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  • Kids read more than 700 books during Harriman library’s summer program

    Harriman Public Library had a booming time with its “Fizz ... Boom ... Read!” science-based summer reading program.

    Eighty-three children registered for this year’s program, and more than 700 books were read.

    There were three categories for this year’s program: listeners, beginning readers and readers.

    Listeners winners were Kate Pickel, first place; Madelyn Butler, second place; and Samantha Hammonds, third place.

  • October Sky Fest to introduce new town walking tour

    Ever want to take a walk back in time to where life was slower, ladies went to finishing school and the world came to town to bask in the mineral springs?

    Oliver Springs Historical Society is offering such a walk with its new walking/driving tour of the town.

    The group has completed a new self-guided tour brochure listing 50 historical sites in Oliver Springs.

    The brochure will be available during the town’s October Sky Festival on Oct. 18.

  • Military Matters: Dustin P. Beckner

    U.S. Navy Sailor Dustin P. Beckner recently graduated from basic training at the Naval Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

    Son of Pamela O’Dell and Phil Beckner, he is a 2014 graduate of Roane County High School, Kingston.

    Beckner is now stationed at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla., for advanced training as an aviation ordinanceman.

  • Military Matters: Sydney Parks

    U.S. Army Pvt. Sydney Parks recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    A 2014 graduate of Roane County High School, Kingston, she is the daughter of Wes Parks and stepdaughter of Kim Park of Kingston.

    During the nine weeks of training, Parks stu-died the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

  • Military Matters: Katherine Turek

    U.S. Army Pvt. Katherine Turek recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    Daughter of Clint Turek of Dayton and Teresa and Bill Shewbrooks of Rockwood, she is a 2014 graduate of Rockwood High School.

    During the nine weeks of training, Turek stu-died the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

  • Amendment details to be outlined at GOP women’s picnic

    Four amendments to be on the Nov. 4 ballot will be discussed during the Roane County Republican Women’s annual picnic.

    The picnic will be on Sept. 25 at Roane County Park shed 2 at 3515 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served starting at 5 p.m.; the Roane County Republican Women will provide desserts and side dishes.

    Cost is $7.50 per person.

    Republican legislators have been invited to speak on the amendments.

  • Shadrich Jones family to dedicate grave marker

    The family of Shadrich Jones will commemorate his service in the War of 1812 with a military service and gravestone dedication this weekend.

    “We do not know if he had a proper funeral and are pretty sure he didn’t have a military funeral,” said Pat Pierce-Goss of Harriman, one of Jones’ descendants.

    Family and guests are asked to arrive at Weidemann Hotel in Deer Lodge between 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. Sept. 27 to be shuttled to the grave site off Meister Hills Road in Deer Lodge, Morgan County.

  • Harriman Happenings

    Visitors at St. Mary’s Baptist Church last Sunday were Brian Farmer, his friend Penney, her daughter Natalie, and Brian’s daughter Madison.

    Also, his mother Carol Farmer was with them.

    They were blessed and said they will be back.

    Emmitte Yette, a former resident of this city, will celebrate his birthday the 26th of this month. Happy birthday, Emmette, and be blessed.

  • Bus tour bringing Tennessee first lady here

    Tennessee first lady Crissy Haslam will be in Roane County today — Sept. 19 — as part of the Governor’s Books From Birth 10th anniversary statewide bus tour.

    Haslam and the special bus will be here beginning at 2 p.m. at Harriman’s Pinnacle Pointe shopping center on Hwy. 70 in Midtown.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    Children’s activities and registration for Roane Imagination Library will be available.

  • Artists sought for Street Painting Fest

    Anyone who enjoys drawing upon his artistic skills while sketching a face, animal or colorful scene might like “painting” pictures in chalk on a sidewalk.

    Such artists are encouraged to sign up for the 15th annual Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival.

    This festival will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 (rain day on Oct. 5) on the sidewalks of the Oak Ridge campus of Roane State Community College on Briarcliff Avenue.

    Artists may start their chalk paintings on the afternoon of Oct. 3.