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  • No single-wide, no sale for city property owner

    A Rockwood property owner hit a wall last week in her plans sell to a family who wants to put a single-wide mobile home on the lot.
    April Shepard made a strong case for her particular property, an old lot that is now nonconforming at 50 by 190 feet.
    It would be difficult to fit anything bigger on the lot, she said, and that makes it difficult to sell.
    “I’m stuck with this piece of property in the city I don’t even want if nobody can put a trailer,” said Shepard.

  • Never too young to garden

    Children’s librarian Tammie Edwards said the flower bed was the idea of Harriman Garden Club, who wanted to help enhance the library’s grounds and incorporate the children in the process. “Gives us a chance to teach the children about gardening and working in the community,” Edwards said.

  • HATS OFF TO OUR GRADS

    Members of Rockwood High School’s class of 2013 follow long-held tradition by tossing their mortarboards into the air immediately after becoming the school’s newest alumni. New high school graduates were celebrated all over Roane County this month with ceremonies at Harriman, Midway, Oliver Springs, Roane County and Rockwood high schools.

  • Up, up ... and away!

    Sky lanterns released at the Memorial Lights Celebration at Victorian Square Assisted Living to help raise awareness towards Alzheimer's Disease.

     

  • ORION to meet on June 5

    Projects that connect the public to the natural world, especially the heavens, will be discussed at the upcoming ORION astronomy club meeting.
    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. June 5 in the Grove Theater at 123 Randolph Road, Oak Ridge.
    Bearden Council of Neighborhoods President Terry Faulkner will join Tennessee State Parks naturalist Michael E. Hodge and ranger Monique Hodge for the program, that will include efforts toward designating Frozen Head and Pickett State Parks as Tennessee's first Dark Sky Parks.

  • OUT TO LUNCH: ’Tis the season for tastebud-tempting Tellico Village eateries

    Today’s article highlights two experiences in Tellico Village.
    From Roane County, we traveled east on Interstate 40 and exited on Hwy. 421, going through Lenoir City. After crossing Fort Loudoun Dam, we hung a right on Hwy. 444 going toward Tellico Village.
    My wife, Carol, and I enjoyed an “Out To Lunch” visit last August at the Tellico Village Yacht Club.
    When you get on Hwy. 444 (Tellico Parkway), go about 6.5 miles and turn left, going to the Yacht Club at 100 Sequoyah Road.

  • Down on the farm

    All Roane County third graders experience farm life at Roane State Expo Center last month.

  • Lane changes

    The sound of balls crashing into pins and the chatter of friends and rivals fills the air at Tri-City Lanes in Midtown.
    “Who are you going to find down here?” said Allen Slaughter, who works at Tri-City. “Doctors, lawyers, school teachers, you name it.”
    “We are just one big extended happy family because everyone gets so close to each other,” said Loretta Carrington. She recently participated in the coffee league, one of the leagues that have been around since the bowling leagues started in 1964.

  • Harriman site on Superfund

    The Clinch River Corp. site, once a paper mill on the Emory River in Harriman, has been named to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
    That means federal help with cleaning up hazardous wastes left behind.
    The site had been recommended previously, but not officially placed on the list.
    An EPA news release said Superfund is a federal program “that investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country.”

  • Probation violators fill jail

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said last week he isn’t ready to soften his stance on probation violators.
    The Roane County Jail faces the prospect of decertification due to overcrowding. Many people are in jail for violating probation.
    “A lot of it is they’re testing positive on drug tests, or they’re picking up new charges,” Johnson said. “That just goes to show why those folks need to be in there longer if they’re not conforming to the rules and re-offending.”