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  • 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.
     

  • Nominees sought for those working to preserve heritage

    The Tennessee Historical Commission is accepting nominations for its Certificate of Merit Awards to honor individuals or groups working to preserve Tennessee’s cultural heritage during 2012.

    The deadline for submissions is Nov. 30.   

     The awards program recognizes individuals or groups throughout the state who have worked to conserve or highlight Tennessee’s cultural heritage during the past
    year.

    The awards recognize historic preservation projects as well as work in the field of history.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Oct. 10

    25 Years Ago
    The Tennessee Egg Cooking Contest limited entries to main-dish recipes. The second-place adult winner was Kathleen F. Cole of Rockwood. The junior/senior high school winner was Nicky Cole, also of Rockwood, and the daughter of Kathleen. Winners received a U.S. Savings Bond worth
    $400.

    10 Years Ago

  • 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.