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  • WWII vet to speak at RSCC

    World War II veteran Clinton E. Riddle of Sweetwater will share his experiences during a 4:30 p.m. lecture on Oct. 11 on the main campus of Roane State Community College.

    The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in room O-202 in the O’Brien Humanities building on the Roane County campus.

    The Roane State-Bethel University 2+2 education program is presenting Riddle’s lecture.

    Riddle, 92, fought in North Africa, Italy, France, the Low Countries and Germany during World War II.

  • Harriman Happenings: Oct. 8

    Sunday, Sept. 30, was Missionary Day at St. Mary’s Baptist Church.

    Sue Hall spoke for the women during the morning worship. Sue was really great. Music was provided by the celebration choir. Pastor Jesse Williams delivered the spoken word. This was a great morning worship service.

    St. Mary’s Baptist Church continued celebrating Mission Sunday with Pastor Paul Taylor and Oak Grove Baptist Church family. Their choir provided the music, and Pastor Taylor delivered the spoken word.

  • 'Round Rockwood: Oct. 8

    We are glad to have cool fall weather, beautiful sunny days and much needed showers to brighten up our lawns and flowers.

    I met Cassady Williams on Tuesday, Oct. 2. She works here at Victorian Square.

    Betty Johnson of Eureka came and played the piano and we, the residents and faculty of Victorian Square, sang along with her.

    She is the wife of the Rev. Paul Johnson, retired pastor of Eureka United Methodist Church.

    Our sincere sympathy to the family of Stella Dickey of Harriman, who passed away Sept. 23.

  • Corn maze open through Nov. 4

    Officially opening the Roane County Corn Maze off Patton Lane are, in no particular order, County Executive Ron Woody, County Commissioner Randy Ellis and Roane County Park employees Stacey McElhaney, Johnny Marshall and Richard Crawford.

    The corn maze will run through Nov. 4.

  • Kingston native debuting 'Brand New Song': Wright to headline at Country Fair

    Woody Wright will be the headlining act at this year’s Kingston Country Fair.

    The celebration will be from  10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Fort Southwest Point.

    Wright, a Kingston native, is a multi-faceted performer and songwriter who sings everything from gospel to country. He promises to bring on belly laughs with his comic relief.

    Wright began his acclaimed music career singing in the Cedar Grove Baptist Church choir in the 1960s.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Oct. 3

    25 Years Ago
    The Roane County High School Band Parents Association kicked off a new fundraising drive to collect a mile of quarters. Hoping to end door-to-door selling, the association took up collections at games, had road blocks, and placed canisters around town. A mile of quarters equals about 68,000 coins or $17,000. If successful, it could become an annual event.

    10 Years Ago

  • Military Matters: Brandon T. Finney

    U.S. Air Force Airman Brandon T. Finney recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

    Son of Roger and Pam White of Oliver Springs, the airman is a 2010 graduate of Oliver Springs High School.

    Finney completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • Military Matters: Michael J. Vann

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael J. Vann has deployed overseas to a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    A refueler technician assigned to the 134th Air Refueling Wing at McGhee Tyson, Knoxville, the staff sergeant has served in the military for 15 years.

    He is the son of David and Judy Vann, Kingston, and Janice McCown, Harriman.

    He graduated in 1987 from Roane County High School, Kingston.

  • The Garden Gate: Do you have Bouncing Bet in your garden?

    Many of the rollicking medieval names for plants have been lost in favor of more prosaic titles, but think how exuberant a garden would be planted with such things as Bouncing Bet, Sweet Sultan, Bobbing Joan, Lustie Gallant, Gardener’s Garters or Glare of the Garden.

    William Shakespeare’s famous statement that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet is perfectly true. What’s in a name? Well, a lot when it comes to plants.

  • 'Round Rockwood: Oct. 1

    Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Mc-Kinney have returned to their home in Lawrenceville, Ga., after visiting me and other relatives for a few days.

    I had a nice visit with Sharon Money, Jessica Torries and Cassidy Williams on Sept. 15.

    I called my friend Wanda Manning. We talked about growing up in Swan Pond. I am 90 years old, and she’s 97. We had a long visit over the phone and talked about things we had done in the past.