Community News

  • Annual street festival making more of a joyful noise

    We East Tennesseans bid farewell to summer in a big way on Labor Day weekend.
    The University of Tennessee Volunteers open football season with orange pride on Saturday in Nashville.
    Boomsday, Knoxville’s fireworks spectacular for 28 years, takes its final bow with a bang on Sunday.
    But in The RoCo, it’s Harriman that takes center stage.


    A TRIO OF TRIADS: A 3-on-3 basketball tournament for ages 10-16; teams can be co-ed. 11 a.m. Monday, Fred R. Davis Park (formerly Triangle Park), Harriman. 321-2130, or visit the Bria-Shannel Committee on Facebook for details.

    HORSIN’ AROUND: Two-day East Tennessee Cutting Horse Association show. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Roane State Expo Center’s indoor arena. Free to spectators. Lynn Hicks at 423-741-1435 or hhicks@btes.tv.

  • Harriman Happenings: Aug. 24

    Last Sunday Carolyn Griffin and I attended the fifth anniversary celebration for the Little Leaf Missionary Baptist Church youth choir.

    Their theme was “Help Me Lift Him Up.”

    Several groups, praise dancers and one special soloist from Alcoa performed.

    Little Leaf Choir closed the show.

    This was a wonderful service. Afterward, refreshments were served in the fellowship hall.

    This is where the Elder Thomas Dews is pastor.

  • Croce, lawyer with Legal Aid, to be honored by peers

    The Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services will present the 2015 Access to Justice Awards on Sept. 2 at its annual Equal Justice University.

    The awards honor legal professionals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the cause of expanding access to civil legal services.

    Among those to be honored is Lenny Croce.

    Croce will receive the B. Riney Green Award, which recognizes advocates who coordinate statewide efforts to improve the quality of legal services for low-income Tennesseans.

  • Fall fest helps 3 agencies

    Bethel Presbyterian Church’s 2015 fall festival will be Oct. 10 at the church at 203 S. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    The festival, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., will benefit  Roane Imagination Library, Roane County Family Promise and Mid-East Community Action Agency’s Senior Nutrition Program.

    The day begins with a $5 breakfast in the fellowship hall.

    Activities include entertainment, children’s games, a petting zoo, horse rides and a book-giveaway.  


    Kingston’s Impact Church is about nourishing the soul.

    One group, however, focuses on nourishing the body as well.

    “Well, we like to eat,” said Dusty Stout, Impact’s pastor of administration, of the 15-member group. “It has turned into a full supper each week.”

    Groups at Impact are similar to Sunday school classes at other churches, Stout explained. But it’s with a twist. The group Stout leads meets at 6 p.m. each Tuesday.

  • City & County Meetings

    • Rockwood City Council will meet in regular monthly session at 6 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.

    • Harriman City Court will convene at 5 p.m. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.
    • Harriman City Council will meet in regular work-shop session at 6 p.m. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.


  • Harriman Happenings: June 29

    Happy birthday wishes to Minnie Love, who recently celebrated her 93rd birthday.

    Ms. Love is a special lady and loved by all who know her.

    We love you, Ms. Minnie. Stay young and be blessed.

    We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Bernetta Fouse, who passed away Wednesday, June 17.

    She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Thomas Fouse, of Rockwood.; one daughter, Angela M. Smith of Atlanta; four grandchildren; two aunts, Ebbie Marie Frazier and Barbara Chatman, both of Rockwood; and one brother, Charles Edward Siler Jr.

  • SMOKIN’ THE WATER 2015: Schedules for Kingston’s Fourth of July Celebration

    Thursday, July 2
    10 a.m.
    APBA boat racing begins

    Friday, July 3
    10 a.m.
    APBA boat racing begins

    Vendors open
    Kids Zone opens

    6 p.m.
    Parade line up

    Saturday, July 4
    10 a.m.
    Gates open
    APBA boat racing begins
    Vendors open
    Kids Zone opens
    Car Show registration

    11 a.m.
    Car Show judging begins

    Sand volleyball tournament

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in Haiti!

    The Roane County News continued its missions of goodwill when it recently accompanied seven members of North Rockwood Baptist Church on a 10-day mission trip to Haiti.

    Church members on the trip include Joey and Jacob Andrews, Tony and Sally Davis, Jeff Harrill, Lexie Goodson and Diana Whaley.

    The group was in Haiti on May 29-June 7 through the ministry of Voice of Children, Chuck Whaley said.

    “Free medical clinics were held, with over 1,000 patients being seen,” he explained, “and medicines were dispensed at no charge.”