Community News

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in Montana

    The Roane County News headed west with Julia and Cyrus Taft of Harriman for its latest adventure to Montana’s Glacier National Park at Logan Pass on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

    The Tafts, at right, are joined by Phillip and Nell George of Gallatin on their vacation.

    “We spent a week in Glacier and Waterton Lakes Parks day hiking and seeing the wildlife before spending a couple of days in Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks,” Cyrus Taft wrote.

    “We had great weather the whole time and thoroughly enjoyed the trip.”

  • Presidential party lines not required

    Though U.S. presidents and vice presidents are traditionally from the same political party, the U.S. Constitution neither prohibits nor encourages the practice.

    That’s one of the facts the Avery Trace Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution points out in observance of the 226th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America.

    Sept. 17-23 is National Constitution Week, and the DAR  is striving to help educate Roane Countians about the Constitution.

  • Flurry of activity behind the scenes of Roane Habitat

    When most people think of Habitat for Humanity, they visualize people working on a house — framing, driving nails and lifting walls into position.

    “While that is certainly an important part of what we do, there is a lot of work behind the scenes for Habitat to complete its mission to build houses for those in need,” said Todd Fisher, president of Roane County Habitat for Humanity.

  • Beautifying Harriman one plant at a time

    Harriman Garden Club President Pat Ramsey and Vice President Jamie Russell take a break from working on the Kiwanis stone arches on Pansy Hill Road, which, at one time, marked the entrance to the city.

    Club members cleared the arches, planted shrubs and flowers, and mulched two sides in the organization’s effort to improve and beautify the city one plant at a time.

  • Gas $3 a gallon for 1,000-plus days

    The national average price of gasoline surpassed $3 per gallon on Tuesday for the 1,000th consecutive day for the first time on record, reported AAA.

    The current streak began on Dec. 23, 2010. AAA forecasts the national average will remain above $3 per gallon for at least another thousand days barring a major economic recession.

    “Tennessee gas prices didn’t reach $3 a gallon on Feb. 18, 2011,” said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman for The Auto Club Group.

  • The Garden Gate: Mum's the word in fall beauty

    We are noticing now that the trees are beginning to show their fall colors, the blossoms of Queen Anne’s lace are starring the fields, the golden yarrows and bright zinnias are adorning our gardens, and all the roadside produce stands are bright with chrysanthemums.

    Looking ahead to fall festivals, Halloween pumpkins are beginning to add their colorful notes to all the stands.

  • Forever Young health fair to cater to area seniors

    A Forever Young health and information fair for senior citizens will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 26 in Kingston Community Center.

    Free flu shots will be offered.

    Other offerings include medical massages; carotid ultrasound; and screenings for blood pressure, bone density, vision, pulse oximetry and falls risk.

    Call Amber Jacks, Mid-East Community Action Agency senior services director, at 354-0450 for details.

  • What's in the Constitution? Better yet, what's not in it?

    Sept. 17-23 commemorates the 226th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America.

    As part of that celebration, Avery Trace Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is striving to help educate Roane Countians on what is and isn’t in the Constitution, including:

    • Nowhere in the Constitution does it say, “It’s a free country.”

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Sept. 18

    25 Years Ago
    Roane County Board of Education members approved a resolution asking the County Commission to work with the school system in developing a plan to build two comprehensive high schools. School board members made it clear that the door was open for participation with Harriman, which had its own city-operated system. Sites for the two proposed high schools had been selected, Superintendent Jess Plemons said, but had not yet been appraised. The location of the sites was not given.

    10 Years Ago

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... at Mount Rushmore

    The Roane County News’ latest journey was a patriotic one — to Mount Rushmore National Park in Rapid City, S.D., with, from left, Allen and Sandy Williams and Sandy and Mike Edwards.

    Mount Rushmore was just one of their many stops along the two-week trip out west.

    Places visited included Pike’s Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, Custer State Park, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks and many points in between.

    Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.