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Community News

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Aug. 22

    25 Years Ago
    A fixture in the Kingston community, Bronce Franklin Johnson died at the age of 84. A Kingston attorney, he had also served as an assistant state attorney general for 12 years and was a Washington staff member of the late U.S. Rep. Howard Baker Sr. He was recognized for his knowledge of the political arena and was relied on by many for background information in all manner of community developments.

    10 Years Ago

  • Roane Choral at Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

    Roane Choral Society ensemble members who performed for the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony  include, front row from left, Nancy Beth Gerberding, Margie Wadlington, Ranell Lane, Peggy Sheppard, Joy McGarvey; middle row, Sandra Augustus, Marilyn Gaffin, Joy Goldberg, Terry Carlyle, Ken McGarvey, Georgette Boozer, Eugene Hattaway, Karon Oliver; and back row, Emilee Richardson, Bruce Pharis, George Wadlington, Beth Hattaway and Jennifer Gibson.

  • Beginning square dance classes set to start in September

    Three Rivers Ramblers Square Dance Club will have classes for beginning square dancers at 7 p.m. each Monday starting Sept. 10.

    The classes will be in the Harriman American Legion Building. The first class is free; subsequent classes will be $4 per person.

    “All ages can square dance,” said Connie Williams, Three Rivers Ramblers secretary.

  • DVD aims to help kids with stuttering issues

    Children who stutter have a lot to say, and friends can show them how in “Stuttering: For Kids By Kids,” a DVD starring real children who stutter, available at most public libraries.

    Public libraries in Oliver Springs and Rockwood have agreed to shelve the DVD for their patrons. Call the Oliver Springs library at 435-2509 or the Rockwood library at 354-1281 to check availability.

  • Anti-Drug Coalition awarded 2-year grant

    Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition was awarded a two-year grant to benefit at-risk groups through the East Tennessee Foundation’s 2012 Youth Endowment Grants Program.  

    The $5,000 grant will go toward creating youth-led public-service announcements written, produced and directed by middle and high school students to increase awareness of and reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

    The grant is among the $258,500 in funds given to East Tennessee nonprofit organizations whose programs and projects are helping at-risk youth.

  • New leaders for Roane County Retired Teachers

    Nora Lee Honeycutt, back to camera, recently installed the 2012-13 Roane County Retired Teachers officers.

    The new officers are, from left, President Mary Hickey, President-elect Miriam Bowman, Secretary Pat Brummitt, Treasurer Gretchen Harvey, Assistant Treasurer Eric Brummitt and Parliamentarian Richard Harris.

  • United Way campaign kickoff set

    Roane County United Way will have its 2013 campaign kickoff from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 12 at the Heritage Center on the former K-25 Site.

    The kickoff event is open to all interested individuals and representatives from nonprofits and businesses that support United Way each year.

    Roane County United Way, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, works to maximize the impact of individual and business donations as partner agencies work together to serve all Roane Countians.  

  • Roane County United Way Partner Agencies

    • American Red Cross     

    • Boy Scouts, 588-6514

    • CASA of the Ninth Judicial District, 423- 539-5550

    • Catholic Charities     

    • Child Advocacy Center, 865-986-1505

    • Child and Family Tennessee, 524-7483

    • The Children’s Fund , 882-1185

    • Clinch River Home Health     

  • RSCC library reopens Aug. 17

    The library at Roane State Community College’s main campus in Roane County will remain closed through Aug. 16 while work continues to install a new HVAC system.

    The Oak Ridge campus library remains open on its normal schedule. The main campus library is scheduled to reopen Aug. 17.

    Those needing library help may call the Oak Ridge campus library at 865-481-2004.

  • The Garden Gate: Want a romantic garden spot? Ruin it

    Gardens are flowers, trees, shrubs, pools, fruits, vegetables, paths, birds and weeds.

    Sometimes, they are buildings, too.

    Consider old-fashioned summerhouses, gazebos, trellises, arbors, lattices, porticos, pergolas and porches.

    Trelliswork is an old garden art that began as an openwork or fence to support climbing plants. It sometimes was used as the framework of an arbor.

    All of this conjures up a vision of Victorian gardens with climbing roses and morning glories and lemonade in the pergola.