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  • Temperance Town seeks to gussy up

    There is a way community members can help make Harriman prettier.

    Officials want feedback and interest from anyone who wants to plant a community garden or help plant flower bulbs in some of the city street medians.

    Council members wanted to see if community members and organizations would devote time to planting bulbs in the medians along Hwy. 27.

  • Look-alike contest back for Mother's Day

    The Roane County News is looking for mothers and daughters who bear an uncanny resemblance.

    What’s in it for them? A $50 gift certificate each for the winning mother and daughter. The mother and daughter can be any age now and in the photos. They can be featured in the same photo or each have separate photographs. The photos can show each at any age.

    To be eligible, you must live in Roane County and have the photos to us by noon Wednesday May 4.

  • 2 Rockwood Tigers recognized by National Football Foundation

    Two members of the Rockwood Tigers football program were recognized for their contributions by the East Tennessee Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
    MAURICE GREIF
    Maurice Greif, who for decades has been the voice of the Rockwood High School Tigers, was given the George L. Hunter Distinguished Community Service Award.
    Greif announced the high school football games for 57 years before retiring this year.
    “I also did the middle school about 35 to 40 years,” Greif said.
    Tiger coach John Webb said he will be missed.

  • Kingston church shakes up how vacation Bible school is handled

    Morrison Hill Christian Church will shake things up for vacation Bible school season this summer.
    Rather than simply have a week-long vacation Bible school, Morrison Hill will host four different day camps, giving others more options to fit more schedules.
    They believe the new options will serve both vacation Bible school newbies and seasoned veterans.

  • 8-year-old raises substantial money for Relay for Life

    Kingston Elementary School third-grader MyKenzie Price, has already raised more than $1,200 for Relay for Life.
    It’s a very personal mission.
    The 8-year-old will be keeping her great-grandfather in her thoughts as she walks in the Lenoir City relay May 6.
    MyKenzie was very close to her “Pa Paw,” former Kingston fire chief Bobby Scruggs.
    “He would take me fishing, and he would push me on the swing,” she said.
    Scruggs died after struggling with cancer for four years, and Price will recognize him for her third year at the relay.

  • Iris in bloom
  • Ambulance director loses job

    Gloria Wright is no longer director of the Roane County ambulance department. She was informed about the county's desire to go in another direction on Monday.

    "We asked Gloria to basically take a position lower than what she's at now," Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Woody said Office of Emergency Services Director Howie Rose and consultant Jack Jinks will manage the ambulance department on an interim basis.

    "Until we do a search or determine exactly what we need to do," he said.

  • Making a run for the prize egg
  • Harriman wanting Midtown properties

    Harriman officials hope to incorporate several properties on both sides of Hwy. 70 with a referendum in June.

    A resolution to annex the Midtown area properties was approved by Harriman City Council during a special-called meeting April 22.

    “A lot of the properties are already under contract with the city, except four of them,” said Harriman building inspector Maria Nelson during discussion of the resolution at a workshop last week.

  • Japan disaster affecting future Watts Bar drills

    Disaster drills at TVA’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in nearby Rhea County could be more challenging in the future because of the disaster that occurred in Japan.  

    “Used to, we might have an event that was an earthquake at one unit that would result in damage to the plant and possible releases of radiation,” said Ray Golden, TVA senior manager of nuclear communications.