Today's News

  • Amedysis cited as HomeCare Elite for 2011

    Amedisys Home Health Care in Harriman has been named to the 2011 HomeCare Elite for the second time.

    Now in its sixth year, the HomeCare Elite is a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

    It is presented by OCS and My InnerView, an industry leading provider of homecare information, and DecisionHealth, publisher of one of the industry’s most respected independent newsletters, Home Health Line, and the Complete Home Health ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual.

  • OS’s Butler tops at MMC for December

    Drema Butler, a licensed practical nurse at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, has been named MMCer of the Month for December.

    Butler, of Oliver Springs, has been with Methodist since 2006. As an LPN on 5 West, she assists nurses with patient care and strives to provide excellent service to both patients and their families.

    “I appreciate this award and all of my co-workers, especially the one who nominated me,” she said.

  • HUB has heart for Harriman landmark

    Mary Holley, organizer of the Heart of Harriman Gala raising money for the city’s historic Temperance Building, accepts a $1,000 check for the building’s renovations from Harriman Utility Board employees.

    Presenting the check on behalf of the employees are HUB General Manager Bill Young, front row at right; and back row from left, Frankie Davis, Steve Cochran and Steve Ladd. The gala was Nov. 19.

  • Roane officials consider Ohio animal release

    The Ohio sheriff who oversaw the killing of dozens of wild animals that were let loose from a farm was criticized by some people for the decision. Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton wasn’t one of them.

    “I think that the law enforcement handled it the proper way because your main concern is the safety of the public and to detain or eliminate that threat as soon as possible without any harm to the public,” Stockton said.


    A group of residents of a Harriman Garden building are back in their apartments  and got a surprising bounty of good eats to celebrate Thanksgiving.

    Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis got inspired to seek donations to provide the meals after the residents of the 925 Sewanee St. complex were temporarily displaced when a fire last weekend forced them to the Harriman Community Center or the homes of family and friends.

    “This is what Roane County is known for,” Ellis said.

  • Driver’s ed joyful, wild ride for Roane’s Ridenour

    Special to Roane County News
    David Ridenour remembers the harrowing moments from a lifetime of teaching teenagers to drive.

    “Yes, I have often been scared out of my wits,” he says in a book he wrote to help new drivers, and their parents, understand the most important safety rules in driving.

  • Feeding hearts and stomachs this holiday season

    Lee Sexton teamed up with Victorian Square to prepare and deliver about 100 food boxes to families, along with the residents of Harriman Gardens.

    Lee Sexton is the one who initiated and provided the funds for the food drive. He contacted Victorian Square to see if there was any way to help, and they ended up donated their kitchen to prepare the food and box it up.

    Sexton previously helped with his uncle’s food drive in Scott County and felt the need to bring it to Roane County now that he was living here.

  • Bobcats fall in semis, 39-6

    The most successful postseason run in Oliver Springs football history came to a disappointing close Friday night as a powerful Friendship Christian School (FCS) squad from Lebanon rolled into D.J. Brittan Field and downed the Bobcats in the TSSAA Class AA semifinals, 39-6.

    The Commanders used a huge offensive line to grind out 346 yards rushing and 433 total yards while holding the Bobcats to 220 total yards.

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  • The mystery of mistletoe

    Scandanavians associated mistletoe with Frigga, their goddess of love, and it may be from this that we derive the custom of kissing under the mistletoe.

    Those who kissed under the mistletoe had the promise of happiness and good luck in the following year.

    • The practice of kissing under the mistletoe was described in 1820 by American author Washington Irving in his “The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon”: