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Today's Features

  • The city of Kingston has been approved for a $68,000 state grant for a playground project.

    “Our parks are very important to our community, and I am very pleased that we will be receiving this grant,” said state Sen. Ken Yager upon learning about the Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant from Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke.

    “I look forward to seeing the improvements that will come as a result of this grant,” Yager added

  • Army National Guard Pvt. Candace N. Smith has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    Daughter of Richard Smith of  Harriman and sister of Crystal Hutchens of Paris, she is a 2008 graduate of Henry County High School, Paris.

  • Brycelyn Steven Hennager celebrated his second birthday on Sept. 11.

    He celebrated with a “Cars” movie-themed party with relatives and friends.

    He is the son of Steven and Krystal Hennager of Rockwood.

    Grandparents are David and Carolyn Thomas of Rockwood and Ronnie and Tina Hennager of the Westel community.

    Great-grandparents are Gene and Marthalee Lowery of Ozone, Bob Thomas of Rockwood and Dot Brown of Harriman.

  • 25 Years Ago
    The Emory Gap neighborhood revitalization was nearly complete. All the houses were improved, with remodeling where necessary, painting, roofing and/or insulation. Sidewalks were installed, about 5,000 feet of streets were leveled and widened, and sewer and water lines were put in. Funding was applied for from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. A park for the area children, expected to be finished by the end of the year, will complete the project.

    10 Years Ago

  • Download this form and sign your children (ages birth to 5) up for Roane Imagination Library. Your child will receive a special, age-appropriate book once a month.

  • Mid-East Community Action Agency welcomes area seniors to the annual Roane County Senior Citizen picnic on Oct. 7.

    The picnic will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Roane County Park shed 2.

    “Area seniors can look forward to a day filled with good food, entertainment, bingo, door prizes, vendors and a cake walk,” said Amber Jacks, Mid-East senior service director. “Plan to bring a side dish if you are able.”

    Call 354-0450, Ext. 227, to register or for details concerning the picnic.

  • There's nothing like enjoying a train ride through the hardwoods of East Tennessee during the crisp fall season.

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum’s Secret City Scenic Excursion Train will run fall colors trips on four weekends during October, starting Oct. 2.

    Trains will run on Saturdays and Sundays, with Saturday departures at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., and Sunday departures at 1 and 3 p.m.  

    Each trip will last about one hour.

  • By Sharon Littlepage, For Roane Newspapers

    When the casting call for a movie goes out, the extras never get the big money, but they usually walk away with a lifetime of special memories.

    That’s the case with Oliver Springs resident Barbara Hilemon, who played five different parts in the highly acclaimed family-friendly movie, “October Sky,” which was filmed in Oliver Springs, Harriman, Petros, Wartburg, Oak Ridge and Knoxville in 1998.

  • Beth Uselton, lead organizer for the Tennessee Heath Care Campaign, will speak about her work with this non-partisan, non-profit statewide consumer advocacy organization at the Oct. 5 Lunch with the League, a twice-monthly series with the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge.

    Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. and is available on a first-come basis at a cost of
    $6.

    The program starts at noon in Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.  

  • In an effort to help the willing gain financial stability, the Roane County United Way has teamed up with a network of financial educators and institutions, social service agencies and churches to form the Roane Alliance for Financial Independence.

    Roane County has a variety of resources that can provide assistance with budgeting, debt management, low-cost healthy cooking, second-chance banking and foreclosure prevention.  

    RAFI’s goal is to promote these services to the public in the hopes of increasing financial stability.