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Today's News

  • Collector dishes dirt on joys of antique tractors

    By KATIE HOGIN
    khogin@roanecounty.com

    Everyone has their guilty pleasures — simple indulgences that add a little kick to their daily lives.

    For Tony Whalen of Harriman, it’s all about antique tractors.

    Whalen beams when he talks enthusiastically talks about his passion of collecting and restoring antique tractors.

  • A View From Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    In just a few days early voting will commence (13 Oct. to 28 Oct.) and you, gentle reader will be confronted by a choice of whom you will vote for to be governor of our beloved state for the next four years, and who will represent you the next two years in both the state House of Representatives and the national House of Representatives.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Life has disappointments, even in good times

    It was my father’s big day, his retirement from a long, successful career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the whole family was there for it.

    The whole family except for me.

    I was working for The Associated Press in Chicago at the time, and Dad’s retirement gala happened to coincide with a critical election in the Windy City. The AP news staff was told that under no circumstances were we to request time off that day, and so I dared not.

  • Tempers fray over Rockwood utility issues

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board is relying on an almost-18-percent hike in water rates to balance the utilities’ budget.

    The increase, contingent on approval from Rockwood City Council, will affect ratepayers who use at least 1,500 gallons monthly.

    It’s among the budgeting tactics water officials used to bolster the bottom line of the struggling utility that has recently come under state scrutiny.

  • Rockwood officials' unseen letter excuses have hole

    Out of sight, out of mind? Or ignorance is bliss?

    Whatever the reason, a number of Rockwood officials claimed Monday to have neither seen nor received a Tennessee Comptroller’s Office letter rebuking officials for interdepartmental loans between three city-operated utilities and ordering a repayment plan within 60 days.

    “You’ve got about 45 days left to do something,” said Glen McCuiston, a Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board member during that body’s regular meeting on Monday.

  • Fall colors train rides start Saturday

    There's nothing like enjoying a train ride through the hardwoods of East Tennessee during the crisp fall season.

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum’s Secret City Scenic Excursion Train will run fall colors trips on four weekends during October, starting Oct. 2.

    Trains will run on Saturdays and Sundays, with Saturday departures at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., and Sunday departures at 1 and 3 p.m.  

    Each trip will last about one hour.

  • OS movie connection leads to reunion Oct. 15

    By Sharon Littlepage, For Roane Newspapers

    When the casting call for a movie goes out, the extras never get the big money, but they usually walk away with a lifetime of special memories.

    That’s the case with Oliver Springs resident Barbara Hilemon, who played five different parts in the highly acclaimed family-friendly movie, “October Sky,” which was filmed in Oliver Springs, Harriman, Petros, Wartburg, Oak Ridge and Knoxville in 1998.

  • Advocacy leader to speak at League lunch

    Beth Uselton, lead organizer for the Tennessee Heath Care Campaign, will speak about her work with this non-partisan, non-profit statewide consumer advocacy organization at the Oct. 5 Lunch with the League, a twice-monthly series with the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge.

    Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. and is available on a first-come basis at a cost of
    $6.

    The program starts at noon in Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.  

  • Free budgeting classes slated

    In an effort to help the willing gain financial stability, the Roane County United Way has teamed up with a network of financial educators and institutions, social service agencies and churches to form the Roane Alliance for Financial Independence.

    Roane County has a variety of resources that can provide assistance with budgeting, debt management, low-cost healthy cooking, second-chance banking and foreclosure prevention.  

    RAFI’s goal is to promote these services to the public in the hopes of increasing financial stability.

  • Teachers Supply Closet a big boost for educators

    For the eighth year, the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s Teachers Supply Closet has provided Roane County teachers with supplies to use in their classrooms and help students have what they need to succeed in school.

    While this year’s donations started slow, the community came through to make the project a success for the 40 teachers from 16 schools who went “shopping for free supplies” on Sept. 23.