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Community News

  • Harriman Music Club hosts pianist

    Harriman Music Club will have its first meeting of the 2019-2020 season at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at West Hills Presbyterian Church, 506 West Hills Drive, Harriman.

    Visitors are welcome. For additional information, call Linda Silvera at 882-1064. A meal will be served before the musical program. Meat and drinks will be furnished by the officers of the club. Those attending are asked to bring side dishes to round out the meal.

  • Obed holds harvest moon hike at Overlook Trail

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River will be conducting a night hike on Friday, Sept. 13, at 7:45 p.m.

    Ranger Rick Ryan will lead an easy out-and-back hike of 0.6 miles total on the Overlook Trail to enjoy the rise of the nearly-full Harvest Moon rising over the Clear Creek Gorge, viewed from the Lilly Bluff Overlook.

    The Overlook Trail leads through a peaceful hemlock forest where you can enjoy the sounds and smells of evening darkness before emerging out onto the boardwalk overlook at Lilly Bluff.

  • Papermill workers may be eligible for legal settlements

    Plant workers employed by Harriman Paperboard before 1981 and diagnosed with various cancers may be entitled to special benefits based on legal settlements.

    Asbestos-laced products were used for decades at the company. According to legal actions filed in Federal Courts, neither employees nor management were aware of the asbestos risk.

    Lung cancer, esophageal cancer, laryngeal cancer, pharyngeal cancer, stomach cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer, and mesothelioma are frequently caused by asbestos exposure.

  • Yager says lineup growing for annual grant conference

    State Senator Ken Yager, R-Kingston, said he has a solid lineup of expert speakers for his annual Grants Conference set for Sept. 18.

    “We are fortunate to have a host of state grant decision makers who will offer expert advice on how to submit a competitive and successful application,” Yager said.

  • Tennessee Waters exhibit at Kingston library next month

    During the month of September, Kingston Public Library will host Tennessee Waters: Shaping our Land, Our Lives, and Our Future a traveling exhibit exploring the overall environmental, historical, and cultural impact of water in Tennessee.

    The exhibit, which will be held at the Kingston Library beginning 9 a.m. on Sept. 1, highlights an important part of Tennessee’s story and provides host communities a context for current conversations about growth, sustainability, jobs, and the economy.

  • Roane Choral season starts Aug. 26

    Roane Choral Society will kick off the 2019–2020 season with an Interactive Open House on Monday, Aug. 26.

    Roane Choral Society choral director, Brenda Luggie, will present an introduction to choral singing beginning at 6 p.m. in the choral rehearsal room of the O’Brien Building at Roane State Community College in Harriman.

    Music lovers who are interested in singing and would like to know more about Roane Choral are encouraged to attend.

    A social hour will follow at 7 p.m. with fun and refreshments.

  • FOCUS ON FUN: Music & Melons and other events bring fun to Roane

    Music & Melons Concert

    The Babahatchie Community Band is taking concert goers back to the days of bell bottoms and that unique form of music that was all the rave in the 1970s with their upcoming concert on Sunday, Aug. 18.

    The annual Music & Melons concert will be at 3 p.m. at David Webb Riverfront Park, Harriman. The Harriman Lions Club will once again be providing watermelon at this fun music event.

  • United Way awarded funding for emergency food and shelter

    Roane County has been awarded $8,470 in federal funding through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    The funding is a federal appropriation from Congress to the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

    A board made up of local government representatives, agency representatives and the United Way of Roane County will determine how the funds awarded to Roane County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies who serve Roane County residents.

  • Parental help and guidelines for their new teen driver

    By David Ridenour

    Special to the Roane County News

    As the new driver approaches the age of 15, it is recommended that the parents provide them with a current Tennessee Driver Manual. Actually, the same could be said for any age group requiring the services of the Driver Testing Center.

    As stated in the manual, “it is important to read this information.”

    As it would relate to being successful with the written portion of the permit/license exam, perhaps a slogan with the words of KNOW BEFORE WE GO would perhaps be appropriate.

  • DAR members go to Continental Congress event

    Members of the Southwest Point Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution attended the 128th Continental Congress in Washington D.C.

    The annual Continental Congress is held at Constitution Hall located at 1776 D Street NW.  Ground was broken for DAR Constitution Hall on June 22, 1928.  The cornerstone was laid by Mrs. Calvin Coolidge on October 30, 1928, using the trowel George Washington used to lay the cornerstone at the Capitol in 1793.