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Community News

  • Complimentary radon tests available online

    The Tennessee Department of Environment is offering complimentary radon test kits online this month.

    The department is also educating Tennesseans about the dangers of radon exposure.

    “It is important to test your home since radon acts unpredictably,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. “It is a naturally occurring gas that can seep into homes through cracks and openings in the foundation and cannot be seen, tasted or smelled.”

  • Goldston retires from Air Force

    U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Casey Douglas Goldston recently retired after 21 years and four months on active duty.

    Goldston, a native of South Harriman, is the son of Chane and Brenda Goldston.

    He attended Bowers Elementary, South Harriman Middle School and graduated from Roane County High school in 1992.

    Goldston enlisted in the Air Force in July 1992. He attended basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

  • Arts Council taking over Polk Salad Fest, set for June 14

    Roane County Arts Council is relaunching the Harriman Polk Salad Festival.

    The festival, a Harriman tradition since 2004, will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 14, rain or shine, at David Webb Riverfront Park. Admission is free to the public.

    The festival, conceived by the Webb family of Rocky Top General Store fame, is a celebration of Appalachian foods, arts, and nostalgic activities.

    The Arts Council is planning a new focus on the arts with a wide array of features and activities designed to serve and entertain the whole family.

  • South Roane VFD partners with United Way

    South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department has partnered with Roane County United Way for some funding for the 2014 fiscal year.

  • Sheriff, BOE hopefuls to speak at Thursday forum

    The Roane County Republican Women will host a forum on April 24 for candidates running for sheriff and Board of Education.

    The forum will be from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Michael Dunn Center at 629 Gallaher Road, Kingston.

    Incumbent Sheriff Jack Stockton and his opponent, Jared Hall of Rockwood Police Department, will field questions and give remarks.

    School board candidates who have said they are attending the forum are John Evans, District 1; Michael Smith and incumbents Michael Taylor and Sam Cox, District 3/4; and Vic King, District 5/6.

  • Harriman Happenings: April 21

    Twenty-two members were present for the Roane County Family and Community Education Recognition Day.

    Dedication and recognition of officers for 2014 was given by Agent Justin Thomas.

    Recognition of guests was by President Ferne Baxter.

    Speaker for this special day were Susan Rexrode from Knoxville. Her subject was “Awareness: Finding the Wonder Woman in you.”

    We were inspired by her message on how to become a Wonder Woman.

    Grace was given by Louise Warmley. The banquet meal was great, and all enjoyed the

  • Time to register for 4-H summer camp

    After a long winter, many children are dreaming of summer fun – and that could include a trip to a Tennessee 4-H camp.

    Tennessee 4-H operates camps in Columbia, Crossville and Greeneville, and Extension agents in every county are now registering thousands of children for this summer’s adventures.

    But there’s always room for more campers.

  • Dispose of hazardous household waste the safe way next month

    Roane County households may dispose of possible hazardous wastes in a free and safe way during next month’s Household Hazardous Waste Day at the recycling center at 215 White Pine Road, Midtown.

    Household hazardous waste materials will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10.

    Only waste from households will be accepted for free.

    Conditionally-exempt small-quantity generator waste from non-household sources — such as business, schools, farms and churches — will be accepted by appointment only.

  • Military Matters: Ethan K. Flowers

    U.S. Army Pvt. Ethan K. Flowers recently graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo.

    Son of Steve Flowers and Paige Bandy, both of Kingston, he is a 2013 graduate of Roane County High School, Kingston.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship qualification, bayonet combat, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, marches, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, traditions, and core values.

  • Military Matters: Shalyn P. Sipiczky

    Air National Guard Airman Shalyn P. Sipiczky recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

    Daughter of Lisa Burress and Paul Sipiczky of Kingston, she is a 2011 graduate of Roane County High School, Kingston.

    The airman 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.