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  • Smythe among Dogwood Ball debs

    Madison Paige Smythe of Kingston is among the 56 young women from throughout East Tennessee who will be presented during the Dogwood Ball.

    The 50th annual ball of the East Tennessee Presentation Society will be on April 21 in Knoxville Coliseum.

    Smythe is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Smythe of Kingston.

    She is a sophomore at Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville.

  • Harriman Happenings: April 11

    Madison and Miciah Caruthers celebrated their 14th birthday Saturday, March 31.

    They live in Murfreesboro but celebrated their special day in Nashville.

    Their grandparents, Spencer and Judy Anderson from Harriman, joined them for their special day along with their mother, LaToya.

    They spent the day at Opry Mills shopping. Later they dined at Dave & Buster’s Restaurant. Judy said the food was great.

    After the meal, Madison and Miciah had fun and played games in part of the restaurant.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of April 11

    25 Years Ago
    A one-night occupant of a cell in the Rockwood Safety Department was not incarcerated, but just passing through. V.A. Kelly, 72, of Illinois, was about two months into his walk around the world. He usually spent his nights in jails or firehouses. A widower, Kelley hoped to meet people, visit family and explore his great-grandfather’s birthplace. But his biggest goal was to try and locate prisoners of war and soldiers listed as missing in action. He guessed his journey would take five years, more or less.

  • Sheriff’s office hours changing on Monday

    Hours are changing for the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    Beginning Monday, April 9, the business office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

    The change will not affect inmate visitation hours, which are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

    The business office and inmate visitation will be closed for all government holidays.

    The sheriff’s office is at 230 N. Third St., Kingston.

    For non-emergencies after office hours, call 354-8045. For emergencies, call 911.

  • Vaughan pledges VISTA commitment to CASA

    Robin Vaughan of Harriman has begun a yearlong term of service in the AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America program.

    She is Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Ninth Judicial District during her term.

    AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years.

  • Caring Hearts sew to keep others warm

     

    Roane County’s Caring Hearts sewing group recently donated 210 quilts to three charities: Knoxville’s Lost Sheep Ministry, which takes care of the homeless; Lenoir City’s Iva's Place, a charity for abused women; and a Roane County group which caters to the needy. Anyone interested in joining the group or donating supplies may call 376-0867.Materials used for quilts include denim fabric or clothes, flannel shirts or sheets, polyester fabric or clothes, cotton sheets (good or stained), thin blankets and mattress pads.

  • The Garden Gate: Flowers great symbols during this Holy Week

    Flowers play a big role in religious symbolism, worship services and ceremonial occasions of all kinds.

    They can be seen in secular and religious occasions, especially joyful ones like weddings, and in churches, temples, synagogues and all places of worship throughout the world.

    Flowers were used as a part of worship long before the Christian era.

    Festivals of ancient gods were marked by the strewing of petals and flowers and the adorning of statues with wreaths.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of April 4

    25 Years Ago
    A letter-writing campaign was launched to convince Food Lion to locate a multi-million-dollar distribution center here. Sponsored by the Roane County Chamber of Commerce, elementary school children were to provide 6,000 of 10,000 letters the Chamber hoped to deliver to Food Lion headquarters in North Carolina to tell them “we want them, we need them ... come on down,” things that don’t show up on technical and demographic studies of the area.

    10 Years Ago

  • Farmers reminded of June 1 deadline

    Roane County farmers and ranchers are reminded that June 1 is the dealine to enroll in the USDA Farm Service Agency Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment program.

  • Harriman police starting up their Citizens Academy

    Harriman Police Department is accepting applications for its upcoming Citizens Academy.

    The academy will be at 6 p.m. each Tuesday for the next eight weeks. It will cover many aspects of law enforcement, including police procedure and policy, basic firearms, law, officer survival and a ride-along upon academy completion.

    Applications are available at the police station at 130 Pansy Hill Road.

    Call Karen Joseph at 882-3383 for details.