Community News

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • ‘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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tennessee gas prices almost $1 per gallon less than in ’14

    Gas prices are still creeping up in some parts of the Southeastern United States, but motorists are forecast to pay the lowest summer gas prices since 2009.

    In comparison to this same date last year, motorists in Tennessee are saving 92 cents per gallon.

    “Prices should begin to drop later this month as refiners around the nation complete their maintenance switch over to produce summer-fuel grades,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA-The Auto Club Group.

  • DOE public bus tours now through November

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s 2015 Oak Ridge facilities public bus tour is now offered to visitors through November.

    This popular tour of the 33,000-acre DOE Oak Ridge Federal Reservation offers visitors a first-hand look at all of the DOE’s Oak Ridge facilities and provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation in more than 70 years.

    Since its inception in 1996, the DOE public tour program has attracted about 35,000 visitors from all 50 states.

  • Kingston Summer Reading Program: Get ready for some magic!

    A “Super Hero Magic Show” is the next installment in Kingston Public Library’s annual summer reading program.

    Barry Mitchell will headline the show on June 10 in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    “Every Hero Has a Story!” is the theme of this year’s program, which will continue each Wednesday through the end of the month at 10 a.m.

    A photo shoot and tattoos are planned for June 17.

    Police and firefighters will represent hometown heroes in the final program on June 24.

  • Rockwood Summer Reading Program: Dual programs for kids, tweens, teens promise fun

    It’s summertime, and time for the Rockwood Public Library’s 2015 summer reading program.

    This is the 27th annual statewide summer reading program in Tennessee. The theme is “Every Hero Has a Story!”

    “We will be exploring all heroes — real and fiction — this summer,” said Rockwood Library Director Margaret Marrs. “These programs are designed not only to encourage the individual reading habits of older kids, but also to inspire and delight preschoolers.”

  • Harriman Summer Reading Program: Community heroes to be explored in two programs

    “Every Hero Has a Story,” the 2015 summer reading at Harriman Public Library, kicks off June 17.

    HABIT — or Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee — will have representatives at the library at 601 Walden St.