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Community News

  • Babahatchie Community Band’s to perform March 31 concert

    The Babahatchie Community Band will kick off its 2019 season with an indoor concert.

    The concert begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 31, at Harriman High School’s auditorium.

    There is no charge for admission, but donations are accepted.

    Each piece being played in this concert was donated by longtime member Luther True.

    While there were many pieces to choose from, it was felt that the pieces we are playing for this concert give a true compendium of the pieces Luther has purchased for Babahatchie Community Band.

  • Mid-East pancake brunch set for March for Meals celebration event

    Mid-East Community Action Agency has been participating in the 17th annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meals on Wheels and our senior neighbors who rely on the vital service to remain healthy and independent at home.

    A culminating community-wide pancake brunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Kingston Community Center.

    This will be a time to meet with Meals on Wheels staff, learn more about the program and enjoy a good meal.

  • The Knights of Pythias mark a major milestone

    The Knights of Pythias celebrates its 155 year anniversary this year.

    The Knights of Pythias is a charitable fraternal organization started Feb. 19, 1864, in Washington D.C. by Justus H. Rathbone.

    Founded on the principals of friendship, charity and benevolence, the Knights of Pythias was the first fraternal organization chartered by the U.S. Congress upon the recommendation of President Abraham Lincoln.

    The Oak Leaf Lodge No. 49 Knights of Pythias in Rockwood was instituted in 1888 and is celebrating 131 years of service this year.

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  • Veterans resource/job fair March 16

    A Loudon County veterans resources and job fair program will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the War Building, 103 B St., Lenoir City.

    This event is open to any area veterans, not just those residing in Loudon County.

    Available services will include a job fair, clothing vouchers, general medical screenings/consultation, general legal assistance and lunch.

    The Loudon County Veterans Service Officer will be in attendance.

    Transportation will be available by calling 630-673-6400.

  • Obed Wild & Scenic River holds river-based cleanup

    On Saturday, March 30, the Obed Wild and Scenic River and Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning are working together to host a river-based cleanup of the section of the Obed River between the Devil’s Breakfast Table and Nemo.  

    This 11-mile section of stream is one of the most dramatic in the entire park, featuring towering cliffs and a sense of remoteness rarely found in today’s world.  

  • Master Gardeners hold gardening program March 9

    The Master Gardeners of Roane County will present a program called “Successful Home Gardening and Rain Barrel Creation and Use” at the UT Extension Office in Harriman from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9.

    This workshop will provide the basic elements as well as the latest trends to make a home garden the talk of the neighborhood. Dr. Sue Hamilton, professor and director of the University of Tennessee Gardens, will teach the basics of gardening success, garden design and the use of color, the latest gardening trends, and the newest plants on the market.

  • VECustomers Share awards $2,918 in Roane

    VECustomers Share program awarded $2,918 grants to Roane County organizations in February.

    Local groups receiving grants include Roane County Knights Lacrosse ($200), Roane County Lady Knights ($200), Midway High School Drama Club ($300), Midway Softball Club ($1,050), and Midway Future Farmers of America and Greenhouse Committee ($1,168).

    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $6.5 million to various community-service organizations across VEC’s 17-county service area.

  • Mid-East holding AARP Smart Driver Course

    In need of a refresher course on driving? Want to update knowledge of the rules of the road? Is it time to update driver training? If the answer is “yes,” then the new and improved AARP Smart Driver Course is the right choice.

    The driver course will be from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, and Thursday, March 14, each day at the Mid-East Community Action Agency Annex, located at 2305 N. Gateway Ave., Suite 8, Harriman.

  • Obed Wild and Scenic River to hold healthy hike

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River will be conducting a ranger-led healthy hike at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.

    Join Ranger Rick Ryan for a moderate out and back hike of 2.6 miles total along the Emory River Gorge section of the Cumberland Trail.

    The trail begins at the historic Nemo Bridge and ascends through a peaceful understory of winter evergreens embraced by the sounds of water resonating off the canyon walls, culminating in a sweeping overlook above the confluence of the Obed and Emory Rivers.

    Participants should meet at the Nemo picnic area.