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  • 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.

  • Sheriff to start up Citizens Academy

    The popularity of television shows such as “CSI” has many questioning what goes on at the Roane County Sheriff’s Office and how detectives solve crimes.

    Some of those answers may be found in the Roane County Sheriff’s Office’s Citizens Academy, offered at no cost this fall.

    The academy is designed to give residents a better understanding of an officer’s daily duties and responsibilities.

    The curriculum is similar that of the Police Academy and is taught by some of the same instructors.

  • It’s a WHAT?!?
  • Irish by breed ... American by choice

    Lucy and Gracie may be Irish setters, but the pair of pooches recently proved their blood runs red, white and blue.

    Their owner, Mariann D’Alessandro of Harriman, captured a photo of them saluting Old Glory in their own way shortly after she hung a new flag outside her Cornstalk Heights home.

    “It was a beautiful sunny day with intermittent soft breezes, which made the flag wave majestically at times,” D’Alessandro said.

  • The Garden Gate: Have yourself a blast with celebrations in July

    By the time the United States of America declared its independence from the British Empire, John Adams and some of his contemporaries called for fireworks to celebrate the occasion, and we have been doing likewise ever since.

    No one knows with certainty just when or where fireworks came into being. Most historians believe they were invented in ancient China in about the second century B.C., at the time of discovery of gunpowder.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of July 3

    25 Years Ago

  • Lane closures won’t slow down holiday travelers

    Road construction won’t slow motorists across Tennessee over the Fourth of July holiday.  

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 6  a.m. July 3 through 6 a.m. July 8 to provide maximum roadway capacity for holiday travelers.

  • Harriman Happenings: July 1

    There was recently a celebration of life for Helen Louise Treece, who recently passed away  at Fort Sanders hospital in Knoxville.

    She was a faithful member of Mount Olive Baptist Church, where the Rev. Dr. Valentino McNeal is pastor. She served on the kitchen ministry, monthly newsletter team and fellowship exercise class.

    She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and friend, but most of all she was a Christian lady.

    The Jones and Lawrence families from Harriman are her relatives.

  • Make nominations to FSA county committee

    The nomination period is open for Farm Service Agency county committees.

    “I encourage all eligible farmers and ranchers to participate in this year's county committee elections by nominating candidates by the Aug. 1 deadline,” said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

    “County committees are a vital link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provide an opportunity to farmers and ranchers for their opinions and ideas to be heard,” he added.

  • On vacation ... with the Roane County News — in Paris!

    It’s vacation time — and while the Roane County News staff is hard at work producing the newspaper, a recent issue hit the road to Paris, where it poses at the Eiffel Tower with, from left, Barbara Feezell, Marie and David Swenson and Linda Mitchell.

    The four — and the newspaper —were on a 15-day, seven-country European tour when they paused for a photo opportunity.