Community News

  • October Sky Fest looming on horizon

    The Oliver Springs Historical Society will host the 11th annual October Sky Festival on Oct. 20.

    The festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Arrowhead Park on Kingston Avenue. Admission is free.

    The family-oriented festival with fun activities for all ages is becoming known as one of the best and most interesting in the area.

    Attractions include narrated tours of historic homes and buildings plus sites from the filming of the 1998 movie, October Sky.

  • Day of Caring volunteers sought

    Roane County United Way is seeking volunteers to help with two Day of Caring events.

    The two events allows more opportunities for involvement.

    They are also ideal venues for earning community service hours.

    Volunteers will beautify and enhance the community on Sept. 20 with yard work at Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties locations.

    The second event is an Oct. 6 car wash at Michael Dunn Center, Kingston.

    Volunteers must sign a release form. Those younger than 18 must have the signature from a parent or guardian.

  • Never too early to plan menus for holiday dinners

    The dog days of summer seem an odd time to start planning holiday menus.

    However, if you want locally produced meats grown and processed just the way you like them gracing your holiday tables, it’s time to track down that rack of lamb, pasture-raised turkey, prime beef rib or heirloom breed pork sausage.

    Tennessee farmers are taking reservations now for the poultry, pork, lamb, and beef, as well as specialties like cured hams and local sausages, which are in high demand throughout the holiday season.

  • Obed launches citizen science program

    In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the Obed Wild and Scenic River is launching a volunteer-based citizen science pilot program.

    A public meeting about the program will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 27 in the Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St., Wart-burg.

    The park recently received a National Park Foundation grant that will offer a new opportunity for individuals and groups within the park’s watershed to work closely with National Park Service staff to learn about water quality trends during runoff events.

  • Volunteer fire depts. eligible for grants

    The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is accepting grant applications for the 2018-19 Volunteer Fire Assistance program.

    Applications will be accepted through Sept. 14.

    Volunteer fire departments serving communities with populations of 10,000 or less are eligible for this 50-percent reimbursement grant.

    Grants will be awarded for qualifying purchases up to $6,000.

    Last year, 115 volunteer fire departments received $264,368 in grant funding.

  • TVA seeking public comment on Kingston Fossil Plant coal residuals

    TVA is asking for public comment on a proposed Environmental Investigation Plan for coal combustion residuals at its Kingston Fossil Plant.

    TVA is developing the plan and seeking public comment following direction from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation regarding coal ash and other coal combustion residuals stored at TVA’s coal plants in Tennessee.

    The Kingston Fossil Plant EIP provides details on how TVA plans to investigate and assess the risks to soil, surface water and groundwater from coal combustion residuals stored at Kingston.

  • Hitchcock Film Fest coming to the Princess

    Roane State Community College will present a Hitchcock Film Festival on Aug. 30-31 in Princess Theatre on Roane Street in downtown Harriman.

    The festival pays tribute – as well as airing critical questions – of the famed film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock, often called the “Master of Suspense.”

    The event is free and open to the public.

  • Rockwood library book sale starts Saturday

    Rockwood Public Library will host its annual book sale starting Saturday.

    The book sale, which continues through Sept. 1, will take place during regular business hours: from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

    The sale will feature new and old books for all ages, with prices ranging from 10 cents to $5.

    Magazines, audio books and DVDs will also be for sale.

    All proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase new materials and activities for the library.

  • Landmarks lit green for child support awareness

    If you’ve noticed green lights on landmarks across Tennessee this month, there’s a good reason why.

    Green is the color Tennessee has chosen to recognize Child Support Awareness Month.

    Every August the Tennessee Department of Human Services raises awareness of the services available through the Child Support program and the positive impact it can have on families and children in Tennessee.

    Across the state, the Tennessee Department of Human Services employees work more than 368,000 child support cases.

  • Anti-Drug Coalition recipient of $175,000 in grant funding

    The Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition has received $175,000 to continue substance abuse prevention efforts in Roane County.

    “The timing was a blessing,” said Sarah Harrison, Coalition executive director.

    Without such grants the organization would have a hard time fulfilling its mission of increasing awareness and fighting drug abuse in the area, she said.

    The Coalition received a $150,000 community-based coalition enhancement grant through the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.