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Today's News

  • Bike Safety Month emphasis on how to take precautions

    May is National Bike Safety Month, and AAA encourages all bicyclists to take necessary precautions while sharing the road with motorists.

    This means making safety a top priority, not just in May, but throughout the year.

    Bicycle fatalities continue to increase across the U.S., according to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 63 percent of bicyclists killed in 2013 reportedly were not wearing helmets.

  • Cruisin’ keeps its afternoon time slot

    Harriman’s summertime Cruisin’ auto show will not be moving to morning — at least not this year.

    While it was discussed as a possibility as the car show got further into the hot summer, officials have decided to keep it at its traditional afternoon time.

    Now in its 12th year, Cruisin’ draws auto aficionados to downtown Harriman.

    Cruisin’ is the second Saturday of each monthfrom April through August.

    Typically, cars are allowed to begin parking at 3 p.m. and the show officially runs from 4 to 7 p.m.

  • Obed River cleanup and volunteer lunch slated

    In celebration of National River Cleanup Day, the Obed Wild and Scenic River will have an annual Obed River clean up on May 16.

    Participants are asked to meet at the Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St. in Wartburg at 8:30 a.m.

    Volunteers are asked to bring water, insect repellent, sun block and wear sturdy shoes.

  • Canning College teaches proper techniques in food preservation

    By Justin Thomas • For Roane Newspapers
    Starting this June, UT Extension Roane County will offer a “Canning College.”

    Participants will be taught how to preserve foods with the most up-to-date research-based techniques.

    This course is once per week for three weeks. Throughout the three weeks, participants will be taught how to make strawberry jam, sweet pickles and how to pressure can low-acid foods such as green beans.

    Additional topics will be covered, including freezing and drying foods.

  • Military Matters: Marstratton X. Gordon

    U.S. Army Pvt. Marstratton X. Gordon recently graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Ga.

    Nephew of Jason Gordon of Harriman, he is the son of Monica Turner and stepson of Coy Turner of Rockford.

    He graduated in 2011 from Heritage High School, Maryville.

    During the nine-week training period,Gordon received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship and bayonet training, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises.

  • Military Matters: Jonathan M. Harrison

    U.S. Army Pvt. Jonathan M. Harrison recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    Son of Amber D. Green of Kingston, he is a 2014 graduate of Roane County High School, Kingston.

    During the nine weeks of training, Harrison studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness.

  • Kudos from city to Rockwood soccer teams

    Rockwood High School boys and girls soccer teams were recognized at the Rockwood City Council meeting for an exceptional 2014 season.

    The teams are made up of Rockwood and Midway High School students.

    The boys team finished with a 12-5-4 record and the girls finished with a 19-2 record.

  • Investing in us will help county, cities

    By Ron Woody • For Roane Newspapers
    Back in February, I wrote a draft paper titled Community Investment Fund (CIF), an “Initiative to Grow” program.

    I sat on the article for a number of weeks, and then started pitching the concept to our city and county leaders to see if they would be receptive to further study and consideration of the initiative.

    Input was received from city mayors and managers as we met in our semi-monthly meeting.

  • Harriman Happenings: May 4

    Condolences to Carolyn Clemmons in the loss of her sister-in-law Barbara Gaines Worthy.

    She passed away on April 9 at a rehab hospital in Trenton, N.J.

    Left to mourn her passing is her husband of 40 years, Leon Worthy; daughters, Carla and Sonya; son, Phillip; and five grandchildren.

    Barbara was raised in Jasper, Tenn., and moved to New Jersey in 1970.

    She was a quiet, sweet person. She will be missed by the family.

    Carolyn Clemmons met her siblings Virginia and Paul and his wife Donna on April 24-28 in Las Vegas.

  • ‘Sidekick’ remark irks commissioner

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan got an earful when he appeared before the budget committee on April 28.

    Morgan has been critical of two members of the committee – County Executive Ron Woody and Commissioner Ron Berry – for traveling to Nashville on Feb. 26 for the State Board of Equalization meeting.

    “I just want to clear the record,” Berry told Morgan. “If you go back to Nashville, I’ll be back in Nashville.”

    Morgan was under fire in Nashville for his handling of the 2015 Roane County reappraisal.