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  • Gen. Harriman, I presume?
  • MILITARY MATTERS: Tarl A. Franklin

    U.S. Army Pfc. Tarl A. Franklin recently graduated from the Basic Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

    He is the son of Dixie L. Franklin of Kingston and Henry A. Franklin of San Diego.

  • Jackson crowned Miss Fall Festival
  • Kingston native Wright to sing this weekend for hometown audience

    Singer-songwriter and Kingston native Woody Wright will make multiple appearances in the East Tennessee area this weekend.

    A featured artist with the “Gaither Homecoming” series and a gospel recording artist, Wright will be the guest speaker as he revisits some of his school teachers at the Oct. 8 Roane County Retired Teachers luncheon in Kingston Community Center.  

    Later that day, he will perform the national anthem with the Roane County High School marching band at Nat Sugarman Field prior to the homecoming football game.

  • Kingston OK'd for park grant

    The city of Kingston has been approved for a $68,000 state grant for a playground project.

    “Our parks are very important to our community, and I am very pleased that we will be receiving this grant,” said state Sen. Ken Yager upon learning about the Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant from Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke.

    “I look forward to seeing the improvements that will come as a result of this grant,” Yager added

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Candace N. Smith

    Army National Guard Pvt. Candace N. Smith has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    Daughter of Richard Smith of  Harriman and sister of Crystal Hutchens of Paris, she is a 2008 graduate of Henry County High School, Paris.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Oct. 6

    25 Years Ago
    The Emory Gap neighborhood revitalization was nearly complete. All the houses were improved, with remodeling where necessary, painting, roofing and/or insulation. Sidewalks were installed, about 5,000 feet of streets were leveled and widened, and sewer and water lines were put in. Funding was applied for from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. A park for the area children, expected to be finished by the end of the year, will complete the project.

    10 Years Ago

  • Senior citizens picnic scheduled for Oct. 7

    Mid-East Community Action Agency welcomes area seniors to the annual Roane County Senior Citizen picnic on Oct. 7.

    The picnic will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Roane County Park shed 2.

    “Area seniors can look forward to a day filled with good food, entertainment, bingo, door prizes, vendors and a cake walk,” said Amber Jacks, Mid-East senior service director. “Plan to bring a side dish if you are able.”

    Call 354-0450, Ext. 227, to register or for details concerning the picnic.

  • Fall colors train rides start Saturday

    There's nothing like enjoying a train ride through the hardwoods of East Tennessee during the crisp fall season.

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum’s Secret City Scenic Excursion Train will run fall colors trips on four weekends during October, starting Oct. 2.

    Trains will run on Saturdays and Sundays, with Saturday departures at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., and Sunday departures at 1 and 3 p.m.  

    Each trip will last about one hour.

  • Advocacy leader to speak at League lunch

    Beth Uselton, lead organizer for the Tennessee Heath Care Campaign, will speak about her work with this non-partisan, non-profit statewide consumer advocacy organization at the Oct. 5 Lunch with the League, a twice-monthly series with the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge.

    Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. and is available on a first-come basis at a cost of

    The program starts at noon in Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.