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Today's News

  • Tennessee cited for SNAP performance

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for high performance in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

    According to the USDA, for the first time in DHS history, it has been recognized as No. 1 in the nation for most improvement in case and procedural error rate (CAPER), a measurement directly related to improvement in efficiency and customer service.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to Chicago

    After departing the Golden State, the Roane County News headed to Chicago, where it posed with Brittney and Cameron Lawson in front of the Cloud Gate, also known as “The Bean,” at Millennium Park last weekend.

    Where will your hometown newspaper head to after its Windy City excursion?

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

    Be sure to tell us where you — and the News — traveled for a break and photo.

  • Looking for ‘best ribs’? Head to Strutt Street

    The Mayme Carmichael School Organization Inc. of Oliver Springs is sponsoring the “Best Barbecue Ribs on Strutt Street” cook-off this weekend.

    The cook-off will start at 7 a.m. July 26 on Oliver Springs’ Strutt Street.

    Judging will end at 11:30 a.m.

    Barbecue plate dinners, barbecue sandwiches and grilled hot dogs will be available for sale.

    A flea market is also planned.

    All proceeds will go toward the development of the Carmichael Park in Oliver Springs.

  • 4-H Chicken Show, Sale next week in Midtown

    The annual Roane County 4-H Chicken Show and Sale will begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 2 at Valley Farmers Co-op, Midtown.

    The sale is an ideal place to find laying hens to start egg production or to purchase replacements for a current flock.

    All proceeds go toward show awards to 4-H members and the original cost of purchasing the chicks.

    Chickens offered for sale will include Rhode Island reds and Barred Rock, Black Star and Red Star prime laying pullets.

  • Autism support group meets

    Roane County Autism Support Group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 11 in Michael Dunn Center at 629 Gallaher Road, Kingston.

    The organization is designed to help parents with autistic and special-needs children, as well as to give children social time to be with others with similar circumstances.

    Babysitters are provided during each meeting. Contact Monique Stevens at Monique_stevens@comcast.net, or visit the Autism Support Group Roane County site on Facebook.

  • Crumby recipient of second national DAR craft award

    For the second year in a row, Avery Trace Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution member Amanda Crumby has earned a national award in the miscellaneous crafts division of the American Heritage Committee contest.

    Crumby was awarded a national second-place honor for her entry of a turned wooden goblet during last month’s 2014 awards ceremony at Continental Congress in Washington, D.C.

    The goblet will be donated to the historic Roane County Courthouse for display in its museum.

  • OR minister to conduct Sevier Drive gospel meet

    Sevier Drive Church of Christ, Harriman, will have its gospel meeting Aug. 4-6.

    “What Excuse Do You Have?” based on Luke 14:15-24, will be the theme.

    Services will begin at 7 p.m. daily in the church at 1014 Sevier Drive.

    Bro. Charles Caruthers, minister of Scarboro Church of Christ, Oak Ridge, will conduct the meeting.

    A member of Scarboro Church of Christ for more than 38 years, Caruthers has served as the church’s pulpit minister since May 2010.

  • Courts of Praise giving away backpacks

    Courts of Praise Church, Harriman, will give away backpacks and school supplies on Aug. 3 in the church at 215 Maple St., Harriman.

    A short service will kick off the event at 11 a.m. followed by the giveaway and fun activities for the youngsters.

    Free hot dogs and snacks will be available.

    Two hundred backpacks will be given away.

    Courts of Praise collaborated with Cedar Grove Baptist Church, Kingston, to provide the backpacks.

    A child must be present to receive a backpack.

    Call 335-3077 for details.

  • Arrests: July 17-23, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    July 17 — Walter Lewis Jordan, 26, 660 West Hills Drive, Harriman: DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession or casual exchange, open container law. Total bond $3,000; court date Sept. 29.

    • Jason Albert Lewis, 27, 801 Orchard Road, Oliver Springs: violation of probation, failure to appear. Total bond $22,500: court date Aug. 1.

  • General Sessions Court: Feb. 28-March 3, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Feb. 28 — Davis L. Kring, financial respon• Glen Alexander Allen, speeding: dismissed on cost and traffic school.

    • Danielle N. Kinser, light law motor vehicle, registration law, financial responsibility law: dismissed. Seat belt 18 and older: guilty.

    • Natasha Pennington, financial responsibility law: dismissed.