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Community News

  • Corn maze open through Nov. 4

    Officially opening the Roane County Corn Maze off Patton Lane are, in no particular order, County Executive Ron Woody, County Commissioner Randy Ellis and Roane County Park employees Stacey McElhaney, Johnny Marshall and Richard Crawford.

    The corn maze will run through Nov. 4.

  • Kingston native debuting 'Brand New Song': Wright to headline at Country Fair

    Woody Wright will be the headlining act at this year’s Kingston Country Fair.

    The celebration will be from  10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Fort Southwest Point.

    Wright, a Kingston native, is a multi-faceted performer and songwriter who sings everything from gospel to country. He promises to bring on belly laughs with his comic relief.

    Wright began his acclaimed music career singing in the Cedar Grove Baptist Church choir in the 1960s.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Oct. 3

    25 Years Ago
    The Roane County High School Band Parents Association kicked off a new fundraising drive to collect a mile of quarters. Hoping to end door-to-door selling, the association took up collections at games, had road blocks, and placed canisters around town. A mile of quarters equals about 68,000 coins or $17,000. If successful, it could become an annual event.

    10 Years Ago

  • Military Matters: Brandon T. Finney

    U.S. Air Force Airman Brandon T. Finney recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

    Son of Roger and Pam White of Oliver Springs, the airman is a 2010 graduate of Oliver Springs High School.

    Finney 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.

  • 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.

    A refueler technician assigned to the 134th Air Refueling Wing at McGhee Tyson, Knoxville, the staff sergeant has served in the military for 15 years.

    He is the son of David and Judy Vann, Kingston, and Janice McCown, Harriman.

    He graduated in 1987 from Roane County High School, Kingston.

  • The Garden Gate: Do you have Bouncing Bet in your garden?

    Many of the rollicking medieval names for plants have been lost in favor of more prosaic titles, but think how exuberant a garden would be planted with such things as Bouncing Bet, Sweet Sultan, Bobbing Joan, Lustie Gallant, Gardener’s Garters or Glare of the Garden.

    William Shakespeare’s famous statement that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet is perfectly true. What’s in a name? Well, a lot when it comes to plants.

  • 'Round Rockwood: Oct. 1

    Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Mc-Kinney have returned to their home in Lawrenceville, Ga., after visiting me and other relatives for a few days.

    I had a nice visit with Sharon Money, Jessica Torries and Cassidy Williams on Sept. 15.

    I called my friend Wanda Manning. We talked about growing up in Swan Pond. I am 90 years old, and she’s 97. We had a long visit over the phone and talked about things we had done in the past.

  • Harriman Happenings: Oct. 1

    The 12th Pastoral Anniversary Banquet honoring the Rev. Alvin Douglass and first lady Mary Alice Douglass that was held last Saturday evening at Jamieson Development Center was well attended.

    Master of ceremony was the Rev. Joe Colquitt.

    The Douglass Family Singers provided the music; they really sang from their hearts. The spoken word was by the Rev. Christopher Battle, pastor of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Knoxville.

  • The Garden Gate: Nothing like nutritious apples on a crisp fall day

    Cosimo De Medici, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, gave a lavish banquet at his castle in 1670.

    At this party, 56 varieties of apples were served in various ways. Today, there are more than 6,500 varieties of apples, thanks to crossbreeding by botanists and horticulturists.

    Ever since the days of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden, apples have played their part in legend, science, art and history. They are as important today as they were in ancient Rome.

  • Shriners screening clinic Saturday

    Kerbela Roane Shriners will have a free screening clinic for children from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 29 in South Gate Lodge 569 F&AM at 306 Ruritan Road, Harriman.

    Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 non-profit hospitals across North America. Children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.