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Today's News

  • Money for Roane Anti-Drug Coalition

    State Rep. Kent Calfee, left, seen here with his wife, Marilyn, and Roger Parker of Renaissance Terrace, won $200 for Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition during the Tennessee Health Care Association’s annual “Partnering for Charity” event in March.

    The charity giveaway is a highlight of THCA’s annual Legislative Conference, an event that brings long-term care professionals together with state lawmakers to discuss what it takes to provide quality services.

  • Harriman Happenings: April 11

    Get-well wishes are extended to Vincent Martin, who is a patient in Fort Sanders hospital. Remember him in your prayers.

    Earl Sammons was recently discharged form Oak Ridge hospital. He is now at The Bridge at Rockwood. He is much better than he was.

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of James Willie Jefferson, who passed away in Huntsville, Ala. He was the brother-in-law of Chenette Anderson Jefferson. Funeral service was at St. Peters United Methodist Church, with his brother, Pastor Danny Jefferson, who officiated.

  • United Way basketball game set

    Roane County United Way’s second annual fundraising basketball game will begin at 7 p.m. April 15 at Roane State Community College’s Roane County campus between Harriman and Rockwood.

    County, city and business leaders in Roane County will play in this game.

    Admission is $5.

  • 'Lives are changed here' at Holy Rollers

    The business name may be a play on words, but Holy Rollers’ employees are very serious about their ministry.

    Tammy Lowe, Nikki Conley and Stephanie Lewis operate the shop on East Race Street in Kingston. But it’s not really work for the trio as much as it is a blessing for them and their clientele.

    “We don’t push Christianity or our lifestyle,” said Lowe. “We wait for people to talk to us, And you know who to minister to, and who needs it by talking to them.

  • ORISE contract awarded

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science recently awarded a $1.4 billion contract to Oak Ridge Associated Universities to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.

    The initial contract term will be through Sept. 30, 2020.

    The department recognizes superior performance through phased extensions beyond the initial term of the contract for up to a total of five additional years, if the contractor meets performance criteria developed by DOE.

  • More than lunch special at Twelve Oaks

    Readers may remember that Pennybacker House Restaurant was my wife Carol’s brainchild in 1996.

    She presented her ideas to potential investors and spearheaded the effort to buy the house and create the restaurant.

    After five years of successful operation, Pennybacker House Restaurant closed because it was unable to find key employees.

    Gibson Girls later operated there until the owner passed away.

    The Pennybacker family built the original house. Augusta Neergaard, daughter of a Danish nobleman, purchased the mansion in 1869.

  • Crowded field? Or political strategy?

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson lost every South of the River precinct in the 2012 election.

    The man who won them all, Jim Beason, was hired by Ferguson’s department last week.

    “It’s purely political,” Brian Mullins said.

    Mullins and Kingston Public Works Director Tim Clark are trying to unseat Ferguson in this year’s election.

    Beason made all the moves a candidate would normally make to run for road superintendent this year before opting not to.

  • First round of school director interviews today

    The Roane County Board of Education plans to interview nine candidates for its director of schools position this week.

    The group includes five people from outside the county – William E. Childers, Eric Ely, D. Scott Porter, David M. Roper and Leah Rice Watkins.

    School board members received brief biographical information about them last week.

    According to what was provided, Childers has a Monteagle address. He served as an interim director of Grundy County Schools.

  • Pinwheels for Prevention: It's National Child Abuse Prevention Month

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and CASA of the Ninth Judicial District is heightening that awareness with a pinwheel garden on the lawn of the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

    The Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign advocates for children deserving of a happy, healthy childhood within the parameters of Roane, Morgan and Loudon counties, and throughout the state and nation.

  • Riley Creek ‘a tremendous asset’

    Members of Roane County government and TVA were on hand at Riley Creek Campground Wednesday afternoon to cut the ribbon on the facility’s new pavilion.

    The pavilion was a joint project between the two entities, with TVA donating $20,000 while Roane County provided the labor, equipment and the remaining cost of materials.