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Community News

  • Dry conditions, fires plague area

    Over the weekend, four additional wildfires burned across the region.

    Although they were not large in size (largest being 10 acres), it serves as an indicator as to how dry the region is.

    Two fires occurred in Monroe County; both of these were suspected cigarettes.

    A 10-acre fire continues to burn in Morgan County off Tunnel Hill Road. One 2-acre arson fire is out in Scott County.
    In addition, a structure fire in Knox County set a nearby forest on fire, and state forestry crews are working to contain this part of the blaze.  

  • Princess seat sponsorship offered

    The Princess Theatre¹s seat sponsorship program gives people an opportunity to support the theatre’s events, its programs and role as a center for arts education.

    Sponsorships range from $100 to $1,000. A permanent plaque will be placed on each seat a person sponsors. The plaque can include two lines of text (25 characters per line) of the sponsor¹s choice.

  • The Garden Gate: Tea for two? Or the world?

    The name “tea” comes from the Dutch rendering of the Chinese name for this plant. In the 18th century, when tea was newly introduced into England and was all the rage, the tea plant and the gathering of tea leaves was often depicted on tea caddies gracing every lady’s tea table.

    Tea has a venerable history — and a quite romantic one. It is an evergreen shrub, thasinensis, a native of China and India. It has also been grown in Ceylon, Nepal, Japan, Java and Africa for many centuries.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of June 20

    25 Years Ago
    Oliver Springs Town Council adopted an ordinance permitting beer sales on Sunday within the city limits, except between 3 a.m. and noon. This came about due to annexation of a property which included a business that had an Anderson County beer license. This action allowed all businesses to be treated fairly.

    10 Years Ago

  • See, hear more about ham radio operations at weekend gathering

    Roane County Amateur Radio Club will demonstrate their emergency communications capabilities this weekend during a special event June 23-24 at Fort Southwest Point pavilion, Kingston.

    These individuals, known as ham radio operations, will join with other amateur radio operators across the country for this annual Field Day, a culmination of Amateur Radio Week sponsored by American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio.

  • Round Rockwood-June 18

    We have enjoyed having almost-summertime weather for the past month — even a much-needed rainstorm was welcome to those with yards to care for and clouds of dust behind the lawn mower.

    Our son-in-law mows his yard for the early growth of grass.

  • Harriman Happenings-June 18

    Janice Eskridge and her daughter, Letisha Allen, won second place in the mother-and-daughter look-alike contest during Mother’s Day.

    Their picture came out in the Roane County News. Janice is the wife of Roy Eskridge. Congratulations on your winning.

    Charles Elliot Thorpe IV graduated from Celebration High School, Kissimmee, Fla., on May 26. He is the son of Theresa “Anise” Thorpe and the late Charles Thorpe III.

  • Girl Scouts can register early by July 14

    Girl Scouts in Roane County and their troops can earn a special patch and money for their troops by participating in Early Bird registration.

    Troops registering girls and adult volunteers before the July 14 deadline can earn additional money for the fall product sale.

    Each girl who registers during the event will also receive a free Early Bird patch. Visit www.girlscoutcsa.org and click on the “Register Online” button at the bottom of the page.

    A registration form is also available online at http://tinyurl.com/7ze8osb.

  • Roane pics on exhibit at festival

    Pre-city history and artwork of Oak Ridge landmarks are two new features of the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association’s annual exhibit at this year’s Secret City Festival on June 15-16.

    The group, established in 1999, is committed to preserving the history of Oak Ridge, including the period before the city was created.

  • Alexander takes stand for clean air, says it will help with jobs, economy

    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee said he would vote to uphold a new federal clean air rule “because healthier air means better jobs for Tennesseans — every one of Tennessee’s major metropolitan areas is struggling to meet standards that govern whether industries can acquire the air quality permits to locate here.”