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Today's News

  • Middle school season kicks off Thursday

    Although the start of the 2013 high school football season isn’t until next Friday, Roane County football fans can still enjoy a good week on the gridiron this week as all five county middle school teams open the 2013 regular season on Thursday.
    Each middle school team in the county will play eight games between Thursday, Aug. 15 and Oct. 3 with Clinch Valley Conference championship games set for the following Thursday, Oct. 10.

  • Master Gardeners workshop scheduled

    Roane County Master Gardeners will have an Aug. 24 workshop on Preservation of the Harvest and Cool Season Gardening.
    This is the third workshop in the Sustainable and Edible Landscapes series.
    Sessions topics will include food preservation principles and techniques, preventing insects from overwintering in the garden and other key cool-season gardening topics, followed by hands on demonstration of food preservation techniques.
    All participants will receive reference materials and preserved items made during the workshop.

  • Harriman Happenings- August 11

    Pauline Steelman celebrated her 92nd birthday Wednesday, Aug. 8.
    Pauline and Linda Durham are close friends, and Linda took her out for a special lunch.
    Pauline gives thanks to Linda, and she really did enjoy her delicious lunch.
    We say happy birthday to you, Pauline, from all your friends.
    Three members of St. Mary’s Baptist Church celebrated their birthdays in August. They are Lucille Gordon, Pearl Gallaher and Darius Gallaher.
    We sang the birthday song, and the pastor prayed and each one received a gift from the church.

  • Blood drives coming up in Harriman, OS

    Summer months are difficult for blood centers across the U.S. and it is no exception for East Tennessee’s provider, Medic Regional Blood Center.
    “We are currently on emergency appeal for all blood types, especially the negative types,” said Christi Fightmaster, Medic’s spokeswoman. “This is a time when being negative can be a good thing. Negative blood types are more rare than positive types, and often Medic finds themselves in a critical shortage of these types.”

  • Plan aims to help Cold War workers

    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has reintroduced a bipartisan plan to create an independent advisory panel to help Cold War workers from Oak Ridge and other nuclear weapons facilities get the help they need to treat cancer and other illnesses they developed as a result of exposure to radiation.
    The panel would oversee the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program, which has been plagued by procedural inconsistencies and delays preventing former nuclear workers from accessing the benefits they are owed.

  • Special gift at Love’s grand opening

    The American Truck Historical Society, Smoky Mountain Chapter, donated $1,000 to Michael Dunn Center at the grand-opening celebration of the new Love’s Travel Stop in Lenoir City.
    The donation resulted from the proceeds of the ATHS Southeast Regional Truck Show that took place on April 12-13 at Roane State Community College.
    The ATHS Truck Show has donated proceeds from the show to Michael Dunn Center for the last four years.

  • United Way campaign kicks off Aug. 22

    Roane County United Way will have its 2014 campaign kickoff from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Aug. 22 in the Michael Dunn Center at 629 Gallaher Road, Kingston.  
    This year’s goal is $400,000.
    Roane County United Way, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, works to maximize the impact of individual and business donations as partner agencies work together to serve all Roane Countians.

  • One solar farm down, one to go

    Kingston City Council members glimpsed a bright future for the city’s two solar projects off Hwy. 58 at the Aug. 6 council work session.
    According to project updates, the smaller of Kingston’s two planned solar farms — a 50-kilowatt installation behind the water distribution plant — is finished, inspected and operational.

  • Bonus possible for county employees

    Roane County employees could find some extra money in their paychecks later this year.
    County Executive Ron Woody said the county is in position to give one-time bonuses to employees after closing its records for the 2012-13 fiscal year with a $229,773 increase in fund balance.  
    “We came in positive for a couple of reasons,” Woody said.
    “One is because we didn’t increase operating costs with salaries,” he noted, “and two, our employees helped us get
    to where we’re at by either

  • Free smoke alarms offered in Harriman

    Harriman Fire Department continues to offer free smoke alarms.
    The department recently received 200 Kidde Firex brand smoke alarms.
    “These were gotten through the Tennessee Fire Marshal’s office through a federal grant,” said Fire Chief Brad Goss.
    Harriman residents wishing to have the smoke alarms, which have a 10-year sealed battery, can call station one to schedule installation.
    “You must be a homeowner inside the city of Harriman,” Goss said.
    Call 882-3072 to schedule an appointment.