Community News

  • Take a Healthy Hike on the Obed

    In celebration of the National Park Service’s upcoming centennial, the Obed Wild and Scenic River will have a Healthy Hike beginning at 1 p.m. May 23 on the Emory River Nature Trail.

    Participants should meet at the Rock Creek Campground parking area.

    This ranger-led hike of 1 mile will traverse mild to moderate terrain.

    Participants should wear weather appropriate clothing and bring plenty of water.

    Well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome.

  • Motorists paying $1 less per gallon than in 2014

    Despite oil reaching its highest price of the year, the national average price for gasoline declined Sunday, for the first time since rising 27 cents during a period of 25 consecutive days.

    During that same time, gas prices rose 28 cents in Tennessee.

    U.S. gas prices are now exactly $1 cheaper than this time last year, and motorists are saving an average of $15 on a full tank of gas.

    “This is great news for motorists who are shaping their Memorial Day travel plans,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA-The Auto Club Group.

  • Get ready for Polk Salad Fest

    The Tennessee Polk Salad Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 6 at David Webb Riverfront Park, Harriman.

    Admission is free. Emphasis will be on the arts, crafts and foods of the region; the signature artistic event will be the community “Poke Mosaic.”

    Gazebo performances, children’s activities tables and craft demonstrations are among the attractions for the Arts Council of Roane County event.

    Vendor applications are available online at http://tinyurl.com/PolkSaladFestival.

  • Gaines aboard USS George Washington

    U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Cameron Gaines from Kingston acts as the port safety observer during a barricade drill on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

    George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

  • Making it Formal: Big night for Michael Dunn Center

    The Michael Dunn Center holds a number of social events throughout the year.

    “The spring formal is always one of the highlights of those,” President and CEO Mike McElhinney said.

    The formal took place Saturday evening at Midtown Elementary School.

    Sarah Brown said her son, Christopher Forrester, had been looking forward to it for weeks.

    “He loves it,” she said. “He’s been coming for the last three years.”

    Barbara Snell said this was her son T.J.’s third year as well.

  • Help Roane letter carriers Stamp Out Hunger in community Saturday

    Post offices throughout Tennessee — including those in Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood — are asking for the community’s support on May 9.

    That’s the day they join America’s letter carriers and Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organizations, in the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

    Hosted each year by the National Association of Letter Carriers, Stamp Out Hunger is one of the largest single-day food drives in the country.

  • Roane awarded funds for emergency food, shelter

    The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program recently awarded Roane County $9,366 in federal funds to be used to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area.

    The funding is to be distributed through a local board that consists of members representing the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, area churches, a recipient who has benefitted from the services and the Roane County United Way.

    Agencies interested in applying for the funds need to contact the Roane County United Way at 882-7711 to receive an application.

  • Janelle Arthur to give concert for Schools Foundation

    “American Idol” top-five contestant Janelle will give a benefit concert this weekend.

    The concert will begin at 7 p.m. May 8 in the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.

    Proceeds benefit Roane County Schools Education Foundation.

    Tickets are $20 each and are available at Rocky Top General Store, Roane County Schools’ central office, AGA Insurance and The Jewelry Exchange.

    Arthur, an Oliver Springs native, placed in the top five of the FOX reality television talent show in 2013.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in San Diego!

    The Roane County News’ latest vacation adventure is with Madge Jackson of Kingston.

    She took the News with her to San Diego for her granddaughter’s wedding.

    She poses with son, Keith Hopkins, and daughter, Kathy Dawson, at the Port of San Diego at the USS Midway Museum and National Salute to Bob Hope.

    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.

  • Rockwood High alums’ annual reunion June 1-7

    The annual Rockwood Classmates reunion for all those who attended Rockwood High School will be June 1-7 on the Rockwood First Baptist Church lake property.

    No planned activities for Monday or Tuesday, but alumni are welcome to stop by and relax on the lake.

    A covered-dish dinner begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

    Thursday is Game Night; meal will be available from a vendor.

    A dance with a band performing will begin at 7 p.m. Friday.

    Saturday activities begin at 11 a.m. with group class pictures.