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Community News

  • Kingston shutterbug Sims heads up Arts Council

    New board members were elected, and changes to the charter were made, during the annual meeting of the Arts Council of Roane County.

  • Wheat lives on for those who called it home

    By Bonita Irwin • For Roane Newspapers
    Alumni of the former Wheat High School and old Roane College, as well as former residents of the former Wheat community, will celebrate 82 years of homecomings at the George Jones Church on Oct. 6.

    The service will begin at 11 a.m., with John Stair Jr. bringing the message. A covered-dish dinner will be at noon under the nearby tent.

    The community of Wheat, situated near the K-25 Site, was first known as Bald Hill because all of the timber had been cut to construct houses.

  • One-man show to give Lincoln, Twain stances on Civil War

    “Abe Lincoln, Mark Twain and the Civil War,” a one-man theatrical production, will take place Oct. 9 in Kingston Public Library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    The historical, humorous and educational program will start at 6 p.m.

    Dave Ehlert will portray both Lincoln and Twain in this 90-minute production, which tells how a Union president and a Confederate deserter fought against slavery in both pre- and post-war days.

    Call the library at 376-9905 for details.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Oct. 2

    25 Years Ago
    Thelma Hughes, an employee at Kayser-Roth in Rockwood, was honored for her 45 years of service to the company. She was presented with a certificate by her supervisor, Ronnie Rhea, and a Gatsby wall clock by human resources manager Lygetta Travis and plant manager Ed Foster. Hughes worked in knitting for 33 years and switched over to quality control, the job she held on her milestone anniversary. An avid University of Tennessee Volunteers fan, the Rockwood native and her husband, Edgar Hughes, were the parents of a daughter, Gena Stinnett.

  • The Garden Gate: Have chocolate to feel like royalty

    Tradition holds that the ancient Aztec emperor Motecuhzoma was so addicted to “chocoatl,” the sacred beverage made from cocoa beans, that he consumed 50 golden goblets of it a day.

    The earliest cocoa trees probably grew in the tropical lowlands of Central America and Mexico. An ancient Toltec myth gives credit to the feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl for first planting these trees and bringing chocolate, food of the gods, to human beings.

  • Harriman Happenings Sept. 30

    Sincere sympathy to Glenn Hickman and other loved ones in the recent passing of Glenn’s mother, who lived in Asheville, N.C.
    She was the wife of the late Rev. Hickman, a former pastor of New Century United Methodist Church. Services are incomplete at this writing.
    We express our deepest sympathy to Mary Jane and Kenneth Brown and all family members in the recent passing of their 3-year-old grandson in Memphis.

  • $1 million to go toward housing mentally ill

    UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee is allocating $1 million in grant funding to increase housing options available for Tennesseans who suffer from mental illness.
    “Without a place to call home, people who suffer from mental illness can get caught in a pattern of staying in hospitals, shelters and even the criminal justice system,” said Scott A. Bowers, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee.

  • Pageant kicks off October Sky Festival in OS

    Oliver Springs Historical Society will kick off this year’s October Sky Fall Festival earlier this year, with the inaugural Miss October Sky Pageant at 7 p.m. Oct. 17.

    The pageant will be in Kellytown Baptist Church’s activity building, Oliver Springs.

    There is still time for ages newborn through high school to enter. The registration form and $25 entry fee must be received by Oct. 1.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in Sevier County with Janelle Arthur!

    The Roane County News stayed close to home to explore Sevier County with Cindy and Ted Gramals.

    While at Dollywood, they ran into “American Idol” finalist and Oliver Springs native Janelle Arthur, who was performing in “The Great American Country Show” at the Pigeon Forge theme park.

  • Harriman Garden Club to give beautification awards

    Harriman Garden Club is taking nominations for the new Harriman Beautification Awards.

    Residential, commercial and industrial nominees are sought.

    All nominees must be in Harriman city limits and/or pay Harriman property taxes.

    Awards are based on lawns, gardens, flora and landscaping in the front yard only.

    Nominations may be made by messaging the Harriman Garden Club on Facebook, emailing Jamie Russell at Jamie@AceDemo.net, or sending the nominees’ name and address to P.O. Box 1422, Harriman, TN 37748.