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Today's News

  • Police get Beanies to help scared kids

    Beta Alpha Chi, Roane State Community College's chapter of The Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, donated 100 Beanie Babies to the Rockwood Police Department for officers to distribute to children.

    Police answer many calls involving children, with situations including domestic violence, child abuse and fires.

    “We feel like it is important the police have these Beanie Babies to hand out when children are caught in the midst of a scary event,” said Nikki Smith, a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

  • Garden Club anxious to share

    Harriman’s best gardeners know a thing or two about growing things — and they love to share tips with anyone who will listen.

    “Check the fingernails and you can tell who is a gardener,” quipped Mary Mathis, showing hers.

    She has been a part of Harriman Garden Club for at least 17 years.

    She and many other longtime members don’t tire of the fellowship of gardening and the work that comes with it, including community projects at Harriman’s Rivefront Park.

  • Mind-blowing ‘Dance’ puts Janelle in top 5

    Oliver Springs’ Janelle Arthur is now in the top 5 in this season’s “American Idol.”

    The country crooner joins four other female singers in FOX’s reality television talent show.

    She got there despite some disheartening reviews from the judges on her performances of “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” and Garth Brooks’ “The Dance.”

    “I feel like I’m just doing the best job that I can,” Arthur said behind the curtains.

  • Mom denies she held 10-year-old boy for her son to beat

    The Rockwood woman accused of holding a 10-year-old boy so her son could hit him insists she’s innocent.

    “I didn’t touch that kid,” Latoya Brown said.

    Brown, 33, is charged with assault in the incident that occurred at Courtney Square Apartments in Rockwood on March 20.

    According to a police report, Rene T. Lee said she observed Brown push her 10-year-old son down as he was parking his bike.

  • Toho gets TVA boost

    Toho Tenax America Inc. received $227,964 in incentives last week from the Tennessee Valley Authority to pay for an energy-efficiency project at the company’s Rockwood plant.

    The company installed new higher-efficiency lighting fixtures to replace existing lights as part of Rockwood Electric Utility’s Energy Right Solutions for Industry Greater than 5 Megawatts program.

    “Over 1,200 light fixtures were either replaced or modified,” said Derek J. Kahle, project engineer with Toho Tenax.

  • April flowers find appreciation

    A jaunty breeze drifts flower blossoms and their fragrance through the air on a hill overlooking both the Tennessee and Clinch rivers and Kingston’s Fort Southwest Point.

    “This is our own private park overlook,” Jim Miller said. “It is one of the most historical views from Roane County.”

    The property of Jim and Carrie Miller is a popular destination for floral lovers, including the Harriman Garden Club, which has seen members visit numerous times over the years.

  • Kyker tapped for Meet the Mentors post

    Mitchell Kyker, vice president of Kyker Funeral Homes, was one of 50 funeral directors nationwide selected to participate in the National Funeral Directors Association’s Meet the Mentors program.

    Meet the Mentors, supported by the Funeral Service Foundation, took place March 18-19 in the Emory Conference Center Hotel on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta.

    It brought together young funeral professionals to learn from three of the country’s leading funeral directors and network with like-minded peers.

  • Skidmore certified financial officer

    Harriman City Clerk Angela Skidmore was among the 175 municipal finance officers recently awarded the Certified Municipal Finance Officers certificate Feb. 22 in Nashville.

    The program requirements were completed by 216 finance officers, city recorders, city managers and mayors.

    “MTAS would like to express our sincere congratulations to this class of Certified Municipal Finance Officers,” said Jim Thomas, executive director University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Good friends, good food order of day at Mama Mia’s

    When I was about 12 years old, my parents and I went to eat at my favorite cousins’ house. Both boys were older than me, like big brothers. They were Eagle Scouts, and it was fun being with them.

    Their mother, Aunt Lois Stephens, was the head cook for the schools in Livingston and an excellent cook herself. We all looked forward to eating with them. I have several of her recipes.

  • Midway knocks off Cosby, 9-8

    The Midway Green Wave beat the rain and the Cosby Eagles Thursday evening, 9-8.

    Thursday’s game was a seesaw affair that would see Midway’s game-winning run being scored on a dropped third strike of all things.