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Community News

  • Girl Scouts in need of leaders

    The Girl Scout  Council of the Southern Appalachians is in need of individuals who have a passion and skill for working with young people.

    Girl Scouts is one of the world’s   preeminent organizations dedicated solely to girls where, in an accepting and  nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success.

  • The Garden Gate: Christmas season plants have changed with the times

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    There is a remarkable variety in the plants which symbolize this glamorous season of the year. Some of them connect with very ancient traditions and customs and some of them are fairly new, such as the poinsettias, which have only been the customary Christmas plant for a couple of generations.

  • Roane among counties Haslam requests federal aid for farmers

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced a request for a secretarial designation of natural disaster for 14 counties due to excessive heat and drought during the summer and fall.

     The counties include Blount, Cumberland, Fayette, Fentress, Haywood, Loudon, McMinn, Macon, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott and Wilson.

  • Museum posts model bridge building contest rules and specifications

    The 2012 East Tennessee Regional Model Bridge Building Contest rules and specifications are posted on www.amse.org for students in grades 7-12 and teachers utilizing this contest to encourage students in engineering, math and problem solving skills prior to the March 10, 2012 contest at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Dec. 14

    25 Years Ago
    The Rockwood Times celebrated 106 years of publications. Even though the paper changed names and owners, its governing philosophy stayed the same: the community comes first. From the days when Rockwood Avenue was described as “an ore-dusted pig and cow path” to when the county industrial park was filled with tenants, The Times grew along with the community.

    10 Years Ago

  • Roane United Way selects Harmon as director

    The Roane County United Way Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Amy Harmon to serve as executive director of the organization. Harmon, who began the new position on December 2, replaces Diana Knobloch, who left after 15 years of faithful service to spend more time with family.

  • The Garden Gate: Alabama leads the way for Christmas holiday

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Plants have been used as decorations at Christmastime ever since the first Christmas in Bethlehem.

    It started, according to an old tale, with a little shepherd girl who had no lamb, myrrh or gold to give to the Christ Child. She was showered with miraculous roses from heaven. She gathered them into a bouquet as a gift for the infant Jesus.

    Many and varied are legends, customs, ideas and traditions that, for many centuries, have celebrated Christmas.

  • Ruppe heading up CASA board

    Becky Ruppe has been elected chairwoman of the board of directors of CASA of the Ninth Judicial District.

    She succeeds founding chairman Jack McNew, who passes the gavel in a ceremonious act.

    Ruppe is executive director of the Morgan County Economic Development Board and serves on many boards in Morgan and Scott counties. She is a former Morgan County executive and served two terms on the Morgan County Board of Education.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Dec. 21

    25 Years Ago
    Shortly after moving to the area, Fred and Anne Walker of Kingston noticed candy canes hanging from a tall cedar tree between the Kingston and Lawnville exits of Interstate 40. When they didn’t see it the next year, they decided to decorate the tree themselves. Why do they do it? For the motorists – to make people smile, especially people far from home at Christmas. Friends and neighbors have been encouraging, and “no one has said we couldn’t do it.”

    10 Years Ago

  • Harriman Christmas Tour in 21st year

    Celebrate the holidays in The Town That Temperance Built during the Harriman Christmas Tour this weekend.

    Now in its 21st year, the tour spotlighting Victorian homes and historic buildings will be from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 10 and from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 11.

    Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for ages 6-12; ages 5 and younger are admitted free.