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Today's News

  • Harriman officials hold ‘salty’ talk

    Harriman officials’ desire to consider going to brine, a liquid alternative to salt for icy roadways, was detoured when a decision on ordering salt turned out to be more pressing than realized.
    Harriman City Council voted to move forward with getting a contract for 100 tons of salt at its recent meeting.
    Harriman Treasurer Charles Kerley said many area salt providers have already contracted out most of their salt supplies. Either the city would need to move fast to get a contract or go on a waiting list.

  • Asian missionary sharing his story at Morrison Hill

    Altaf Naseem, a Christian missionary who works to spread the words and love of Jesus Christ in the predominantly Muslim nation of Pakistan, will share insights into his work during a presentation on Oct. 23 in Morrison Hill Christian Church, Kingston.

    The presentation will begin at 6 p.m. in the church at 106 Morrison Hill Circle.

  • Blessed Sacrament’s fall bazaar this weekend

    Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church parishioners, from left, Joan DeGroff, Mary Jo Hooker and Mariann D’Alessandro are among the Council of Church Women members gearing up for their annual fall bazaar.

    The bazaar will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 22 in the church hall at 535 Margrave Drive, Harriman.

    Attic treasures, holiday crafts, home-baked goods, plants and a silent auction are among the attractions. Lunch will be available.

  • DAR starting scholarship program to pay for books

    Avery Trace Chapter DAR has established a $400 book scholarship to be awarded in 2011 to a Roane State Community College honors student pursuing a degree in history.

    The scholarship was established with the assistance of Roane State Foundation coordinator Linda Brown.

  • RCHS band voted tops at Foothills Classic

    Roane County High School’s marching band recently won the 2011 Foothills Classic in Seymour.

    The Kingston school’s band bested 24 other marching bands for the honor.  

    The RCHS band also competed in the Volunteer Classic at Maryville Heritage. It will participate in the Alcoa Marching Festival on Oct. 29.

    The band is able to make these competition trips thanks to fundraisers. Visit www.rchsband.org for details.

  • Big celebrations for Bowers, Midway Middle

    Officials celebrated renovations at Bowers Elementary School in Harriman and Midway Middle School with respective ribbon-cutting ceremonies earlier this month.

  • Inaugural car, motorcycle show set

    The inaugural Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition Cruisin’ to Prevent Substance Abuse Car and Motorcycle Show will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at Roane County Park.

    Entry fee is $20 each.

    Trophies will be awarded for Best of Show, Best Cruiser Cycle, Best GM, Best Unfinished, Best Mopar, Best Rat Rod, Best Import, Best Ford, Best Street Rod and Best Motorcycle.

    Trophies will also be given to the top 25 cars.

    The People’s Choice trophy will be awarded to the highest bidder at $1 per vote.

  • Orange and White Day

    Youngsters at The Henry Center show their Volunteer Spirit by recently wearing the University of Tennessee’s trademark orange and white.

    Their Vols spirit earned them a special place online: on football coach Derek Dooley’s professional sports page.

  • Abston Garage has a storied history

    By Andy Jones, For Roane Newspapers

    The Abston Garage, built by Tom Abston sometime not long after 1915, has been a fixture on the Oliver Springs landscape for close to a century now.

    Built on the property that was once owned by the Wiley family, the brick structure was laid by masons Johnny Cox and John McNamara. Abston, a master mechanic, was responsible for running the electric plant in town that operated on a subscription basis, with the monthly charge being based on how many light bulbs were used in one’s home or business.

  • Social Security giving 3.6% hike in benefits

    Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for more than 60 million Americans will increase 3.6 percent in 2012.

    The 3.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment will begin with benefits that nearly 55 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2012.

    Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on Dec. 30.

    Some other changes that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages.