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Today's News

  • 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.

  • JUDGE EBLEN TO RETIRE

    Dec. 31 won’t just mark the end of 2015 for Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen.

    It could also mark the end of his tenure.

    Eblen said Monday that he plans to retire at the end of the year.

    “I’ll have been doing this for 48-and-1/2 years when that rolls around, and I’m turning 80,” he said. “When you start hitting your 80s, it’s about time to think about slowing down.”

  • Not so fair Faire opening

    Heavy rains may have soaked everything at the Tennessee Medieval Faire at Saturday’s opening, but one thing wasn’t dampened.

    That was the spirits of those who showed up.

    “We think we did well, even with the weather,” said Barrie Paulson, one of the key organizers of the event. “The people that come with bad weather are the diehards.”

    Paulson estimated attendance at between 600 and 700 a day, about what it was last fall when organizers held their preview show.

  • Three Roane County cities make Top-50 Safest list in Tennessee

    Kingston, Rockwood and Harriman made Niche Rankings’ just-released Top-50 Safest Cities in Tennessee list.

    The group looked at FBI Uniform Crime Statistics reports for nearly 4,300 cities and towns in the state, although only about 1,800 met the criteria for grading.

    Kingston was ranked No. 8 on the list, Rockwood was No. 16 and Harriman was No. 30. Nearby Dayton (No. 10) and Crossville (No. 38) also made the list.

    Wade Creswell, the president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, was pleased with the Roane County municipal representations.

  • Ice cream layoffs announced

    Fallout from Blue Bell Creameries’ contamination crisis is no longer affecting just customers.

    Now workers are feeling it.

    On Friday, the Brenham, Texas-based company announced that it is laying off approximately 1,450 workers and furloughing about 1,400 others.

  • Cities will have bigger property tax hike

    The proposed county property tax rate hike for rural residents is less than the one being proposed for cities.

    According to Roane County budget director Kaley Walker, people who own property in the rural areas would pay an additional 28.5 cents per $100 valuation if the recommendation passes.

    People who own property in the cities of Kingston, Oliver Springs, Rockwood, Harriman and Oak Ridge would pay an additional 31.5 cents — 3 cents more on the rate.