Today's News

  • Scouting for Food underway

    Residents throughout Roane County and East Tennessee will have the chance to participate in the upcoming Scouting for Food event to help fight hunger.

    In a partnership between Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee and the Boy Scouts of America Great Smoky Mountain Council, the Scouting for Food program is designed to encourage communities to come together and combat hunger while teaching scouts the importance of giving back and spreading good will.

  • Harriman Happenings: Feb. 2

    Happy belated birthday to Dan Baker who recently celebrated his special day.

    I hope you had a great celebration and hope you have many more.

    I extend my sympathy to the family of Trixie Siler, who passed away Wednesday. Arrangements were incomplete at the time of this writing.

    Burckon and Mary Walker left Spring City to attend the services of Mr. Burckon’s father in Blytheville, Ark.

    Several members from Cedine Bible Mission attended this service, including Missionary Gloria Ward.

  • Sign up for free tree to plant on special Tenn. day

    Homeowners, businesses and groups of any variety can now sign up to receive free trees for their property or community.

    The catch? The trees must be planted during one hour — at 11 a.m. Eastern time on Feb. 21.

    A team of non-profit organizations, state agencies and community groups seeks to plant 50,000 trees in one hour across Tennessee on “50K Tree Day,” the first tree-planting undertaking of its size in Tennessee, according to event organizers.

    Organizers are currently recruiting interested groups and individuals to get involved.

  • Public warned about peanut allergin detected in paprika

    The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has issued a public advisory for an undeclared peanut allergen in 5-ounce containers of Pride of Szeged Hungarian Spice paprika.

    The paprika is distributed by Spice Co. of Avenel, N.J.

    On Jan. 12, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture conducted routine retail food product sampling in the Cleveland area.

  • Hospice volunteers needed

    Caris Hospice is seeking volunteers to work with patients and families coping with a terminal illness in Roane County.

    Patient visitation and caregiver respite, administrative and special-projects volunteers are needed.

    “Please join us to share a smile or laugh, organize the office or make a gift for our patients,” said Jennifer Wilson, hospice volunteer coordinator.

    “Overwhelmingly, our volunteers report they receive blessings during this sacred time.”

  • Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

    Special music and messages were given during a service celebrating the spiritual legacy of the civil rights leader on the eve of his birthday.

    Rockwood church leaders under the name People for the Dream organized the event in Rockwood Christian Church, Disciples of Christ.

    “The whole movement was born out of the church,” said Bea Thomas, Speights Chapel AME Zion Church pastor, prior to the event.

  • Roane unemployment rate up in December

    Though Roane County’s unemployment rate ticked up 0.3 percent in December, the number was significantly lower than it was a year ago, according to statistics released late last week from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures indicate that the jobless rate for December was 6.5 percent, up from November’s 6.2 percent.

    That’s a 0.8 percent difference from December 2013, when Roane County registered a 7.3 unemployment rate.

  • Covenant Health, BlueCross enter into partnership

    Covenant Health, parent company of Roane Medical Center, and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee have signed a long-term strategic partnership agreement that establishes a new level of collaboration between the two organizations.

    The partnership, which is centered around improving patient care, access and cost, went into effect on Jan. 1.

    “BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is only choosing one health-care partner in selected regions,” said Tony Spezia, president and CEO of Covenant Health.

  • Lions Club honors opticianry professor

    Paulette Bailey, right, vice district governor for Tennessee Lions Club District 12-N, presents the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award to Roane State Community College’s Sally Stokes, assistant professor in the college’s opticianry program.

    According to Lions Clubs International, the award “is the highest form of recognition and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism.”

  • Bookkeeper opens tax office in Harriman

    For more than 30 years, Jane Butler has studied the U.S. Tax Code and worked for clients as both bookkeeper and tax preparer.

    Once she became part of a national tax service, she progressed rapidly and became an area manager in less than six years.

    That led her to open her own office, Taxes Done Right, in Harriman on Jan. 17.