Today's Features

  • There was recently a celebration of life for Helen Louise Treece, who recently passed away  at Fort Sanders hospital in Knoxville.

    She was a faithful member of Mount Olive Baptist Church, where the Rev. Dr. Valentino McNeal is pastor. She served on the kitchen ministry, monthly newsletter team and fellowship exercise class.

    She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and friend, but most of all she was a Christian lady.

    The Jones and Lawrence families from Harriman are her relatives.

  • Lawnville Road Church of Christ
    Classes for pre-K through teens will be available during vacation Bible school at Lawnville Road Church of Christ, Kingston. “Kingdom Rock: Where Kids Stand for God” is the VBS theme; classes will be from 6 to 8 p.m. July 14-17 in the church at 1301 Lawnville Road. Call 717-0444 to preregister or for details.


  • The nomination period is open for Farm Service Agency county committees.

    “I encourage all eligible farmers and ranchers to participate in this year's county committee elections by nominating candidates by the Aug. 1 deadline,” said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

    “County committees are a vital link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provide an opportunity to farmers and ranchers for their opinions and ideas to be heard,” he added.

  • John Vermillion hopes his chicken-raising experience with 4-H will pay off when he goes on a family mission trip with Cedar Grove Baptist Church of Kingston.

    New youth leader Drew Stockton has been focusing on mission trips, and Vermillion is joining one of those trips to Nicaragua in July.

    Vermillion said some of the projects include building chicken coops, something he has experience in.

    “Actually this is going to be my first one (out of the country),” Vermillion said.

  • It’s vacation time — and while the Roane County News staff is hard at work producing the newspaper, a recent issue hit the road to Paris, where it poses at the Eiffel Tower with, from left, Barbara Feezell, Marie and David Swenson and Linda Mitchell.

    The four — and the newspaper —were on a 15-day, seven-country European tour when they paused for a photo opportunity.

  • For those who have dreamed of becoming a law enforcement officer but never had the opportunity, now is the chance.

    The Harriman Police Department is seeking qualified people for its Reserve Police Program.

    “We are looking for people who have the interest, passion and the desire to keep our citizens and neighbors safe,” said Police Chief Randy Heidle.

    The Reserve Police Program is comprised of community members who volunteer their time to fulfill many of the roles handled by full-time sworn police officers.

  • Second Chance K-9 Rescue will have a rabies clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 29 at Roane County Park, Midtown.

    Vaccines available include first-year rabies for $12, three-year rabies for $20 and distemper/parvo for $10.

    In addition, testing for heart worm and feline leukemia will be available at a cost of $20 per pet beginning at 10:30 a.m.

    Heart worm preventative will be available for purchase after testing.

    Cost of the preventative is dependent on the dog’s weight.

  • Have you noticed how many gardens are featuring the tall, heavily blossom-laden stalks of yuccas?

    Perhaps you don’t call them yuccas. You may know them by one of their many aliases: Spanish bayonet, desert candle, moon candle, Adam’s needle, manihot, cassava or manioc.

  • Arts Council of Roane County will have A Day in the Park with Artists from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 29 in Roane County Park pavilion 2.

    The event is a celebration of the arts with  area artists, fine crafters and performers.

    Public admission is free; refreshments will be available.

    Email artscouncilofroanecounty@gmail.com for details or booth reservations.