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Community News

  • Easter Egg Hunts 2014
  • Thunder Road Fest rolls into Rockwood April 5

    Rockwood’s annual Thunder Road Festival and Car Show on April 5 promises to include fun for the entire family.

    The festival, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Rockwood, will boast exhibits, concessions, classic cars competing for awards, crafters and live entertainment.

    The Southern Star Band is one of this year’s headliners. The band has a repertoire that spans seven decades and encompasses many styles of music, including classic rock, oldies, Motown and country.

    The band’s extensive playlist has made it a real crowd pleaser.

  • ‘Largest ever’ phone scam targets taxpayers

    The Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration is issuing a warning to taxpayers to beware of phone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service in an effort to defraud them.

    “This is the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen,” said J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

  • The Garden Gate: Daffodils, lilacs just the right pick-me-up

    We are enjoying the emotional lift which comes with seeing the lavish displays of golden daffodils in our gardens all through Roane County.

    Called “yaller lilies” by some country people, daffodils are a sure sign that real summer is just around the corner.

    Like lilacs (which are really syringas), daffodils are the same thing as narcissus and jonquils and, furthermore, they are all members of the amaryllis family.

    There are as many varieties of daffodils as there are of lilacs.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of March 26

    25 Years Ago
    When Emory Gap residents took their battle against annexation by Harriman to court, city officials promptly refused to provide the area with fire or police protection unless it was a matter of life or death. That spurred one of the area’s residents to turn to the city of Rockwood for such services until the lawsuit was resolved. “We’re willing to pay,” W.L. Dickey said. Rockwood City Council members entertained the notion, saying the city would try to come to the aid of the area if it is legally able to do so.

  • Power of Purple 5K to benefit Relay for Life

    The Power of Purple, a 5K run to benefit Roane County Relay for Life of the American Cancer Society, is planned for March 29 at Roane County Park at 3515 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Registration starts at 11 a.m., with the race to begin at 1 p.m.

    Race-day registration is $30, with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

    There will also be a fun run and walk on the park trail.

  • Chili cookoff Thursday

    A chili supper cookoff will be from 5 to 8 p.m. March 27 in Kingston Community Center.

    All Kingston city departments will be participating and competing for the Golden Ladle Award in this fundraising event which benefits Smokin’ the Water 2014, the annual July 4 celebration and fireworks show.

    Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door. A silent auction is planned. Call 376-1356 for details.

  • Bruce Pearl to speak at old courthouse fundraiser

    Former University of Tennessee head basketball coach Bruce Pearl will speak at a fundraiser to benefit the historic Roane County Courthouse.

    Pearl, who was named head coach of the Auburn Tigers last week, will be at the Princess Theatre in Harriman April 19.

    Pianist and Roane County native Dr. Eric Littleton will perform at 6:30 p.m. with Pearl taking the stage at 7.

    Tickets are $30.

    “Our goal this year is to renovate rooms in the courthouse and hopefully renovate the cupola (the top of the courthouse),” said Stephanie Wright.

  • Tennesseans to receive $2.8 million in refunds from e-book agreement

    Tennesseans will begin receiving account credits or checks this week in a partial agreement resolving an e-book price-fixing lawsuit brought by Attorney General Bob Cooper and attorneys general from 32 other states.

    The lawsuit, calling for $166 million nationwide payment, was brought three years ago against Apple Inc. and five of the six largest e-book publishers in the country. Those e-book publishers are Hachette Book Group Inc., HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Simon & Schuster Inc., Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC, d/b/a Macmillan, and Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

  • Farm storage, facility loans expanded

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has expansion of the Farm Storage and Facility Loan program, which provides low-interest financing to producers.

    The enhanced program includes 22 new categories of eligible equipment for fruit and vegetable producers, and makes it easier for farmers and ranchers around the country to finance the equipment they need to grow and expand.