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Community News

  • Eagles help give kids Christmas

    Harriman’s Fraternal Order of Eagles 3429 helped make the holidays brighter for some area families.

    The group hosted a kids’ Christmas party in the Eagles family room for the children on their angel tree.

    Fifty-eight children from Roane County received Christmas presents from this tree.

    The organization also distributed 30 Christmas baskets to area families.

    Harriman Fraternal Order of Eagles is at 422 Old Hwy. 70, Midtown.

  • State seeking environmental achievers

    The Department of Environment and Conservation invites Tennesseans to submit nominations for the Governor’s 2014 Environmental Stewardship Awards.

    The awards recognize Tennesseans who go above and beyond to protect the state’s diverse environment.

  • Gas prices holding steady in January

    January's national average price for a gallon of gas are holding steady at around $3.30 per gallon, reports AAA.

    “Motorists should see pretty stable gas prices this month,” said Jessica Brady, AAA spokeswoman, The Auto Club Group.

    “Gas prices in the Southeast are slightly cheaper than they were this time in 2012, whereas the national average is the same as last year.”

    The agency predicts pump prices will likely hold stable for the remainder of the month as multiple factors place equal pressure on oil prices.

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

    While Jack Frost nipped at noses during holiday preparations in Roane County, the Roane County News — with Bobby Davis and Deborah Alexander-Davis of Kingston — was on hiatus in a tropical paradise.

    “The photo is from our stop in Grand Cayman,” Deborah explained.

    The trio spent two weeks sailing the Caribbean, with visits to St. Thomas, St. Martin and Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas, Cococay.

  • Military Matters: David P. Coulter

    U.S. Air Force Airman David P. Coulter recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    Son of Dorene Coulter of Loudon, he graduated in 2010 from Midway High School.

    Coulter completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • Ready to Run: Harvey overcomes injuries to take on half marathon

    At 31, Jack Harvey’s body has taken more beatings than some people experience in a lifetime.

    With a boxer fracture to his hand, broken arm, broken leg, broken ribs, broken anchors in his spinal cord and several broken fingers all in his past, the Kingston man is used to dealing with pain.

    But nothing compared to the pain and the difficult recovery that came from the injuries he received when he took a fall at Windrock Park in 2011. He broke his left leg and ankle so severely that his foot was turned in the wrong direction.

  • Tight fit for spacecraft on I-40 in Harriman

    Looks as if the new Orion Spacecraft vehicle, moving last month from NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., to the U.S. Naval Base in San Diego, was too wide for the Interstate 40 construction area at Exit 347 in Harriman.

    Kingston’s Bill Wright spotted the spacecraft as it traveled through Roane County, and we appreciate him allowing us to share his photograph with our readers.

  • Harriman Happenings, Jan. 13

    During the Christmas holiday Norma Bazel, her daughter Sharlene, her husband, Roderick Parker, and Norma’s son Reggie Bazel and his wife spent Christmas in Cleveland with her son Phil Bazel and his family.

    Norma said they were blessed celebrating this special day with all her children and especially her great-granddaughter.

    Julia Harris and her daughter Alicia spent last Thursday in Knoxville visiting with her daughter Sybil Cannon and her family with other family members for a New Year’s dinner.

  • Wartburg church among new National Register listings

    Wartburg Presbyterian Church is among the eight Tennessee sites added this week to the National Register of Historic Places.

    The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation.

    “The National Register honors places that help Tennesseans understand our heritage and make our communities unique and enjoyable,” said Patrick McIntyre, executive director of the Tennessee Historical Commission, which administers the program in Tennessee.

  • The Garden Gate: Cheating nature for beauty, treats a long-held practice

    Mankind has been trying to outwit nature since the beginning of gardening. The Romans were among the first.

    It has been recorded that Emperor Tiberius was able to have fresh cucumbers on his table in every month of the year.

    There is something fascinating about having summer flowers in the winter and enjoying fruits and vegetables out of season. Since ancient times, forcing plants and building greenhouses has developed into quite a sophisticated art.