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Today's News

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: Reclaiming our common humanity

     Horrific events like the heartbreaking tragedy in Orlando — the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history — bring out the best and the worst in the American character.

    After Omar Mateen murdered 49 people and injured 53 others, many clergy who rarely, if ever, acknowledge the LGBT community in positive terms offered prayers for LGBT people — actually reciting the letters. This one, brief shining moment was both unprecedented and heartening.

  • Brookdale makes residents feel right at home

    Editor’s note: This is a continuing series of stories on businesses that were voted No. 1 in the 19th annual Roane County News Reader’s Choice Awards. Brookdale Kingston was voted the top Assisted Living Facility in the contest.

    From staff reports
    Brookdale Kingston offers a homey environment for its residents who find themselves needing a little help with everyday activities.

    The facility, in Bradford Way, currently has 39 residents who live in comfortable, roomy and secure apartment-like settings.

  • What’s the SCORE? The unexpected could destroy your financial stability

    By Dana Peterka

    When I mention “disaster planning” in the Strategic Planning workshop I conduct for rural nonprofits in the greater Knoxville area, I get puzzled looks from the participants.

    I have found that the best way to make the concept understandable is by use of an example.

    I have a friend — and SCORE client — who operates a massage therapy business in Knoxville. A few years ago, he moved to a larger facility.

  • Midway groups recipients of VECustomers Share grants

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $3,000 in combined grants to Roane and Loudon county organizations in July.

    Groups receiving grants include Midway High Class of 2018 Prom Committee ($250), Lady Waves Soccer Club ($300), Midway Middle School Support and Outreach Committee ($450),  Midway Youth Cheerleading Organization ($550), Midway Quarterback Club ($600) and Midway Middle School Football Boosters ($850).

  • Y-12 FCU hires new coordinator

    Y-12 Federal Credit Union has hired Betsy Cunningham as its new community and business development coordinator.

    In this role, Cunningham will be responsible for ensuring the credit union delivers on its mission to enrich the communities in which it serves, as well as working to develop relationships with its corporate partners.

    Y-12 Federal Credit Union serves Roane County customers from its offices at 1715 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.
    Cunningham previously served as communications coordinator for the Blount County school system.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: An Open Letter to the Citizens of Harriman

    Dear Harriman Citizens: Congratulations, dear citizens, each of you is about to become the proud owner of a lawsuit, each and every one of you.

    You did not ask to be, you didn’t know you were going to be, and you may not want to be, but you are.

  • AARP driver course offered Aug. 10-11

    An eight-hour AARP driver safety class in Roane County next month offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The two-day AARP Smart Driver course will be from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 10-11 in Rockwood Community Center.

    Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.

  • The Bridge wants folks to feel at home

    Editor’s note: This is one of a series of features based on winners of this year’s Roane County News Reader’s Choice Awards.

    The Bridge at Rockwood is one nursing home where residents have asked to return.

    “We have had residents here who have come four or five times, perhaps for therapy, then go home, but may have to return,” said marketing director Kathy Parks. “Because they had a pleasant experience here, they choose to come back.”

  • The Bridge wants folks to feel at home

    Editor’s note: This is one of a series of features based on winners of this year’s Roane County News Reader’s Choice Awards.

    The Bridge at Rockwood is one nursing home where residents have asked to return.

    “We have had residents here who have come four or five times, perhaps for therapy, then go home, but may have to return,” said marketing director Kathy Parks. “Because they had a pleasant experience here, they choose to come back.”

  • OUT to LUNCH: There’s no way to not like Foothills Bakery and Cafe

    For our most recent “Out to Lunch” adventure, I was encouraged to visit Foothills Milling Bakery & Café in Maryville by overheard conversations in a Knoxville doctor’s office waiting room.

    Non-related folks were talking about good places to eat – and I moved over to hear their positive comments. The Café was already on my prospect list.

    My wife, Carol, and I stopped in Knoxville to pick up our daughter-in-law, Faye, and longtime friend, Mickey Pease, to join us for this adventure.