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Today's Features

  • 25 Years Ago
    Harriman City Council passed an $8.174 million budget, setting the property tax rate at $2.97 per $100 of assessment. The 20-cent hike in the tax rate included a 10-cent tax increase requested by the schools and was to generate funds for pay raises for city employees based on a restructured pay scale.

    10 Years Ago

  • It’s taken 57 years, but a marker denoting a Kingston Lions Club major contribution to the city is now in place.

    The engraved granite marker was intended to preserve the club’s work on the original Kingston City Park pavilion. Instead, it now serves as a reminder of that original gift to the community and the organization’s contribution to the existing pavilion, constructed recently through funds raised by Kingston employees.

  • As part of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s regulatory role regarding the export of wild American ginseng, the Division of Natural Areas is sending out a reminder to harvesters about the 2012 law change.

    A series of upcoming public participation opportunities to address potential rule changes has also been announced.

    Effective July 1, Tennessee’s ginseng harvest law was amended to change the harvest season for wild ginseng to Sept. 1-Dec. 31.  

  • Marriage licenses granted at the Roane County Courthouse from April 30-July 9:

    Jerry Ray Smith to Robin Renee Ayers Reynolds

    Nicholas Thomas Young to Brandi Lynn Gearin

    Adam Christopher Mills to Courtney Amber Long

    Matthew Jarfi to Melissa Ann Christian

    Nicholas James Riblett to Linda Marie Genung

    David Edward Ester to Andrea Lynn Aimar

    Gary Scott Rawls to Ashley Marie Powers

    James Henry Lowery to Aleia Chani Shaw

  • Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:
    June 2 — Ashley Nicole and Gregory William Cloyd, Harriman. A boy, Alexander William Cloyd.

    June 8 — Ashley and Joshua Argubright, Harriman. A boy, Yisreal James. Siblings: Ezekial Dean, Joshua Jr. and Andrianna. Grandparents: Ronnie Ashbrook and Linda Eddington; Stephen and Janice Argubright.

  • Willie Penix Finch celebrated her 100th birthday on July 31.

    The Finch family had a party/reunion in her honor on Aug. 4 in Oak Ridge Community Center.

    About 40 relatives and friends turned out to extend happy birthday wishes.

    Born Willie Edith Penix on July 31, 1912, she is originally from Lexington in West Tennessee. Her family farmed on a 160-acre plot, and she played high school basketball.

  • Jennifer Smith of Harriman and Jordan Williams of Oakdale were married on Aug. 4 in the Suddath House, Harriman. Robert Lamance officiated.

    The bride is the daughter of Ketta Smith of Harriman and the late Lee Smith.

    The groom is the son of Paul and Donna Williams of Oakdale.

  • East Tennessee Preservation Alliance is now accepting nominations for the 2012 East Tennessee Preservation Awards, given annually for outstanding contributions to historic preservation in the 16-county region.

    These awards will be presented at the awards banquet in conjunction with the East Tennessee Preservation Conference  on Nov. 9 in Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg.

  • We enjoyed a nice visit with our son David and wife, Wanda, who came to visit Friday evening.

    We were talking about how much fun it was to stay at Fickey's Store and buy candy and gum or little lollipops.

    The bus driver would let children get off long enough for him to go over the bridge and pick up other children and turn around and come back for those who had got off at the store to get back on.

  • Roane County Extension and Roane County Health Department have partnered to offer Take Charge of Your Diabetes, a six-week class that starts Aug. 8.

    “This class can be the turning point between enduring everyday life and enjoying everyday life,” said Donna Raines of Roane County Health Department.

    The class, a $1,200 value, is offered free. Call Roane County Health Department at 354-1220, Ext. 108, to sign up

    Participants will be taught to:

    • Manage your symptoms