Community News

  • 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.”

  • Pancake breakfast fundraiser to benefit Contact Care Line

    A fundraising pancake breakfast to benefit Contact Care Line will be from 8 to 10 a.m. July 11 in Oak Ridge Applebee’s Restaurant at 1213 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased from any Contact board member or at the door.

    All proceeds will benefit Contact’s Crisis Call Lines and Reassurance Program.

    Contact has been in operation in Oak Ridge since 1973 and serves a nine-county region, including Roane, Anderson, Blount, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Sevier and Union counties.

  • 101 new members help #UniteRoane

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce recently experienced a 27-percent membership growth within a two-day time span.

    The recent Membership Expansion event was a culmination of a six-week contest to help #UniteRoane.

    The two-day membership drive added 101 new members to the Chamber’s rolls — a record for the consulting company that directed the event.

    “Last Thursday, we started the day with 365 members, and to end the week with 466 members is difficult to fathom,” said Chamber President Wade Creswell of The Roane Alliance.

  • Stewart, Roane County cited for recycling

    Roane County Solid Waste Director Ralph Stewart, center, accepts an East Tennessee Development District award from Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain, left, and Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters.

    ETDD recognized the county and Stewart during its recent awards banquet in Knoxville.

    The award was presented for improvements to Roane County’s regional recycling center.

  • Harriman Happenings— June 22

    Rufus Eugene Collier of Harriman passed away Wednesday, June 17, at Tennova Health Care.

    Eugene was born April 1, 1944, in Harriman.

    He retired from K-25 plant in Oak Ridge.

    He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. and Ms. Collier.

    Survivors are his wife, Margaret Ruth Collier; two daughters, Cathy (Patrick) Johnson, Diane Johnson; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.