Community News

  • Astronomy group to get a virtual tour of Chicago planetarium

    Oak Ridge’s ORION astronomy club will be given a virtual tour of Chicago’s Adler Planetarium at its next meeting.

    The group will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 in the Grove Theater at 123 Randolph Road, Oak Ridge.

  • Harriman’s Music and Melons tradition continues this weekend

    This year’s version of Harriman’s Music and Melons summertime tradition will start at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at Harriman Riverfront Park.

    Harriman Lions Club will provide free watermelons to be served to the audience and Babahatchie Community Band musicians, which will provide the musical part of the program.

    “We have a Latin theme with the music this concert,” said Babahatchie member Alison West-

  • Manhattan Project to be topic at Kingston Library

    Timothy Joseph will give a presentation on the legendary Manhattan Project at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 in Kingston Public Library.

    The talk is based on “Historic Photos of the Manhattan Project,” Joseph’s coffee table book with nearly 200 photos, published by Turner Publishing in   Nashville.

    Joseph will be available to sign books during the event.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed Sept. 17-18

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods in September.

    Commodity food recipients should be certified by Aug. 30 to receive foods during this distribution.

    Commodity foods will be distributed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17-18 in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Those receiving the foods are advised to bring a bag to in which to carry the food.

    All recipients must pick up their commodities or arrange to have them picked up.

  • The Garden Gate: Statuary in gardening ruined many ancient runes

    There seem to be cycles of popularity for formal, structural, casual and natural gardens. All appear to recur with passing generations of gardeners.

    But some aspects of gardening never change. Flowers, herbs, shrubs, trees, birds, flowers, butterflies and weeds never fail to hold our attention.

  • Hmmm ... Dude looks like a ‘lady’?

    The men of Harriman’s Renaissance Terrace are taking matters in their own hands to raise money for Alzheimer’s disease research.

    Featured in a “Dude Looks Like an Old Lady” contest are, from left, Roger Parker, administrator; Amos O’Keefe; physician’s assistant; Jerry Malicoat, accounts receivable; Brandon Whiteside, assistant administrator; and Dr. Mancel Wakham, medical director.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Aug. 21

    25 Years Ago
    Harrell’s IGA of Harriman and Kingston was ready to answer the call of grill chefs looking to take advantage of the last days of summer. USDA choice sirloin steak was on sale for $1.89 a pound. Salad fixings were also on sale, with lettuce at 59 cents per head, large slicing tomatoes at 2 pounds for $1, and green peppers at two for 69 cents. At Goldston’s Grocery in South Harriman, a 50-pound bag of potatoes could be bought for $3.99, and JFG coffee was $1.69 per bag.

    10 Years Ago

  • Five from Roane County presented at Teen Board

    The Teen Board of Knoxville invited five Roane Countians to be presented during the 53rd annual Teen Board Presentation Dance.

    The event was Aug. 3 in Knoxville Civic Coliseum.

    Teens are presented during the annual black-tie event as a reward for completing hours of service to civic and welfare projects for charitable organizations in their community.

    Presentees include:


    • Lauren Nicole Baggett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Baggett.

  • Master Gardeners workshop set

    Roane County Master Gardeners will have an Aug. 24 workshop on preservation of the harvest and cool season gardening, the third workshop in a Sustainable and Edible Landscapes series.
    Discussion includes food preservation principles and techniques, preventing insects from overwintering in the garden and other key cool-season gardening topics; a hands-on demonstration of food preservation techniques.
    Lunch will be served; there will be a fee for workshop participation. Contact MGRoaneCounty@comcast.net or 919-5769 to register or for details.

  • Gala to raise money for scholarships for Roane student writers

    The 2013 Student Writers Scholarship Gala, a fundraising event, will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14 in the old Roane County Courthouse, Kingston.

    “Sentenced to Write” is the theme of this year’s event, a partnership between Roane Writers Group and Roane County Heritage Commission.

    Antebellum-costumed greeters and other period characters will mingle with guests.

    The gala is the primary fundraiser for the scholarships and prizes awarded to winners of Roane Writers Group’s annual Student Writing Contest.