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Today's Features

  • Welzie Swafford, 57, graduated high school after 40 years Thursday evening.

    The success was especially sweet for Swafford. It was his fifth attempt in a straight 34-month period.  

    Swafford received his GED through Roane State Community College’s Adult Education program during its graduation ceremony in Roane State’s theater.

    While signing up for Social Security and disability for disc problems, Swafford was advised to finish high school after all this time.

  • Program funds offered through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Community Services Block Grants for rent and mortgage assistance will now be awarded annually to coincide with the federal fiscal year.

    Mid-East Community Action Agency, which administers the programs in Roane County, will award the funds based on a fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. Previously, the fiscal year began July 1. That means individuals who were served between July 1, 2010, and the end of June will have to wait until Oct. 1 to reapply.

  • Roane County producers are reminded to submit their annual report of acreage to the Roane/Loudon USDA Farm Service Agency office to meet program eligibility requirements.

    “Producers must file their reports accurately and timely for all crops and land uses, including prevented and failed acreage, to ensure they receive the maximum FSA program benefits possible,” said Roane/Loudon FSA Director Nancy H. Brackett.

    The deadline is July 15 for most spring-seeded crops.

  • The newest class of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) completed training in early June.

    The volunteers, sworn in by Judge Jeffrey Wicks, center, are Christine Roberts, Joan Turbyville, Myranda Robinson and Dane Griffith.

    CASA volunteers are appointed by the Juvenile Court to be a voice for abused and neglected children.

    For more information, go to www.casaninth.org or call 717-4186.

  • Watts Bar Lake and the roads around it will echo July 9 with the sounds of hundreds of powerful engines — boats, motorcycles and classic cars — for the third annual Watts Bar Poker Run.

  • Eight people from North Rockwood Baptist Church recently returned from a two-week mission trip to Haiti.

    They went to Haiti as part of Voice of Children USA, a non-profit group home-based in Knoxville that has supported schools, churches and orphans in Haiti for more than 25 years.

    D.J. Allen, Josh Boles, Tony Davis, Shelby Fugate, Nick Hutchcraft, Daniel Morgan, Tracy Shelton, Diana Whaley and Monica Fugate were the North Rockwood representatives on the trip.

  • Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam will be joined by a host of dignitaries to talk about the most important investment Wall Street insiders don’t know about.

    Haslam will join the Children’s Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley on July 21 to launch a “Read with Your Child” campaign that seeks to encourage parents, family members and other caring adults to invest 20 minutes a day reading to their child.

  • 25 Years Ago

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson
    July is a month of celebrations historically, patriotically and religiously — and for just plain summertime fun.

    In spite of its hot, humid days and nights, July is a month filled with picnics, fireworks, swimming pools, sunshine, thunderstorms, watermelons and corn-on-the-cob.

    And let’s not forget serious remembrances of important religious and patriotic observances.

    The Christian festival of Pentecost grew directly from the Jewish Feast of Weeks.

  • Miscellaneous photographs of students who attended Harriman City Schools have accumulated since the 1970s.

    The HCS Alumni Association plans to make these items available to the public starting at 3 p.m. July 9 in front of the Temperance Building.

    New yearbooks from the 1980s and 1990s will also be available.

    Donations will be accepted to help support scholarship funds administered by the Alumni Association.  

    Each year, funds are awarded to selected students at Harriman High School and Harriman Middle School.