting the mat for Relay

    Professional wrestlers from the Allied Wrestling Federation will have a special fundraising show April 13 with proceeds going to Roane County Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society.

    Tickets are $5 for VIPs, $3 for general admission to the 7 p.m. show in Roane State Community College gymnasium on the main campus in Roane County. They will go on sale starting at 4:30 the day of the show.

  • Beets elected vice chair of ETHRA, ETDD

    Kingston Mayor Troy Beets was elected vice chairman of East Tennessee Human Resource Agency and East Tennessee Development District during the agencies’ annual meetings in Knoxville.

    Beets, elected by unanimous consent of the board, will take office on July 1.

    Other officers elected by unanimous consent during the meeting in Rothchild’s Conference Center were Chairwoman Estelle Herron, Loudon County Mayor; Secretary Bill Brittain, Hamblen County Mayor; and Treasurer Jeff Tibbals, Scott County Mayor.

  • Going green in the literal sense

    Dakota Thompson of the Rockwood High School softball team boasts green hands, and streaks of green on her arms and face, for a worthy cause at Mike “Brillo” Miller Sportspark.

    She and her teammates — along with members of the school’s baseball team — spent a recent Saturday sprucing up the park for its busy spring and summer seasons.

    Others participating in the workday include softball and baseball parents, volunteers, city of Rockwood and its public works department and Rockwood Electric Utility.