Community News

  • The Garden Gate: Lilies symbolize Easter season

    By Ellen Probert Williamson

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

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    As spring begins, April will at last bring us warmer days, new leaves on the trees, birds and squirrels building their nests, and violets and forget-me-nots starring the new grass.

    We progress into the season of Lent and turn our thoughts toward the days of Holy Week and Easter in the Christian faith and Passover in the Jewish tradition.

    But we are also faced with some seemingly frivolous occasions in this varied month.

  • Hembree cited as Hometown Hero

    Members of the Harriman chapter of Modern Woodmen of America have honored Robert “Bob” Hembree of Rockwood through the organization’s Hometown Heroes program.

    The citation honors Hembree for countless hours of service to the community.

    Hembree was honored for volunteering with Rockwood Ministerial Association’s Food Pantry.

  • Disaster drill planned April 1

    Harriman High School will host a disaster drill on April 1.

    This mock disaster will involve students from three Roane County schools: Oliver Springs High School, Roane County High School, and Harriman High School.

    The simulation will show the aftermath of a mock natural disaster, such as a tornado, an earthquake or an airplane crash.

    Many students will portray roles as injured and deceased victims.

    Student makeup artists have been trained to create faux burns, scratches, protruding objects and even brain matter.

  • Time to get serious about filing income taxes for '10

    With April arriving this week, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that the filing deadline for 2010 tax returns is April 18, not April 15.

    Emancipation Day is observed April 15 in Washington, D.C., so most federal offices there will be closed.

    By law, the tax filing deadline for the nation is moved to the next business day, Monday, April 18.

    IRS spokesman Dan Boone offers some tips for those who haven't filed yet:

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of March 30

    25 Years Ago
    Jesse Porter of Midtown was the grand prize winner in the Bubblicious Instant Winner Game. By sending his name and address in on a 3-by-5 card, the Midtown Elementary School third-grader won an all-expense-paid summer vacation for four to Walt Disney World and a $1,000 check. Jesse’s mom, Betty Hamby, said she had a hard time believing it.

    10 Years Ago

  • ‘The Diviners’ opens April 7 at Roane State

    The Roane State Playmakers will perform “The Diviners” beginning April 7 in the O’Brien Theatre on Roane State Community College’s Roane County campus.

    Performances will begin at 7 p.m. April 7-9 and April 14-16. Matinees will be performed at 2 p.m. April 10 and April 17.

    Written by Jim Leonard Jr., “The Diviners” tells the story of a small farm community during the Depression where water and faith are in short supply.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Alexander K. Turner

    U.S. Air Force Airman Alexander K. Turner recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

    Son of Jim and Donna Turner of Harriman, he is a 2009 graduate of Harriman High School.

    The airman 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: Jesse D. Isham

    U.S. Army Spec. Jesse D. Isham was recently recognized for his efforts at the Ammunition Supply Point as well as his position at the Camp Cole Entry Control Point.

    Isham, a transportation specialist with two years of military service, is assigned to Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan.  

    Isham is the son of Danny W. Isham of Rockwood and Loretta Isham of Westel.

    The specialist graduated in 2006 from Rockwood High School.

  • The Garden Gate: It's beginning to look and smell like spring

    By Ellen Probert Williamson