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Community News

  • FCE hosts holiday ideas fair

    Members of all eight of Roane County’s Family and Community Education clubs hosted a Christmas Ideas Fair last week at Kingston.

    Proceeds from the fair, which has been an annual event since the 1950s, go toward a scholarship awarded each spring to a deserving high school senior from Roane County.

    It’s the only fundraiser of the year for the FCE groups.

    Everything is donated by the members, so 100 percent of the sale of items goes into the scholarship fund.

  • The Garden Gate: Indian legends abound about popular veggies

    There are some interesting legends among various Indian tribes concerning the origins of some of our most popular vegetables.

    One widely held superstitious belief insists that a naked squaw strolling through her garden on a moonlit night dragging her garment behind her would ensure a good crop and would prevent cutworms from destroying the planted vegetables, especially corn.

    Indian corn, or maize, was the most important food staple of the early settlements of America.

  • Make train ride part of tradition at Thanksgiving

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum has the answer for what to do after celebrating the traditional Thanksgiving holiday: Celebrate the tradition of 1940's era rail travel.

    The museum will roll out its vintage Secret City Scenic Excursion train on Nov. 23-24 for one-hour rides through the former Manhattan Project K-25 Site and picturesque Poplar Creek Valley.

  • Roane County Park recipient of $50,000 state grant

    Roane County Park is the recipient of a $50,000 state grant to remove and replace existing playground equipment with ADA-compliant equipment.

    “Our parks are a very important part of our communities,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman. “This grant will update our equipment and help ensure that all children
    have access to the playground.”

    Roane County Park was among 50 recipients across the state that received part of $6.9 million in Local Parks and Recreation Fund grants.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 7

    25 Years Ago
    Veterans organizations joined together at the courthouse for a wreath-laying ceremony at the monument to Roane County’s war dead. The brief ceremony ended with a salute and the playing of taps.

    10 Years Ago
    After months of compelling and sometimes volatile debates, 57 percent of Roane Countians voted yes on a ballot referendum which would clear the way for a state lottery. Most other counties followed suit, thus lifting the constitutional ban on a lottery.

  • How does United Way divvy up funds?

    Roane County United Way is extremely grateful to all the volunteers who have served and continue to serve on its funds allocation review panels.

    “For those who may not know, the United Way uses a very rigorous process for determining how your contributions will be divided among our community partners,” said Deborah Alexander Davis of the Roane County United Way. “This process ensures contributions are allocated to best meet the needs of Roane County residents across six service areas.”

  • Harriman Happenings: Nov. 5

    God gave us a wonderful day Sunday as the women of St. Mary’s Baptist Church celebrated our annual Women’s Day.

    The theme was “Women of Faith.” Sister Joann Palmer was the worship leader for the morning worship service.

    Music was provided by different tapes, which were great. Our theme song was “Have Faith in God.”

    Sister Elfredia Williams was our speaker. Her message was great.

    Our afternoon worship leader was Sister Sheila Hall.

  • Coats for the Cold collections to start

    Dennis Ferguson’s annual Coats for the Cold campaign kicks off next week with four collection sites.

    The 18th annual campaign aims to distribute coats to those less fortunate to help keep them warm this winter.

    The public can help by dropping off unused coats and jackets starting Nov. 5 at one of four collection sites:

    • United Community Bank, Kingston

    • Chase Drugs in Physicians Plaza, Midtown

    • Live and Let Live Drugs, Rockwood

  • Cornhole tournament benefits HFD vehicle

    Harriman Fire Department will have a fundraising cornhole tournament at 4 p.m. Nov. 10 across from Harriman’s main fire station at 603 Walden Ave.

    Entry fee is $30 per team; one of every 10 teams will receive a prize.

    No preregistration is necessary; Cornhole Players Association tournament rules will be followed.

  • Harriman police appreciate Roane State

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle, center left, presents Roane State Community College President Gary Goff, center right, a plaque of appreciation for the use of Roane State facilities for the Harriman Police Department’s annual K-9 seminar.

    Also on hand for the presentation are, from left, Harriman Assistant Police Chief Kenneth Humphrey, Roane State Interim Police Chief Mike McCullough and Roane State support staff member Diane Cox.