Community News

  • 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.

  • The Garden Gate: Your fruit bowl is full of all kinds of interesting treats

    It is strawberry time. All the markets are displaying red, succulent, wonderfully scented strawberries. Most of us are making the most of this annual treat with everything from strawberry pies and flans to good, old-fashioned delectable strawberry shortcake.

    Strawberries seem as American as Uncle Sam, and they have a long, completely American history.

  • Hankes new regional Red Cross CEO

    Michelle Hankes has been named chief executive officer of the American Red Cross East Tennessee Region, which has oversight of the nonprofit’s operations in 36 counties, including Roane.

    Her first day will be July 8, 2013.

    Hankes, previously president and CEO of Blount County United Way, comes to the Red Cross after many years of nonprofit experience.  

    She holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Iowa, and a certification in nonprofit management from Iowa State University.

  • Military Matters: Richard A. Pague

    U.S. Army Pvt. Richard A. Pague recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    He is the son of James Pague of Rockwood.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

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

    The schedule is:

    • Rockwood First Baptist Church, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 7.

    • Kingston Community Center, from 10 a.m. to noon June 12.

    • Blair Fire Hall, Oliver Springs, from 2 to 3 p.m. June 12.

    • Harriman Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 13.

    Commodity food recipients should be certified.

  • Kingston library to receive literacy computer station

    Kingston Public Library has been selected to receive an AWE Early Literacy Children’s Computer Station.

    The library was selected to receive the self contained, educational computer station with programs for ages 2-10 by the Tennessee Children’s Cabinet through the Early Childhood Advisory Council and in partnership with the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

     The $3,200 grant for the station includes training two library staff members this summer.

  • Kingston’s Hyder helps flood victims

    By Stan Gilbert, For Roane Newspapers

    She admits her Spanish is somewhat lacking, but a language obstacle didn't prevent Red Cross volunteer Debbie Hyder of Kingston from helping a mostly Hispanic population in Illinois following the April floods.

  • Harriman Happenings: June 3

    Beulah Vassar of Chattanooga recently passed away.

    He was a cousin of Gloria Ward and other family members. This family has our deepest sympathy.

    Last Sunday, St. Mary’s Baptist Church celebrated our annual homecoming of 123 years. We had a great Sunday school, and the morning message was delivered by the pastor, the Rev. Jesse L. Williams Sr. He spoke from 2 Corinthians 7:14. Music was provided by the gospel choir. A delicious meal was served after this service.

  • Goodbye, Henry Center — hello, kindergarten!


    The Henry Center’s recent annual graduation for children going to kindergarten in the fall includes, front row from left, Cole Ison, Maddox Lawson, Rylee Milliken, Camden Oran, Brooklyn Reed, Nicolas Gouge, Maggie Beaver; and back row, Grayson Holloway, Connor Burkhart, Alexis Walker, Liam Smith, Bryson Hendrickson and Carter Houston. Not pictured is Kylie Phillips.

  • Rockwood summer reading programs for kids, 'tweens' and teens

    Rockwood Public Library’s “Dig Into Reading!” summer reading program will explore all things underground as part of the 25th annual summer reading program in Tennessee libraries.

    “These programs are designed not only to encourage the individual reading habits of older kids, but also to inspire and delight preschoolers,” said Rockwood Library Director Margaret Marrs.

    The summer’s activities will start at 10:30 a.m. each Wednesday June 12 through July 17.