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  • On vacation with the Roane Couny News
  • Register now to attend emergency management forum

    Online registration is open to the public for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency’s 10th Oak Ridge Emergency Management Forum set for Sept. 26 at the New Hope Center.
    This year’s forum theme, “Back to Basics: Partnerships in Emergency Management,” will feature general session speaker Richard Serino, deputy administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency who will speak on current innovations in emergency management partnerships.

  • Backstrom takes pride in success of PT program

    Kurt Backstrom could name hundreds of times his Roane State Community College students made him proud during his long career as director of the college’s physical therapist assistant program.
    One of his favorite moments happened this spring, Backstrom’s last as program director.
    For an honors project, two students developed detailed plans for the program’s future, and they presented their ideas to college faculty and staff.
    When Backstrom heard their presentation, he knew he had another proud moment to add to his list.

  • Keahey, Gray certified in crisis intervention

    Rockwood Police Department officers Randy Keahey and Dwayne Gray recently completed crisis intervention training and are now certified as CIT officers.
    The Rockwood officers were among the fifth class for CIT East Tennessee, which offers training in conjunction with the Oak Ridge Police Department and Ridgeview Behavioral Health Center, a not-for-profit community mental health center with offices in Harriman.

  • Harriman Happenings: July 15

    The Rev. Alvin Douglass was the guest speaker for the senior saints at Little Leaf Baptist Church in Oliver Springs.
    Twelve members were present, and all enjoyed his message. Afterward, they enjoyed a light lunch. This is where Elder Dews is pastor.
    Get-well wishes to Helen Roddy, who recently had eye surgery.
    Permelia Anderson spent two weeks in Stone Mountain, Ga., visiting her daughter, Pam Wright and her granddaughter, Stephanie Wright.

  • McMaster among finalists in YWCA’s Tribute to Women

    M. Jill McMaster of Roane County is among the outstanding East Tennessee women to be honored during next month’s prestigious 2013 YWCA Tribute to Women event.
    This YWCA event, in its 29th year, is East Tennessee’s foremost acknowledgment and appreciation of the contributions of area women.
    The award ceremony will be on Aug. 15 at the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Historic Bijou Theatre.

  • Look Back: Something From Our Files From the Week of July 10

    25 Years Ago
    Fourteen First American Bank employees at branches in Rockwood, Harriman, Kingston and Spring City received permanent layoff notices due to what a Knoxville bank official called duplication of services after the acquisition of Roane County’s First National Bank. “We can’t afford to do that,” said Robert A. McCabe Jr., First American Bank president. McCabe said officials tried to pick employees with the least seniority and whose job skills were not needed due to refinement in operations.

  • The Garden Gate: Cauliflower’s handy for good health

    Do you like to eat flowers? How about cauliflowers?

    They really are flowers that stopped growing while they were still buds.

    Cauliflowers are very nutritious because they really stopped growing while they were still buds, and the stems leading up to each blossom had already begun to store nutrients for the flowers.

  • Alexander Inn renovations to be discussed

    An update on the Guest House/Alexander Inn renovation project will be given during the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association's membership and public meeting on July 11.

    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Midtown Community Center, 102 Robertsville Road.

    Rick Dover, general manager of the Family Pride Corp. and Knox Heritage's Ethiel Garlington, director of preservation field services for the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance, will present the program.

  • Area shutterbugs invited to show off skills in Obed exhibit

    The National Park Service invites photographers to submit entries for an exhibit at the Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center.

    The National Park Service is looking for striking digital images of nature, highlighting the diversity of life in the park.

    Images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes, weather or people interacting with nature within the Obed Wild and Scenic River.

    All photographs, except those submitted as artistic, should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared.