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Today's News

  • City and County Meetings: Feb. 7-27, 2013

    THURSDAY, FEB. 7
    • Harriman City Council will meet in a grant workshop session at 1:30 p.m. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

    • Roane County Commission’s tourism committee will meet at 5 p.m. in The Roane Alliance offices at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

  • Spaghetti lunch to help OS museum

    Proceeds from the Oliver Springs Historical Society’s fundraising spaghetti lunch this weekend will go toward restoration of the Abston Building.

    The lunch, from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 10, will be in the Oliver Springs DAV building, one block west of Oliver Springs High School.

    Lunch is $8 for adults and $3 for ages 5 and younger and includes spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and tea, water or coffee.

    “To-go” lunches will be available during the event.

  • Billboard marks South Harriman milestone

    A new billboard along Roane Street in South Harriman has been erected to help graduates of the former school celebrate a half-century milestone.

    Arranged and provided by the South Harriman Schools Alumni and Friends Organization, the billboard in predominantly South Harriman High School orange notes that 2013 marks 50 years since the last class graduated from South Harriman High School in May 1963.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 6

    25 Years Ago
    Rockwood fire officials were unsure what caused a blaze that destroyed a downtown landmark. The Mourfield Hotel was built in 1897 and neighbored Rockwood First Christian Church on West Rockwood Street. A first-floor resident, Freeman Denney, 79, told authorities he found his apartment on fire after going upstairs to see if frozen pipes had thawed.

    10 Years Ago

  • GUEST OPINION: 1st Amendment rode with Civil Rights effort

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Assembly and petition are the “quiet freedoms” among the five rights set out in the First Amendment.
    Speech, press and religion are more often – or at least, more obviously – in the headlines. But during Black History Month, in February, the quiet kids on this corner of the constitutional block deserve at least as much attention as their better-known brethren.

  • Rockwood borrows to tackle required sewage changes

    More than $1.4 million in Rural Development loans were approved last week in Rockwood, enabling Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas to acquire grants that will allow the city to complete a $2.4 million oxidation ditch project at the wastewater plant this year.

    The oxidation ditch typically replaces the sewage aeration tank and provides better sludge treatment using biological organisms. The project is required by a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation director’s order.

  • Rayburn’s Roane roots

    Roane County’s ties to a  an icon in federal government were re-established recently.

    Last month, a historical marker was resurrected noting that Sam Rayburn, the longest-serving speaker of the House in U.S. Congress, was born and spent his first five years of life here.

    Rayburn is more commonly associated with Texas, where his family moved in 1887, but he never forgot his Roane County ties and visited regularly until he died in 1961.

    His father, William Marion Rayburn, was a Confederate soldier.

  • Meth lab seizures up in Roane despite new laws

    Roane County experienced a 100-percent increase in meth lab seizures last year.

    The total for 2012 was 24, according to statistics provided by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
    In 2011, there was 12.  

    The number of seizures also increased statewide. Last year’s total was 1,811, up from 1,689 in 2011.

    This year isn’t shaping up to be better. Several labs were discovered in Roane County last month.

  • The Garden Gate: Americans not tempted to eat what bugs them

    We Americans are the unusual ones in terms of eating insects. It’s a standard thing in other countries. A recent survey in Nigeria found that about seven out of 10 people ate caterpillars.

    Dry-roasted queen ants are served at cocktail parties in Colombia, and roasted grasshoppers can be found in the gourmét frozen-food aisles of supermarkets in Japan.

  • Tigers fend off Midway for key district win

    The Midway Green Wave hosted the Rockwood Tigers Friday night in the first meeting this season between the two District 3-A and Roane County foes. 

    The teams will meet again on Monday, Feb. 11 at Rockwood to end the district and regular season schedule.