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Today's News

  • The Garden GATE: This berry can weigh hundreds of pounds

    Using pumpkins as jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween is an American idea — an adaption of the medieval custom of making lanterns out of hollowed-out turnips.

    Those in medieval England, Scotland and Ireland believed elves, ghosts and fairies haunted the Earth. It was customary to build huge bonfires to ward them off.

    The early jack-o’-lanterns contained fires to protect the house. They were small and made from the big yellow turnips we call rutabagas.

  • GUEST OPINION: Knowledge is power against hate, distrust

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Over the past decade, an anti-Muslim movement in America has pushed for anti-Shariah laws in some 23 states and helped generate anti-mosque protests in more than 50 communities.

    Even more disturbing, poisonous anti-Muslim rhetoric has contributed to an atmosphere of anger and hate that provokes acts of intimidation and violence — including the recent attack on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin where six people were murdered, apparently because the killer confused Sikhs with Muslims.

  • A fresher, more natural look coming

     

    For a long time, the Roane County News logo has included an anemic blue version of the county outline in its logo.


    Anyone who studies the points designating Roane County communities on this outline will notice they are more than a bit off.

    But it was familiar to you and to us, and so we kept it.

    After the 2008 TVA ash spill, when Chamber of Commerce and tourism officials decided the county needed a better image, we began to think about the same.

  • RSCC hosts holocaust forum

    A Roane State Community College professor will discuss his parents’ escape from Nazi Germany and a concentration camp survivor will share his story during a Holocaust forum on Thursday, Nov. 1 at Roane State’s Roane County campus in Harriman.

    The forum, presented by the Roane State-Bethel University 2+2 education program, will begin at 4:30 p.m. in room O-202 in the O’Brien Humanities Building. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Men team up to rob Harriman service station

    The Lee’s Food Mart at 1859 S. Roane St. in Harriman was robbed at gunpoint by two men Saturday 9:22 p.m.

    A Harriman Police Department incident report said when officers arrived at the BP station near Interstate 40’s Exit 347, a store clerk told them two men had left on foot heading toward the Comfort Inn. Officer Brian Turner used a police dog to followed a trail toward the hotel, but there the scent was lost.

    The store clerk told police that two white males entered the store in black clothing and blue masks.

  • Chattanooga steam engine chugging up to Harriman

    The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is planning a special 160-mile steam engine excursion from Chattanooga to Harriman and back next month.

    On Sunday, Nov. 11, the former Southern Railway’s Engine No. 630 will leave from Chattanooga for Harriman  at 8:30 a.m. as the train passes over Norfolk Southern main lines.

    Passengers will stay on board the train at Harriman and the train is expected back at Chattanooga around 4:30 p.m.

    The steam engine also is making a slightly longer trip to Attalla, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 10.

  • Owner buzzed about new electrical repair enterprise in Roane County

    Memphis native Joseph Dickerson says he can fix any wiring problem thrown at him. In fact, he calls himself a wiring guru.

    Dickerson recently opened J.D. Automotive, Marine and Equipment Electrical System Specialists in Roane County.

    The new business is located on Hwy. 70 near the intersection with Patton Lane.

    “I do the mechanical work that comes with solving a problem, but electrical is my specialty,” said Dickerson.

  • TWRA urges ATV safety

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and its other partners in the ATV Safety Coalition have begun a Public Service Announcement competition to promote ATV safety in the state.

  • Regular season ends Friday night

    The final week of the regular season is here and a lot is riding on this week’s results as only two Roane County teams, Midway and Kingston, have secured postseason berths.

  • Births: Aug. 1-22, 2012

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:

    Aug. 1 — Crystal and Tim Ingram, Oliver Springs. A boy, Cooper, 9 pounds, 3 ounces. Siblings: Parker and Landyn. Grandparents: Teiha and Eddie Ingram; Lanita Dillon Daugherty and John Daugherty; Troy Dillon.

    Aug. 4 — Renee Hood and Steven Marney, Harriman. A boy, Mason, 6 pounds, 2 ounces. Sibling: Marley. Grandparents: Boots Hood; Tammy and Jason Crabtree; Benny and Debbie Marney.