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Today's Features

  • Online registration is open to the public for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency’s 10th Oak Ridge Emergency Management Forum set for Sept. 26 at the New Hope Center.
    This year’s forum theme, “Back to Basics: Partnerships in Emergency Management,” will feature general session speaker Richard Serino, deputy administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency who will speak on current innovations in emergency management partnerships.

  • Kurt Backstrom could name hundreds of times his Roane State Community College students made him proud during his long career as director of the college’s physical therapist assistant program.
    One of his favorite moments happened this spring, Backstrom’s last as program director.
    For an honors project, two students developed detailed plans for the program’s future, and they presented their ideas to college faculty and staff.
    When Backstrom heard their presentation, he knew he had another proud moment to add to his list.

  • Rockwood Police Department officers Randy Keahey and Dwayne Gray recently completed crisis intervention training and are now certified as CIT officers.
    The Rockwood officers were among the fifth class for CIT East Tennessee, which offers training in conjunction with the Oak Ridge Police Department and Ridgeview Behavioral Health Center, a not-for-profit community mental health center with offices in Harriman.

  • The Rev. Alvin Douglass was the guest speaker for the senior saints at Little Leaf Baptist Church in Oliver Springs.
    Twelve members were present, and all enjoyed his message. Afterward, they enjoyed a light lunch. This is where Elder Dews is pastor.
    Get-well wishes to Helen Roddy, who recently had eye surgery.
    Permelia Anderson spent two weeks in Stone Mountain, Ga., visiting her daughter, Pam Wright and her granddaughter, Stephanie Wright.

  • M. Jill McMaster of Roane County is among the outstanding East Tennessee women to be honored during next month’s prestigious 2013 YWCA Tribute to Women event.
    This YWCA event, in its 29th year, is East Tennessee’s foremost acknowledgment and appreciation of the contributions of area women.
    The award ceremony will be on Aug. 15 at the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Historic Bijou Theatre.

  • 25 Years Ago
    Fourteen First American Bank employees at branches in Rockwood, Harriman, Kingston and Spring City received permanent layoff notices due to what a Knoxville bank official called duplication of services after the acquisition of Roane County’s First National Bank. “We can’t afford to do that,” said Robert A. McCabe Jr., First American Bank president. McCabe said officials tried to pick employees with the least seniority and whose job skills were not needed due to refinement in operations.

  • Do you like to eat flowers? How about cauliflowers?

    They really are flowers that stopped growing while they were still buds.

    Cauliflowers are very nutritious because they really stopped growing while they were still buds, and the stems leading up to each blossom had already begun to store nutrients for the flowers.

  • Skylar Roxanne Bruneel was born on May 21 in the U.S. Naval Hospital Bremerton in Bremerton, Wash.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.

    She is the daughter of Scott and Tausha Bruneel.

    Grandparents are Jackie and Jan Hill, Joni Haley and Bob Bruneel.

    Great-grandparents are Hazel McCullough and John and Ruth Birgy.

  • Jerry and Brenda Isham of Rockwood will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 12.

    They were married on July 12, 1963, in South Harriman, with the Rev. Jim Jenkins officiating.

    She graduated from South Harriman High School in 1963, and he attended Roane County High School.

    He worked at the paper mill in Harriman, and the couple owned Jerry’s Boat Sales in Midtown.

    They have three children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.