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Today's News

  • South Harriman alumni celebrate 60 years

    Members of South Harriman High School’s class of 1955 celebrated their 60-year reunion late last month at The Cottage at Roane County Park.

    Eleven classmates attended, including, seated from left, Terry Sweeney, Larry Sills, Buddy Bowers, Henry Robinson; and standing, Barbara Pickering, Elma Jean Kreis, Wanda Overstreet, Peggy Robinson of Huntsville, Ala., Betty Clements, Mary Ruth Eblen and Nancy Elkins of Asheville, N.C.

  • Site deems Tennessee tops in barbecue

    TripAdvisor has served up a list of the top-rated states and restaurants for barbecue and declared Tennessee as No. 1 in the U.S.

    “Being named the No. 1 state for barbecue, by the No. 1 most popular travel site in the world is a huge honor for Tennessee,” said Commissioner Kevin Triplett, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

    “We look forward to welcoming foodies from far and wide to our state to fill up on the best barbecue in the world.”

  • ‘Frozen’ tribute heads to Roane State

    “A Tribute to ‘Frozen’ Live On Stage!” is headed to the Roane State Community College stage next week.

    The stage show will begin at 2 p.m. June 20 in the O’Brien Theater on the main campus of Roane State Community College near Harriman and Rockwood.

    The show will feature the popular Disney movie’s favorite characters, including Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven, Prince Hans, The Trolls, Oaken and Duke of Weasletown.

    Tickets are $19.95.

  • Roane’s Griffith directing ‘Dames’

    Roane County singer Dianne Griffith is directing and performing in the musical comedy, “Dames at Sea,” opening June 12 in the Tennessee Valley Theatre, Spring City.

    “Dames at Sea” tells the story of a struggling 1930s Broadway theatrical company and an understudy rising to stardom.

    Griffith also performs in the production as a temperamental diva in a story that blends the theatrical company with a few sailors who serve on a battleship called the U.S.S. Roosevelt.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in Hawaii and Canada!

    More fun in the sun for the Roane County News — this time with J.C. and Sandra Morgan for a 12-day cruise to Hawaii and Canada in celebration of their 47th wedding anniversary.

    The Morgans pause for a snapshot with the News in Maui.

    They visited Honolulu, Hilo, Kona, Kauai and Maui while in The Aloha State, then went to Vancouver, British Columbia.

    The Morgans’ daughter, Jennifer Morgan, accompanied them on the cruise.

    Sandra said they saw a lot of banana, coconut and pineapple trees and beautiful waterfalls.

  • Church Calendar: June 13-July 18

    SATURDAY, JUNE 13
    • Christian Business Fellowship of Roane County, a new ministry open to all business people, will meet at 8 a.m. the third Saturday of each month at Harriman Shoney’s for breakfast, prayer and fellowship. Call David Barkley at 705-1903 for details.

  • Vacation Bible School 2015

    Harriman United Methodist
    “Outback Rock: Where Kids Venture into Solid Faith” is the vacation Bible school theme at Harriman United Methodist Church. Sessions will be from 6 to 8 p.m. June 17-19. The church is at 601 Queen Ave. Call 882-1353 to preregister or for details.

  • Out to Lunch: Hot dog! Grab a frankfurter and ice cream at D&B’s

    “This Saturday, I’m going to have one of those hot dogs that I told you about,” said my former classmate, Jan Harlan, as we were leaving a recent Oak Ridge High School 60th reunion meeting.

    In grade school there were only two houses on the street between my house and Jan’s.

    Readers of my previous articles will understand when I shout, “Hot dog!” That’s because I’ve often written about my fondness of hot dogs.

    I called Jan the next day to ask if my wife, Carol, and I could join her.

  • EMS head may get $10,000 pay bump

    Concerned that Roane County Ambulance Director Tim Suter might bolt for another job, the Budget Committee is recommending $10,000 be added to his salary line for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

    “He’s had offers,” Roane County Executive/Budget Committee Chairman Ron Woody said.

    Woody hired Suter last fall for $51,000, and gave him the opportunity to reach $60,000 if he performed well.

    On the job less than a year, he’s already made it up to the $60,000.

    “I’ve got him at his max,” Woody said.

  • I-40 crash kills one

    One person died and one person was injured in a single-vehicle car crash on Friday.

    The accident happened on the eastbound side of Interstate 40 near the 350 exit around 11:15 a.m.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the crash.

    According to the report, Tonya R. Word of Knoxville was negotiating a right turn in a 2003 GMC Envoy when she ran off the interstate.

    The report said the car flipped several times and ended up on its pas-

    senger’s side.

    Word, 30, was killed in the wreck.