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Today's News

  • Shriners screening clinic Saturday

    Kerbela Roane Shriners will have a free screening clinic for children from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 29 in South Gate Lodge 569 F&AM at 306 Ruritan Road, Harriman.

    Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 non-profit hospitals across North America. Children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.

  • THP to conduct three license checks in Roane County over the next month

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct driver license roadside safety checkpoints on three dates over the next month.

    The next checkpoint will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Sept. 28 on Hwy. 27 at the Morgan County line.

    A second checkpoint will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 on Pine Ridge Road near the railroad tracks; and a third will be from 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 26 on Hwy. 58 near the new bridge.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Isham 70th

    Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Isham will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Oct. 8.

    Like so many couples of the “Greatest Generation,” Isham and the former Wanda Delaney were married during the early days of World War II and spent their early moments together only during furloughs during the war years.

    After the war, they made their home in their native Roane County and have spent 70 years of marriage in their South Harriman home.

  • Brycelyn Steven Hennager

    Brycelyn Steven Hennager celebrated his fourth birthday on Sept. 11.

    His party theme was Monster Truck Jam.

    He is the son of Steven and Krystal Hennager of Ponchatoula, La., formerly of Rockwood.

    Grandparents are David and Carolyn Thomas of Rockwood, and Ronnie and Tina Hennager of Ozone.

    Great-grandparents are Marthalee Lowery, Bob Thomas and Dot Brown.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Sept. 26

    25 Years Ago
    Kingston Elementary School beat the odds of 10,000 to 1 by having five sets of twins among the 137 students in the kindergarten class. The twins included Sarah and Megan Robinson, Roseinna and Tracy Shelton, William and Robert Shannon, Kristin and Jennifer Renfro, and Tiffiany and Timothy Martin.

    10 Years Ago

  • Wheat lives on for those who called it home

    By Bonita Irwin, For Roane Newspapers
    Homecomings are nothing new for the people who lived in the former Wheat community or attended the Wheat Schools.

    This will be the 81st year of getting together.

    On Oct. 7, the reunion will be at George Jones Baptist Church in what was known as Wheat. The program will begin at 11 a.m. with A.L. Turpin bringing the message.

    Wheat no longer exists except in the hearts and minds of the ones who lived there.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Purcell 50th

    Jerry and Betty Purcell of Harriman will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 6.

    They were married in a Presbyterian church in Lake Station, Ind.

    The couple has three children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

  • Tigers, Devils prepare for round 93

    When it comes to high school football rivalries, it’s hard to top Harriman and Rockwood.

    The two teams started playing in 1921 and have been playing every year since 1923, which makes the annual meeting between the Tigers and Blue Devils the state’s longest consecutive running rivalry.

    Friday night at Civitan Field marks the 93rd meeting between to old foes, and this year’s battle is important as ever as both teams are looking to remain alive in the District 3-A race.

  • Chancellor recommends Harriman's Whaley as Roane State president

    A longtime Roane State employee, Roane State alumni and Harriman resident will be recommended as the next Roane State Community College president.

    Chris Whaley, currently vice president of student learning and chief academic officer at Roane State, will be recommended by Chancellor John Morgan to the full Tennessee Board of Regents and ask them to approve him in a special telephonic meeting on Monday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m.

  • Schools rally to hold onto $1 million in TVA funds

    Officials with Roane County Schools expect a surplus when the $32 million building program is finished.  

    “It looks like we’re going to have in excess of $1 million remaining,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said at last week’s Board of Education meeting.

    “Any items that have been purchased, but not paid, we’ve accounted for, we think,” added Lee Maines, who was hired to oversee the $32 million program for the school system. “We feel pretty good about our numbers.”