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Today's Features

  • Roane County Chamber of Commerce recently experienced a 27-percent membership growth within a two-day time span.

    The recent Membership Expansion event was a culmination of a six-week contest to help #UniteRoane.

    The two-day membership drive added 101 new members to the Chamber’s rolls — a record for the consulting company that directed the event.

    “Last Thursday, we started the day with 365 members, and to end the week with 466 members is difficult to fathom,” said Chamber President Wade Creswell of The Roane Alliance.

  • Roane County Solid Waste Director Ralph Stewart, center, accepts an East Tennessee Development District award from Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain, left, and Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters.

    ETDD recognized the county and Stewart during its recent awards banquet in Knoxville.

    The award was presented for improvements to Roane County’s regional recycling center.

  • Rufus Eugene Collier of Harriman passed away Wednesday, June 17, at Tennova Health Care.

    Eugene was born April 1, 1944, in Harriman.

    He retired from K-25 plant in Oak Ridge.

    He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. and Ms. Collier.

    Survivors are his wife, Margaret Ruth Collier; two daughters, Cathy (Patrick) Johnson, Diane Johnson; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

  • Roane County Habitat for Humanity recently dedicated its 34th house built in Roane County.

    Owner Jesse Hall, left, along with his sister, Ruby, and mother, Carrie, are living in the home they and dozens of volunteers helped build.

    “Their new home, located on Hope Circle in Kingston, is a thoroughly modern, efficient, and sturdy design that will provide them many years of service,” said Todd Fisher, Roane County Habitat for Humanity president.

  • The Roane County Rural Mixers Family and Community Education Club meeting to make crafts recently are, front row from left, Lennie Stansbury, Rachel and Sally Wright, Madge Jackson, Linda Rogers; and back row, Judy Murray, Julia McCoin and Robin Greenberg.

    The group met at the Wrights’ home to make crafts to sell for the Betty McGlasson Scholarship Fund and 4-H camp.

    The Rural Mixers meet the second Thursday of each month in Kingston Community Center.

  • The Roane County News had one of its more humanitarian globetrotting trips when it accompanied the Ochs family to Ghana, Africa.

    “In this picture, we are with the children from Great Mission International, an orphanage in Teshie, Ghana,” explained Bekah Ochs, at left in the middle of the back row, holding children with sisters Abby, center, and Maddie.

    “We recently returned for a medical mission outreach with a team from [Feeding the Orphans]. After the team left, our family stayed several weeks to reconnect with friends.”

  • Father’s Day is this Sunday, and it gives us all an opportunity to show Dad how much we love him for everything he’s meant to us.

    Dads hold us up in the rough times, cheer for us in the good times and, as a 7-year-old Elizabeth Hall illustrates, they’re even there for us when they’re napping.

    Elizabeth, now 14, made her father, Rodney Hall of Ten Mile, feel pretty by adorning him with baubles, barrettes and bows while he copped a few Z’s after work.

  • Batley Baptist
    “To the Edge: Encounter the God of the Universe” is the vacation Bible school theme at Batley Baptist Church near Oliver Springs. A VBS kickoff cookout will be from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. June 20; classes will be from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. June 21-25 at the church at 670 Batley Road. Free dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. daily. Call 435-2400 for transportation, and visit www.BatleyChurch.org for details.

  • New Midway Baptist Church, Kingston, now has two Sunday morning services.

    The services begin at 8:45 and 11 a.m.

    The church is at 240 New Midway Road.

  • Chris White, director of the Freedom Ministry at Knoxville’s Fuse Church, will be the guest speaker during the next Christian Business Fellowship of Roane County meeting.

    The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. June 20 in Harriman Shoney’s.

    “Their greatest passion is to see people set free, raised up and operating in their gifts and callings in God,” said Dee Mann of Rockwood’s Healing Rooms and River Gate Church, in describing White and his wife, Deb.