Community News

  • Tighter security at Secret City Fest

    Visitors to the Secret City Festival will experience tighter security measures and maybe a few delays when entering the concerts this year, all in the name of safety.

    No backpacks or coolers will be allowed into the concert site, and all bags will be subject to search.  Visitors should expect delays if carrying in anything that needs to be searched.

    Organizers suggest festival attendees only bring their concert tickets, money for food, an ID to buy or consume beer and a chair for the concerts.

  • Harriman Happenings

    Carolyn Clemmons, her friend and son spent last weekend in Asheville, N.C., visiting her sister, Virginia.
    While there, they visited other family members and some friends.
    The following ones who are celebrating their birthdays this June are friends who play bingo at Harriman Community Center every second and fourth Mondays: Peggy Gunter, Ernell Renfro, Geraldine Harmon, Tom Collins and Mrs. Woods.
    Happy birthday to all of you.
    To my friend Lydia Yette McKeldin and nephew Dana Thompson, I hope your day was a great one. God bless.

  • Nominees sought for FSA county committee

    The Roane/Loudon County Farm Service Agency is seeking area farmers and ranchers to serve on the county committee for the coming year.

    An informational meeting to explain the county committee nomination and election processes will be from 10 a.m. to noon June 17 in the FSA office at 424 N. Kentucky St., Room 100, Kingston.

    Anyone interested in more information about the FSA county committee may drop in at any time during this meeting or call 376-2392.

  • Fishing rodeo for youngsters Saturday

    Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency will have a “Boat or Bank” kids fishing rodeo as part of the celebration of Tennessee’s Free Fishing Day on June 8.

    The fishing at Kingston City Park’s gravel pit starts at 9 a.m. Participants ages 5-17 must register before fishing.

    This free fishing event can be from the bank or a boat, with fishing occurring anywhere in the local area.

    Adult supervision is recommended.

    State fishing regulations apply. Any type of legal bait is allowed.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of June 5

    25 Years Ago
    A reception at Harriman’s Bank of Roane County honored three retiring board members. Frank L. Faris of Harriman had served on the board for 30 years. He was the retired owner and operator of Norris Creamery. Rhea R. Browder, president and secretary/treasurer of Harriman Oil Co., had served on the board for 12 years. And Jackson T. Rymer, appointed to the board in 1973, practiced public accounting for more than 35 years.

    10 Years Ago

  • Teens go ‘Beneath the Surface’ for reading

    A number of activities are planned for “Beneath the Surface,” Harriman Public Library’s 2013 Teen Summer Reading Program.

    Activities get underway on July 7 with a focus on relaxing and making worry stones.

    All programs are from 3:30 to 5 p.m. each Tuesday in July.

    Upcoming activities include:

    July 16 — Making a personal time capsule and snacks.

    July 23 — Percy Jackson and Son of Neptune Book Club with snacks.

  • Caring Hearts sew to help others

    Roane County's Caring Hearts sewing group recently donated 245 quilts to various organizations that help the needy.

    Anyone interested in joining the group or donating supplies may call 376-0867.

    Materials used for quilts include denim fabric, clothes or sheets; polyester fabric or clothes; cotton sheets (good or stained), blankets; and mattress pads.

  • Harriman summer reading activities kick off June 19

    “Dig Into Reading,” the 2013 summer reading at Harriman Public Library, kicks off June 19 with music and stories.

    Activities for all ages that day will be from 11 a.m. to noon in the library at 601 Walden St.

    With the exception of July 3, programs continue each Wednesday through July 31.                     

    Upcoming activities are:

  • GED revision prompts rush to test centers

    Tennesseans who have not taken the GED high school equivalency test or who have passed some but not all parts of the test have until the end of the year to earn their high school credential under the current test structure, according to Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development Acting Commissioner Burns Phillips.

    Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, partial test scores will be invalid and will not transfer to the new high school equivalency test.

  • Rainy day doesn’t dampen plant sale

    A rainy May Saturday did little to dampen enthusiasm for Harriman Garden Club's annual plant sale.

    Club members said two-thirds of their inventory had been sold with more than an hour left for the annual event.

    The plant sale is a fundraiser for the Harriman Garden Club.

    Members were on hand to assist with sales and answer questions about how to best care for the plants they were interested in.