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Today's News

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in Haiti!

    The Roane County News continued its missions of goodwill when it recently accompanied seven members of North Rockwood Baptist Church on a 10-day mission trip to Haiti.

    Church members on the trip include Joey and Jacob Andrews, Tony and Sally Davis, Jeff Harrill, Lexie Goodson and Diana Whaley.

    The group was in Haiti on May 29-June 7 through the ministry of Voice of Children, Chuck Whaley said.

    “Free medical clinics were held, with over 1,000 patients being seen,” he explained, “and medicines were dispensed at no charge.”

  • Property transfers: Sept. 4-17, 2014

    Sept. 4 — From Deepesh Amin to Kalpesh Amin by quit-claim deed, Dist. 3, 1.04 acres, Graveyard Hill Road, $0.

    • From Dortha J. Justice to Natalie Braden and Christopher Braden by warranty deed, Dist. 2, Old Harriman Hwy., $145,000.

    • From Michael F. Forrette, Michael Forrette, Mary F. Vineyard and Mary Vineyard to Lee S. Richman and Robin L. Haase by warranty deed, Dist. 5, 8.678 acres, Friendship Lane, $12,750.

  • Josiah Miller

    Josiah Miller celebrated his 12th birthday on June 9.

    He celebrated with laser tag and a pizza party with his parents, best friends and brother.

    He is the son of Ben Miller and Holly Culleton.

    Grandparents are Len and Gina Jackson of Harriman, and Randy and Vicki Miller of Iowa.

    Josiah has a brother and best buddy, Zackary.

  • Brianna makes five generations

    Ninety-one-year-old Ruth Johnson, center right, and her family celebrated five generations with the birth of Johnson’s great-great-granddaughter, Brianna Denton.

    Brianna was 2 months old when she and her family traveled from Tunnel Hill, Ga., for a five-generation get-together.

    The family includes, from left, daughter Rosie Johnson Denton, 62, holding Brianna; grandson David Denton, 42; Johnson; and great-granddaughter Elizabeth Denton, 20.

  • Rev. & Mrs. Leffew 50th

    The Rev. Jerry and Sue Leffew will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 25.

    Family and friends will help them celebrate with a party from 3 to 5 p.m. June 27 in Ten Mile Community Center.

  • Pancake breakfast fundraiser to benefit Contact Care Line

    A fundraising pancake breakfast to benefit Contact Care Line will be from 8 to 10 a.m. July 11 in Oak Ridge Applebee’s Restaurant at 1213 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased from any Contact board member or at the door.

    All proceeds will benefit Contact’s Crisis Call Lines and Reassurance Program.

    Contact has been in operation in Oak Ridge since 1973 and serves a nine-county region, including Roane, Anderson, Blount, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Sevier and Union counties.

  • 101 new members help #UniteRoane

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce recently experienced a 27-percent membership growth within a two-day time span.

    The recent Membership Expansion event was a culmination of a six-week contest to help #UniteRoane.

    The two-day membership drive added 101 new members to the Chamber’s rolls — a record for the consulting company that directed the event.

    “Last Thursday, we started the day with 365 members, and to end the week with 466 members is difficult to fathom,” said Chamber President Wade Creswell of The Roane Alliance.

  • Stewart, Roane County cited for recycling

    Roane County Solid Waste Director Ralph Stewart, center, accepts an East Tennessee Development District award from Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain, left, and Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters.

    ETDD recognized the county and Stewart during its recent awards banquet in Knoxville.

    The award was presented for improvements to Roane County’s regional recycling center.

  • Out to Lunch: No. 200 calls for a special visit to Miss Lilly’s Café

    It’s hard to believe this is my 200th “Out to Lunch” article.

    The first, on Junior’s Restaurant in Rockwood, was published on March 17, 2008.

    We invited longtime Kingston friends, Cliff and Sue Nunley, to join us on this special adventure to the “quiet side of the Smokies.”

    The Nunleys have hiked most of the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains and spent a few nights in Mount Leconte Lodge. We knew they would be good guides, and probably had eaten at several places in Townsend.

  • Diversity topic for employers

    Corporations spend billions of dollars to attract and manage diversity.

    Roane County Employers Association will delve into the topic during its July 14 meeting.

    Jennifer Henry, president of the Oak Ridge Human Resources Association, will discuss “Diversity: Strength Lies in Differences, Not in Similarities” during the meeting from noon to 1 p.m.

    The meeting will be in the ground floor cafeteria of the Dunbar Building on the main campus of Roane State Community College between Harriman and Rockwood.