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Today's News

  • Lon Mee utility work on track

    Harriman officials say the relocation of utilities under the Lon Mee Bridge is going well.
    “We’ll keep coordinating when we have to get to the road cut on the south end of that, but that is still a little ways out,” Harriman Utility Board Director Bill Young said.
    The utility also continues to make sewer line improvements, particularly on Margrave and other locations.
    The work done by the contractor eliminates a lot of need for digging up sewer lines by using a technology to cut and replace the pipes.
     

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Two wheels rolling the road unknown

    Sunday afternoon, Oct. 6
    As I headed west on Hwy. 70 from the North Carolina state line, my motorcycle windshield looked like it had been through a food fight at McDonald’s.
    Bug splats in mustard yellow and ketchup red covered a surface that had been clean when I left.
    I’d earned that mess, covering around 200 miles on my solo ride.

  • Kingston reassesses board appointments

    Kingston City Council wants you — maybe — to fill future vacancies on city volunteer boards and commissions.
    And city officials are planning, if all goes well, to create a new feature on the city website whereby local residents can sign up for possible service.
    The idea came forth at the October council work session, as council members considered five reappointments to various local boards for its Oct. 8 full council agenda.

  • Lighting change brightens mood in neighborhood

    People on Harriman’s Morgan Avenue are no longer in the dark.
    The city recently finished the lighting phase of the long-overdue Tennessee Department of Transportation Trailhead project which included new walkways and lighting for stretches of Walden and Morgan avenues.
    Harriman Utility Board Manager Bill Young said the city will save even more on the lighting than first thought because the city decided to use utility labor instead of rebidding that portion of the project to outside contractors.

  • Yager gets honorary spot

    State Sen. Ken Yager has been named an honorary member of the Roane State Foundation’s board of directors.
    Yager has a lengthy record of civic involvement.
    He serves as a board member of the Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee and the Roane County Heritage Commission. In addition, he is a member of the chambers of commerce in Dayton, Spring City and in Campbell, Fentress, Morgan, Pickett, Roane and Scott counties.
    He was named 2013 Legislator of the Year by the East Tennessee Development District.

  • Those challenged by mental illness to be honored in service

    Grace Lutheran Church, Oak Ridge, will host a candle-lighting service at 5 p.m. Oct. 13 in  support of those challenged by mental illness, substance use disorders and other brain disorders.

    “The church is in a unique position to provide a community of support for those who are in pain,” said Pastor Steve Damos. “We can provide solace and faith, and be compassionate advocates for those seeking recovery and wholeness.”

    The service caps off the church’s first observance of Mental Illness Awareness Week, Oct. 6-12.

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

    The Roane County News got another passport stamp as it accompanied Rockwood’s Spencer Forbes and his wife, Evelyn, to Spain last month.

    The couple vacationed with Evelyn’s sister, Marion Hoofnagle, and visited their nephew and his wife, both of whom are missionaries in Spain.

    While in the country, one of the “locals” — a local statue, that is — decided to check out what’s new and news in Roane County.

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

  • Kingston native Wright singing in hometown

     Singer-songwriter and Kingston native Woody Wright will make multiple appearances in the East Tennessee area this weekend.

    Wright is a featured artist with the “Gaither Homecoming” series and a gospel recording artist.

    He will be the guest speaker as he revisits some of his school teachers at the Oct. 11 Roane County Retired Teachers luncheon in Kingston Community Center.

    Wright will provide special music in Kingston First Baptist Church’s Sunday morning worship service on Oct. 13.

  • Christmas basket applications accepted starting Oct. 22

    For the second year, several churches in the Kingston and Harriman areas will work together in assisting families and individuals for Christmas.  

    Partner churches will work together taking applications for Christmas baskets for residents  of the Harriman and Kingston areas.

    The applications will then be divided according to each church’s ministry plan.

    Some will help with food and gifts; others offer gift assistance.

  • Oh, deer! Pay extra attention on the road; crashes increase in fall, winter

    Three people were killed in Tennessee in crashes involving deer in 2012, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol cautions motorists to be particularly watchful for deer in the fall and winter.

    “The chances of striking deer are considerably higher during hunting and mating season, especially in November,” said THP Col. Tracy Trott.

    “We want to urge drivers to be aware and cautious in areas where deer are populated, and most importantly, slow down,” he added.