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Today's Features

  • By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    jraymond@roanecounty.com

    On Aug. 27, 1956, history was made in the small town of Clinton — history that would lay the ground work for the future.

    On that day, 12 high school students said a prayer and then made the long trek down Broad Street and Foley Hill to the front of Clinton High School to become the first African American students to walk through those doors.

    They were also the first black students to attend an all-white public high school in the South.

  • By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    jraymond@roanecounty.com

    Graduates of Rockwood High School will get a chance to come together this summer to reminisce about their days as a Rockwood Tiger with fellow classmates.

    The sixth annual Rockwood High School Reunion will be June 8-14 at Rockwood First Baptist Church’s lake property.

  • By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    One of Roane County’s most well-known stories is being retold for the big screen.

    The story of the Roane County recluse Felix  “Bush” Breazeale, who famously held his own funeral years before he died, is being made into a movie starring Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray.

  • By Chris Bell

    Special to The News

        In all her years at Lou's CafÈ, Lou Dixon never forgot her customers.

        On Tuesday, her customers and friends made sure Lou knew she would never be forgotten as well.

        Hundreds of mourners gathered at Schubert's Funeral Home of Sunbright Tuesday night to pay their last respects to the Sunbright icon that brought smiles and cheeseburgers to the community for a remarkable 47 years.

  • By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Of all his travels, there was still one place that Charles Cunningham wanted to go.

    That is why the World War II veteran applied to be part of a group of fellow veterans that travelled by air for a trip to Washington D.C. to see, among other things, the National World War II Memorial.

    On Oct. 11, he was part of the third flight from McGhee Tyson Airport, part of a program by Honor Air Knoxville, which hopes to take as many World War II veterans as it can to see the memorial.

  • By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A unique student activity is part of Bowers Elementary School in Harriman.

    Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students make up a color guard.

    “I guess this is the fourth year,” said Jerry Steele, a veteran who is in charge of teaching the drill team.

    One reason Steele teaches the selected students in the program is to instill a sense of patriotism.

  • By TERRI LIKENS

    rceditor@bellsouth.net

    Pondside, on a clear summer evening in East Roane County, a lone frog warms up his banjo vocal chords as the sun goes down.

    At a renovated schoolhouse across the road comes a faint reply — but this one includes guitars, mandolin and bass.

    It’s Tuesday night at the Bradbury Community Center at 3343 Buttermilk Road and the place is hopping with Bluegrass players and those who like to hear them play.