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Today's News

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: My spring of falls and other thoughts

    What is it that makes spring air seem so wonderfully soft?

    Perhaps it is the perfect combination of temperature — an easy warmth — and moderate humidity, but somehow, I think a gentle breeze and the perfume of new flowers also play into the mix.

    I’m dubbing this season my spring of falls.

    I’ve gotten in a couple more hikes in since I last wrote, and I’m beginning to lose count of all the waterfalls I’ve seen.

  • Applications taken for energy assistance

    Mid-East Community Action Agency is presently taking applications for energy assistance.

    Those who have not applied for assistance since July 1, 2010, need to apply this month.

    Applications are available online at www.MECAA.net or at Mid-East’s office at 1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood.

    The office is open weekdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:15 to 3 p.m.

    Applications will also be available April 18 in Harriman Community Center and Mount Pisgah Baptist Church of Oliver Springs.

  • Too broke to pay late library fees? No problem — it's Amnesty Week

    It’s National Library Week, and patrons of Harriman Public Library who have racked up late fees have a reason to celebrate.

    In conjunction with the nationwide celebration April 11-16, Harriman Public Library has declared
    it Amnesty Week — or a time for
    patrons to clear their library
    debts.

    “This is a special week for you and the library,” said Harriman library director Barbara Pelfrey Milsaps.

  • Shriners aim to help kids during Saturday mini-clinic

    Kerbela Shrine Temple, Knoxville, will have its annual free mini-clinic this weekend.

    The clinic will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 16 in Kerbela Shrine Temple at 315 Mimosa Ave. Call 573-1901 for details.

    The screening helps identify children who can benefit from orthopedic and burn care at Shriners Hospitals for Children.

  • More than 550 juniors study career moves

    “Seeing many career options caused me to think harder about whether the job I want is the one for me.”

    That’s what one Roane County High School junior wrote after attending last week’s Career Day at Roane State Community College.

    More than 550 juniors from the five Roane County high schools attended the third annual High School Career Day and met with almost 150 representatives from 49 businesses.

  • RSCC students see government in action

    Roane State Community College’s international students recently visited the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville to watch government leaders first-hand.

    “One thing I found interesting is how quickly they make decisions,” said student Elomar Souza of Brazil. “I attended committee meetings back home, and they drag and drag.”

    The students toured the capitol building, watched committee hearings and met state legislators. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and state Sen. Ken Yager had their photo taken with the students.

  • St. Andrew's preparing for Holy Week

    St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Harriman, welcomes the public to its observance of Holy Week and the joyous feast of the Lord’s Resurrection — the most important feast of Christianity.

    “The week prior to Easter is observed by liturgical churches as the final time of preparation for Easter,” explained the Rev. Joseph Pinner, rector at St. Andrew’s.

    Maundy Thursday worship begins at 7 p.m. April 21. The Good Friday Liturgy will be read at noon and 7 p.m. April 22.

  • Victorious Valley Girls Choir to sing in OS

    The Victorious Valley Girls Choir will sing during the 10:55 service on April 17 in Kellytown Baptist Church, Oliver Springs.

    Jason Casay, director of Victorious Valley Homes, will deliver the morning message.

    Call 435-7236 for transportation or details.

    Victorious Valley Homes is a ministry of Victorious Valley Baptist Church, which Casay pastors in Sunset, S.C.

    The ministry was started in 1988 by Bro. Johnny and Susan McGill.

  • Program shows how Jesus held Passover

    “Messiah in the Passover,” a demonstration of how Jesus fulfilled the ancient feast of Passover, will be presented at 6 p.m. April 18 at Midtown Valley United Methodist Church.

    The church is at 1625 Roane State Hwy. A love offering will be received.

    Call Diane Cooper at 376-6877 for details.

    Michael Viselli will conduct the presentation. It begins with the traditional Passover Seder table, complete with all articles of this key Jewish celebration.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Charles S. Standridge, seat belt law and improper backing Oct. 18. Traffic ticket paid Nov. 5.

    Raymond T. Delius, second-offense DUI Feb. 24, 2006. Dismissed Nov. 8, cost to prosecutor.

    Gordon W. Gillespie, violation of probation Oct. 21. Guilty as charged Nov. 8, convicted.

    Avory Cofer, aggravated assault Jan. 18, 2009. Dismissed Nov. 8, cost to state.