Community News

  • Going Medieval for the Boys and Girls Club

    Barrie Paulson, left, and Harriman Mayor Chris Mason, right, present a $250 donation to Reggie Coleman, director of the Roane County Boys and Girls Club at Harriman Middle School.

    The money was raised at last month’s Tennessee Medieval Faire.

  • Southwest Point DAR genealogy workshop a success

    Twenty people attended Kingston’s Southwest Point Chapter NSDAR’s genealogy workshop on May 30.

    Ann Blomquist from the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville was the keynote speaker.

    She began with the basics of genealogy and concluded with the genealogical software available today.

    Blomquist discussed free websites and demonstrated how the sites can be used.

    Blomquist teaches basic and intermediate genealogy at the East Tennessee History Center.

  • $2.47 to be average gas price through ’15

    Motorists across the country saw increases at the pump last week, but that trend is not likely to continue, AAA reported on Monday.

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration updated its forecast, expecting monthly average gas prices to decline through the end of the year, reaching as low as $2.27 in December.

    According to the report, the average price of gasoline from June 1-Aug. 31 should be $2.60 — the lowest since 2009.

  • Museum Wednesdays are Wonderful

    The Knoxville Opera will bring entertaining and popular selections from 20th century Broadway musicals and opera classics to the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge from 11 a.m. to noon June 17.

    The program is part of Wonderful Wednesdays, a program in which guests will be invited to Imagination Station Summer Camp through July 31.

    Summer campers at the museum each week will participate, and the programs are free to the public with admission.

    Other upcoming Wonderful Wednesdays are:

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in Hawaii and Canada!

    More fun in the sun for the Roane County News — this time with J.C. and Sandra Morgan for a 12-day cruise to Hawaii and Canada in celebration of their 47th wedding anniversary.

    The Morgans pause for a snapshot with the News in Maui.

    They visited Honolulu, Hilo, Kona, Kauai and Maui while in The Aloha State, then went to Vancouver, British Columbia.

    The Morgans’ daughter, Jennifer Morgan, accompanied them on the cruise.

    Sandra said they saw a lot of banana, coconut and pineapple trees and beautiful waterfalls.

  • South Harriman alumni celebrate 60 years

    Members of South Harriman High School’s class of 1955 celebrated their 60-year reunion late last month at The Cottage at Roane County Park.

    Eleven classmates attended, including, seated from left, Terry Sweeney, Larry Sills, Buddy Bowers, Henry Robinson; and standing, Barbara Pickering, Elma Jean Kreis, Wanda Overstreet, Peggy Robinson of Huntsville, Ala., Betty Clements, Mary Ruth Eblen and Nancy Elkins of Asheville, N.C.

  • Roane’s Griffith directing ‘Dames’

    Roane County singer Dianne Griffith is directing and performing in the musical comedy, “Dames at Sea,” opening June 12 in the Tennessee Valley Theatre, Spring City.

    “Dames at Sea” tells the story of a struggling 1930s Broadway theatrical company and an understudy rising to stardom.

    Griffith also performs in the production as a temperamental diva in a story that blends the theatrical company with a few sailors who serve on a battleship called the U.S.S. Roosevelt.

  • ‘Frozen’ tribute heads to Roane State

    “A Tribute to ‘Frozen’ Live On Stage!” is headed to the Roane State Community College stage next week.

    The stage show will begin at 2 p.m. June 20 in the O’Brien Theater on the main campus of Roane State Community College near Harriman and Rockwood.

    The show will feature the popular Disney movie’s favorite characters, including Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven, Prince Hans, The Trolls, Oaken and Duke of Weasletown.

    Tickets are $19.95.

  • Site deems Tennessee tops in barbecue

    TripAdvisor has served up a list of the top-rated states and restaurants for barbecue and declared Tennessee as No. 1 in the U.S.

    “Being named the No. 1 state for barbecue, by the No. 1 most popular travel site in the world is a huge honor for Tennessee,” said Commissioner Kevin Triplett, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

    “We look forward to welcoming foodies from far and wide to our state to fill up on the best barbecue in the world.”

  • City & County Meetings

    • Rockwood City Council will meet in regular monthly session at 6 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.

    • Harriman City Court will convene at 5 p.m. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.
    • Harriman City Council will meet in regular work-shop session at 6 p.m. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.