Community News

  • 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.

  • DOE facilities bus tour to kick off for season

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s 2013 Oak Ridge Facilities public bus tour begins June 3 and continues through Aug. 30.

    It offers visitors a first-hand look at the DOE’s Oak Ridge facilities and provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation during the past 70 years.

    The tour continues to be a focal point for tourists visiting the area. Since its inception in 1996, the DOE public tour program has attracted 29,000 visitors from all 50 states.

  • Early American Trade Fair set this weekend in Kingston

    The fourth annul Early American Celebration and Trade Fair, an event of Kingston’s Fort Southwest Point and Clinch River Long Rifles, will be June 1-2 at the fort.

    Historians, re-enactors, traders, crafters, artisans, storytellers and performers will be on site to showcase the 1740-1840 period in American history.

    Food vendors will be available.

  • Puppeteers to open Kingston summer reading program

    Kingston Public Library’s “Dig Into Reading!” summer reading program kicks off at 1 p.m. June 5 with a special visit by puppeteers, who will tell children how to be safe this summer.

    Joining the puppeteers will be Kingston Police Department, who will do children’s IDs, and Kingston Fire Department.

    Barry Mitchell will bring his magic show to the library on June 12. Other activities include a dinosaur hunt on June 19 and a visit from National Park Service rangers on June 26.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 29

    25 Years Ago
    Kingston’s Morrison Hill Christian Church welcomed Dennis Mullen as its new pastor. A 1987 graduate of Johnson Bible College in Knoxville, he is a native of Glenmont, Ohio.

    10 Years Ago
    Roane County businessman Steve Kirkham was honored by the Harriman Economic Advisory Team for his contributions to the community. Kirkham, owner of area Rocky Top Markets, was cited as a member of Hooray for Harriman and the Roane County Industrial Development Board.

    Five Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: It’s easy to go bananas with such a variety of available fruit

    Bananas, as a food, are far older than recorded history. Their earliest home is believed to be the tropical regions of South Asia.

    The armies of Alexander the Great found bananas rowing abundantly in the valley of the Indus in 327 B.C. He learned that dried roots could be carried long distances and would then grown anywhere that the climate was suitable.

  • Free info fair, fish fry for area seniors May 29

    A senior information fair and fish fry is planned form 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 29 in Brittain Village Community Room at Oliver Springs Housing Authority.

    A joint effort between the Offices on Aging in Roane, Morgan and Anderson counties, the event will offer county-specific information on a variety of matters.

    Topics will include disease management programming, physical fitness opportunities, recreational outings, Medicare counseling, senior nutrition and home- and community-based options.