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Today's News

  • MEMORIES UP IN SMOKE

    Miller & Brewer a shopping tradition
    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A relic of Harriman’s once-bustling downtown is now gone.

    The old Miller & Brewer building, as it was called because it once housed a department store of that name, was destroyed by fire Thursday, its walls bulging and then crumbling.

    “It was a happening place back in the ’70s,” said Donnie Hall, a former Harriman resident who was one of many sharing recollections of the store during its glory years.

  • CONTROL FREAKS: LEGOs put Cherokee kids in math, science frame of mind

    Several Cherokee Middle School students are taking a traditional children’s toy and learning important aspects of math and science.

    The team, the Control Freaks, are competing on Valentine’s Day in the 2014 FIRST LEGO League East Tennessee Championship at Tennessee Technological University.

    The team qualified for the competition after a robotics competition at a qualifier tournament in Knoxville.

    “These guys have really done a great job coming together as a team,” said Jill Hudson, Cherokee’s FIRST LEGO League instructor.

  • Food City cites employees for volunteerism

    Food City stores in Harriman, Kingston and Oliver Springs recently recognized employees through the supermarket chain’s Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition Program.

    Savannah Daugherty of the Harriman store was honored for her work with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and Anderson County Rescue Squad.

    The Kingston store applauded Tiffany Martin for her work with Anointed Praise and Worship’s women’s ministry.

  • Volunteer Energy Cooperative launches online, mobile account tracking tools

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative, which serves South Roane County in its 17-county service area, is helping electricity consumers take control of their energy use and costs in 2015 with a full array of online and mobile account tracking and management options that was launched Jan. 15.

    VE-Bill, VEC’s online bill presentment and payment service, has been upgraded to include a wealth of tools.

    The addition of the mobile app SmartHub allows VEC members to take all these tools on the go.

  • Midway closes out season on high note

    The Midway Middle School Lady Green Waves lost their first and only game of the year on Jan. 5 at Wartburg. But the Lady Waves picked up the pieces and blew through the last six games of the season to finish with a 17-1 record and the number one seed in the area 4AA tournament.

    The Lady Waves will play their first game Saturday at 3:30 against the winner of the Rockwood/Harriman match up.

  • Lady Cats take care of Sunbright

    It was business as usual for the Lady Bobcats Tuesday night at Sunbright.

    After getting out to an early lead over the Lady Tigers, Oliver Springs cruised to a 48-28 victory.

    “It was a win, that’s about all I can say,” Lady Bobcats head coach Michelle Christopher said.

    “I guess a big plus for my kids is the effort. They definitely missed a lot of shots they normally hit, but they just kept working hard and getting after it. That’s what I always teach them no matter what.”

  • Technical fouls cost Oliver Springs boys against Sunbright

    It nearly took an extra quarter of basketball Tuesday night to determine a winner between Oliver Springs and Sunbright.

    However, a technical foul called on Shelby Morgan with three-tenths of a second left on the clock gave Noah Freels and the Tigers enough of a chance to end the game in regulation with a 64-62 victory.

  • An open letter to sports parents

    Dear sports parents, this is an intervention.

    Not for all of you, though. In fact, many of you are free to go but I would advise reading hanging around to read the rest of this. If for nothing else the fact you can point and laugh at the others next time you’re at a game.

    No, I’m not writing this for the normal supporter of their child’s athletic endeavors (no matter how bad they may be).

  • Luminary United Methodist plans Jan. 25 healing service

    Thanks in part to televangelists, Christian worship services centered on healing have gotten a bad rap in recent years.

    “We need to learn to re-embrace this tradition,” said Chuck Griffin, pastor of Luminary United Methodist Church in Ten Mile.

    “Christ healed people as evidence of the kingdom’s presence in this world,” Griffin said, “and Christ continues to heal through the Holy Spirit today.”

  • Riter ordained at River Gate

    Ruth Riter of Decatur, Ga., was recently ordained into the ministry by Pastor David Barkley and River Gate Church, Rockwood.

    “River Gate recognizes the call of God in Ruth’s exceptionally gifted teaching of the Word of God and her dedicated support of the work of the church,” said Dee Mann, River Gate Church secretary.

    “She has ministered at River Gate Church, various other churches and on the mission field.”

    Riter is a professor in the Chemistry Department at Agnes Scott College in Decatur.