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Today's Features

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Farmers’ roadside stands are piled high right now with pumpkins and squashes. Supermarkets are featuring them with pumpkins pies (which the early colonists termed “a pudding baked into crust”), pumpkin bread and plastic jack-o’-lanterns.

  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Harriman, will join other churches across the country on Oct. 2 in the tradition of the Blessing of Animals.

    The line of pets — everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and horses — will begin forming at 2 p.m.

    All animals — four legged, two legged, Episcopalian or other, furry, feathered or scaled — are welcome.

  • Kingston First Baptist Church has set aside three dates to take applications for its 2011 Christmas basket and angel tree programs.

    The angel tree is designated for children through eighth grade.

    Applications will be taken for both programs from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 20, Oct. 27 and Nov. 10 at the church’s Loveliss Street entrance.

    Those applying are asked to bring identification and proof of address, such as a current electric bill.

    Call 376-6041 for details.

  • 25 Years Ago
    Gene Tate retired from Harriman Fire Department after 44 years. He was the second paid firefighter hired by the city. “An ax and a stream of water were all we had when I first became a fireman in 1942,” he said. “It never was a good paying job, but it was dependable.”

    10 Years Ago

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson
    September was the seventh month of the Roman calendar, but it is the ninth month according to our modern reckoning. The Anglo-Saxons called it the Barseley month.

  • Harriman Public Library is offering three children’s programs this fall.

    An after-school program for grades K-5 takes place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. each Tuesday.

    For a $3 monthly fee, youngsters read books, have snacks and do craft-related projects.

    The preschool program is from 11 a.m. to noon each Wednesday. Children read books, focus on a letter of the alphabet of the week, say the pledge of allegiance, sing songs, play games and do craft-related projects.

  • By Bonita Irwin, for Roane Newspapers
    Students and friends from Roane County’s former Wheat community will meet Oct. 2 in George Jones Memorial Baptist Church in celebration of the 80th year of reunions for those who have connections to the community.

    The church is the only building left standing in what was a thriving community.

    The service will begin at 11 a.m., with the Rev. A.L. Turpin bringing the message.

  • Mid-East Community Action Agency’s senior services program has several opportunities in the coming months to participate in activities or programs.

    A free weekly chronic disease self-management program will meet each Monday from Oct. 3 to Nov. 7 in Harriman Community Center.

    Each weekly meeting will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

    The program is ideal for those who have a chronic condition such as asthma, arthritis, depression, diabetes or COPD.

  • Three Rivers Antique Tractor & Engine Club is gearing up for a tractor show and tractor pull this weekend at Roane State Expo Center.

    Set-up will be on Sept. 30, with a tractor pull at 7 p.m.

    The tractor show opens at 7 a.m. Oct. 1, with tractor parade at noon and a tractor pull at 3 p.m.

    A swap meet will take place both days.

    Admission is free; donations will be accepted.

  • The Tennessee Eagles RC Club will have a radio-controlled air show this weekend to benefit Shriners Children's Hospitals.

    The show will begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 1 at Harriman RC Park off Fiske Heights Road. Admission is free; food and drinks will be available.

    A $10 landing fee will be charged to all pilots,
    with all proceeds going to Shriners Children’s Hospitals.