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Today's News

  • Roane State offers free comedy show at Princess

    The public is invited to a free performance by comedian Larry Omaha on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.
    Presented by Roane State Community College’s Office of Student Engagement, Omaha’s show (suitable for young adults and older) begins at 7 p.m.
    Doors open at 6 p.m.
    Omaha’s entertainment career has included appearances on “Mind of Mencia,” “Comics Unleashed,” “Make Me Laugh” and in a variety of feature films.

  • Dawson acquitted in drug case

    Rodney Dawson, a 42-year-old Harriman man, was found not guilty of selling cocaine in a school zone on Tuesday. The case stemmed from a 2009 indictment.
    “He’s been waiting a long time for this to get off his shoulders,” said Dawson’s attorney, Donice Butler. “I’m hoping that the acquittal will help him move forward, find able employment and do well in the community.”
    Cynthia Wheeler and Timothy Wright are in federal custody for their roles in a Roane County prescription pill ring headed by John Goss.

  • Harriman man charged in dispute

    From STAFF REPORTS
    Ralph D. Moore, 121 Franklin St, Harriman, was charged with aggravated domestic assault after an incident at his home .
    The trouble began around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, police said..
    Harriman police were called to the address to check on the welfare of a Crystal Moore, the wife of the suspect.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Let us now praise the merits of flannel, fleece

    I’m such a chill baby.
    Even when temperatures inside are comfortable, the marrow in my bones seems to have an unnatural connection with the much chillier air outside.
    My joints stiffen and ache.
    This is why I have such a strong appreciation for modern textiles — despite many manufacturers’ shoddy work when it comes to piecing together women’s clothing.
    Flannel has long been a cool-weather staple, but I recently made two flannel purchases that just about rocked my chill-baby world.

  • Kick butts on Nov. 21

    Nov. 21 marks the 2013 Great American Smokeout — and the Roane County Health Department encourages smokers to use the occasion to either make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and quit smoking that day.

    “By quitting – even for one day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing the risk of cancer and diseases related to smoking such as emphysema and COPD,” said Donna Raines, public health educator at Roane County Health Department.

  • Kingston fall ’13 decoration winners

    Kingston Parks and Recreation Department recently announced winners of its 2013 fall/Halloween decorating contest.

  • Take time Saturday to look at the stars

    The public is welcome to attend an evening of astronomy lectures and lunar viewing at Roane State Community College’s Tamke-Allan Observatory on Nov. 16.

    The gate will open at 7:30 p.m.

    Highlights will include a general astronomy presentation at 8 p.m., followed by lectures on what can be seen on the moon.

    “We’ll also hear about solar ‘killer’ events, getting ready for a full discussion on Jan. 18,” said David Fields, Tamke-Allan director.

  • Meet The Bridge Hall-of-Famers

    The Bridge at Rockwood recently honored residents, staff and community members inducted into the facility’s ninth annual Hall of Fame earlier this month.

    Inductees include:

    • Vera “Billie” Meadows for her personal achievements and entrepreneurship.

    • Wayne Earl Swicegood for distinguished military service and volunteerism.

    • Staff member Kaye Howard for volunteerism.

    • Community member Gail Lyke for public service and volunteerism.

  • Energy grants offered

    Tennessee is planning a third offering of the Clean Tennessee Energy Grants to fund energy efficiency projects for municipal governments, county governments, utility districts and other similar entities across the state.

    The state plans to make $1.9 million available for the grants.

    “Increasing Tennessee’s energy efficiency will help us be even better stewards of both taxpayer dollars and our environment,” said Gov. Bill Haslam.

  • CONTACT to mark 40 years of listening

    For 40 years, volunteers with CONTACT Care Line have provided a listening ear to East Tennesseans in crisis, and the Oak Ridge-based nonprofit is welcoming the public to an evening of Bluegrass music to celebrate its milestone anniversary.