Community News

  • Event aims to plant 50,000 trees in a day

    -More than 3,600 volunteers from 80 counties are signed up to participate in Tennessee’s largest tree-planting event, organized by Tennessee Environmental Council.

    During the Feb. 27 event, 50K Tree Day, participants will plant 50,000 native trees in one day.

    “People in Tennessee love planting trees, and it’s a top priority for our organization as a way to improve our environment, communities and public health,” said John McFadden, CEO of Tennessee Environmental Council.

  • Democratic Party delegate convention set March 5

    The Roane County Democratic Party will host its Democratic Party County Delegate Convention on Saturday, March 5, at Rockwood City Hall.

    The convention is to select the delegates from each county to the District Convention.

    The doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the event starts at 1 p.m.

    It is open to all registered voters in the county, supporters of the Democratic Party, and those who agree to support the nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2016 Presidential election.

  • Bear, junior ranger program planned for Feb. 28

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River will have a bear and junior ranger program on Feb. 28.

    The program will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St. in downtown Wartburg.

    Children and adults of all ages are welcome to stop by and hear a park ranger describe the habits and mannerisms of black bears, which are found throughout the rural areas of eastern Tennessee.

    After the discussion on black bears, youngsters will get a chance to fill out an

  • On vacation ... with the Roane County News


    The Roane County News took a winter break with Barrie Paulson on a Caribbean cruise. The duo stopped at St. Maarten and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, on what Paulson said was a family gift. Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue. Be sure to tell us where you — and the News — traveled for a break and photo. You may drop off photos at the newspaper office at 204 Franklin St., Kingston, or email to newsroom@roanecounty.com. Happy travels!

  • Pancake breakfast to help OS Historical Society

    Oliver Springs Historical Society will have an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Feb. 6 in Aubrey’s Restaurant in Oak Ridge.

    Tickets to the breakfast are $5 and can be purchased from a member or at the door.

    This is one of the Society’s annual fundraising events to help with the continuing restoration of the Abston/Daugherty building. The building will house the Society’s archives and have a theater and meeting/events rooms.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Graves celebrate 62 years
  • Peck Sisters open Christmas concert series on Nov. 29

    The community is welcome to attend a special Christmas concert at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 in  Kingston United Methodist Church sanctuary.  

    The Peck Sisters will kick off the first in a series of Christmas concerts.

    The concert will feature Christmas, Advent, and Southern gospel selections along with some congregational hymn singing.  

  • You Say Tomato ... I Say How Tall?


    Midway native Abraham Lincoln Holder had a big growing season this year — one that was so big he had to use a ladder to pluck tomatoes off his vines. The plants, which grew to more than 12.5 feet, were purchased in South Harriman and grown in Benton, Tenn. Big Boys, Better Boys and Pink Girls were the varieties he planted, and the secret of his success was one most gardeners use. “I bought some dirt that had Miracle-Gro in it,” he explained, “and I put some on it.”

  • Relay for Life campaign kicks off next month

    The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Roane County will hold its free kickoff on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at Roane State Community College in room 101 of the O’Brien Building.

    Guests are encouraged to drop in any time between 5 and 7 p.m. to hear about how the American Cancer Society helps save lives from cancer.

    The program will highlight how the community has benefited from funds raised and honor cancer survivors and their caregivers.

  • Boo-Town takes Halloween to a Medieval level

    Harriman’s Tennessee Medieval Faire is introducing Boo-Town, a new outdoor family Halloween event.

    The event is described as a “merry-not-scary treat village,” with crafts, food, beer, entertainment and an optional haunted hayride.

    “If you like safe trick-or-treating and costumed characters, Boo-Town is for you,” said Barrie Paulson, Tennessee Medieval Faire vice president and manager.