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Community News

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in the Caribbean!

    While Jack Frost nipped at noses during holiday preparations in Roane County, the Roane County News — with Bobby Davis and Deborah Alexander-Davis of Kingston — was on hiatus in a tropical paradise.

    “The photo is from our stop in Grand Cayman,” Deborah explained.

    The trio spent two weeks sailing the Caribbean, with visits to St. Thomas, St. Martin and Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas, Cococay.

  • Military Matters: David P. Coulter

    U.S. Air Force Airman David P. Coulter recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    Son of Dorene Coulter of Loudon, he graduated in 2010 from Midway High School.

    Coulter 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.

  • Ready to Run: Harvey overcomes injuries to take on half marathon

    At 31, Jack Harvey’s body has taken more beatings than some people experience in a lifetime.

    With a boxer fracture to his hand, broken arm, broken leg, broken ribs, broken anchors in his spinal cord and several broken fingers all in his past, the Kingston man is used to dealing with pain.

    But nothing compared to the pain and the difficult recovery that came from the injuries he received when he took a fall at Windrock Park in 2011. He broke his left leg and ankle so severely that his foot was turned in the wrong direction.

  • Tight fit for spacecraft on I-40 in Harriman

    Looks as if the new Orion Spacecraft vehicle, moving last month from NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., to the U.S. Naval Base in San Diego, was too wide for the Interstate 40 construction area at Exit 347 in Harriman.

    Kingston’s Bill Wright spotted the spacecraft as it traveled through Roane County, and we appreciate him allowing us to share his photograph with our readers.

  • Harriman Happenings, Jan. 13

    During the Christmas holiday Norma Bazel, her daughter Sharlene, her husband, Roderick Parker, and Norma’s son Reggie Bazel and his wife spent Christmas in Cleveland with her son Phil Bazel and his family.

    Norma said they were blessed celebrating this special day with all her children and especially her great-granddaughter.

    Julia Harris and her daughter Alicia spent last Thursday in Knoxville visiting with her daughter Sybil Cannon and her family with other family members for a New Year’s dinner.

  • Wartburg church among new National Register listings

    Wartburg Presbyterian Church is among the eight Tennessee sites added this week to the National Register of Historic Places.

    The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation.

    “The National Register honors places that help Tennesseans understand our heritage and make our communities unique and enjoyable,” said Patrick McIntyre, executive director of the Tennessee Historical Commission, which administers the program in Tennessee.

  • The Garden Gate: Cheating nature for beauty, treats a long-held practice

    Mankind has been trying to outwit nature since the beginning of gardening. The Romans were among the first.

    It has been recorded that Emperor Tiberius was able to have fresh cucumbers on his table in every month of the year.

    There is something fascinating about having summer flowers in the winter and enjoying fruits and vegetables out of season. Since ancient times, forcing plants and building greenhouses has developed into quite a sophisticated art.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 8

    25 Years Ago
    Harriman’s first baby of 1989 made her arrival at 1:09 p.m. Jan. 7 in Harriman City Hospital. Taniensha Annette Thomas, daughter of Tyrone and Seressa Thomas of Rockwood, weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 21 inches long. For making her milestone appearance into the world, Taniensha was awarded at $50 savings bond by the hospital.

  • Well, hello, Dolly!

    Alma Miniard and her daughter, Sally Miniard, are among those greeted by a festive Dolly Parton stand-up at Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center visitors during the holidays.

    The display served a reminder of the importance of reading to children everyday and an encouragement to enroll small children in Imagination Library.

    The promotion is especially significant to the Miniards: Alma is a Harriman Care and Rehab resident, and Sally was a Dollywood manager for six years.

    Accompanying Sally on her visit was her dog, Azul.

  • Wolfe a VFW Aide-de-Camp

    John Wolfe, left, of Harriman VFW Post 6598 is among East Tennessee veterans recently named aides-de-camp by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of America Headquarters.

    Wolfe is a former District 2 commander.

    Also named were Alcoa VFW Post 10855 veterans Claude Abbott, center, Tennessee state inspector, and Post Commander Jerome Moon.