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Today's News

  • Annual Labor Day picnic a tradition for Roane Dems

    Roane County Democratic Party’s annual East Tennessee Labor Day Picnic will be from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 at Roane County Park shelter 2 at 3515 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Tickets are $12 per person; ages 11 and younger eat free.

    Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 466-0418 or at the picnic.

    Keynote speakers will be Tennessee Democratic Party Chairwoman Mary Mancini and Terry Adams, founder and attorney with The Adams Law Firm.

    Entertainment will be provided by Todd Sharp and Terry Adams.

  • Storytime starts in Rockwood

    Rockwood Public Library’s 2015-16 free preschool storytime starts Sept. 9.

    Storytime will be from 10:30 to 11 a.m. each Wednesday for ages 18 months to 5 years.

  • Roane Choral rehearsals to start Sept. 14

    Roane Choral Society rehearsals for the upcoming season will begin on Sept. 14.

    Rehearsals are at 7 p.m. each Monday in Room O-128 of the O’Brien Building at Roane State Community College.

    The group is rehearsing for “Gloria and Glad Tidings,” to be presented at 3 p.m. Nov. 21 in South Harriman Baptist Church.

    All members are encouraged to attend the rehearsals and concert. Call 354-0679 for details.

  • Reflections on political correctness

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column: 1) None of us see the past or present with absolute clarity; 2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

    Last week’s column offered my final thoughts about the Civil War and its legacies.

  • Democrats plan Labor Day picnic

    Roane County Democratic Party’s annual East Tennessee Labor Day Picnic will be from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 in Roane County Park shelter 2 at 3515 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Tickets are $12 per person; ages 11 and younger eat free. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 466-0418 or at the picnic.

    Keynote speakers are Tennessee Democratic Party Chairwoman Mary Mancini and Terry Adams of The Adams Law Firm. Entertainment will be provided by Todd Sharp and Terry Adams. Ripley the Donkey will be available for photos.

  • Roane State students get a kick out of bubble soccer
  • First reading of Harriman budget to be considered at Tuesday session

    Harriman officials will consider first reading of the city budget at its Tuesday meeting.

    The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

    Officials said the reading will include the certified property tax rate of $1.2197 per $100 valuation.

    Certified rates are the amount a government should charge to collect the same amount of revenue as the previous year.

    The second budget reading is tentatively set for Sept. 8.

  • Kingston Fire Dept. dive team certified

    Residents of Kingston and Roane County in general have another reason to feel safe.

    “We finally have a certified dive team,” Kingston Fire Department Chief Willie Gordon said last week.

    “We’re here to assist the Roane County Rescue Squad and the city of Kingston,” he added. “We’re trying to provide more services to the City of Kingston and to Roane County.”

    Eight members of the fire department are certified — with three more nearing completion of the training process.

  • Payne’s Powersports gets bikes ride ready

    Those passionate about motorcycles for casual riding or even competitively now have a new place for repairs and other needs.

    Travis Payne, an avid racing fan and former competitor, decided to open Payne’s Powersports this summer. They can service and get parts for Motorcross and street bikes, jet skis, all terrain vehicles and UTVs, a utility task vehicle or side by side for 2 or more people that is four wheel and off-road.

    “I had people for years telling me I need to open up a shop. I had everybody wanting me to work on bikes,” said Payne.

  • Dollar daze in Harriman

    Family Dollar in Harriman is progressing steadily with their new building, which will relocate their current location to a new building down the street.

    “This store, located at 945 South Roane Street is slated to open in the first quarter of next year. This location will replace the current store at 1034 South Roane Street,” said Bryn R. Winburn, public and media relations manager at Family Dollar.