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Community News

  • Fisher new Habitat president, Kingston home ‘under roof’

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity recently installed several new leaders and added two new board members.

    These latest additions are part of Habitat’s effort to continue to strengthen its board of directors and build more homes for families in need in the county.

    Todd Fisher, who has been interim president for the last several months, was officially installed as president.

    Fisher has extensive managerial experience in forming and leading high-performance teams in corporate, nonprofit and start-up organizations.

  • Fruits, nuts to be part of workshop focus this year

    “Edible Landscaping: From Fruit to Nuts” is the topic of the Master Gardeners of Roane County’s eighth winter workshop.

    The daylong workshop will be on Feb. 2.

    The Master Gardeners have teamed up with David Lockwood, Tennessee Extension Specialist for fruit and nuts; Roane County Extension Agent Grant Palmer; and Bradbury United Methodist Church to provide classroom training on a variety of fruit and nut crops and active, hands-on experience in an orchard.

  • Classes help with chronic disease management

    Mid-East Community Action Agency’s senior services department and  Roane County Health Department are partnering to offer a chronic disease self-management program beginning Feb. 27.

    Classes will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. each Wednesday through April 3 in the health department at 1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood.

    The workshop is for anyone who is dealing with a chronic health concern, including but not limited to heart disease, cancer, depression, asthma, COPD, chronic pain, or diabetes.

  • The Garden Gate: Things always rosy for perfumes

    The history of perfume parallels the history of civilization. For almost as long as there have been human beings, people have used many and varied ways to capture the scents of flowers and plants to use when the real ones were not available.

    Many primitive people used smoke perfumes. Aromatic plants, tree resins and fragrant herbs were burned, and garments and other textiles were held in the smoke to perfume them. Some American Indian tribes still do this as a ceremonial ritual. This, of course was the beginning of the development of incense.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 16

    25 Years Ago
    Approximately 8 inches of snowfall blanketed the area from Thursday through Sunday, playing havoc with school openings, traffic, sports events and meeting schedules.

    10 Years Ago
    The Warm Thoughts program was started by Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas to help residents who need heating bill assistance. Mid-East Community Action Agency was chosen to distribute the funds.

    Five Years Ago

  • 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.

    Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners.

    Vann is a vehicle maintenance technician assigned to the 134th Air Refueling Wing at Knoxville.

    The sergeant has served in the military for 15 years.

  • Military Matters: Makayla R. Cordell

    Air National Guard Airman Makayla R. Cordell graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

    Daughter of Thomas and Patricia Cordell of Harriman, she is a 2012 graduate of Roane County High School.

    Cordell 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.

    She earned four credits toward an associate’s degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • Talley to speak at NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet

    Harriman native Damon L. Talley will be the guest speaker for the annual Freedom Fund Banquet of the Roane County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

    The banquet will be  will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 in Jamieson Community Development Center on Margrave Street, Harriman.

    Tickets are available by calling 882-5545.

    Talley, a graduate of Harriman High School and Roane State Community College, earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer Southern School of Pharmacy in Atlanta.

  • Roane Walks to start

    Roane Walks, an eight-week fitness program aimed at sparking friendly competition in the community, will kick off Feb. 1.

    Two- to eight-member teams of walkers are forming for the kickoff event at noon at the pavilion of Kingston City Park.

    Teams will compete to see who can log the most miles walking, jogging or biking.

    “Teams will keep track of their miles, which will be posted in various locations throughout the county,” said Justin Thomas, Roane County Family and Consumer Sciences Extension agent.

  • Harriman Happenings: Jan. 14

    Rod Parker and his wife, Shirlene Parker, spent last weekend in Florence, Ala., visiting his parents. Shirlene loves visiting with her in-laws and other family members with her husband.

    Get-well wishes to Jeanette Gallaher, who has been a patient in Roane Medical Center. She is now resting at home.

    Charles Warmley from Atlanta visited his aunt, Louise Warmley, last Wednesday.