Community News

  • The Garden Gate: Is the popular apple part of your daily diet?

    It is truly amazing what a little research about a single species of bird can turn up.

    Take the chickadee, for instance. Edward Howe Forbush, an ornithologist in Massachusetts, set out to make his apple orchard especially attractive to chickadees during the winter to find out what they liked to eat. He offered them various things but found they preferred to forage.

    He discovered the eggs of caterpillars, cankerworms and some other enemies of trees were their favorites. A single bird would eat more than 250 eggs at a single meal.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 6

    25 Years Ago

  • Roane Choral to start season with holiday concert

    Roane Choral Society will perform a holiday concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 17 in South Harriman Baptist Church.

    “Four Carol Cantatas,” containing four suites of traditional carols arranged by Robert Russell Bennett, will be presented.

    The music includes favorites such as “How Far Is It To Bethlehem,” “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” “Wassail Song,” and “O Holy Night.”

    Members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will provide accompaniment.

  • AARP driver safety course today, Thursday

    An eight-hour AARP driver safety class in Roane County that starts today offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The two-day course will be from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 6-7 in Roane County United Way at 2735 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.

  • 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.