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  • 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-

  • Special wall pays homage to veterans

    About 30 percent of Victorian Square’s residents are veterans, and the assisted-living facility in Rockwood has developed a special wall to honor them.

    “We are blessed to have so many people living with us who served our country,” said Kelly Gibson, Victorian Square’s director of business development. “We want to show appreciation for them on a daily basis. This wall serves that purpose.”

  • Free driver safety course offered for vets in November

    In recognition of the dedication and service veterans have given to this country, they and their families are offered opportunities to take the AARP Driver Safety Training Course for free in November.

    The promotional offer is available to all military personnel who serve or have served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard/Reserves or Coast Guard.

    Dependents, including spouses/domestic partners, widows/widowers and children, are also eligible to take advantage of this promotion.

  • The Garden Gate: Fearsome plants haunt us all the year through

    Fearsome plants abound in Halloween lore and call to mind the legend of a poison garden rumored to have been part of the estate of Italy’s famous Borgia family in the 16th century, a time when poisoning was the preferred way of dealing with enemies and worrisome competitors.

  • Kingston Lions Club kicks off White Cane Days

    Kingston Lions Club this week will begin its annual campaign for raising funds for district projects.

    The drive is called White Cane Days, because the white cane is symbolic of aid to the blind.

    Some of the specific projects funded by the drive are East Tennessee Lions Eye Bank, Leader Dog for the Blind, Lions Volunteer Blind Industries, Tennessee School for the Blind and Tennessee School for the Deaf.

    These projects are representative of how the Lions use their motto: We Serve.

  • Harriman Happenings: Oct. 29

    Happy birthday to Janie Clemons, who celebrated her 86th birthday last Saturday.

    Her children who live out of town and those who are here came together and gave their mother a birthday dinner. Sheila Smith was included because she is like a daughter to Janie.

    Janie was one happy mother. Having her children home with her and all enjoying the meal that was prepared just for her.