Local News

  • Festival Fun

    The Rockwood Fall Festival meant lots of fun for youngsters on Saturday

  • FCE Club a natural fit for former 4-H’er Silvis

    Longtime Family and Community Education Club member Jo Ann Silvis started out in 4-H as a youngster, getting her early experiences in many of the homemaking skills she would continue honing as a member of the Bradbury FCE Club.

    Her parents were farmers, and she was heavily involved in the 4-H program in the 1940s and ‘50s.

    “I was in 4-H and was in All Stars. It was just a step up in 4-H,” said Silvis.

  • FCE a way to connect, learn vital skills

    For decades Roane County Family and Community Education clubs have been a place for people to connect and learn vital skills, whether it’s canning or home economics.

    Club members will be celebrating their organization during National Family Community Education Week on Oct. 9-15 with an open house 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Kingston Community Center.

  • Rockwood may borrow funds for energy efficiency

    Rockwood City Council recently passed a resolution that opens up the possibility of borrowing up to $5 million in general obligation bonds for energy efficiency projects in the city.

    At 11:30 a.m. today, Wednesday, Rockwood City Council will be meeting with Trane to discuss an energy audit that will give them a direction to go regarding the types of energy-saving improvements that could be made in the city.

    “The $5 million is a not to exceed $5 million,” said Rockwood City Administrator Becky Ruppe.

  • Harriman Music Club to meet

    Harriman Music Club will meet at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in the home of Diana Knobloch.

    Area musicians Gary Alley, Ronnie Slack and Jeff Jenkins will present the program; potential club members are welcome to attend. For details or directions, call Knobloch at 882-1472 or Anne Horner at 376-5882.

  • Free pet adoptions Oct. 14

    Pet lovers are encouraged to find their next fur baby at Earl Duff Subaru in Harriman

    The Subaru Loves Pets adoption event from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 14, will feature adoptable pets from the Roane County Animal Shelter and each cat or dog will be already spayed or neutered, have their rabies vaccinations and the adoption fees are waived.

    Earl Duff Subaru and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are sponsoring the event, which is made possible through a grant from the ASPCA, Subaru Loves Pets and Subaru.

  • Dogs for the Dawgs to aid Second Chance

    Second Chance K-9 Rescue will have its 18th annual Dogs for the Dawgs fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 14 in Kingston City Park.

    A grilled hot dog with all the trimmings, chips, drinks and desserts will be available for a $5 donation.

    Proceeds help the Rescue in its mission for spaying/neutering and providing pet food to those unable to afford it.

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  • HUB, REU electric bills going up

    Electric customers can expect to pay more this month with the pass-through of a 1.5 percent TVA retail rate increase.

    It will amount to about $1.50 more a month for the average Valley resident using 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month.

    TVA approved the increase in their retail rate with their budget in August.

  • McElhaney temporary shelter chief

    Familiar faces still greet the visitors to the Roane County Animal Shelter and one of them has taken over the helm for the time being.

    Stacey McElhaney, who was office manager since November 2016, is serving as interim director after the removal of John Griffin.

    She finds a lot of joy at the shelter.

    “It is all God’s work. You see animals choose people. I cry a lot,” she admitted.