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Today's News

  • Pancake breakfast fundraiser to benefit Contact Care Line

    A fundraising pancake breakfast to benefit Contact Care Line will be from 8 to 10 a.m. July 11 in Oak Ridge Applebee’s Restaurant at 1213 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased from any Contact board member or at the door.

    All proceeds will benefit Contact’s Crisis Call Lines and Reassurance Program.

    Contact has been in operation in Oak Ridge since 1973 and serves a nine-county region, including Roane, Anderson, Blount, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Sevier and Union counties.

  • 101 new members help #UniteRoane

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce recently experienced a 27-percent membership growth within a two-day time span.

    The recent Membership Expansion event was a culmination of a six-week contest to help #UniteRoane.

    The two-day membership drive added 101 new members to the Chamber’s rolls — a record for the consulting company that directed the event.

    “Last Thursday, we started the day with 365 members, and to end the week with 466 members is difficult to fathom,” said Chamber President Wade Creswell of The Roane Alliance.

  • Stewart, Roane County cited for recycling

    Roane County Solid Waste Director Ralph Stewart, center, accepts an East Tennessee Development District award from Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain, left, and Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters.

    ETDD recognized the county and Stewart during its recent awards banquet in Knoxville.

    The award was presented for improvements to Roane County’s regional recycling center.

  • Out to Lunch: No. 200 calls for a special visit to Miss Lilly’s Café

    It’s hard to believe this is my 200th “Out to Lunch” article.

    The first, on Junior’s Restaurant in Rockwood, was published on March 17, 2008.

    We invited longtime Kingston friends, Cliff and Sue Nunley, to join us on this special adventure to the “quiet side of the Smokies.”

    The Nunleys have hiked most of the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains and spent a few nights in Mount Leconte Lodge. We knew they would be good guides, and probably had eaten at several places in Townsend.

  • Diversity topic for employers

    Corporations spend billions of dollars to attract and manage diversity.

    Roane County Employers Association will delve into the topic during its July 14 meeting.

    Jennifer Henry, president of the Oak Ridge Human Resources Association, will discuss “Diversity: Strength Lies in Differences, Not in Similarities” during the meeting from noon to 1 p.m.

    The meeting will be in the ground floor cafeteria of the Dunbar Building on the main campus of Roane State Community College between Harriman and Rockwood.

  • Rockwood officials honor Cliftons, McCrearys

    Rockwood celebrated two businesses recently by honoring the commitment the owners made to the community.

    David Clifton, formerly of David Clifton Chevrolet, and his family, including wife Pat, were touched by the recognition at the start of last week’s Rockwood City Council meeting.

    “It has truly been an honor to represent General Motors for the city of Rockwood all these years,” David Clifton said.

    Also recognized were Steve and Earl McCreary, who owned McCreary Auto Parts, or the Rockwood NAPA.

  • Taking a look back at spring signees in Roane County

    Through the first six — nearly seven — months, 2015 has been kind to the athletes of Roane County.

    Midway and Oliver Springs have promoted former OSMS head coach Larry Green and former Green Waves defensive coordinator Ryen Minton to head coaching roles.

    After TSSAA violations resulted in Harriman boys basketball being stripped of spring basketball (on top of losing a coach) the Blue Devils have finally secured a new lead man in former West Carroll coach Shay Shannon.

  • Q&A: Meet new Harriman boys head coach Shay Shannon

    Editor’s note: The following is a transcription from an interview sports editor Bradley Stringfield did with the new Harriman boys basketball head coach Shay Shannon.

    Q: So, how did all of this come about?

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Who knew the power of the old Battle Flag?

    Dear Hearts and Gentle Readers: The old curmudgeon must confess that for lo, all these past years, nigh onto eighty of them, he has been troubled by the racist outlook and attitude of so many of his friends and neighbors.

  • Former West Carroll coach Shay Shannon named new Harriman boys basketball coach

    Harriman basketball has found a new lead man.

    Shay Shannon, former head coach at West Carroll High School in West Tennessee has accepted the job, per Harriman athletic director and vice-principal Bobby Clark.

    “We’re very excited,” Clark said. “Him having head coaching experience definitely helps us.”

    Shannon spent five seasons coaching the War Eagles. During his time at West Carroll, he put together a 48-80 record.