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Today's News

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in Holmes County, Ohio, Amish country

    Phyllis Johnson of Harriman, accompanied by the Roane County News, took a trip to Amish country in Holmes County, Ohio, while visiting with her sister.

    The Roane County travelers accompanied Johnson’s sister Jean, nieces Linda, Jane and Vicki, great-niece Chloe and friends Lori, M.J. and Lydia to several shops, and they saw a number of horse-drawn carriages and had lunch prepared by Amish cooks.

  • Acting minister to speak at homecoming

    “Are You Covered?” from Psalms 91:3-4 will be the theme of Sevier Drive Church of Christ’s 2013 homecoming.

    The homecoming service will be at 3 p.m. Sept. 8 in the church at 1014 Sevier Drive, Harriman.

    Dinner will be served after the evening worship service.

    The church’s acting minister, Bro. Glynn Whitaker, will be the speaker.

    Whitaker, the youngest of nine children, was born in Suffolk, Va., to Arthur and Alma Whitaker.

  • Concert proceeds to help buy uniforms, equipment

    Proceeds from the James Rogers concert on Sept. 14 will enable Kingston Police Explorers Post 376 to purchase uniforms and needed equipment, adviser Larry Cox said.

    Cox and Cathy Rakestraw are Kingston police officers who oversee the Explorers’ daily activities.

    The post is made up of youths whose ages range from 14-20. They are a part of the Boy Scouts of America and work partly under their guidelines.

  • OUR OPINION: We applaud Sen. Alexander’s efforts to lead

    We were glad that Roane County’s Tea Party was not formally listed among other Tea Party groups who declared their intentions this summer to oust U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee from office in next year’s Republican primary.

    In these divided, divisive times, Alexander — a Republican — has shown leadership and courage by attempting to reaching across party lines and actually serve the people. Apparently, that’s where many Tea Partyers draw the line.

  • Bonuses for county workers?

    Elected officials will be allowed to grant employee bonuses if a resolution calling for such passes the Roane County Commission next week.
    “I hope it passes, because the county employees deserve it,” Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson said. “All of my deputy clerks work hard, and I would like to see them rewarded.”
    The commission meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at the courthouse in Kingston.
    The budget committee voted 4-0 on Aug. 28 to recommend the employee-bonus resolution to the full commission.

  • NET GAIN

    Andrei Dume spent Wednesday’s good weather netting for gizzard shad off the old campground bridge of off Hwy. 70 in Caney Creek. Dume, a Kingston resident, planned to use the shad as bait for catfish.
     

  • TVA hikes power rates

    Electric customers can expect an increase in their rates this fall.
    TVA announced a 1.5 percent retail rate increase, which a news release said is the first in two years.
    Both Harriman Utility Board and Rockwood Electric Utility Board are passing those rate increases on to residential customers.
    “I think the first of October you’ll see increased electric rates,” said Rockwood Councilwoman Peggy Evans recently.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Presidential coverage you don’t read about

    Last month, I read with interest the Chattanooga Times Free Press coverage of President Obama’s visit to their city.
    Nearly two decades ago, when I lived and worked in Chicago, I covered presidential visits as a member of The Associated Press news bureau. Me and my ilk from other Chicago news outlets often sat through presidential dinners, unfed at side tables. Meanwhile, the Washington press corps — the ones who traveled with the president — were in the center of things and eating pretty well, too.

  • Kids Cafe program saved by community

    When Second Harvest decided to end its funding to the Kids Cafe program, that could have been the end for the community outreach to the youth at Rockwood Housing Authority.
    However, an anonymous donation cemented the funding for the coming year.
    Now RHA employee Jennifer Watson said the donations and volunteers are in place in the community to continue the program.
    “We are going to be just fine,” she said.
    Watson said community members organized a drive that sparked a lot of donations.

  • Police pull unruly man from stands in Harriman

    A Harriman man was arrested for disorderly conduct in the visitors stands at Harriman High School last Friday.

    Harriman police received reports a man was yelling profanities and threatening a woman.

    Albert Kelly Sargent, 46, refused police requests to go to the bottom of the bleachers, shaking his head, according to police reports.

    Police said after they went up to get him, he started complaining and denied doing anything wrong.