Community News

  • The Garden Gate: The tiger in your garden casts a blaze of splendor

    Flowers are just like people.

    They come in different sizes, colors, proportions, habitats, preferences and histories, and they have a venerable past. Of all the different lilies there are, the ones we call tiger lilies are demanding our attention.

    Have you realized that so-called tiger lilies have spots, not stripes?

    They are the subject for nearly as much poetry and fantasy as Madonna lilies. We notice such quotations as “When lilies turned to tigers, blaze.”

  • Harriman Happenings

    Curtis and Dorothy Eskridge celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 21. They were married in 1963 in the home of the late Elder Rue Eskridge, who also performed the ceremony.

    He retired from Martin Marietta in Oak Ridge. They are the parents of five children; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The couple didn’t do anything special, but they thank God for His blessings and for a loving family. Congratulations to this lovely couple.

  • Wilderness first aid course offered

    Roane State Community College’s Continuing Healthcare Education Department will host a wilderness first aid course at Oliver Springs High School.
    The $125 course includes three sessions: July 30 from 6-9:30 p.m., Aug. 1 from 6-9:30 p.m. and Aug. 3 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
    The course is for the outdoor enthusiast with no medical background.
    In 16 hours, students will learn important aspects of patient assessment, using extremity splints, evaluating spinal injuries and how to handle some crucial environmental problems.

  • The Garden Gate: Salt has been and continues to be vital today

    Salt is important.  It is the only rock we eat. It has seasoned our foods for thousands of years and been used in countless other ways for a long time.  

    It is mentioned in many places in the Bible, and is, as it has always been, a necessary part of our lives. Salt has many powers.  The interplay of salt and water is essential to life itself, and a proper salt balance is vital to our well being.

  • Insurance co-op enters new agreements

    Community Health Alliance, Tennessee’s health insurance co-op has entered into collaborative agreements
    with Covenant Health and Tennova Healthcare.

    Community Health Alliance, created as part of the Affordable Care Act, is assembling its preferred provider network across the state, on target to roll out health plans for qualified individuals and small businesses in Tennessee beginning in October.  

    Covenant Health, which includes Roane Medical Center in Harriman, and Tennova Healthcare serve the East Tennessee region.

  • CASA making plans for training session

    Two young out-of-state children are abandoned in Tennessee by their mother.

    How will they get reconnected to responsible kin and a permanent home?

    A young teen, twice betrayed by a sexually-abusive family, must testify against her tormentors.

    From whom will she get emotional support? To whom will she confide the hopeful news of a potential adoption?

    An infant born to a pill-addicted mother is himself addicted and must suffer the pains of withdrawal.

  • Look Back: Something From Our Files From the Week of July 17

    25 Years Ago
    Roane State Community College students, faculty and staff were introduced to Sherry Hoppe, the college’s interim president. Hoppe took the reins from Cuyler Dunbar, the college’s founding president who accepted the lead role at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, N.C. “I hope to continue being responsive to the community needs — to continue the tradition that Mr. Dunbar has set,” said Hoppe, whose stint at the college was said to be anywhere from six months to a year.

  • Second Chance clinic helps Roane pets

    Canines of all breeds, shapes and sizes accompanied their owners to Roane County Park late last month for a special clinic courtesy of Second Chance K-9 Rescue.

    Vaccinations for rabies and distemper/parvo were offered, and animals could also be tested for heart worm or feline leukemia.

    The clinic was in conjunction with Prevent A Litter Connection Inc.

  • Roane Choral recipient of state arts grant

    Roane Choral Society has been awarded a $4,100 grant by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

    The $4,100 grant is made possible through an appropriation of state funds by the General Assembly, federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Tennesseans who buy specialty license plates.

    “This is a very fine performing arts group,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman.

    “I am very pleased this grant has been awarded for this purpose.”

  • Kingston gets kudos for progress

    Big projects in small towns are often a sign dedication and teamwork are at play — and the city of Kingston has been cited as a shining example.

    As good stewards of grant funding, the city is advancing toward economically sound development in the areas of energy, the environment, water source delivery, recreation and services, ensuring citizens reap the savings and benefits for years to come.

    The city’s drive to move ahead has earned it the Tennessee Municipal League’s Small City Progress Award.