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Community News

  • Commodity foods to be distributed in March

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    The schedule is:

    • Rockwood First Baptist Church, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 22.

    • Kingston Community Center, from 10 a.m. to noon March 27.

    • Blair Fire Hall, Oliver Springs, from 2 to 3 p.m. March 27.

    • Harriman Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 28.

    Commodity food recipients should be certified.

  • DAR honors Marsh’s devotion to cemetery

    Noel F. “Buddy” Marsh Jr., front at far right, is honored by the Avery Trace Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, with the Historic Preservation Recognition Award for his more-than-44-year dedication to the preservation, care and maintenance of Kendrick Cemetery in Rockwood.

  • Account set up to help Fowlkes

    It’s an emotional and financial roller coaster when a loved one is severly ill.

    That’s what Nancy Weatherly Fowlkes, a 1991 Roane County High School graduate and a former Roane County resident, and her family are now enduring.

    Fowlkes’ friend, Marcia Childs, said Fowlkes is in need of a liver transplant and is hospitalized in Memphis after becoming extremely ill late last year.

  • The Garden Gate: Bright-faced flowers prove spring’s not far away

    The rollicking operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan are full of songs which often come to mind. One that’s especially timely now begins, “Oh, the flowers that bloom in spring, tra la ...”

    The crocus — which blooms sometimes even in a snowstorm — is usually the first to remind us that spring is really on the way. There are countless legends in Greek mythology about the crocus involving many of the gods and goddesses of ancient times.

  • Roane women sought for YWCA tribute

    YWCA Knoxville is accepting nominations of Roane County women to be considered for the annual YWCA Tribute to Women.

    The event salutes women who are role models in their fields, both professionally and in a volunteer capacity, as East Tennessee’s foremost acknowledgment and appreciation of women’s contributions.

    Eighteen finalists will be announced in June and invited to a reception in their honor at the YWCA.  

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of March 13

    25 Years Ago
    Angela Hanson of Lenoir City was crowned 1988 Miss Roane State during the annual pageant, a preliminary to Miss Tennessee. Her court included 19-year-old Bharti Patel of Harriman, who was looking to pursue a career in travel and tourism.

    10 Years Ago

  • IRS offering help on YouTube

    With the April 15 tax filing deadline approaching, the Internal Revenue Service created a new YouTube video to provide taxpayers more details and tips to check on their tax refund.

    The new video “How to Use the Where’s My Refund? Tool”  offers in-depth information about how the redesigned “Where’s My Refund?” tool works on IRS.gov works.

    The IRS’s previous refund YouTube video,  “When Will I Get My Refund?” has already received more than 750,000 views.

  • The Garden Gate: There's an art to church floral arrangements

    Right now, many churches are being adorned with lilies for the coming observance of Easter.

    Arranging flowers for a church is a specialized art. Many things have to be taken into consideration.

    Arrangements must be viewed from a distance or, in some instances, hold their own in front of an intricate carved altar or a background of stained glass.

    The arrangement must not be lost in a large space dominated by shadowy arches and distances.

  • ‘It’s the Climb’ theme of Advocacy Center fundraiser

    “It’s the Climb” is the theme of the 11th annual dinner and auction to benefit Kids First Child Advocacy Center of the Ninth Judicial District of East Tennessee.

    The event will be on April 18 in Rothchild’s Conference Center, Knoxville.

    Friends and supporters of the center wil gather at 5 p.m. for socializing, viewing and bidding on silent auction items.

    Dinner and a live auction will start at 7 p.m.

  • Imagination Library recipient of literacy grant

    Roane Imagination Library is the recipient of “A Tribute to Literacy” grant from Altrusa International of Oak Ridge and the Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary Club.  

    Roane Imagination Library will use the grant to send free books to more than 1,800 Roane County children ages newborn to 5 years old.

    Organizations throughout Roane and Anderson counties with programs, projects or activities fostering literacy in the area were invited to apply for the grant.