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  • Driver’s ed joyful, wild ride for Roane’s Ridenour

    By BILL MOSS
    Special to Roane County News
    David Ridenour remembers the harrowing moments from a lifetime of teaching teenagers to drive.

    “Yes, I have often been scared out of my wits,” he says in a book he wrote to help new drivers, and their parents, understand the most important safety rules in driving.

  • Feeding hearts and stomachs this holiday season

    Lee Sexton teamed up with Victorian Square to prepare and deliver about 100 food boxes to families, along with the residents of Harriman Gardens.

    Lee Sexton is the one who initiated and provided the funds for the food drive. He contacted Victorian Square to see if there was any way to help, and they ended up donated their kitchen to prepare the food and box it up.

    Sexton previously helped with his uncle’s food drive in Scott County and felt the need to bring it to Roane County now that he was living here.

  • Giving back
  • The mystery of mistletoe

    Scandanavians associated mistletoe with Frigga, their goddess of love, and it may be from this that we derive the custom of kissing under the mistletoe.

    Those who kissed under the mistletoe had the promise of happiness and good luck in the following year.

    • The practice of kissing under the mistletoe was described in 1820 by American author Washington Irving in his “The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon”:

  • RSCC holds holiday concert

    Get in the festive spirit by joining the Roane State Community College choral and instrumental ensembles in a holiday celebration.

    The college’s annual holiday concert will be held Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. in the O’Brien Theater.

    The Concert Choir will offer “A Song Is Born,” a cantata for Christmas by Douglas Nolan.
    The Celebration Singers, Jazz Band and Bluegrass Band will perform holiday favorites, including some pop collaboration.

  • The mystery of mistletoe

    Scandanavians associated mistletoe with Frigga, their goddess of love, and it may be from this that we derive the custom of kissing under the mistletoe.

    Those who kissed under the mistletoe had the promise of happiness and good luck in the following year.

    • The practice of kissing under the mistletoe was described in 1820 by American author Washington Irving in his “The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon”:

  • Henry to remain an advocate

    If this had been a ballgame, Jim Henry was definitely on the home court.

    The Kingston native and state’s first Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities commissioner made introducing himself and his new staff a festive event at Michael Dunn Center.

    Scott Moddell, deputy commissioner of the office of policy and innovation, introduced Henry in a booming announcer voice that drew lots of laughs at the meet-and-greet event Tuesday.

  • Meet the Cookie Lady

    The heady aroma of cookies, brownies, breads and more fills the warm and cozy kitchen of Tracie Ireland’s home at 515 Clinton St. in Harriman.

    Each fall she bakes and freezes the tasty morsels for the Cornstalk Heights Historic Harriman Christmas Tour through grand homes in the neighborhood.

    “It really is a labor of love,” said Ireland. “I truly enjoy doing it.”

    She also admitted a lot of effort goes into the effort.

  • No slack cut for repeat offender

    Eric Gallaher, in jail with no bond for violating the conditions of his pretrial release, asked Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks for a break on Monday.  

    “Is there anyway I could get a work release?” he asked.

    “No, sir,” Wicks responded. “I’m not allowing work release on this.”

    That means Gallaher could remain jailed at least until his preliminary hearing, which is scheduled for Jan. 23.

  • Shelter opened after public housing fire

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    and KATIE HOGIN
    A temporary shelter at Harriman Community Center was set up Sunday after a small fire and extensive smoke damage forced the evacuation of dozens of public housing residents at Harriman Gardens shortly after midnight.
    The fire appears to have originated in a fourth-floor dayroom in the 925 Sewanee St. building.
    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said the fire’s cause is still under investigation.
    Goss had one bit of key information, however.
    “It started on a couch, it appears,” Goss said.