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Today's Features

  • By Julia H. Daniel, For Roane Newspapers
    At the October Sky Fall Festival on Oct. 20 in Oliver Springs, one Roane County Treasure will be displaying her family history for the second year.

    Nannie Smith Hopper has spent more than 65 years living in Roane County on her family farm in Oliver Springs.

    She was born in Jefferson City on Oct. 7, 1924. She has many good memories of her early childhood days, such as living in a two-room house that Luther Beller had given the family. The house was once a one-room school house.

  • Celebrating its setting for the 1999 movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Laura Dern, the town of Oliver Springs will host its annual October Sky Festival this weekend.

    The festivities will begin late this afternoon at 5 p.m. with a stroll through the old town with costumed storytellers at each stop.

    On Saturday, events begin at 10 a.m. at both Arrowhead Park and the historic depot on Winters Gap Road.

  • Roane Choral Society will celebrate its 40th anniversary with concerts in November, February and April.

    A variety of music is planned to entertain all music lovers.

    The first concert of the season will be Handel’s Messiah at 3 p.m. Nov. 18 in South Harriman Baptist Church.

    “This is a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season,” said Julianne Bailey of Roane Choral Society.

  • In celebration of the Creative Arts Co-op’s 10th anniversary, Roane Writers Group will have an open poetry reading from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at 426 Ruritan Road, Harriman.

    Award-winning poet and poetry editor John C. Mannone will host the event.

  • Little Leaf Baptist Church will participate in the Tour of the Old Town in Oliver Springs on Oct. 19.

    The Oliver Springs Historical Society’s walking tour will start on Main Street, where people of the community will portray those of the town’s past to tell their stories.

    Julia Hopper Daniel from Little Leaf Baptist Church will play the part of Adeline Staples, her great-great-grandmother who was born into slavery in 1845.

  • FRIDAY, OCT. 19
    • Rockwood United Methodist Church will have its two day Christmas bazaar in the church at 801 N. Kingston Ave. Bazaar hours are from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and start at 9 a.m. Saturday. A potato soup/chili meal on Friday is available for $6. Handmade items and baked goods are among the sale items offered during the bazaar; a couple of auctions are also planned. Call 354-0753 for details.

    SATURDAY, OCT. 20

  • Our annual Halloween celebration is an offshoot of the ancient pagan festival of Samhain.

    On that night, the ancients believed, the spirits of all those who had died during the previous year would come back to haunt those still living.

    To appease them, and possibly to scare them away, people dressed in fiendish costumes and left offerings of food on the doorstep.

    So now we have bands of costumed revelers going from house to house shouting “trick or treat,” and we mollify them with candy treats.

  • Barbara Stagg, former director of Historic Rugby, will discuss the British settlement in Morgan County during an Oct. 11 meeting of the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association.

    The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in Midtown Community Center at 102 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.

    Stagg served as executive director of Historic Rugby from 1977-2009. She still lives in Rugby in 1886 Roslyn, one of the original homes.

    The restored Utopian settlement commemorates a spectacular social experiment of the 1880s.

  • Harriman High School’s class of 1956 had its 56-year class reunion last month in Rockwood Street Grill, Rockwood.

    Classmates who attended are, seated from left, Jane Miller and Kay Mitchell Griggs; middle row, Gloria Cole Littleton, Juantia Graves Ballew, JoAnn Ray Archey, Linda Latham Hargis, Laura Cain Meers, Carol Daniels Diggs, Frances Lowe Ray; and back row, Gerald Scarbrough, Ron Quarles, Gene Latham, Charlie Black, James Polston, Doug Black, Bob Cofer and Chris Palko.

    Not pictured is Gail Francis Harbin.
     

  • The Tennessee Historical Commission is accepting nominations for its Certificate of Merit Awards to honor individuals or groups working to preserve Tennessee’s cultural heritage during 2012.

    The deadline for submissions is Nov. 30.   

     The awards program recognizes individuals or groups throughout the state who have worked to conserve or highlight Tennessee’s cultural heritage during the past
    year.

    The awards recognize historic preservation projects as well as work in the field of history.