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Today's News

  • Coffee, climbing at Obed

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will have two programs on Oct. 4.

    Join National Park Service rangers for a free cup of coffee and informational session at Lilly Bridge from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

    The Climb With a Ranger program will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning at Lilly Bridge.

    The park will provide all gear for rock climbing. Those participating should bring drinking water and sturdy footwear.

    Depending on participant interests and ability levels, participants will travel to one of several different climbing areas around the park.

  • CIA retiree to speak at Lunch With the League

    Tony Jordan, retired CIA senior intelligence service officer, will be the guest speaker at the next Oak Ridge League of Women Voters’ Lunch with the League.

    The program will begin at noon Oct. 7 in the social hall of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church’s new location at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Jordan, who has extensive experience as an operations manager in the Middle East and South Asia, will be addressing what he sees as failures in the U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

  • Roane County Band Fest coming up Oct. 6

    The annual Roane County Band Festival will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 on the Oliver Springs High School football field.

    Bands from all five Roane County public high schools will perform in this non-competition event of the Roane County Rotary Clubs.

    The event allows members of the bands to see each other’s annual show in a non-competitive atmosphere.

    Admission is canned goods, which will be donated to area food banks.

    Cash donations will be taken during the festival, with the proceeds to be divided between the five bands.

  • Kingston Lions’ Moonlight for Sight 5K, walk this weekend

    Kingston Lions Club will have its annual Moonlight for Sight 5K run on Oct. 4.

    The route begins at Fort Southwest Point, proceeds along the waterfront to Kingston City Park’s Gravel Pit and back.

    The event will begin at 9 p.m.

    Proceeds are used primarily to assist those with vision problems.

    There will also be a “challenge” walk in which walkers will be challenged to complete as many loops as possible around the course at the Fort in one hour.

  • Churchill’s kin to be in East Tennessee for lecture

    Two of Sir Winston Churchill’s great-grandchildren will be in Knoxville next week to give a lecture on their famous ancestor and his American mother’s role played in the Churchill story.

    Randolph Churchill, with help from his sister Jennie – her great-great-grandmother’s namesake – will give the lecture beginning at noon Oct. 7 in the Bijou Theatre at 803 S. Gay St.

    This lecture is presented by the East Tennessee Historical Society in partnership with the Bijou Theatre.

    Admission is free and open to the public.

  • Dixie Lee part of Harriman downtown royalty

    Blake Rice Kirkland of Harriman, left, presents a sketch of singer and actress Dixie Lee to the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.

    Chris Whaley, president of Roane State Community College, a partner in the Princess Theatre operations, accepts the sketch on the theatre’s behalf.

    Lee was born Wilma Winifred Wyatt on Nov. 4, 1911, in Harriman.

    Her brief film career included 1935’s “Love in Bloom.”

  • VEC to pass on TVA’s increase

    The recently approved TVA budget for 2015 and will impact Volunteer Energy Cooperative members.

    “The first thing most people will be interested in knowing about the TVA budget is whether or not it will mean higher electric bills,” said Volunteer Energy Cooperative President/CEO Rody Blevins. “For VEC members, the answer is a small yes.”

    Volunteer Energy supplies electricity to a number of Roane Countians in the South of the River area.

  • ‘Elvis’ to be at October Sky Fest

    Noted Elvis Presley impersonator Greg Johnson will perform for Oliver Springs October Sky Festival on Oct. 18.

    Julia Daniel, the event’s coordinator, said Johnson is scheduled to perform from noon to 2 p.m.

    Joining him will be Pigeon Forge favorite impersonators Jeanette Bradley, who impersonates Dolly Parton, and Phillip Ray with his impression of Johnny Cash.

    Custom and classic cars, hot rods and motorcycles will be on display at the Rocket Boys Rodtoberfest Car Show on Main Street.

  • Rotarians get update on Boys and Girls Club

    Dean Deatherage, center left, chief professional officer for the Boys and Girls Club of the Clinch Valley, recently presented a status update on the Boys and Girls Club of Roane County to member of the Kingston Rotary Club.

    The Roane County club, housed at Harriman Middle School, provides programs for children and young adults centered around the arts; character and leadership; education and career development; health and life skills; and sports, fitness and recreation.

  • Roane Choral Christmas concert set

    Roane Choral Society will present “A Child Again at Christmas” at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 at the O’Brien Theatre on the main campus of Roane State Community College.

    “As we capture the magic of Christmas through the past and present, this concert would be incomplete without the appearance of the Roane Choral Society children’s choir and youth choir, as well as the recipients of the RCS Music Education in Schools Grant,” said Julianne Bailey, a member of the Roane Choral Society.