Community News

  • New hours at Harriman library

    Harriman Public Library is implementing a temporary change of business hours.

    The library is now open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

    The change is in effect until Jan. 1, 2014.

    Harriman Public Library is at 601 Walden Ave.

    Call 882-3195 for details.

  • DAR presentation to focus on ‘Virginian Giant of Revolution’

    Travis Bowman, a seventh-generation descendant of “Virginian Giant of the Revolution” Peter Francisco, will give a presentation on his ancestor at 11 a.m. Sept. 21 at Lawnville Church of Christ, Kingston.

    The event is a presentation of Southwest Point Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Kingston.

    Bowman, who stands 6 feet, 6 inches tall like his ancestor, has spoken at historical societies across the country.

  • Miss October Sky contestants sought

    Oliver Springs Historical Society is now taking applications for its first Miss October Sky Pageant.
    The pageant will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in
    Kellytown Baptist Church’s activity building as a preliminary event to the annual October Sky Festival.
    Registration fee is $25 per entry, with categories open to ages newborn to high school in the Roane County area.
    Entry forms are available at area schools and online at octoberskyfestivaltn.org. Deadline for entry is Oct. 1.

  • OS historical society calendars available

    Oliver Springs Historical Society has its 2014 calendars available.
    The calendars are $10 each. All proceeds go toward restoration of the Abston Garage, which the historical society will use as a museum facility.
    Call Barbara Hilemon at 435-5064 or Betty Hackworth at 435-5695 for details.

  • Early literacy workshop slated at Harriman library

    A early literacy workshop, “Every Child Ready to Read at Your Library,” will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 in the children’s department of Harriman Public Library at 601 Walden Ave.
    The free workshop, presented by Harriman and Kingston public libraries, will provide information on how to help babies, toddlers and preschoolers learn to read.
    It is open to parents, grandparents, teachers and daycare providers.
    The workshop is expected to last 45 minutes.
    Refreshments will be served.

  • Harriman Happenings- Sept. 9

    Our condolences to relatives and friends of Vida Ooten Kilby, who recently passed away in Detroit.
    Vida was the wife of the late Thomas Kilby Jr.
    The couple was former residents of Harriman. Our deepest sympathy to the family.
    Last Monday, the Rev. Henry and Pat Cleveland from Oak Ridge spent Monday afternoon with me.
    Henry grew up in Harriman and is the son of the late Rev. Nep and Emma Cleveland.
    He has been the pastor of New Salem Baptist Church in Knoxville for 36  years. He is retiring from this church.

  • The Garden Gate: Discover the pleasant fruits of Egypt

    The pomegranate is one of the most ancient fruits. It is mentioned in 14 books of the Bible and listed in many other ancient writings.

    Pomegranates are native to Asia, from northern India to the Levant, where they have been cultivated since prehistoric times.

    They are common in Israel, Egypt and along both shores of the Mediterranean Sea. They grow wild in Syria, Lebanon and in parts of Africa.

    In the Bible, pomegranates are termed “the pleasant fruits of Egypt.”

  • Regional favorite James Rogers to give benefit concert for Kingston Police Explorers

    Perennial favorite East Tennessee entertainer James Rogers will be in concert in Harriman next week in a performance to benefit Kingston Police Explorers Post 376.

    The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Princess Theatre.

    Rogers, a Chattanooga native, is a versatile musician who made a regional name for himself as a performer at Dollywood and in Pigeon Forge.

    In the 1980s, he was a favorite performer on the main campus of Roane State Community College, often performing in the student lounge for special events.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in Holmes County, Ohio, Amish country

    Phyllis Johnson of Harriman, accompanied by the Roane County News, took a trip to Amish country in Holmes County, Ohio, while visiting with her sister.

    The Roane County travelers accompanied Johnson’s sister Jean, nieces Linda, Jane and Vicki, great-niece Chloe and friends Lori, M.J. and Lydia to several shops, and they saw a number of horse-drawn carriages and had lunch prepared by Amish cooks.

  • Concert proceeds to help buy uniforms, equipment

    Proceeds from the James Rogers concert on Sept. 14 will enable Kingston Police Explorers Post 376 to purchase uniforms and needed equipment, adviser Larry Cox said.

    Cox and Cathy Rakestraw are Kingston police officers who oversee the Explorers’ daily activities.

    The post is made up of youths whose ages range from 14-20. They are a part of the Boy Scouts of America and work partly under their guidelines.