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Community News

  • Harriman Happenings-June 18

    Janice Eskridge and her daughter, Letisha Allen, won second place in the mother-and-daughter look-alike contest during Mother’s Day.

    Their picture came out in the Roane County News. Janice is the wife of Roy Eskridge. Congratulations on your winning.

    Charles Elliot Thorpe IV graduated from Celebration High School, Kissimmee, Fla., on May 26. He is the son of Theresa “Anise” Thorpe and the late Charles Thorpe III.

  • Girl Scouts can register early by July 14

    Girl Scouts in Roane County and their troops can earn a special patch and money for their troops by participating in Early Bird registration.

    Troops registering girls and adult volunteers before the July 14 deadline can earn additional money for the fall product sale.

    Each girl who registers during the event will also receive a free Early Bird patch. Visit www.girlscoutcsa.org and click on the “Register Online” button at the bottom of the page.

    A registration form is also available online at http://tinyurl.com/7ze8osb.

  • Roane pics on exhibit at festival

    Pre-city history and artwork of Oak Ridge landmarks are two new features of the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association’s annual exhibit at this year’s Secret City Festival on June 15-16.

    The group, established in 1999, is committed to preserving the history of Oak Ridge, including the period before the city was created.

  • Alexander takes stand for clean air, says it will help with jobs, economy

    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee said he would vote to uphold a new federal clean air rule “because healthier air means better jobs for Tennesseans — every one of Tennessee’s major metropolitan areas is struggling to meet standards that govern whether industries can acquire the air quality permits to locate here.”

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of June 13

    25 Years Ago
    Ron Coleman became Roane County’s first black elected official when he won his bid for one of three seats on Harriman City Council. Coleman, the top vote-getter in the council race, was named the city’s vice mayor. He said he believes his successful bid for public office was a step in the right direction — that people are trying to change things and start working together and judging people more on their personality than whether they are black or white.

    10 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Make sure your yuccas aren’t yucky

    We marked the time of Pentecost on May 27.

    Pentecost is considered by many people to be the birthday of the Christian church. In reality, it is even earlier than Christianity itself.

    It was one of the great pilgrimage feasts of ancient Israel. It is often referred to in Scripture as the Feast of Weeks, which occurs seven weeks, a week of weeks after the Passover.

    In its earliest form, it was a harvest festival celebrating God’s goodness made manifest.

  • Fire department needs your help

    As the sign outside West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department’s station 1 indicates, the department is seeking volunteers to help in its mission to provide fire and emergency services to those in the West Roane County region.

    Those wishing to help may stop by the station on Pumphouse Road in Rockwood and talk with Fire Chief Charlie Redwine about the department’s needs.

    The station may also be contacted by phone at 354-8201.

  • Free specialty tag supports music education

    The Memphis Rock’n’Soul Museum has a special offer for Tennessee residents that costs nothing but will provide an  annual revenue stream toward music education.

    The museum has been working diligently to reach a goal of 1,000 pre-sold “music-themed” specialty Tennessee license plates, with annual revenue from these plates going to music education in Tennessee.

  • Cuban Missile Crisis exhibit open in Oak Ridge museum

    For 14 days in October 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis was the closest the world came to a thermonuclear war.

    This historic event is detailed in a photographic timeline, Fallout Shelter and the Cold War Home dioramas with artifacts included in the “Cuban Missile Crisis: When the Cold War Got Hot” exhibition open through Sept. 3 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

  • 'Round Rockwood: June 4

    A group of our staff and residents and a volunteer, Roberta Cagle, enjoyed a trip to Rugby, where we ate a wonderful dinner at Harrow Road Cafe.

    We were entertained by a man who played the French harp and sitar at the same time.

    He also led the group in singing old country ballads. One was “When You and I Were Young, Maggie” and “She’ll Be Coming ’Round the Mountain When She Comes.”