Community News

  • Avoid Black Friday crowds by hitting the rails

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum has scheduled one-hour Secret City excursion rides on Thanksgiving weekend.

    The narrated one-hour excursion trips will depart at
    11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Nov. 29-30.

    Ticket prices are $19 for adults and $15 for ages 3-12; children younger than 3 may sit on a parent’s lap and ride for free.

    A short narrative will be given describing the historic Manhattan Project and the railroad that served it.

  • Military Matters: Matthew S. Brown

    U.S. Army Pfc. Matthew S. Brown recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    Son of Danny Brown of Oliver Springs, he is a 1999 graduate of Clinton High School.

    Brown earned an associate’s degree in 2001 from Roane State Community College, Oak Ridge.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to Jekyll Island, Ga.

    The Roane County News poses with Elaine Patterson of Harriman in front of the newly opened Jekyll Island Convention Center.

    Patterson said the Georgia island is “my favorite beach vacation spot” and is halfway between Savannah, Ga., and Jacksonville, Fla.

    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.

  • Harriman Happenings, Nov. 4

    Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of James Ed Bazel, who recently passed away.
    Memorial services were for him last Monday at Kyker Funeral Home. The Rev. Robert Hale officiated.
    James was the son of the late Carrie Bel Bazel.
    Kortney Sanders and his brother Cameron from Chattanooga spent their fall breaks with their grandparents, Jill and Keith Johnson.
    Christian Sanders spent two days with Carolyn and Herbert Griffin. Christian is 2 years old and the son of Richard and Lindsay Sanders of Knoxville.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to the Grand Canyon

    The Roane County News joined Tom Martin and his granddaughters, from left, sisters Cassidy Martin Adkisson, Skylar Martin and Karly Martin for a trip to the Southwest for breathtaking views at the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

    The family followed Interstate 40 through Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona to reach their destination on a vacation planned to coincide with Skylar’s fall break from Rockwood High School.

  • United Way accepting applications from agencies for emergency food, shelter funds

    Roane County has been awarded $22,357 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

    Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for the funds must contact the Roane County United Way at 882-7711 for an application.

    The application deadline is at 4 p.m. Nov. 4.

    Due to the quick turn-around required by the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, no extensions can be permitted for the application deadline.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Oct. 30

    25 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Don't forget your Halloween chives

    Chives were promoted as a cure for melancholy during the Middle Ages. They were believed to drive away evil spirits, and for this reason, they were promoted very strongly at Halloween as a protection and safeguard against demons and ghosts.

  • Military Jeep memorial to be dedicated

    A U.S. Military Jeep memorial will be dedicated next month to Tri-County Chapter 26 of Disabled American Veterans.

    The dedication will begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the DAV headquarters at 530 Kingston Ave., Oliver Springs.

    The Jeep is similar to one driven by Oliver Springs native Fred White, who served as Gen. George S. Patton’s driver during World War II.

    The dedication is in  memory of White and in honor of all U.S. veterans who have served.

  • Dispose of unused prescription meds on Take-Back Day

    National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day – when thousands of pounds of unused and potentially addictive medications and other substances are removed from homes around the United States – will be  on Oct. 26.

    The aim of the event is to help reduce the number of teens and adults who are abusing prescription medicines.

    The event is held twice each year and helps raise awareness of the permanent prescription-drug-disposal boxes that have been established around the nation.