Today's Features

  • Three successful ministries at Luminary United Methodist Church, Ten Mile, are coordinating schedules so people with pressing needs can be better served.

    Thanks to generous donors, Luminary’s food and cloth-

    ing ministries are well stock-ed.

    The church’s clothes closet and food pantry are now open during the same time, from 9 a.m. to noon each Tuesday.

    Luminary also provides meals for the community from 6 to 7 p.m. nearly every Wednesday of the year.

  • The Roane County News continued its missions of goodwill when it recently accompanied seven members of North Rockwood Baptist Church on a 10-day mission trip to Haiti.

    Church members on the trip include Joey and Jacob Andrews, Tony and Sally Davis, Jeff Harrill, Lexie Goodson and Diana Whaley.

    The group was in Haiti on May 29-June 7 through the ministry of Voice of Children, Chuck Whaley said.

    “Free medical clinics were held, with over 1,000 patients being seen,” he explained, “and medicines were dispensed at no charge.”

  • 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.