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  • Meet CASA's newest volunteers

    Newly appointed volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates are sworn in by the Roane County General Sessions Judge Dennis Humphrey, left.

    New advocates are, beginning second from left, Nicki Burwinkle, Tom Moore and Steve Jacks.

    New CASA volunteers are needed; the next training class is scheduled in May.

    Anyone who has an interest in becoming an advocate for abused and neglected children is asked to call 717-4186.

  • Funds given to area rescue groups to protect dogs from contagious flu

    Three area rescue groups now have help in protecting dogs against canine influenza virus, a highly contagious disease that spreads easily from dog to dog, especially those in close proximity.

    East Tennessee Pit Bull Rescue of Harriman, Roane County Humane Society’s Shelter Rescue Team and Tennessee Pekingese Rescue of Oakdale received grants for the vaccines as part of a Petfinder.com Foundation program to build community immunity against this respiratory infection.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Shelby N. Redman

    U.S. Air Force Airman Shelby N. Redman recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

    Daughter of Phyllis Lemasters of Oliver Springs, she graduated in 2010 from Oliver Springs High School.

    Redman 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.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Rachel E. McCoy

    Army Reserve Pvt. Rachel E. McCoy recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

    Daughter of Stacy McCoy of Kingston, she graduated in 2007 from Roane County High School.

    During the nine weeks of training, McCoy studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions.

  • McCauley heading up 278th

    Col. Franklin C. McCauley Jr. of Kingsport has been named by the Tennessee Army National Guard as the 10th commander of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

    The 278th, headquartered in Knoxville, has a unit that operates from the Rockwood National Guard Armory.

    McCauley is presently deputy commander of the regiment.

    He follows Col. Jeffrey Holmes who was named commander of the 194th Engineer Brigade in Jackson earlier this month.

  • The Garden Gate: Flowers play a big role in religious symbolism

    By Ellen Probert Williamson

  • Get on the right foot by taking good care of yours

    With April designated as National Foot Health Awareness Month, the staff of Roane Medical Center, Harriman, is telling patients to keep their feet pampered this year by practicing good foot health maintenance and recognizing signs of common foot conditions.

    According to a recent survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association, nearly 72 percent of Americans experience foot pain that prevents them from exercising.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of April 20

    25 Years Ago
    Hundreds of residents attended the Roane County Commission meeting to protest their property tax appraisals. Individuals testified how property sometimes tripled or quadrupled in assessed value while little or no improvement was reportedly done since the last assessment. Nearly 5,000 property owners appealed the reappraisal.

    10 Years Ago

  • Take a springtime walk on DOE’s Oak Ridge land

    Several free nature walks are scheduled this spring in various areas of the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The walks will help celebrate 2011 as the International Year of Forests by the United Nations. Information available will focus on area efforts to sustainably manage and conserve the reservation's resources and efforts to protect them from invasive plants.

    Participants should plan to wear layered clothing, sturdy shoes and bring insect repellant and water.

  • Meet Little Miss Tiny Tot

    Oliver Springs Elementary School kindergarten student Heaven Branum was recently crowned 2011 Little Miss Tiny Tot Oliver Springs.

    She is the daughter of Robert and Jessie Branum.

    Grandparents are Debbie Johnson and Bob and Jan Branum.

    Heaven has two sisters, Keriana and Tabitha.