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  • Class aims to help money go further

    In an effort to provide financial education opportunities throughout the community, the Roane Alliance for Financial Independence is offering a free five-part series on helping area residents stretch their dollars.

    The classes, at 6 p.m. each Wednesday, start today, May 25, in Kingston First Baptist Church.

    The series will cover budgeting, saving, credit reports, homeownership and investments.

    The Roane Alliance for Financial Independence is a United Way initiative.

  • Getting ready for Memorial Day

    Rockwood Public Works employees Jim Huddleston, left, and Pete Kirby put the finishing touches on the laying of 41 paver bricks during a recent job in Rockwood Homecoming Park.

    The paver bricks, part of Rockwood 2000’s Memory Lane project at the downtown park, will be dedicated during a Memorial Day ceremony at 2 p.m. May 30.

    The paver bricks were purchased during a special discounted offer from Rockwood 2000 to area veterans.

  • The Garden Gate: Nasturtium a tasty, colorful flower

    By Ellen Probert Williamson

  • 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.