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Today's News

  • Commodity foods to soon be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods later this month.

    The distribution will be in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Harriman and Kingston residents will pick up their foods from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 26.

    The food pick up for Oliver Springs and Rockwood residents will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 27.

    Commodity food recipients should be certified before March 13.

    Those receiving the foods are advised to bring a bag in which to carry the food.

  • Don’t revel in lower prices at pump

    The national average price for a gallon of gasoline declined for the first time in 40 days, AAA reported earlier this week.

    The U.S. average rose 42 cents since Jan. 27, but dipped four-tenths of a cent Sunday.

    In Tennessee, the average dropped one-tenth of a cent on Sunday. Gas prices in the state have increased by 31 cents since Jan. 27.

    “Motorists are beginning to see some relief at the pump after prices rose in response to increased oil prices and refinery maintenance season,” said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins.

  • Classes teach how to better deal with chronic conditions

    Anyone dealing with diabetes or other chronic illness knows how difficult it is, and a couple of upcoming free classes aim to improve things.

    “Living Well With Chronic Conditions” is for those with diabetes, asthma, depression, COPD, heart disease, chronic pain, cancer or other conditions.

    Another class, “Take Charge of Your Diabetes,” focuses specifically on that condition.

  • K-25 preservation to be forum topic

    Friends of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association will have a forum to update the public on the K-25 historic preservation efforts of U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Managemen.

    The forum will be March 12 in American Museum of Science and Energy, Oak Ridge. Light refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. The program will start at 6.

  • STATE TAKEOVER

    By PHYLLIS McLAUGHLIN

    For Roane County News

    The Roane County Commission approved a plan Monday to move funds from the county property assessor’s budget to pay for the Tennessee Comptroller’s takeover of the county’s reassessment process.

  • Congress needs to stop its political eye-poking now

    By LEE HAMILTON

    Centers on Congress

    With yet another public opinion survey showing Congress to be wildly unpopular — a newly released poll by the Indiana University Center on Congress shows 86 percent disapproving of the national legislature’s performance — the question arises: Could Congress’s standing with the public fall even further in 2015, or are there prospects for improvement?

  • Harriman’s Haley Goldston signs Letter of Intent

    With her Harriman High School playing career only a few months from winding down, Haley Goldston now has her eyes on a new career.

    On Monday, Goldston signed her Letter of Intent to play softball for Roane State Community College.

    “We’re very excited to have Haley,” Roane State head coach Sue Niemi said.

    “She came to work out with us in the fall and she has gone to a pitching coach and improved her speed and developed a few more pitches. She’s going to be very helpful.”

  • Meigs County bounces Blue Devils from Region play

    Playing in the second round of the Region 2-A Tournament on your home floor isn’t the easiest task to accomplish, but the Harriman Blue Devils found themselves in that position on Saturday against Meigs County.

    Despite the home court advantage, Meigs County was able to knock off the Blue Devils 91-67 before losing to Grace Christian in the Region 2-A Championship, The Blue Devils were less than 24 hours off one of their biggest wins of the season, upsetting the No. 1 seeded Oakdale.

  • Lady Bobcats defeat Hampton in overtime

    During the 2009-2010 basketball season, the Oliver Springs boy’s basketball took the nearly 150 mile drive to take on Hampton in a sub-state game to decide which team would travel to Middle Tennessee State University to compete for a championship.

    Fast forward five years later and the girl’s from Hampton would travel that same path on Monday to take on the Lady Bobcats, with both teams looking for a state berth of their own.

  • Oliver Springs defeats Riverside, advances in state tournament

    It’s been five years since the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats have hopped on Interstate 40 and traveled west to the Murphy Center for the BlueCross Basketball Championships.

    After nearly 4 inches of snow put Thursday’s opener on hold, the Lady Bobcats were victorious in the first round on Friday, defeating Decatur County Riverside, 67-41

    “It tells us we can play with anybody here,” Oliver Springs head coach Michelle Christopher said. “We have a great opportunity ahead of us if the ball bounces just right and we play well.”