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  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in Spain!

    The Roane County News got another passport stamp as it accompanied Rockwood’s Spencer Forbes and his wife, Evelyn, to Spain last month.

    The couple vacationed with Evelyn’s sister, Marion Hoofnagle, and visited their nephew and his wife, both of whom are missionaries in Spain.

    While in the country, one of the “locals” — a local statue, that is — decided to check out what’s new and news in Roane County.

    Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

  • 29 attend Lands reunion

    Twenty-nine friends and relatives gathered for the recent 49th annual Lands family reunion in the fellowship hall of North Rockwood Baptist Church.

    Those attending from out of town were Donna, Greg, Rachel and Jacob Townsend and Ryan Austin of Big Stone Gap, Va.; Rhonda, Alberta and Casey Whittenberg of Murfreesboro; Robert and Kathleen Lands of Dayton; and Linda and David Hudson of Ooltewah.

  • Free Medical Clinic on the move

    After nearly four years in its original location on Robertsville Road, the Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge is moving.

    The clinic will be closed Oct. 11 and Oct. 14 for the move.

    When it reopens on Oct. 15, it will be at its new location at 116 East Division Road, Oak Ridge.

    The new site is across Oak Ridge Turnpike from Methodist Medical Center.

    The phone number, 865-483-3904, and fax number, 865-481-0203, will remain the same.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Oct. 9

    25 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Some plants are spooky all year long

    Area markets are featuring enormous pumpkins and, even though it isn’t quite Halloween time, preparations are afoot for that annual day of witches, haunts, goblins and ghosts.

    Some plants, however, haunt us all the year around. Even trees, usually thought of as friendly things, might sometimes be considered alarming at this time of year. What about strangler figs, witch hazels or dragon trees?

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to Mackinaw Island, Mich.

    The Roane County News’ latest vacation was an island getaway — to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Mich.

    The group vacation of Roane Countians includes Debbie Ripoll, Glendora Tweed, Caroline Diggs, Judy Daniels and Fred Miles of Heartland Tours.

    “The group also visited Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland and stopped off for a stay at Thunder Bay resort,” Diggs said. “The Creation Museum was another stop on the tour on the way home.”

  • Free legal services to be offered as part of Celebrate Pro Bono initiative

    Tennessee lawyers will offer free legal services to those unable to afford a lawyer throughout October as part of the Celebrate Pro Bono initiative.

    Activities kicked off earlier this week with four legal clinics, the first of more than 60 events planned across the state.

    A pro bono clinic is planned beginning at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in Legal Ais Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands’ Oak Ridge office.

    The office is at 226B Broadway, Jackson Square. Call 865-483-8454 or toll free at 1-800-483-8457.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in Hilton Head, S.C.

    The Roane County News needed sunscreen for its July outing with Spencer and Evelyn Forbes of Rockwood.

    The couple took the newspaper with them during a vacation to Hilton Head, S.C.

    Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

    Be sure to tell us where you — and the News — traveled for a break and photo.

    You may drop off photos at the newspaper office at 204 Franklin St., Kingston, or email to newsroom@roanecounty.com.

    Happy travels!

  • Harriman Happenings Oct. 7

    St. Mary’s Baptist Church was guest church of Williams Chapel Church in Emory Gap for the pastor, the Rev. Smith’s anniversary.
    Pastor Jesse L. Williams delivered the Word. Music was provided by the Gospel Chorus on this special day, Oct. 2.
    What a Word Pastor Williams delivered.
    This was a great service.
    The Roane County community chorus gave a full concert at Mount Olive Baptist Church Saturday, Oct. 6, in Lenoir City.
    Mary Alice Douglass is president of this great group of singers.

  • Kingston native Coffman to read poetry from new book

    Kingston native Lisa Coffman will be in Knoxville on Oct. 8 for a poetry reading from her new book, “Less Obvious Gods,” published this past spring by Iris Press.  

    The reading will start at 6 p.m. in Union Avenue Books at 517 Union Ave.

    Coffman, a 1981 graduate of Roane County High School, lives in Los Osos, Calif., near the mission town of San Luis Obispo.

    She teaches at California Polytechnic State University.