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Today's News

  • OR heritage group to meet Dec. 9

    The Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association monthly meeting will be a festive one, as the group celebrates the holidays, holds its annual meeting and elects new board members.

    The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in Midtown Community Center, also known as the Wildcat Den, at 102 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.

    One of the primary focuses of this month’s meeting will be to recognize a special group of Manhattan Project veterans, the Special Engineer Detachment.

  • See Fort Southwest Point by candlelight for holidays

    Hear ye, Hear ye: Step back in time with this weekend’s candlelight Christmas tour at Fort Southwest Point, Kingston.

    The tour and reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11.

    The public is welcome to visit and experience the sights, sounds and flavors common to the people of the 18th century.

    Guests will be greeted at the visitors center for the candlelight tour of the fort.

    Beeswax candles will light the walkway, and bagpipe music will set the tone.

  • Roane County E-911 October Dispatches
  • Births: Oct. 13-Nov. 12

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:

    Oct. 13 — Brittany Danielle Loy and Phillip Cooper, Harriman. A girl, Lily Nevaeh, 8 pounds, 5 ounces. Grandparents: David Allen Loy; Teresa Dianne Armes Loy; Dennis and Conny Cooper.

    Oct. 15 — Melinda Andrews and Larry Edmonds, Harriman. A boy, Bradley Randall Ray. Siblings: Anthony, Hannah and Viola. Grandparents: Ray and Sue Andrews.

  • Temperance Building a DAR treasure

    Members of Avery Trace Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution were guests during last month’s Heart of Harriman Gala in the historic Temperance Building.

    The event, a fundraiser for the building’s preservation, took on special meaning for the Avery Trace Chapter, which dedicated a DAR marker to commemorate the building and its place in Harriman’s past, present and future.

  • Marriage licenses: Oct. 1-Nov. 30

    Marriage licenses granted at the Roane County Courthouse Oct. 1-Nov. 30:

    Jerry Wayne Taylor to Linda Marie Stockstill Landrum

    Robert Willis Howard to Carrie Rae Minter Williamson

    Shane Stephen Cromwell to Holly Nicole Harmon

    Roger Dale Scot to Christine Razo

    Reagan Tim Dash to Karen Kay Squire Howe

    Darrell Glen Radford to Betty Katherine Marney Wilson

    Jeremiah Joseph Sheldon to Heather Lynn Lively

    Craig Scott Lawson to Sherry Lynn Brown

  • Roane State planning holiday concert Dec. 10

    Roane State Community College’s Jazz Band, Celebration Singers, Concert Choir, Stage Band, Bluegrass Band and faculty will perform a holiday concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 in the theatre on the Roane County campus.

    A $10 donation per person is suggested.

    The traditional holiday concert includes classic and modern selections, ensemble pieces as well as solos and a carol sing-along.

  • 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.

    Tracy M. Gibson, possession of drug paraphernalia Feb. 26. Guilty plea March 15, convicted.

    Brian Keith Walker, probation violation Jan. 25. Guilty plea March 15, convicted.

    Trevor H. Trout, violation of probation Feb. 1. Guilty plea March 8, convicted.

    Angela D. Fugate, theft under $500 Jan. 2. Guilty plea March 15, convicted.

  • Harriman library key part of annual tour

    Harriman Public Library at 601 Walden Ave. has traditionally been a centerpiece of Harriman’s Tour of Homes during the holiday season.

    The historic Carnegie library will again be a stop on the tour, sponsored by Cornstalk Heights Community Organization.

    This year’s tour will be from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 11 and from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 12.

    The historic structure, built from funds by philanthropist and steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, will have an open house and gift shop.

  • Roane population growth slow over past decade

    Roane County touts its lakefront living, but the county is  well behind many of its neighbors in population growth.

    Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the county’s population increased 3.1 percent from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009.

    “That’s almost zero growth,” Commissioner Ron Berry said.  

    That hasn’t been the case with some neighboring counties. Loudon, Monroe, Cumberland and Knox counties are booming in terms of population, according to the Census data.