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Community News

  • Teen Board presenting eight Saturday

    The Teen Board of Knoxville has invited eight Roane Countians to be presented during the 51st annual Teen Board Presentation Dance on Aug. 6.

    Teens are presented during the annual black-tie event as a reward for completing hours of service to civic and welfare projects for charitable organizations in their community.

    Presentees include:

    Harriman
    • Hannah Bowden, daughter of David and Emily Bowden.

  • K’NEX builders do thrill ride science at museum

    Children and adults can build colorful structures and explore the physical forces of amusement rides through experiments with the “K'NEX: Building Thrill Rides” traveling exhibition through Sept. 5 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    Builders can construct their own design or use the provided diagrams at the K'NEX building table and stimulate creativity, curiosity and imagination.

  • The Garden Gate: Ancient garden study unearths fascinating facts

    By Ellen Probert Williamson

  • Fire hydrant testing under way in Harriman

    Harriman Fire Department and the Harriman Utility Board have begun conducting annual flow tests on fire hydrants within the city.

    The testing will continue until the process is complete.

    “This is a vital process in making sure the lines are flushed annually and fire hydrants are operational during an emergency,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss.

  • TWRA to close Catoosa due to vandalism

    Heavy vandalism to the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area has prompted state officials to decide to temporarily shut off public access due to safety concerns.

    The popular outdoors area in Morgan, Cumberland and Fentress counties will be closed to all public access, effective Aug. 8, said Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials on Tuesday.

    Officials with TWRA, which manages the site, said vandals have placed nails, spikes and nail-boards in Catoosa fields, secondary roads and trails on since June.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Aug. 3

    25 Years Ago
    Membership in the Roane County Humane Society grew to 45 members in its first year of operation (June 1985-June 1986). After its founding that year, the organization was also chartered by the state.

    10 Years Ago

  • Tuning up for Half-Moon Music Festival

    Ed Calfee of the East Tennessee Concert Band plays a few test notes on his French horn before the ensemble’s performance in last month’s Half-Moon Music Festival.

    The lakeside festival in Ten Mile drew a large crowd. Those who arrived by vehicle were shuttled to the site; a number of boats also dropped anchor on Watts Bar Lake for a summer Sunday concert.

    Others performing during the annual event were The Streamliners and The Possum Hunters.

  • Blood drive set Aug. 9

    Medic Regional Blood Center continues to report dwindling summer supplies which lead to critical shortages of most popular blood types.

    “Community blood banks are encouraged to keep seven to nine days of blood on hand in preparation for emergencies,” said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations.

    “Medic has been operating on a one- to two-day supply most days and some days back-ordered on specific types, which means not being able to fill hospital orders,” she added.

  • RSCC offers contracts courses

    Roane State Community College will offer three courses this fall in contracts management, a field with strong earning potential.
    The first course, Introduction to Government Contracts, will begin Sept. 1.
    The class will meet on Thursdays from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the college’s Oak Ridge campus.
    Once students complete the first course, they can take two additional contracts management classes.
    • Mission Directed Contracting: Oct. 4-Nov. 8, Tuesdays, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Oak Ridge campus

  • Save money on school needs

    Tennessee’s sales tax holiday  on Aug. 5-7 is a great time to save on clothing and school supplies — and not just for sudents.

    During this time, Tennesseans can enjoy tax-free purchases on certain clothing, school and art supplies and computers.

    What’s tax-free?

    Tax-free items include clothing with a price of $100 or less per item, school and school art supplies with a price of $100 or less per item and computers with a price of $1,500 or less.