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Today's News

  • Santa is Rockwood bound

    It’s may be his busiest time of the year, but Santa Claus is taking a break from the North Pole hustle and bustle to visit with all the boys and girls in Roane County on Friday.

    He’s joining his friends at Rockwood 2000 for a free family event beginning at 7 p.m. at Rockwood Homecoming Park.

    Photo opportunities will be available; the public is encouraged to bring along cameras for this special event, which is part of the annual tree-lighting celebration that ushers in the holiday season in Rockwood.

  • 9 teams represented at Relay for Life kickoff

    Volunteers, participants and cancer survivors launched fundraising efforts recently during a rally to kick off the 2012 American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Roane County.

    Roane Countians Steve and Linda Beason shared their experiences with the Hope Lodge in Nashville.

    Hope Lodge is a program funded by the money raised at Relay for Life. It offers free lodging to cancer patients and a caregiver while the patient is undergoing treatment.

  • Wood, Dunn have works in national juried exhibition

    Two Roane County artists will have their works shown during the Arts & Culture Alliance’s National Juried Exhibition of 2011.

    Katie Wood of Harriman and T.P. Dunn of Kingston are among the 38 artists in the Southeast and Midwest whose works are included in the new exhibition featuring both traditional and non-traditional work.

    The exhibition will be displayed from Dec. 2-Jan. 27, 2012, in the Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay St., downtown Knoxville.

  • Hospice volunteers sought

    Caris Healthcare is seeking volunteers to provide companionship to hospice patients.

    No experience is necessary.

    Free training, tuberculosis test and hepatitis B vaccine will be provided.

    Contact the Caris Healthcare volunteer coordinator at 1475 Simpson Road West, Lenoir City, TN 37771; 865-988-8034; or cmcdaniel@carishealthcare.com.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 30

    25 Years Ago
    Established and newcomer in Rockwood: Evans Mortuary celebrated its 10th anniversary with an open house where visitors were taken on a tour of the facility and treated to refreshments. Further south on Gateway Avenue, plans were finalized for the construction of a new Hardee’s restaurant.

    10 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Holiday green brings an air of festivity

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    The hanging of the greens in churches at the beginning of Advent began with the ancient Roman festival of Kalends, when green branches were given to friends for good luck and to bring blessings on the household.

    The bringing of evergreens into the house was thought to help woodland spirits who might be clinging to the branches. They would be warmed, sheltered and add to the festivity of the season.

  • Our Opinion: A salute to the bravery of sex assault victims

    As the child molestation accusations continue to unfold at Penn State and Syracuse University, it seems that there’s only one group involved that can be viewed with pride.

    That’s the victims who were brave enough to come forward.

    Many of us can only imagine the lasting pain these people may feel — even those who never report the abuse they were dealt by someone they knew and trusted.

  • Nuts & Bolts Terri Likens Editor: Photojournalist’s job is the cat’s meow

    Photojournalist Katie Hogin finally has succumbed to one of the hazards of her job — having a tender heart.

    After months of going to the county animal shelter to take pictures of adoptable dogs and cats, she finally gave in and took one home herself.

    Katie fell for an unusally marked kitten she has given the name of Oliver.

    The moniker suits the scrawny little fellow, although we’re sure Ollie will soon fill out and be the strong, happy feline that cats with good forever homes generally grow up to be.

  • Rockwood passes moratorium on new pain clinics

    Borrowing largely from what Kingston already passed, Rockwood joined the effort to circumvent any pain management facilities locating in their community until new state regulations take effect in 2012.

    The council considered two resolutions, a shorter one and a more detailed version.
    Vice Mayor Peggy Evans made the motion for the longer resolution because it spelled out more what was covered under the resolution.

    “I think that would be best,” Evans said.

  • Boy Scouts return for tree sale in Kingston