Today's Features

  • Josiah Miller celebrated his 12th birthday on June 9.

    He celebrated with laser tag and a pizza party with his parents, best friends and brother.

    He is the son of Ben Miller and Holly Culleton.

    Grandparents are Len and Gina Jackson of Harriman, and Randy and Vicki Miller of Iowa.

    Josiah has a brother and best buddy, Zackary.

  • Ninety-one-year-old Ruth Johnson, center right, and her family celebrated five generations with the birth of Johnson’s great-great-granddaughter, Brianna Denton.

    Brianna was 2 months old when she and her family traveled from Tunnel Hill, Ga., for a five-generation get-together.

    The family includes, from left, daughter Rosie Johnson Denton, 62, holding Brianna; grandson David Denton, 42; Johnson; and great-granddaughter Elizabeth Denton, 20.

  • The Rev. Jerry and Sue Leffew will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 25.

    Family and friends will help them celebrate with a party from 3 to 5 p.m. June 27 in Ten Mile Community Center.

  • A fundraising pancake breakfast to benefit Contact Care Line will be from 8 to 10 a.m. July 11 in Oak Ridge Applebee’s Restaurant at 1213 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased from any Contact board member or at the door.

    All proceeds will benefit Contact’s Crisis Call Lines and Reassurance Program.

    Contact has been in operation in Oak Ridge since 1973 and serves a nine-county region, including Roane, Anderson, Blount, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Sevier and Union counties.

  • Roane County Chamber of Commerce recently experienced a 27-percent membership growth within a two-day time span.

    The recent Membership Expansion event was a culmination of a six-week contest to help #UniteRoane.

    The two-day membership drive added 101 new members to the Chamber’s rolls — a record for the consulting company that directed the event.

    “Last Thursday, we started the day with 365 members, and to end the week with 466 members is difficult to fathom,” said Chamber President Wade Creswell of The Roane Alliance.

  • Roane County Solid Waste Director Ralph Stewart, center, accepts an East Tennessee Development District award from Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain, left, and Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters.

    ETDD recognized the county and Stewart during its recent awards banquet in Knoxville.

    The award was presented for improvements to Roane County’s regional recycling center.

  • Rufus Eugene Collier of Harriman passed away Wednesday, June 17, at Tennova Health Care.

    Eugene was born April 1, 1944, in Harriman.

    He retired from K-25 plant in Oak Ridge.

    He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. and Ms. Collier.

    Survivors are his wife, Margaret Ruth Collier; two daughters, Cathy (Patrick) Johnson, Diane Johnson; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

  • Roane County Habitat for Humanity recently dedicated its 34th house built in Roane County.

    Owner Jesse Hall, left, along with his sister, Ruby, and mother, Carrie, are living in the home they and dozens of volunteers helped build.

    “Their new home, located on Hope Circle in Kingston, is a thoroughly modern, efficient, and sturdy design that will provide them many years of service,” said Todd Fisher, Roane County Habitat for Humanity president.

  • The Roane County Rural Mixers Family and Community Education Club meeting to make crafts recently are, front row from left, Lennie Stansbury, Rachel and Sally Wright, Madge Jackson, Linda Rogers; and back row, Judy Murray, Julia McCoin and Robin Greenberg.

    The group met at the Wrights’ home to make crafts to sell for the Betty McGlasson Scholarship Fund and 4-H camp.

    The Rural Mixers meet the second Thursday of each month in Kingston Community Center.

  • The Roane County News had one of its more humanitarian globetrotting trips when it accompanied the Ochs family to Ghana, Africa.

    “In this picture, we are with the children from Great Mission International, an orphanage in Teshie, Ghana,” explained Bekah Ochs, at left in the middle of the back row, holding children with sisters Abby, center, and Maddie.

    “We recently returned for a medical mission outreach with a team from [Feeding the Orphans]. After the team left, our family stayed several weeks to reconnect with friends.”