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Today's News

  • Workshop aims to give materials, use sources to help track down ancestors

    Kingston’s Southwest Point Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will host a public genealogy workshop next weekend.

    The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 30 in the Stowers Community Room of Roane Medical Center, Harriman.

    Call Connie Williams at 717-3949 to register or for details.

    “If you don’t know where to begin — [if] you have mounds of papers in boxes, or you have documented your family’s lineage to the Dark Ages — there will be something for everyone,” Williams said.

  • Upcoming classes to help take charge of living with diabetes

    By Justin Thomas • For Roane Newspapers
    UT Extension and Roane County Health Department are partnering to offer two great opportunities to learn about diabetes management as a caregiver or a diabetic.

    Diabetes education is important, as almost 11 percent of Tennesseans are diagnosed with the condition, according to The Centers for Disease Control.

    This partnership is built so that Roane County residents can learn how to manage their conditions through research based materials.

  • Battle Brass to perform for Music at Gazebo

    Oak Ridge’s Battle Brass Band will play gospel, spiritual, classical, popular, jazz and swing selections during Rockwood’s inaugural Music at Gazebo Park.

    The concert will begin at 6 p.m. May 23 at Homecoming Park.

    Admission is free; free food and drinks will be available.

    “Just bring a blanket or a chair and come enjoy some great big brass band music,” said the Rev. Kara Foster, pastor of Rockwood First Christian Church, which is sponsoring the concert.

    Visit www.rockwoodfcc.org or call 354-1753 for details.

  • Plemens-Taylor

    Robin and Craig Freels, and Michael Plemens, all of Harriman announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Grace Danielle Plemens, to Todd Shilling Taylor Jr.

    He is the son of Todd and Denise Taylor of Harriman.

    The ceremony will be in June at the Knoxville Zoo.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Dan and Debb Harper of Harriman, and Reed and the late Josephine Plemens of Harriman.

    She is a Harriman High School graduate and a 2015 graduate of Tennessee Tech University with a degree in art education.

  • Births: March 30-May 9, 2015

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:
    March 30 — Amanda St. Onge, Rockwood. A boy, Carter Michael Robert, 8 pounds, 0 ounces. Grandparents: Debra St. Onge.

    April 12 — Jessica Marie Stone and Daniel Kencade Frost, Harriman. A boy, Jackson Noah Kencade, 5 pounds, 9 ounces. Siblings: Daniel, Joanna and Ashton. Grandparents: Jeff and Jackie Shipwash; Renee Shipwash; Freddie Davidson; Daniel Davidson; Richard and Lisa Ervin.

  • Memorial Day 2015: Harriman, Kingston plan special services

    Veterans in Harriman and Kingston are planning to honor their fallen comrades this weekend.

    A military ceremony in Harriman will begin at 11 a.m. May 23 at the war memorial fountain of David Webb Riverfront Park.

    In Kingston, the annual Memorial Day ceremony will start at 10 a.m. May 25 at Bethel Cemetery.

    Veterans’ organizations in both cities are organizing the services.

    In Harriman, the ceremony is planned by American Legion Posts 3, 232 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6598.

  • Property transfers: July 28-Aug. 6, 2014

    Property deed transfers in Roane County:
    July 28
    – From Beech Park Baptist Church and Beech Park Missionary Baptist Church to Kelsey Thornton by warranty deed, Dist. 2, 0.259 acres Beech Park Baptist Church, Lot 2, $20,000.

    • From Bob L. Reed to Simon Borja by warranty deed, Dist. 3, Hart Ed property subdivision, Lots PT4 and PT5, $85,000.

    • From John David Sims and Rebecca E Sims to Joshua R. Baker and Kathryn R. Baker by warranty deed, Dist. 3, Rarity Ridge, Lot 385, Phase 5, $32,000.

  • A little more on Roane as a park

    We had a caller who was concerned about a story in last week’s newspaper about a group — The Roane Alliance Green Team — seeking a declaration that Roane County be a park.

    The caller was concerned about potential rules and regulations that would come with such a declaration.

    We assured her that any such designation would be of an honorary nature — just something to give residents a sense of bragging rights.

    Nothing else would change.

  • Y-12 Credit Union’s Coppinger honored

    Financial adviser Ellen Coppinger, a Certified Financial Planner at Y-12 Federal Credit Union, registered through CUNA Brokerage Services Inc., has received the 2015 Women of Distinction Award.

    Coppinger received the honor in recognition of her superior performance, value and overall contribution to the financial services industry.

    Women of Distinction is an award presented by CUNA Brokerage Services Inc.

    It recognizes the top female financial advisers throughout the nation within their broker/dealer operation.

  • Out to Lunch: Take your palate international with a short drive to Le Noir

    Readers of my “Out to Lunch” articles know that I always refer to them as adventures.

    “Le Noir – A Southern Belgian Bistro, With an American Touch” in Lenoir City was certainly an enjoyable adventure.

    My wife, Carol, and I invited our Midtown Heights “down-the-road” neighbors, Leroy and Louise Turbyville Shipwash, to enjoy this adventure with us.