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Community News

  • Caring Hearts sew to help others

    Roane County's Caring Hearts sewing group recently donated 245 quilts to various organizations that help the needy.

    Anyone interested in joining the group or donating supplies may call 376-0867.

    Materials used for quilts include denim fabric, clothes or sheets; polyester fabric or clothes; cotton sheets (good or stained), blankets; and mattress pads.

  • Harriman summer reading activities kick off June 19

    “Dig Into Reading,” the 2013 summer reading at Harriman Public Library, kicks off June 19 with music and stories.

    Activities for all ages that day will be from 11 a.m. to noon in the library at 601 Walden St.

    With the exception of July 3, programs continue each Wednesday through July 31.                     

    Upcoming activities are:

  • GED revision prompts rush to test centers

    Tennesseans who have not taken the GED high school equivalency test or who have passed some but not all parts of the test have until the end of the year to earn their high school credential under the current test structure, according to Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development Acting Commissioner Burns Phillips.

    Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, partial test scores will be invalid and will not transfer to the new high school equivalency test.

  • Rainy day doesn’t dampen plant sale

    A rainy May Saturday did little to dampen enthusiasm for Harriman Garden Club's annual plant sale.

    Club members said two-thirds of their inventory had been sold with more than an hour left for the annual event.

    The plant sale is a fundraiser for the Harriman Garden Club.

    Members were on hand to assist with sales and answer questions about how to best care for the plants they were interested in.

  • The Garden Gate: Your fruit bowl is full of all kinds of interesting treats

    It is strawberry time. All the markets are displaying red, succulent, wonderfully scented strawberries. Most of us are making the most of this annual treat with everything from strawberry pies and flans to good, old-fashioned delectable strawberry shortcake.

    Strawberries seem as American as Uncle Sam, and they have a long, completely American history.

  • Hankes new regional Red Cross CEO

    Michelle Hankes has been named chief executive officer of the American Red Cross East Tennessee Region, which has oversight of the nonprofit’s operations in 36 counties, including Roane.

    Her first day will be July 8, 2013.

    Hankes, previously president and CEO of Blount County United Way, comes to the Red Cross after many years of nonprofit experience.  

    She holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Iowa, and a certification in nonprofit management from Iowa State University.

  • Military Matters: Richard A. Pague

    U.S. Army Pvt. Richard A. Pague recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    He is the son of James Pague of Rockwood.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    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. June 7.

    • Kingston Community Center, from 10 a.m. to noon June 12.

    • Blair Fire Hall, Oliver Springs, from 2 to 3 p.m. June 12.

    • Harriman Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 13.

    Commodity food recipients should be certified.

  • Kingston library to receive literacy computer station

    Kingston Public Library has been selected to receive an AWE Early Literacy Children’s Computer Station.

    The library was selected to receive the self contained, educational computer station with programs for ages 2-10 by the Tennessee Children’s Cabinet through the Early Childhood Advisory Council and in partnership with the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

     The $3,200 grant for the station includes training two library staff members this summer.

  • Kingston’s Hyder helps flood victims

    By Stan Gilbert, For Roane Newspapers

    She admits her Spanish is somewhat lacking, but a language obstacle didn't prevent Red Cross volunteer Debbie Hyder of Kingston from helping a mostly Hispanic population in Illinois following the April floods.