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Today's News

  • HONOR ROANE COUNTY VETERANS: 'I was trying to stay alive and trying to kill the enemy'

    Marine Corps veteran Tom Pemberton, 86, of Rockwood lost his arm during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.


    Pemberton, 19 at the time, was a staff sergeant attached with the 6th Marine division.


    The primary objective of their mission was to take control of the airport on the island of Okinawa, more than 300 miles off the coast of Japan, so they could use it to easily invade Japan.

  • McPherson-Cooley

    John and Charlotte McPherson of Harriman announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lindsay Ann McPherson, to Jeremiah Matthew Cooley.

    He is the son of Mark and Bonnie Cooley of Oliver Springs.

    The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 20 in Harriman Baptist Tabernacle. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.

    All relatives and friends of the couple are invited to attend.

  • Braxton Olivia Fritz

    Braxton Olivia Fritz celebrated her fifth birthday on Oct. 11 with family and friends at Tataru’s Gymnastics in West Knoxville.

    She is the daughter of Matt and Angie Thomas Fritz of Kingston.

    Grandparents are Jim and Becky Moates Thomas of Kingston and Ernie and Cynthia Fritz of Harrison.

    Great-grandmothers are Madeline Moates of Rockwood and Betty Pratt of Urbana, Ohio.

    Braxton has a 7-year-old sister, Avery Elise.

  • Gala to benefit Harriman landmark

    Members of the public  interested in supporting the preservation of Harriman’s historic Temperance Building are welcome to attend the Heart of Harriman Gala next weekend.

    The social gathering that includes hors d’oeuvres, wine and soft drinks will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Temperance Building at 330 Roane St. in downtown Harriman.

    Tickets are $15 per person and are available at Chase Drugs’ Christmas Shop at 319 Roane  St., Harriman.

    Dress is cocktail or business.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.

    Gena M. Usery, violation of driver license Dec. 12, 2009. Dismissed March 5, cost to state.

    Benjamin W. Powell, financial responsibility Dec. 12, 2009. Dismissed March 19, cost to state. Ruling: proof of insurance.

    Geum H. Cho, speeding Dec. 19, 2009. Traffic ticket paid March 18.

    Danny C. Letner, financial responsibility Dec. 15, 2009. Failed to appear March 25, convicted.

  • Farmers asked to cast vote for FSA committee

    Eligible farmers and ranchers in Roane County have until Dec. 6 to cast their ballots in the 2010 Farm Service Agency county committee elections.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has mailed ballots to eligible voters for the election, which began Nov. 5.

    “All eligible farmers and ranchers can make a difference by voting in this year’s county committee elections,” said Gene Davidson, Tennessee Farm Service Agency executive director.

  • Kingston Rotary sends students to RYLA
  • Seniors canasta group to mark game’s 60th anniversary Nov. 18

    This year commemorates the 60th anniversary of the card game canasta.

    To celebrate, the senior citizens canasta group at Kingston Community Center will have an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 18.  

    Activities for the Kingston celebration will include canasta lessons and demonstrations.

    Refreshments will be served during the event, which is free and geared toward all ages.

    Call the Kingston Community Center at 376-1356 for details.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 11

    25 Years Ago
    A U.S. Air Force fighter jet made an emergency belly landing at Rockwood Municipal Airport following an onboard electrical fire which knocked out the navigational and radio equipment. The two crew members were uninjured. The runway was shut down until Tyson Air Force Base officials arrived by helicopter from Knoxville to take over.

    10 Years Ago

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers in Roane County from Sept. 1-13:

    From U.S. Bank National Association to Melvin Marlow by warranty deed, Dist. 1, Eblens Shady Acres, Lot B, $44,000.

    From Jefferson E. Brantley Executor, Jeff Brantley Executor and Joel E. Brantley Estate to Kristi A. Longanecker and Kristi Mckeown by warranty deed, Dist. 1, 0.712 acre, Roberts Heights on the Lake, Lot 33, $118,000.