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Today's News

  • Grant aims to help nonprofits in pediatric cancer treatment, services

    East Tennessee Foundation is now accepting applications for funding from the Butterfly Fund of East Tennessee Foundation.

    Organizations must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) or other exempt entities and submit proposals directly related to support of pediatric oncology research, treatment and/or services.

    Funds totaling $50,000 are available to award, and organizations may apply for the entire amount or a portion of funds available.

    Using an online grant application system, applications must be submitted no later than Feb. 27 to be eligible for funding.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to the Caribbean!

    While everyone was dealing with the bitter cold temperatures, Steve and Mona Bolden took their Roane County News on a cruise to the Southern Caribbean to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, Jan. 11-18.

    They said the temperatures were perfect, staying between 79-81.

    They visited San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten and Barbados.

    Planning a vacation?

    Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

  • Yager heads state, local gov’t committee

    State Sen. Ken Yager has been appointed chairman of the Senate’s state and local government committee for the 109th Tennessee General Assembly.

    The Kingston Republican, who represents the 12th District in the Tennessee Senate, was also chosen to serve on the Senate’s commerce and labor and energy, agriculture and natural resources committees.

  • Air Force Jazz Ensemble to perform at Princess

    The U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble will perform in a free concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.

    Although admission is free, tickets are required.

    Tickets can be picked up in advance from Rocky Top General Store at 316 Ruritan Road or Harriman Jewelry Exchange at 509 Roane St., both in Harriman.

    Remaining tickets will be available at the box office on the day of the concert.

  • Coal ash films to be followed by public Q&A

    On Thursday, Feb. 5, members of Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) and Working Films will host a free open community discussion on the continuing impact of TVA’s coal ash landfill and what it means for the future of local communities.

    SOCM has partnered with members of the community since the 2008 spill.

    These efforts are being made to better inform the communities affected by the 2008 coal ash spill since TVA is currently seeking modifications to their permit.

  • GUEST OPINION: Duke, Muslims and the politics of intimidation

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES

    First Amendment Center

    What began as a gesture of interfaith hospitality ended badly recently when Duke University suddenly canceled plans to begin broadcasting the Muslim call to prayer from the bell tower of Duke Chapel every Friday afternoon.

    The first “call to prayer” was scheduled for Jan. 16 — which, as it happens, was also Religious Freedom Day in America.

    Duke officials cited “security concerns” as the reason for canceling the prayer call, but declined to elaborate.

  • Balancing act of governing

    By RON WOODY

    Roane County Executive

    We hope through a series of articles that we can help explain programs offered by Roane County, why we offer these programs, and the costs and benefits of these programs to the citizens of Roane County. This article discusses the taxpayers’ investment in The Roane Alliance.

    The Alliance was formed by a group of Roane County leaders in 2000. The goal was to consolidate the leadership in not only direction and focus, but also to achieve efficiency of administration.

  • Arrests: Nov. 8-20, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Nov. 8
    — Lonnie James Haire, 52, 418 N. Broadway Ave., Knoxville: violation of probation/parole.

    • Ronnie Wayne Cisson, 51, 120 Arp Drive, Rockwood: violation of probation/parole.

    • Thomas Lee Spears, 44, 127 Corbin St., Corbin, Ky.: failure to appear, two counts violation of probation/parole.

  • Lots of business celebrations around Roane
  • Lady Jackets hold off Lady Devils

    The last time Kingston and Harriman squared off, the Lady Devils handed the Lady Jackets a loss in Kingston.

    Friday night, Kingston returned the favor and picked up a 59-46 win at Harriman.