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Today's News

  • South Harriman Baptist set to present ‘For Unto You’ drama

    South Harriman Baptist Church will begin its presentation this weekend of “For Unto You,” a four-part drama heralding the Christmas season.

    The drama will begin at 11 a.m. each Sunday from Nov. 30-Dec. 21.

    It begins on Nov. 30 with “The Foretelling,” in which prophets of old disclose the coming of a special gift.

    “The Promise” will be presented on Dec. 7. In that part, Mary and Joseph will learn about their special mission.

  • Gala to benefit museum

    Guests will dance jigs and reels to fiddlers’ tunes during “A Celtic Holiday” at the annual Gala hosted by the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

    The Gala, celebrating the culture and cuisine of Scotland and Ireland, will be from 6 to 11 p.m. Dec. 5 in the museum at 461 W. Outer Drive.

    The event benefits the museum. Tickets are $125 each.

    Call Carroll Welch at 865-482-1074, Ext. 105, or visit www.childrensmuseumofoakridge.org for details.

  • Collections scam targeting VEC

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative is warning its ratepayers that callers claiming to be with the cooperative’s collections department are scam artists. Businesses have reported receiving calls from individuals who say their power will be disconnected if they do not pay immediately by purchasing a cash card.

    “VEC does not make these types of collections calls,” stressed Robert McCarty, VEC communications coordinator. “Customers should be advised to call law enforcement immediately.”

  • Renaissance Terrace quilt honors veterans

    Renaissance Terrace, Harriman, had a recent quilt-hanging dedication ceremony in honor of veterans.

    Nurse Missy Watson, far left, made the quilt, which was framed by Ellis Cable, far right.

    The ceremony was attended by state Sen. Ken Yager, center left, and administrator Roger Parker.

  • Church honored for proper use of U.S. flag

    The Avery Trace Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution recently honored Southwest Baptist Church.

    DAR members presented a certificate from National Flag Chairman NSDAR Mary-Mac Barnett for the “proper use, correct display and patriotic presentation of the flag of the United States of America.”

    The certificate, presented to the church on Veterans Day, was also signed by the NSDAR President General Lynn Forney Young.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: What we ate, and how we fixed it, way back then

    Gentle reader, in this season of Thanksgiving, marked by indulgence, even over indulgence in eating, we thought it might be a good time to remark upon some of the items which Americans consumed in an earlier day which are virtually, if not completely, unknown to the modern American, and how we fixed our food back then.

  • Midway High takes care of soldier alumni

    Thirteen Midway High School graduates serving in the armed forces will be getting care packages from their alma mater.

    The  special deliveries were a labor of love from students of each first period class at Midway High School.

    “It is just really good to be helping out somebody, especially that we know,” said Daxia Shultz.

    “We do a service project every year, and this is one we thought would be good for all the service members we have here,” said teacher Whitney Moore. She said they have 17 more boxes to do in the spring.

  • Former resident judging bull riding

    Former Roane Countian George Carathers has gone from riding the bulls to judging the bull riding technique of others.

    He was just 19 when the rodeo snagged him.

    “I found a practice pen where cowboys go to practice riding bulls and was hooked after the first one,” Carathers said. He was riding competitively soon after.

  • Natural gas rates up for Rockwood

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas is looking at a new rate structure for gas customers. That means an increase for its customers when bills come out this week.

    Public accountant Daniel Peterson presented his recommendation to the utility board to adopt a new methodology to address the difference between the price of gas and the actual revenue the utility makes.

  • County may help vets buy new van

    Roane County leaders could provide some help to Disabled American Veterans Post 86’s effort to get a new van. The county’s Non-Profit Committee met Monday and voted to donate $5,000 to the cause.

    “It was all positive,” Commissioner Darryl Meadows said, about the discussion that took place before the vote.