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Today's News

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas: Help for libraries is good for all of us

    Back in the day … long before I met the “boss,” got into the information business and then started having children, I had hours to burn.
    Outside of weekend camping trips with buds, some shade-tree mechanic work on my old mini-bike and homework projects, I had a special passion.
    I suppose what it really boiled down to was my tendency to choose to escape from the humdrum of every day life.
    I liked to read.
    And I often could be found wearing out my library card at
    C. Bascom Slemp Memorial Library.

  • Tornado relief effort ready to launch

    Rockwood’s First Baptist Church will lead a community-wide missions trip to Anniston, Ala., Friday to help the community rebuild after late-April’s tornadoes.
    Recently, senior pastor Josh Lancaster traveled with church deacon Rick Ellis and student pastor Wes Ford to the Calhoun County area to see the devastation firsthand.
    They were able to identify home repair projects, such as roof construction, drywall repair and rebuilding porches and handicap ramps.
    Already, it’s been an emotional experience.

  • Harriman to seek more TVA funding from foundation

    Harriman hasn’t gotten what it deserves in the wake of the December 2008 ash spill at TVA’s  Kingston Fossil Plant.
    That is the view of Harriman City Councilman
    J.D. Sampson, who is seeking to pursue what he said is $900,000 remaining that the Roane County Economic Development Foundation, formed to help communities affected by the environmental disaster.
    “We’re not asking for something we don’t deserve,” Sampson said at a recent council meeting.

  • Harmon recognized by county

    James Harmon saw countless people honored with commission resolutions during his 22 years as a member of Roane County’s legislative body.
    He witnessed it again this month — only this time he was the one being honored.
    “It was a nice gesture on their part,” Harmon said of the commission’s decision to honor him for his 22 years of service as a commissioner.
    The resolution was passed in April. Officials invited Harmon to the May meeting to present it to him in person.
    He received a standing ovation after it was read.

  • Family fun on tap at park's SummerFest

    A day of family-oriented summer fun is on tap June 11 during Roane County Park’s second annual SummerFest.

    Crafters, vendors, food and more are in store for the event, which kicks off with the SummerFest 5k at 8 a.m.

    All ages and skill levels are welcome to participate in the running or walking event. Advance registration, including a T-shirt, is $25 and will close on June 6.

  • Class aims to help money go further

    In an effort to provide financial education opportunities throughout the community, the Roane Alliance for Financial Independence is offering a free five-part series on helping area residents stretch their dollars.

    The classes, at 6 p.m. each Wednesday, start today, May 25, in Kingston First Baptist Church.

    The series will cover budgeting, saving, credit reports, homeownership and investments.

    The Roane Alliance for Financial Independence is a United Way initiative.

  • Getting ready for Memorial Day

    Rockwood Public Works employees Jim Huddleston, left, and Pete Kirby put the finishing touches on the laying of 41 paver bricks during a recent job in Rockwood Homecoming Park.

    The paver bricks, part of Rockwood 2000’s Memory Lane project at the downtown park, will be dedicated during a Memorial Day ceremony at 2 p.m. May 30.

    The paver bricks were purchased during a special discounted offer from Rockwood 2000 to area veterans.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Trotter 50th

    Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Trotter of Kingston will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on May 27.

    Their celebration will include a dinner with family and a trip to the mountains.

    Trotter and the former Leokadya Bukowski were married on May 27, 1961, in Crown Point, Ind. They met in St. John, Ind., after their mothers conspired to “fix them up” with each other.

    They spent most of their married life in St. John until their retirement and relocation to Tennessee.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Miller

    Lindsey Nichole Booth and Ethan James Miller were married May 14 in Westel Baptist Church.

    The Rev. Mike Higgins officiated during the evening ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of John Booth and Terra Booth.

    The groom is the son of Lisa Reid and Philip “Jake” Miller.

    The bride was escorted by her father. Bridesmaids were Kayla Evans, Savannah Keefer, Tinasha Rogers and Trista Hamby. Jessica Youngblood served as flower girl.

  • Forbes turning 90

    Beatrice Forbes will celebrate her 90th birthday on May 28.

    She will celebrate with a party with family and friends.

    She has four children, Phyllis Whittlesey, Ray Forbes, Ricky Forbes, and Vicki Jones.

    She also has six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and several special nieces and nephews.

    Forbes has also been like a grandmother to two special friends, Presley and Jaret Dowker.