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Today's News

  • Cool expansion for Blue Bell in Roane

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Business has been good for Blue Bell Creameries since it entered the East Tennessee market. The ice cream company’s distribution center in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park is proof of that.

    What was once a 1,500-square foot facility is now a 12,500-square foot facility thanks to a recently completed expansion.

  • Harriman budget up for approval

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Harriman City Council is planning second and final reading of the city’s budget this week.

    The budget, set for final reading at 6 p.m. Aug. 21, so far doesn’t have a property tax increase.

    “We’ll try to limp on,” Mayor Chris Mason said. “I’m not going to propose one.”

    Officials are proud to say they’ve not raised taxes, but some like Mason said it is coming eventually.

  • Wrestling, gospel music back for Labor Day fest

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    This year’s Hooray for Harriman will have all the ingredients that have people returning to Roane Street each year for Labor Day fun.

    Those ingredients include wrestling, and Tennessee Mountain Wrestling will be back at the Labor Day Festival on Monday, Sept. 1.

    Organizer Randy Ellis said the lineup for the wrestling, which begins at 4 p.m. includes K-Town Daddy Terry Landell; WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Bob Orton, father of current WWE wrestler Randy Orton; and former WCW champion Jimmy Golden.

  • Kingston rezoning passes

    If there were any lingering doubts as to why a full house turned out for the Aug. 12 Kingston City Council meeting, they were dispelled when most of the attendees left, en masse, midway through the agenda.

    That was after council members passed the second reading of an ordinance rezoning a 47-acre parcel off North Kentucky Street, clearing a path for a proposed new Kingston Pointe development featuring a car dealership, big-box store and other retail outlets.

  • Looking for a weekend hike? Try Rugby

    National Park Service rangers from Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area are offering weekend hikes in Rugby through the end of September.

    The Meeting of the Waters hike each Saturday is a moderately difficult 2.3-mile loop.

    The trail begins by descending into the Clear Fork River gorge to the historic Gentlemen’s Swimming Hole.

    It continues along the Clear Fork River to the Meeting of the Waters where the Clear Fork is joined by White Oak Creek.

  • Copeland, Lewis to speak at HHS

     

    Harriman High School students will hear a pair of Tennessee football legends Wednesday morning as former Blue Devil star and Tennessee wide receiver Jermaine Copeland along with former Vol and Super Bowl champion running back Jamal Lewis will make an appearance as part of the Vols for Life program.

  • The Garden Gate: Olives a constant through the ages

    One of the most beautiful, valuable and romantic trees through the ages is the olive.

    There are references to olive trees in more than 65 places in the Bible. The names of many places, such as the Mount of Olives, refer to olives.

    Olive trees are used for decoration in modern landscaping. The growing, production and exporting of olives is a major industry.

    The dove Noah sent forth from the ark brought back a black olive branch. The dove and the olive branch have been symbols of peace ever since.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to Berlin, Germany!

    The Roane County News got another stamp in its passport when it accompanied Bill and Elaine Vandiver to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany.

    The newspaper went with the Vandivers on a Baltic Cruise June 27-July 7.

    Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

    Be sure to tell us where you — and the News — traveled for a break and photo.

    You may drop off photos at the newspaper office at 204 Franklin St., Kingston, or email to newsroom@roanecounty.com.

  • OS fest vendor applications due

    Vendor applications for Oliver Springs’ annual October Sky Festival are due by Sept. 1.

    Visit octoberskyfestivaltn.org for details or an application.

    The festival will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at Arrowhead Park and along Winter Gap Road in downtown Oliver Springs.

  • NAACP seeks Roane black history

    Roane County NAACP-Branch 5626 is gathering information about the history of African Americans in Roane County as part of its Black History Month events in February 2015.

    While the focus of the Black History Month programs will be on the civil rights era from the end of World War II through 1970, it is hoped enough information will be obtained about all African American history in Roane County so a comprehensive book can be published.