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  • Chamber awards banquet set April 25

    Spring has finally arrived, and with it comes one of Roane County’s most-anticipated social events – the Roane County Chamber of Commerce awards banquet.

    The banquet, set for April 25 in Whitestone Country Inn, is now in its 68th year and still one of the more popular events for Roane County businesses and community leaders.

    Tickets are now available, as well as opportunities to donate items to the silent auction.

  • Habitat to start accepting home applications April 15

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity will accept applications for home ownership from April 15-May 15.

    Applications are available at the Habitat website at www.roanehabitat.org.

    Appplications will also be available at public libraries in Harriman, Kingston, Oliver Springs and Rockwood; Harriman and Kingston Food City; and Mid-East Community Action Agency, Harriman.

    Contact 376-5770 or vicepresident@roanehabitat.org for details.

  • Stocktons hope for bomb-free Boston Marathon this go-round

    Tara Stockton was within a half-mile of completing the Boston Marathon last year when bombs exploded near the finish line. The race was halted and she never got to finish.

    Stockton will get another chance later this month.

    “The runners that weren’t allowed to finish, they gave us another invitation,” she said. “I’m excited at getting another opportunity to go.”

  • Election races final – or are they?

    Thursday’s filing deadline came and went with Tom McFarland and Mike Pemberton as the only two candidates for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

    That race may not be set, however.

    Willis Hall, 120 Phillips Road, Kingston, filed a complaint with the Roane County Election Commission challenging Pemberton’s residency.

    The judicial district is comprised of Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties. Hall alleges that Pemberton does not live in the district.

  • Cyclists invade Roane for racing event

    Roane County will play host to a cycling event April 12-13 that will draw hundreds of participants.

    Harriman City Councilman Chris Ahler, a co-director and a retired competitive cyclist, is working with Tim Tidwell, a TVA economic development specialist and an avid cyclist, on the Roane County Omnium.

    They expect between 200 and 250 racers to attend the three-race series.

    Ahler said they wanted something that would showcase much of the county’s finest attractions

  • Stench brings out utility crews

    A stench lingered between Harriman and Rockwood Tuesday morning, sending utility crews looking for a natural gas leak

    They found none.

    “The best we can determine it was an outside (source),” said Harriman Utility Board manager Bill Young. He said it could have been something traveling on nearby rails

    The smell prompted the Henry Center to message parents that they could pick up their children early.

    Young said it was a great exercise between HUB and Rockwood Water Sewer and Gas working together in a potential emergency scenario.

  • State parks offer special guided tours

    Tennessee State Parks is offering all-inclusive guided tour packages.

    Waterfall tours are available April 28-30, May 12-14 and June 9-11. The all-inclusive package, $249 per person, includes the tour, lodging, meals, interpretive programming and site visit transportation.

  • Roane hinges hopes on BEP formula revision

    The task force appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to study the state’s Basic Education Program had its first meeting on March 24 in Nashville.

    The BEP is the state’s funding formula for public schools.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody, who uncovered what he believes are some anomalies with the formula, attended the meeting.

  • Case again continued for ex-exec’s son

    A recent status hearing in Tyler Farmer's drug dealing case resulted in another continuance.

    It marked the sixth time the case has been continued, according to court records.

    Farmer, the son of former Roane County executive Mike Farmer, is accused of selling drugs in a school zone.

    Mike Farmer is again seeking election to the seat he lost in 2010 to Ron Woody.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said his office will not recuse from the case if Tyler Farmer's father is elected in August.

  • Roane Choral headed on ‘Beach Bash’

    Roane Choral Society will present two performances of “Beach Bash” on April 12.

    Performances will be at 2 and 7 p.m. in Kingston Church of Christ family center at 120 W. Spring St. Admission is $15 per person and includes dessert and coffee served at guests’ tables.

    Call 354-0250 or 354-0541 for reservations.

    The performances will showcase well-known songs from the past, such as “South Pacific” by Rodgers and Hammerstein and “California Dreamin’” by John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas.