Community News

  • 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.

  • Veteran honored with flag to fly at Jamestowne Assisted Living

    The family of veteran Ed Collins will dedicate a flagpole in honor of their father, a current resident at Jamestowne Assisted Living in Kingston during a ceremony at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29.

    James E Collins served in the army from April 24, 1943, until Feb. 1, 1945.

    He served in the 36th Infantry Division, 143 Infantry Regiment, H Company.

    He was a combat veteran in the European Theater and was wounded in Italy in 1944.

    He spent nine months in several different military hospitals.

  • Homemade gifts and more at the FCE Christmas Ideas Fair

    Council members from the Roane County Family and Community Education Clubs are getting their handmade items ready for their annual Christmas Ideas Fair.

    This year’s fair is one day only, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Kingston Community Center.

    Proceeds will go to the Roane County 4-H program, including helping with sponsoring summer camp.

    Craft and gift items include baked goods and handmade Christmas decorations. Lunch and dinner will be sold as well, for eat in or take out.

  • York movie coming to Princess

    It’s the story of a so-called “hillbilly sharpshooter” and how he became one of the most decorated soldiers of World War I.

    The classic film “Sergeant York,” detailing the story of Alvin Cullum York, whose home place is in Fentress County, will be shown at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in the Princess Theatre in Harriman.

    The screening is sponsored by Roane State Community College’s Arts and Lectures Series.

    The public is invited and the film is free.