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Today's News

  • Whaley serves as Senate page

    Harriman Middle School eighth-grader Jonathan Whaley, seated, recently served as a page in the state Senate for the 108th Tennessee General Assembly.

    He was the guest of state Sen. Ken Yager, right, a Kingston Republican.

    Whaley’s parents, Chris and Cindy Whaley, join their son in the Senate chamber.

    Yager said page duties consist of anything from making copies, running errands within the Tennessee Capitol building, to distributing legislative information to members of the General Assembly.

  • Long arm of the law

    Connor Slaven, left, and Kyler Teto chose the job of a sheriff during Ridge View Elementary School’s Career Dress-Up Day.

    The boys were treated to a visit with Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton, who checked out their law-enforcement hardware and badges before rewarding each boy with a handcuff key.

    “Now don’t lose these,” Stockton said, “You are the only two boys in the whole school with real handcuff keys.”

  • Ministry giving garden grants, help with training

    Now is the time to get ready to enjoy all those fresh vegetables out of the garden and to save money in the process.

    Now is also the time to get help doing it.

    Each year, beginning on April 1, Roane County Cooperative Ministry offers garden grants to help pay for starting a vegetable garden.

    This year, the Ministry is also teaming up with Roane County Agricultural Extension Agent Grant Palmer and the Master Gardeners to provide garden training on April 12.

    Garden grants provide up to $30 per family to low-income residents of Roane County.

  • Harriman’s annual Lenten lunch series ongoing each week

    Harriman Ministerial Association’s annual six-week Lunchtime Lenten Series is underway through the season in Harriman United Methodist Church.

    Community members are welcome to go to the church at Queen Avenue and Trenton Street at noon each Wednesday through April 16 for a brief worship service in the sanctuary.

    Various clergy will preach, and area choirs, ensembles and soloists — including an ensemble from the Roane County High School band — will present special music.

  • Church Calendar: March 14-April 20

    FRIDAY, MARCH 14
    • The Women’s Association of Rockwood First Presbyterian Church will have a two-day estate sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the church basement and fellowship hall. Items to be sold are from the estates of three families. The church is at 429 W. Rockwood St.

    SATURDAY, MARCH 22
    • Emory Gap Missionary Baptist Church, Harriman, will have a clothing giveaway for all ages from noon to 3 p.m. in the church at 120 Poland Drive.

  • Arrests: Dec. 4-12, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Dec. 4 — James Richard Simmers, 2294 Nashville Hwy., Lancing: failure to appear. Bond $30,000; court date Jan. 6.

    Dec. 5 — Mary Gail Atkinson, 62, 4737 Roane State Hwy., Rockwood: DUI. Bond $1,000; court date Jan. 6.

    • Jana Kay Barron, 23, 700 Bates St., Rockwood: criminal violation of probation. No bond listed; court date Dec. 6.

  • Tractor Supply raises money for FFA scholarships

    Following a successful initial campaign in 2013, Tractor Supply Co. kicked off its second annual Growing Scholars program last month in partnership with the National FFA Foundation.

    Last year, Tractor Supply customers donated $362,324, resulting in 284 scholarships awarded to FFA members in their pursuit of a college degree.

    “The funding we received from our customers last year was incredible,” said Tractor Supply President and CEO Greg Sandfort.

  • Roane teachers among best-paid

    During his tenure as president of the Tennessee County Services Association, Roane County Commissioner Bobby Collier said he got the feeling that officials from other counties were unsympathetic about the financial problems facing Roane County Schools.

    “When I asked why, they said it’s because you pay your people very well,” Collier said.

    According to the Tennessee Department of Education’s 2012-13 Annual Statistical Report, Roane County classroom teachers have an average salary of $49,240.

  • Former official dead

    Friends are remembering Rockwood resident and former Roane County commissioner Don “Duck” Wicks as a man who had a big impact on his community.

    Wicks, who is the father of General Sessions Judge Jeff Wicks, died on Wednesday. He was 77.

    He served on the Roane County Commission from 1986-94 and again from 2002-06.

    “Commissioner Wicks was one of the best commissioners I ever served with,” Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland said. “He knew the budget inside and out.”

  • Renaissance fair gets its ale

    Renaissance Festival organizers will be able to sell alcohol.

    Harriman City Council approved a special-event permit in the city’s beer ordinance in final reading Tuesday, March 11.

    The amended ordinance permits special event permit sales of beverages with an alcoholic content at or below 5 percent of weight.

    The ordinance was mainly approved to allow sales at what is referred to as the Harriman Industrial Park property on Fiske Road, which includes Emory River frontage.