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Today's News

  • Douglass Family anniversary

    Harriman’s Douglass Family Singers will mark the group’s 54th anniversary with a special concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 1 in Believers Voice of Deliverance Church at 306 Spencer Ave., Harriman.

    Darrell McFadden and the Disciples are the special guests.

    Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for 9 and younger, with proceeds helping to pay for special guest singers and benefiting the church.

  • Meet the Roane Treasures Class of 2013

    A former Tennessee legislator, a pair of engineers, a retired elementary school principal and a builder make up this year's Roane Treasures.

    The group was recognized by Roane County Executive Ron Woody during a Founders Day ceremony earlier this month.

    This year's Golden Treasure is 96-year-old Ida Lou Nelson.

    Treasures and the County Commission districts they represent are Jack Bowman, 1st; Mitchell B. Ollis, 2nd; Thomas Pickel, 3rd; Leonard Morris, 4th; and Arvel McNelley, 5th.

  • Slip-sliding roadway reopens

    Rockwood’s Airport Road is now open again, but it may be rough going.
    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said it was important to get the road open this week before Thanksgiving, but warned that while it is navigable, the road is not paved yet.

    “Because of the weather, we weren’t able to do it,” Ferguson said.

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts announced the news at the Rockwood City Council meeting Monday, thanking Ferguson and the city’s street department, including superintendent Hugh Lee O’Dell.

  • BOWERS ELEMENTARY: Thanksgiving also provides food for soul
  • Looseleaf laureate: Be grateful that the truth is more interesting

    I cringe every year at depictions of the first Thanksgiving, with Pilgrims and “the Indians” harmoniously sitting down to break bread together.

    It’s a nice thought, it really is, but it has little to do with truth.

    In 1621, a small group of Pilgrims were celebrating a successful harvest, but the fact that 90 warriors were on hand was not a result of invitation.

    The Wampanoag tribe that is often generically referred to as “the Indians” in the Thanksgiving story has much more interesting — and believable — version.

  • Kingston library has no-fine December

    December is fine-free month at Kingston Public Library.

    If you have an overdue book or two, but are worried about having to pay fines, now’s your chance at forgiveness.

    The library is making the transition to new Verso library operating software, so it is giving patrons a chance to return their overdue books, audiobooks and DVDs without reprimand or fine.

    Fine Free days are Dec. 1-31.

    Those who ignore their overdue status will no longer be allowed to check out any items.

    Library workers are available to answer questions about the fine status and the Verso software.

  • Richie loved Roane
  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Bill Landry to sign new book at Rocky Top Gen. Store

    There are times when a person, or group, or nation has the strength, or the authority to do something, but which they shouldn’t do, despite that strength or authority.

    As a result of proceeding when they shouldn’t, the person, group, or nation loses that strength or authority.

    Last week saw this very thing happen in one case, and the wheels begin to turn that may well result in its happening again in another case.

  • Whaley reflects on first year

     

    Chris Whaley knew what he was getting into when he became Roane State Community College’s newest president.

    As a long-time employee and former student, he hit the ground running with an intricate understanding of the college’s inner workings. It didn’t hurt that his father, Lowell Whaley, was an accountant with the college from its start.

    “I cannot remember a time in my life where I didn’t have some association with Roane State,” Whaley said recently.

  • Raiderettes pick up split

     

    The Roane State Raiderettes split a pair of conference games over the weekend and now stand at 4-4 on the season.

    Roane State opened play at Jackson State on Friday and dropped a 68-59 decision to the Lady Generals. The Raiderettes bounced back on Saturday with a 69-54 victory at Columbia State.