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  • Honoring Roane County’s vets

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    csimpson@roanecounty.com
    A slight movement of his hand was all Melvin Page could muster as his badly injured body was taken off a battlefield in Vietnam in January 1968.
    “When they came in to get me, they done had me in a body bag,” Page said. “My hand just moved, and they saw my hand. They were zipping it up.”
    Page was injured multiple times while serving in Vietnam, but the injuries he suffered Jan. 4, 1968, were the last.

  • HONORING ROANE COUNTY VETERANS: 'Twenty-one was old age in Vietnam'

    A slight movement of his hand was all Melvin Page could muster as his badly injured body was taken off a battlefield in Vietnam in January 1968.

    “When they came in to get me, they done had me in a body bag,” Page said. “My hand just moved, and they saw my hand. They were zipping it up.”

    Page was injured multiple times while serving in Vietnam, but the injuries he suffered Jan. 4, 1968, were the last.

  • HONORING ROANE COUNTY VETERANS: 'I've been very lucky all my life'

    “I’ve been very lucky all my life,” United States Air Force veteran Joseph Boyd said.


    After Boyd, now 90, was shot down in by the Germans during the Invasion of Salerno in World War II when he was only 23, he treaded the Mediterranean Sea for approximately 24 hours before being rescued.


    While the Germans were invading Italy, Staff Sgt. Boyd and seven other P-38 pilots in the 1st Fighter Group were flying patrol over the Mediterranean.

  • HONOR ROANE COUNTY VETERANS: 'I was trying to stay alive and trying to kill the enemy'

    Marine Corps veteran Tom Pemberton, 86, of Rockwood lost his arm during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.


    Pemberton, 19 at the time, was a staff sergeant attached with the 6th Marine division.


    The primary objective of their mission was to take control of the airport on the island of Okinawa, more than 300 miles off the coast of Japan, so they could use it to easily invade Japan.

  • McPherson-Cooley

    John and Charlotte McPherson of Harriman announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lindsay Ann McPherson, to Jeremiah Matthew Cooley.

    He is the son of Mark and Bonnie Cooley of Oliver Springs.

    The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 20 in Harriman Baptist Tabernacle. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.

    All relatives and friends of the couple are invited to attend.

  • Braxton Olivia Fritz

    Braxton Olivia Fritz celebrated her fifth birthday on Oct. 11 with family and friends at Tataru’s Gymnastics in West Knoxville.

    She is the daughter of Matt and Angie Thomas Fritz of Kingston.

    Grandparents are Jim and Becky Moates Thomas of Kingston and Ernie and Cynthia Fritz of Harrison.

    Great-grandmothers are Madeline Moates of Rockwood and Betty Pratt of Urbana, Ohio.

    Braxton has a 7-year-old sister, Avery Elise.

  • Gala to benefit Harriman landmark

    Members of the public  interested in supporting the preservation of Harriman’s historic Temperance Building are welcome to attend the Heart of Harriman Gala next weekend.

    The social gathering that includes hors d’oeuvres, wine and soft drinks will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Temperance Building at 330 Roane St. in downtown Harriman.

    Tickets are $15 per person and are available at Chase Drugs’ Christmas Shop at 319 Roane  St., Harriman.

    Dress is cocktail or business.

  • 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.

    Gena M. Usery, violation of driver license Dec. 12, 2009. Dismissed March 5, cost to state.

    Benjamin W. Powell, financial responsibility Dec. 12, 2009. Dismissed March 19, cost to state. Ruling: proof of insurance.

    Geum H. Cho, speeding Dec. 19, 2009. Traffic ticket paid March 18.

    Danny C. Letner, financial responsibility Dec. 15, 2009. Failed to appear March 25, convicted.

  • Farmers asked to cast vote for FSA committee

    Eligible farmers and ranchers in Roane County have until Dec. 6 to cast their ballots in the 2010 Farm Service Agency county committee elections.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has mailed ballots to eligible voters for the election, which began Nov. 5.

    “All eligible farmers and ranchers can make a difference by voting in this year’s county committee elections,” said Gene Davidson, Tennessee Farm Service Agency executive director.

  • Kingston Rotary sends students to RYLA