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  • OS fest vendor applications due

    Vendor applications for Oliver Springs’ annual October Sky Festival are due by Sept. 1.

    Visit octoberskyfestivaltn.org for details or an application.

    The festival will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at Arrowhead Park and along Winter Gap Road in downtown Oliver Springs.

  • NAACP seeks Roane black history

    Roane County NAACP-Branch 5626 is gathering information about the history of African Americans in Roane County as part of its Black History Month events in February 2015.

    While the focus of the Black History Month programs will be on the civil rights era from the end of World War II through 1970, it is hoped enough information will be obtained about all African American history in Roane County so a comprehensive book can be published.

  • Elvis impersonator to give special concert at Roane Writers sock hop

    Roane Writers Group is planning a different kind of fundraising gala this year: a poodle-skirted, saddle-shoed, 1950s Sock Hop.

    The event, from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 in Rockwood Event Center at 120 Rockwood St., will raise money for scholarships and prizes the Writers Group awards each year to winners of its annual Roane County Student Writing Contest.

  • Kingston library exhibits Titterrow’s works of art

    The artwork of Tom Titterrow will be on display through Aug. 29 in Kingston Public Library.

    Titterrow is a Florida-based artist who has previously exhibited his work in the Kingston area.

    The exhibit will open at 10 a.m. Aug. 27 in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    Also upcoming at the library is its regular Thursday Night at the Library program on Aug. 28.

    Amber Jacks and Tammy Edwards will be guest speakers for the 6 p.m. presentation, “Getting Every Child Ready to Read: Beyond Dick and Jane.”

  • Roane United Way to kick off annual campaign today

    Roane County United Way will have its annual campaign kickoff from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in Michael Dunn Center on Gallaher Road, Kingston.

    “With 37 partners delivering over 40 programs and services, the Roane County United Way is committed to making lasting changes to Roane County,” said Roane County United Way Director Dina Jackson.

    The event features guest speakers presenting an overview of how United Way mobilizes the caring power of the community and what impact it has through its partners.

  • Heritage Commission gala slated Sept. 13

    The annual Roane County Heritage Commission Gala on the Lawn will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the historic Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

    This year’s Heritage Commission honoree will be Eugene Pickel.

    Proceeds from the annual event go toward refurbishing the historic Roane County Courthouse, one of only seven antebellum courthouses remaining in Tennessee.

    Contact Stephanie Wright at 803-9778 or stephanie.wright@era.com for details.

  • Donation a Leffew tradition

    Siblings Brock and Kiera Leffew of Kingston started a birthday tradition last year, when they asked family and friends to make donations to The Dream Connection in lieu of buying them gifts.

    The tradition continued this year, with party-goers at the siblings’ pool party at Kingston Community Center giving more than $600 — triple last year’s donation — to the charity.

    The Dream Connection is an East Tennessee-based children’s charity that fulfills dreams of children who are faced with life-threatening or debilitating illnesses.

  • ‘Pliny’ author to speak at library

    Kingston native Myra Humphrey will present her children’s book, “Pliny the Mouse,” during Kingston Public Library’s next Thursday Night at the Library program.

    The program will start at 6 p.m. Aug. 21 in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    Seeking shelter from the cold, Pliny embarks on a fictitious grand adventure that’s based on a true account of an incident at Kingston First Baptist Church.

    Characters in the “Pliny” story share similarities with church organist Nancy Skidmore and Pastor Sonny Works.

  • Farmers still have time to apply for low-interest loans

    Farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest 2014 U.S. Department of Agriculture loans available through Tennessee Farm Service Agency’s direct farm ownership program.

    The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 30.

    Eligible producers can borrow up to $300,000 in direct farm ownership loans to buy or enlarge a farm, construct new farm buildings or improve structures, pay closing costs, or promote soil and water conservation and protection.

  • Obed photo contest winners to be revealed at Art in Park

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will host an Art in the Park reception beginning at 5 p.m. Aug. 22 in the Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St. in downtown Wartburg.

    The event will include a display of photographs from the recent Obed photography contest.

    During the evening, the contest’s winning entries will be revealed.

    The Shelter Road Band will provide a range of Americana, rock and country music as light refreshments are served.