Community News

  • Mid-East pancake breakfast set for Nov. 28

    In celebration of the 2018 Subaru Share the Love Event, Mid-East Community Action Agency will sponsor a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Michael Dunn Center.

    Mid-East operates a meal program which delivers meals to hungry seniors in the community utilizing funding including Meals on Wheels.

  • Volunteer to help seniors this tax season

    AARP Foundation Tax-Aide — the nation’s largest free tax preparation and assistance service — is now seeking volunteers for the 2018 tax season.

    Volunteers don’t have to be an AARP member to volunteer or have any experience doing taxes. They just need a desire to help others.

    Tax volunteers receive free tax training in January and once certified, they work a minimum of four hours a week during tax season, interacting with clients by preparing their tax returns. We need volunteers for Blount, Sevier, Loudon, Roane, and Monroe counties.

  • Roane charities get grant funds for preservation

    Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC and the East Tennessee Foundation awarded three Roane County grant winners of the CNS Y-12 Community Investment Fund.

    Three charities received funds for historical/cultural preservation. Two grantees are centered on the historic Roane County Courthouse.

    The Avery Trace Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution requested funds for a Revolutionary War Patriots Monument at the courthouse, and the Roane County Heritage Commission requested funds to support the restoration of the courthouse.

  • Santa for Seniors focuses on elderly

    A new charitable cause will be available to help seniors in Kingston this holiday season.

    Cayle Coy, who teaches at Roane State Community College, is leading the effort.

    “We do a lot for the children, but sometimes the seniors get pushed aside,” she said.

    Santa for Seniors’s goal is to provide care packages for all 43 residents of Lakewood Village, which is located in Kingston.

  • United Way is accepting grant applications now

    The Roane County United Way is now accepting applications for grants.

    United Way encourages eligible non-profit organizations to review and consider applying for available grants through their Community Investment (CI) and/or Community Enhancement (CE) grant process..

    An organization must meet specific criteria to apply for the grants.

  • Rockwood Christmas Tour of Homes is set for Dec. 1

    The annual Rockwood Christmas Tour of Homes in historic Rockwood will be noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

    Along with 16 historical homes decorated for the Christmas holidays, this year’s tour will include carolers dressed in Victorian attire, historic character portrayals, hand crafted gifts and refreshments.

    Advance tickets can be purchased for $15 at www.rockwood2000.com/Christmas or at Live & Let Live Drug Store, 225 West Rockwood St. on the day of the event.

    Children under the age of 12 are free.

  • RSCC extends deadline for festival of trees

    The application deadline for sponsoring a tree in the Festival of Trees at the Roane State Community College’s “Lighting of the Tree” festivities was extended to Monday, Nov. 12.

    The entry fee is $75 (including tree and tree stand.)

    The application form instructions for registration will be on the Lighting of the Tree website at roanestate.edu/treelighting.

  • CMS holds free Barre event

    Cherokee Middle School is working with Watts Barre to hold a free workout session at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8.

    Participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Hands of Mercy food bank.

    A release from Cherokee Middle said the goal is to partner together to celebrate generosity and to love those in the community.

    The donations will help Roane County families this Thanksgiving.

    For more information, call Cherokee Middle School at 376-9281 or https://cms.roaneschools.com.

  • Harriman Library holds fundraiser

    The Harriman Public Library is having a benefit play and encourages the public to kick off the holiday season with an American classic.

    The show will be “It’s A Wonderful Life” — A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry.

    The play will be 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the American Legion Hall, Morgan Street.

    Doors open at 6:30.

    Tickets are $10 per person and includes dessert and beverages.

    Call Harriman Public Library at 882-3195 for more information and to purchase tickets.

  • New law meant to help domestic violence victims

    When we think of domestic violence, we often picture physical abuse. But the truth is, abusive behavior within a relationship can exist in many forms.

    At its core, domestic violence is an attempt by one partner to assert control over the other.

    It can include threats, insults, emotional manipulation, sexual coercion and a host of other behaviors.

    Abusers are nothing if not creative in their methods.

    When a victim does manage to extricate herself or himself from an abusive relationship, these attempts at control don’t suddenly end.