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  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 25

    25 Years Ago
    A giant 88,000-pound earth mover with only 540 operating hours on it was purchased for the Roane County landfill. Smart shopping by Roane County Road Supervisor Bob Collier bought the monster for $2,500. The earth mover previously used by the county had half the capacity and more than 20,000 hours of operation.

    10 Years Ago

  • Household Hazardous Waste Day planned May 21 in Roane

    Roane County households may dispose of possible hazardous wastes in a free and safe way during this weekend’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 21. No business, agribusiness, school or church waste will be accepted.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 18

    25 Years Ago
    “Rumors are tearing this town up,” Harriman Mayor Harold Wester declared during a heated Harriman City Council meeting. “People are just looking for a bad rumor.” The meeting’s discussion centered around two former police officers accused of theft. No charges were placed, and Harriman Police Chief Don Day denied any allegations of a cover-up.

    10 Years Ago

  • Area dancer to train this summer in NYC

    Arts in Motion dancer Zephanie Dykes was selected through audition in Atlanta to attend the prestigious Alvin Ailey School in New York City this summer.

    Dykes, 15, was the only dancer from Tennessee selected during the Atlanta audition, which included competition from dancers throughout the Southeast.

    Daughter of Scotty and Stacy Dykes, she is a freshman at Hardin Valley School, Knoxville.

    Dykes has trained exclusively with Arts in Motion in Kingston.

  • The Garden Gate: April opens tricky but brings us fine flowers

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Those of us who belong to garden clubs tend to think of our own little group as a small, self-contained, unique and special little island of activity. And, of course, in many ways it is. But it is also a very real part of what has become a great force over the last 100 years and which has become a vast influence on gardening all over the world.

  • Kingston, Rockwood libraries recipients of technology grants

    Public libraries in Kingston and Rockwood will each be awarded $21,866 in grant funding to upgrade technology.

    “Libraries in rural areas play an especially important role in connecting citizens with the resources and opportunities that are oftentimes isolated to urban areas,” said Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, whose office awards the grants in cooperation with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

  • Rockwood 2000 slates candidate forum

    Rockwood 2000 will host a public candidate forum beginning at 6 p.m. May 17 in Rockwood City Hall.

    The purpose of this event is to introduce the public to candidates running for Rockwood City Council in the June 7 election.

    The objective is to inform as many people as possible about the positions of each candidate.

    Candidates seeking to fill a two-year term are Charles Carter, Roberta Dennis and William “Pete” Wright.

    Eight candidates are vying for three seats with four-year terms.

  • Roane GOP unveils new website

    The Roane County Republican Party joins the electronic age with the launch of its new web and social media site.

    The new site, roanerepublicanparty.com, has GOP news, conservative blogs and event calendars.

    Each member will also have his own page to customize by uploading photos, videos, news stories and creating and updating a blog.

    There is no charge to join; those wishing to participate may sign up or go through their Facebook account for access.

  • Museum opens new K'Nex exhibit

    Observe, investigate and experiment with fully functioning replicas of machines, structures and amusement park rides with K'Nex: Building Thrill Rides, an exhibit open through Sept. 11 in the American Museum of Science and Energy, Oak Ridge.

    This special exhibition is designed to captivate young visitors and provide them the opportunity to explore the science, math and technology behind hair-raising amusement park thrill rides.

  • Senior birthday party planned

    Mid-East Community Action Agency’s senior services department will have a senior birthday party on May 17.

    The party, from 1 to 3 p.m., will honor Roane County residents ages 60 and older who celebrate their birthdays in April, May or June.

    It will be in the Mid-East Community Action Agency offices at 1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood.

    A 1950s theme is planned, with entertainment, Coke and root beer floats and sundaes.