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Today's Features

  • By Louise Warmley • Community Correspondent
    Sybil Cannon and Alicia Harris took their mother, Julia Harris, to Ruby Tuesday for a special dinner to celebrate her birthday. All day Tuesday Julia was blessed, first because of what her daughters did for her and the calls she received from her other children, relatives and friends. She was thankful for the many cards and gifts she received. So Julia, we wish you God’s blessings and many more birthdays.

  • By Josephine McKinney • Community Correspondent
    It may come as a surprise, but my letter will be published each week in the Monday issue of the Roane County News.

    I want to express my sincere sympathy to the family of Mrs. Alta Lewis of Harriman. Among her survivors, her daughter, Kathleen, married to our son, Dr. Joe McKinney of Chesapeake, Virginia; their children, Grace, Evan, Nate and Joy; son David and wife Dr. Julie Smith McKinney; daughter Dannise (Roger) McKinney of Harriman, and daughter Leslie (The Rev. Gale Hartley) of Jamestown.

  • The Roane County United Way will offer its annual free tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Preparation Assistance program starting Jan. 30.

    Now in its ninth season, VITA provides free federal tax assistance and electronic filing. These services include Earned Income Tax Credit, student loan deductions and Child Tax Credit and more.

    VITA offers taxpayers an alternative to have their returns prepared and e-filed by knowledgeable volunteers at no cost.

  • Former American Museum of Science and Energy director Steve Stow will discuss the environmental cleanup at the U.S. Department of Energy’s  Oak Ridge Reservation during an upcoming meeting of the Oak Ridge League of Women Voters.

    The meeting, Lunch with the League, starts at noon Feb. 7 in the social hall of Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    There is no cost to attend, and reservations are not required.

  • An artist-entrepreneur, a nurse and an educator were named Roane State Community College’s 2011 Outstanding Alumni.

    The recipients are Stephen Brown, creator of the popular giftware and lifestyles company Glitterville Studios, 1987 nursing graduate Ellen Kelly of Knoxville and longtime Scott County educator Mike Lay of Oneida. Each was honored for their achievements in their professions and in their communities.

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson
    In Tennessee, we think of orange as a color, especially those of us who are avid sports fans, as it is representative of our team loyalties.

    The word orange originally referred to the scent of the fruit, rather than its color hue.

    The word orange is derived from Sanskrit, the classical language of India.

    The Sanskrit “naranga” is kin to another one, “naru” in another Indian language, Tamil, where naru means fragrant.

  • 25 Years Ago
    As expected, Rockwood Electric Utility’s bank account was dropping faster than the temperature. REU board members decided a few months prior to absorb a TVA increase instead of passing it on to customers. Cash reserves get low when REU pays TVA before customers pay REU. According to REU Manager Charles Johnson, this happens every year. It usually takes three or four months to regain normal cash flow.

    10 Years Ago

  • Innovative home building technologies and strategies that can help restore the health and viability of natural systems are explored in “Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature” exhibition opening Feb. 1 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    Just as birds select and gather materials from their environments to fashion safe and nurturing nests, humans use natural resources to build homes to meet an array of needs and desires.

  • Kingston Rotary Club’s annual pancake breakfast and silent auction next weekend have lasting effects that go beyond a clean plate.

    Proceeds from this year’s breakfast will be used to support the club’s community and international service projects.

    The breakfast will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 4 in Kingston Church of Christ family center at 120 Spring St., Kingston.

  • Taylor Ann Smith turned 5 years old on Nov. 21, 2011.

    She celebrated with a Princess and Prince party with her family and friends.

    She is the daughter of Will and Kristy Smith of Harriman.

    Grandparents are Steve and Mona Bolden of Harriman and Diana Smith of Oakdale.

    Great-grandparents are Mary Oran of Harriman and W.F. and Ruth Headrick of Oakdale.

    Taylor has a 3 1/2-year-old brother, Liam.