Today's News

  • 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

    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.

  • Lady 'Cats down Oneida, 3-2

    In what has to be one of the biggest wins in the history of the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats soccer program, the Lady ‘Cats stunned Oneida 3-2 Tuesday night when the Lady 'Cats received a clutch goal from Kellie Ball. 

  • Kingston wins three in OR Classic

    The Kingston program had an outstanding day Saturday in the Oak Ridge Classic in week five of the Tennessee Valley League.

  • Roane teams gear up for week 6

    Week 6 of the high school football season is here and some Roane County fans are in for a long trip Friday night as three of Roane County's five football teams will be on the road.

  • Love to play for Kentucky

    After months of weighing his options, Harriman senior Shaquille Love has chosen to play football next fall at the University of Kentucky.

  • Abbi's wild ride: Drug reaction helps save chid's life

    A Walnut Hill Elementary student is recovering from spinal meningitis, but ambulance mishaps didn’t help situation.
    Eight-year-old Abbi Byrd of Fiske Heights on Thursday complained of a headache and had a fever.
    By Friday, she was vomiting.
    She was first diagnosed with walking pneumonia on Friday night at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and released.
    However, on Saturday night, her mother, Amanda Beard, found her unresponsive and an ambulance was called.

  • Kingston hotels oppose Roane State proposal

    A proposal by Roane State President Gary Goff asking for area lodges to help fund the  Henry-Stafford Exposition Center is already meeting opposition.

    A letter from Kingston hotel owners said Goff plans to ask to raise the hotel occupancy tax in Harriman and Roane County in order to help fund the center.

    The letter to Kingston City Council members and the Roane County Commission says the Expo is an asset to the community. but its benefits are to Harriman lodging, not Kingston’s.