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Today's News

  • Lack of laptops learning curve for Norwegian girl

    In the school Malika Skogsholm attends in Norway, technology is a part of every class.

    It’s an aspect she’s had to learn to live without to a large degree while attending Oliver Springs High School this year as an exchange student staying with Nancy Thompson.

    “We write everything by hand here,” she said. “I’m used to laptops we use. That is really different.”

    Another aspect is that at home she doesn’t have different people in the classrooms for each course. Here she changes classes and classmates.

  • Bunch backs out of plea agreement

    Using her silver Pontiac Grand Am, Roane County resident Rufena Jean Bunch served as the getaway driver for Mark Andrew Randolph when he robbed a Subway sandwich shop in Knoxville on Sept. 24.

    That’s according to a plea agreement Bunch signed on Nov. 4.

    She was scheduled to plead guilty in U.S. District Court on Nov. 20, but the hearing was abruptly canceled at the request of her new attorney – Bruce Poston of Knoxville.

    Poston didn’t enter the case until Nov. 19, when he filed a notice of substitution of counsel.

  • Exercise room on convict’s wish list

    Convicted crack cocaine dealer Ralph O’Neal is trying to take on the role of jail rights activist.

    O’Neal, who is being held at the jail awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge, sent a letter to the Roane County Commission and County Executive Ron Woody requesting funds for the construction of an exercise room at the county jail.

    “This exercise room with some workout material could easily help curb some addiction,” he wrote. “If it helps a small percentage it would be well worth it.”

  • Operation REACH $40,000 short of goal

    ]Operation REACH has been making Christmas merrier for Roane County children for 38 years.

    This year the program, which allows the county’s most needy children to go shopping for Christmas presents for themselves and their families, hopes to help 500 Roane County schoolchildren this holiday season.

    REACH, an acronym for Roane Enriches Another Child’s Holiday, is needing help raising funds toward that goal.

    “Our fundraising goal this year is $125,000,” said Randy Ellis, this year’s Operation REACH president.

  • Prepping to give ‘The Jesus Gift’: Outdoor weekend tour to depict life of Christ

    South Harriman Baptist Church will showcase the life of Jesus Christ in a guided tour at the church this weekend.

    “The Jesus Gift,” planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13-14, features numerous scenes depicting Christ’s life at the church at 626 Ruritan Road.

    The first stop will be at The Prophet Isaiah, who relays the prophecy of the Son of God.

    Also included are The Wise Men and Nativity scenes of the holiday season, as well as portrayals of Jesus healing the sick, teaching his Disciples and more.

  • Harriman Happenings: Dec. 9

    Members of Harriman American Legion Post 232 were visitors at St. Mary’s Baptist Church the fourth Sunday in November.

    Those who attended this service were Bronce Cleveland, 1st Vice Cmdr. Edward Buttram, Post Cmdr. Greg Love, Sergeant at Arms Walter Love and Charles Ewing.

    They enjoyed the service and will be back again soon.

    Other visitors were Derrick Gilbert, his wife Dr. Donna Gilbert and their son Dominique Williams from Oak Ridge.

  • Commodity foods distributed this week

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will distribute USDA commodity foods for Kingston and Harriman residents in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Distribution for Harriman and Kingston residents will be Dec. 12; Oliver Springs and Rockwood residents will pick up their foods on Dec. 13.

    Distribution times for both days will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Call 354-0450 for more information.

  • Out to Lunch: Decatur Family Diner sure to make you smile

    Readers have asked if we ever have disappointing “Out to Lunch” experiences. There are times when we don’t know what to expect on our visits. If we are not pleased, I don’t write about it.

    We were a little uncertain about the latest “Out to Lunch” adventure, because I had very little information about Decatur Family Diner.

    It’s across Hwy. 58 from the Meigs County Courthouse in Decatur.

    It turned out to be an extremely enjoyable visit.

  • Eastwood CEO at First Bank

    Terry Eastwood was recently promoted to chief executive officer of First Bank of Tennessee.

    The bank has six branches in three counties, including at 996 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood; and 1031 S. Roane St., Harriman.

    Eastwood has been with First Bank for more than 15 years, with a career in banking that spans 32 years and includes various senior-level positions.

    He holds a degree in business management from the University of Tennessee. He is also a graduate of the School for Executive Development/Banking at the University of Georgia.

  • Watch time go by at You Say Tomato

    A new gift shop has opened in downtown Rockwood, brimming with cute odds and ends to make a house a home.

    “I like cozy,” said You Say Tomato co-owner Jimmy Adkins. “I like things that make me smile.”

    Clocks are among his interests, and the shop has a large collection.

    There is also an array of figurines, ornaments, decorations and more.

    “I do love it,” said friend and customer Beverly Powers. She had just bought crystal antique perfume bottles, a Christmas ornament and a large wooden statue.