Community News

  • Obed River cleanup and volunteer lunch slated

    In celebration of National River Cleanup Day, the Obed Wild and Scenic River will have an annual Obed River clean up on May 16.

    Participants are asked to meet at the Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St. in Wartburg at 8:30 a.m.

    Volunteers are asked to bring water, insect repellent, sun block and wear sturdy shoes.

  • Canning College teaches proper techniques in food preservation

    By Justin Thomas • For Roane Newspapers
    Starting this June, UT Extension Roane County will offer a “Canning College.”

    Participants will be taught how to preserve foods with the most up-to-date research-based techniques.

    This course is once per week for three weeks. Throughout the three weeks, participants will be taught how to make strawberry jam, sweet pickles and how to pressure can low-acid foods such as green beans.

    Additional topics will be covered, including freezing and drying foods.

  • Military Matters: Marstratton X. Gordon

    U.S. Army Pvt. Marstratton X. Gordon recently graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Ga.

    Nephew of Jason Gordon of Harriman, he is the son of Monica Turner and stepson of Coy Turner of Rockford.

    He graduated in 2011 from Heritage High School, Maryville.

    During the nine-week training period,Gordon received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship and bayonet training, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises.

  • Military Matters: Jonathan M. Harrison

    U.S. Army Pvt. Jonathan M. Harrison recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    Son of Amber D. Green of Kingston, he is a 2014 graduate of Roane County High School, Kingston.

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

  • Kudos from city to Rockwood soccer teams

    Rockwood High School boys and girls soccer teams were recognized at the Rockwood City Council meeting for an exceptional 2014 season.

    The teams are made up of Rockwood and Midway High School students.

    The boys team finished with a 12-5-4 record and the girls finished with a 19-2 record.

  • Harriman Happenings: May 4

    Condolences to Carolyn Clemmons in the loss of her sister-in-law Barbara Gaines Worthy.

    She passed away on April 9 at a rehab hospital in Trenton, N.J.

    Left to mourn her passing is her husband of 40 years, Leon Worthy; daughters, Carla and Sonya; son, Phillip; and five grandchildren.

    Barbara was raised in Jasper, Tenn., and moved to New Jersey in 1970.

    She was a quiet, sweet person. She will be missed by the family.

    Carolyn Clemmons met her siblings Virginia and Paul and his wife Donna on April 24-28 in Las Vegas.

  • Babahatchie concert this weekend

    Harriman High School band director Jim Hix will be the guest conductor for Babahatchie Community Band’s concert this weekend.

    The concert will begin at 6 p.m. May 3 in Harriman High School.

    “We have a wonderful and challenging concert to perform,” said Babahatchie spokeswoman Alison Westrich, who noted that Hix will conduct the first half of the concert.

    Hix will start out the band with a John Philip Sousa march, “Bullets and Bayonets.”

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in Hawaii!

    The Roane County News said “aloha!” to The Aloha State when it accompanied longtime subscribers Eddie and Leila Sutherland to Oahu, Hawaii.

    Eddie takes time to show off the paper in a snapshot Leila took at Diamond Head State Monument in Honolulu.

    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.

  • Gas prices reach four-month high

    For the first time in 127 days, the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline exceeded $2.50 per gallon last Friday.

    Sunday’s price of $2.53 per gallon represents an increase of 8 cents per gallon in comparison to last Sunday, and the national average has moved higher for 12 consecutive days.

    “Motorists haven’t seen prices this high since December,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA, The Auto Club Group.

  • Nominate do-gooders for AARP honor

    Who is doing extraordinary volunteer work in the Roane County community?

    AARP Tennessee invites area residents to thank them with a nomination for the state’s 2015 Andrus Award for Community Service.

    The Tennessee winner earns $3,000 for the charity of their choice.

    The annual Andrus Award for Community Service is AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award.