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Community News

  • Roane guardsman retires after 37 years’ service

    After more than 37 years of service, Staff Sgt. Thomas Greene retired from 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, (Tennessee Army National Guard) at the end of June.

    The Roane County native began his military career in October 1977, when he joined the old Company D in Oak Ridge as a ground surveillance radar operator.

    “I was 23 when I joined,” said Greene, who lives in Dyllis near Harriman with his wife, the former Sandi Bright of Loudon.

  • Harriman Happenings-July 28

    The celebration of life of Mrs. Clyo E. Keene was last Wednesday, July 16, at Ewing Brothers Funeral Home.

    She was a member of West Street African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Carlisle, Pa.

    She was the widow of the late Thomas L. Keene.

    During their marriage, they enjoyed traveling, with some of her favorite places being Australia, Italy and Germany.

    She enjoyed being in the company of her church and family and sharing the love of God.

    She was born and raised in Harriman and passed at 102 years of age.

  • Bar association’s ‘Handbook for Seniors’ tops in public service

    For the second consecutive year, the Tennessee Bar Association earned the top public service award from the Tennessee Society of Association Executives.

    “The Legal Handbook for Tennessee Seniors” won the Association’s Advance Tennessee Award as the best public service project by an association in the state.

    The award was presented last week at a luncheon in Nashville.

    The TBA’s Public Education Committee created the handbook earlier this year and is continuing to conduct outreach and education across the state.

  • Tennessee cited for SNAP performance

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for high performance in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

    According to the USDA, for the first time in DHS history, it has been recognized as No. 1 in the nation for most improvement in case and procedural error rate (CAPER), a measurement directly related to improvement in efficiency and customer service.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to Chicago

    After departing the Golden State, the Roane County News headed to Chicago, where it posed with Brittney and Cameron Lawson in front of the Cloud Gate, also known as “The Bean,” at Millennium Park last weekend.

    Where will your hometown newspaper head to after its Windy City excursion?

    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.

  • Looking for ‘best ribs’? Head to Strutt Street

    The Mayme Carmichael School Organization Inc. of Oliver Springs is sponsoring the “Best Barbecue Ribs on Strutt Street” cook-off this weekend.

    The cook-off will start at 7 a.m. July 26 on Oliver Springs’ Strutt Street.

    Judging will end at 11:30 a.m.

    Barbecue plate dinners, barbecue sandwiches and grilled hot dogs will be available for sale.

    A flea market is also planned.

    All proceeds will go toward the development of the Carmichael Park in Oliver Springs.

  • 4-H Chicken Show, Sale next week in Midtown

    The annual Roane County 4-H Chicken Show and Sale will begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 2 at Valley Farmers Co-op, Midtown.

    The sale is an ideal place to find laying hens to start egg production or to purchase replacements for a current flock.

    All proceeds go toward show awards to 4-H members and the original cost of purchasing the chicks.

    Chickens offered for sale will include Rhode Island reds and Barred Rock, Black Star and Red Star prime laying pullets.

  • Autism support group meets

    Roane County Autism Support Group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 11 in Michael Dunn Center at 629 Gallaher Road, Kingston.

    The organization is designed to help parents with autistic and special-needs children, as well as to give children social time to be with others with similar circumstances.

    Babysitters are provided during each meeting. Contact Monique Stevens at Monique_stevens@comcast.net, or visit the Autism Support Group Roane County site on Facebook.

  • The Garden Gate: It yam what it yam, but it's no sweet potato

    There has long been great controversy about whether yams and sweet potatoes are the same — or whether they are two different things.

    The argument consists of two different opinions, equally adamant.

    Some research into the matter is most clearly indicated.

    Webster’s Dictionary is a good place to start. It says that sweet potatoes are large, sweet, thick tuberous roots of a tropical vine related to the morning glory, with variously shaped leaves and purple flowers.

  • OR to dismantle bldg. with Friendship Bell

    Beginning the week of July 28, the city of Oak Ridge will begin dismantling the International Friendship Bell House in Bissell Park.

    Earlier this spring, the city commissioned a structural evaluation of the bell house to determine the extent of suspected water damage to the supporting beams.

    The evaluation determined the majority of the structure, which was holding the 8,000-pound Friendship Bell, was beyond repair.