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Today's News

  • New United Way funding model to be discussed

    Roane County United Way will have the second of two meetings to share information with the community and potential non-profit partners regarding a new funding model currently being implemented.

    The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 11 in the United Way office at 2735 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Based on community input, the United Way is now focused on helping more members of the community achieve greater financial stability, additional education and job skills, and healthier lifestyles.

  • Preorders taken for DAR veterans book

    The Roane County Veterans Book compiled by Southwest Point Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Kingston, is with the publishing company.

    The books will be sold to the public, and preorders are now being accepted now.

    Contact Connie Williams at 717-3949 or Barbara Wasilko at 310-4560 for details.

    The finished product is expected to be available for public purchase by January.

    Veterans, families and friends submitted the biographies to preserve the history of Roane County veterans.

  • State parks offering vets free golf, camping

    Tennessee State Parks is offering free state parks day to all Tennessee veterans, offering one free night of camping and/or a complimentary round of golf with appropriate identification on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

    “On Veterans Day, we honor the many brave men and women who have served our country,” Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill said.

  • Get ready for Christmas Ideas Fair

    Rural Mixers Family and Community Education Club members are gearing up for this week’s Christmas Ideas Fair.

    Club members include, seated, Rachel Wright and Robin Greenburg; and standing, Linda Rogers, Judy Murray, Lennie Stansbury, Madge Jackson and Debbie Genona.

    The Christmas Ideas Fair, a project of Roane County FCE clubs, will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 6 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 7 in Kingston Community Center.

    Handmade items and crafts will be featured, with lunch and dinner available on Thursday, and lunch available on Friday.

  • Bark for Life set for this weekend

    Bark for Life, a new Roane County Relay for Life fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, honors the care-giving qualities of canine companions.

    The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Roane County Park shed 2. Registration begins at 9:15 a.m.

    Preregistration is $10 per dog and $5 for each additional pet owner. Registration the date of the event will be $15 per dog.

    For those on Relay teams, registration fees will go toward their team’s fundraising total.

  • Harriman’s Henderson a lieutenant colonel

    The U.S. Army promoted Lt. Col. Courtney L. Henderson to his present rank during a spring ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    A Harriman native, he is the son of Marcella Willis of Kingston and Sammy L. Henderson of Harriman.

    The lieutenant colonel was commissioned into the Army as a signal officer in August 1998, only months after he graduated from Roane County High School, Kingston.

    Henderson served as a gold bar recruiter for his first three months of active duty before attending the signal officer basic course in Fort Gordon, Ga.

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  • GUEST OPINION: Ebola reporting and the media — the bottom line

    By GENE POLICINSKI 

    First Amendment Center

    So how scared should we be about the worldwide Ebola virus crisis?

    For nearly all of us, the answer to that question will come through what we see, hear and read in the news media and in the U.S. that places a unique burden on those free to print, broadcast or post stories as they wish about efforts to control the spread of the virus.

  • Rockwood mayor says city has money for bills

    In response to rumors about the state of the city’s finances, Rockwood Mayor James Watts made a point to reassure residents concerned about the city’s dwindling rainy-day fund.
    “I don’t want folks to think we don’t have enough money to pay our bills,” said Watts at a recent meeting. “We do.”
    He said he recently checked the bank account and found the city had about $500,000 in the bank.
    City funds fluctuate as bills are paid and revenues come in, so the amount in the account varies as things like payroll are paid out and sales tax rolls in.