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Today's News

  • GLIMPSES: 9/11 aftershocks and Election ’16

    By Mark Banker

    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.

    When our great-grandchildren attempt to make sense of our lives in the 21st century’s first two decades, they will surely point to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and their wide-ranging aftershocks.

  • From the STATE SENATE: Roane benefits from state’s new budget

    By Ken Yager

    On July 1, Tennessee’s new 2016-17 budget will become effective, prompting major new improvements in a number of important areas of state government.

    In anticipation of its implementation, I want to tell you about how Tennesseans will be impacted by the appropriations adopted and how it affects Roane County specifically.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Great service, big helpings at Kingston’s Casa Don Polo

    This “Out To Lunch” adventure is at Casa Don Polo, overlooking the lake across from the Kingston City Park.
    The name in English is “House of Mr. Polo.” Polo Canstaneda is the owner.

    Polo’s wife, Ofelia, along with daughters, Stephanie and Emily, are all involved in the operation of this Italian restaurant.

    “We’re Mexican, but I know very little about preparing Mexican dishes,” Polo said.

  • Public stargaze at Tamke-Allan

    Roane State Community College’s Tamke-Allan Observatory will have a public stargaze at 7:30 p.m. June 18.

    Visit www.roanestate.edu/TAO or contact David E. Fields at fieldsde@roanestate.edu for more information.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed next week

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    Distributions will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Harriman and Kingston residents will pick up their commodity foods on June 23.

    The following day, June 24, is reserved for Oliver Springs and Rockwood residents to pick up their foods.

    Commodity food recipients must have been certified before June 3 to receive foods during this distribution.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: What does the future hold for city of Harriman?

    When I gaze upon the up-coming phenomenon of the Harriman City Elections, it is with a sense of wonderment, for it is not unlike the situation which the late King of Siam characterized to Mrs. Leonowens as “a puzzlement”.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Kingston, as Edith Miles knows it

    Since I began working in Roane County several months ago, it has been my goal to learn as much as I can about the history of the area.

    I have been enlightened by the writings of Gerald Largen, a well-known attorney and commentator on all things related to Roane County. Gerald has a unique style of mixing local history with his own personal observations and political beliefs.

  • Dixie Youth Tournaments begin Saturday

    Dixie Youth Baseball will be holding several tournaments in Roane County in June.

    In Class A (5-6 year olds), the West subdistrict tournament begins June 17 at the Mike "Brillo" Miller Sports Complex in Rockwood, with the district tournament being held June 24 in Kingston.
    Rockwood plays Harriman in the opener at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by Campbell County National vs. Campbell County American.

    The tournament concludes on Monday.

    In Class AA (7-8 year olds), Harriman will be hosting the district tournament June 24

  • Goss Scholarship Golf Tournament winners announced

    The Jack Goss Scholarship Golf Tournament was played Saturday morning at the Emory Golf and Country Club. The scholarship was established in memory of Goss, a 1967 Harriman High School graduate who passed away on Jan. 6, 2014.

    Six Harriman graduates have received the Goss Scholarship - 2014 - Ricky Barry and Marissa Burkhardt; 2015 - Mike Jackson and Caitlin Hester; and 2016 - Emily LaRue and Andrew Collett.

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher Historian: Reflections on ’16 & history’s lessons

    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.

    As I resume a role as a contributor to the Roane County News, I find myself reflecting on how future observers might view this year’s unusual political developments.