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On a beautiful fall day the residents of Harriman Garden enjoyed a fun and informative gathering of community conveniently right outside their front door. This was the second year for the Harriman Gardens Fall Festival which brings together many of Roane County’s key social services and numerous organizations and businesses that the senior and other residents depend upon in a friendly carnival-type atmosphere complete with cotton candy and popcorn served up by property management staff.

Residents could visit with each other as they milled around the various booths where vendors provided free and helpful information on a variety of topics ranging from health insurance to grocery delivery services. Exhibitors included the Roane County Health Department and Anti-Drug Coalition, the Fire Department, Humana and Walmart. Legacy Housing Foundation’s Good Times truck rolled in for the event giving out Good Times bucks that residents used to ‘shop’ for personal care products and household items.

The festive decor which included smiling scarecrows and funny pumpkin people along with brightly colored mums resting on haybales brought to mind happy thoughts of the Halloween holiday just weeks away. But there were no tricks, just treats with staff even providing bags of candy to the some 70 residents who attended. Community Manager Allen Treadway was very pleased with the turnout as well as vendor participation which grew from eight last year to 16 at this year’s event.

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