Today's News

  • Workshop focuses on writing contract proposals

    The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Roane State Community College will give a workshop that covers how to write proposals for government contracts.

    The workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3 in The Foundry at 747 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville.

    The workshop is a cooperative effort between the Roane State center and PQC Solutions.

  • Grand opening for Curves of Harriman


    Curves of Harriman representatives, area officials and Roane County Chamber of Commerce members participating in the recent grand-opening and ribbon-cutting celebration at Curves of Harriman are, from left, Danice Turpin, Tami Wright of The Roane Alliance, Mary Ann Pugh, Darlene Wright, Faye Abston, Kenyon Mee, Janice Coker,  Johnny Griffin, Kristen Coker, Kent Calfee, Steve Byerly, Janice Hall, Rose Meza, David Webb and Stephanie Ferguson.

  • Workers at DOE unite to feed the hungry

    U.S. Department of Energy employees at Oak Ridge donated 11,437 pounds of food last week to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee.

    The donation was part of the national Feds Feed Families campaign.

    This is the third year DOE’s Oak Ridge site has participated in the annual summer campaign, which helps replenish food banks and raises awareness about the prevalence of hunger nationally.

  • Oak Ridge retirees coalition set to meet in annual session

    Coalition of Oak Ridge Retirees will have its annual meeting at 2 p.m. Oct. 8 in Heritage Fellowship Church at 121 N. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge. Parking is available at the church.

    All Oak Ridge retirees, their spouses and surviving spouses are urged to attend and are encouraged to bring other retirees and guests.

  • Out to Lunch: Something fishy’s going on at Captain Ernie’s

    When readers or friends recommend a place for an “Out to Lunch” visit, I immediately add it to my prospect list.

    Several folks mentioned Captain Ernie’s Seafood on Campbell Station Road in Knoxville.

    I noticed last week that the building they occupied was empty. I did a search to see if they had relocated, because I was planning to eat there soon.

    Not only did I discover they had moved to Lenoir City but found numerous online positive comments about the food at the new Captain Ernie’s Seafood Bar and Caribbean Grill.

  • Jobless picture better in August

    After increases in the first two months of summer, Roane County’s unemployment rate dropped in August to 7.8 percent.

    That’s 0.5 percent lower than the July rate of 8.3 percent, according to statistics released late last week from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures indicate the county’s rate for July was 8.3 percent, an increase of 0.1 over June’s 8.2 percent.

    The number was higher last August, when the state recorded Roane County’s jobless rate at 8.2 percent.

  • 'Round Rockwood: Oct. 1

    Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Mc-Kinney have returned to their home in Lawrenceville, Ga., after visiting me and other relatives for a few days.

    I had a nice visit with Sharon Money, Jessica Torries and Cassidy Williams on Sept. 15.

    I called my friend Wanda Manning. We talked about growing up in Swan Pond. I am 90 years old, and she’s 97. We had a long visit over the phone and talked about things we had done in the past.

  • Harriman Happenings: Oct. 1

    The 12th Pastoral Anniversary Banquet honoring the Rev. Alvin Douglass and first lady Mary Alice Douglass that was held last Saturday evening at Jamieson Development Center was well attended.

    Master of ceremony was the Rev. Joe Colquitt.

    The Douglass Family Singers provided the music; they really sang from their hearts. The spoken word was by the Rev. Christopher Battle, pastor of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Knoxville.

  • RCHS helping with food drive

    Students at Roane County High School are helping out the Kingston Police Department in its Thanksgiving Food Drive for The Hands of Mercy.

    The drive begins Oct. 1, which coincides with homecoming week at RCHS.

    Each class will compete against the others in an attempt to gather the most items needed to fill as many food baskets as possible by the Nov. 16 deadline. The goal is to feed 750 needy families.

  • OR museum offering homeschool programs

    Families can register their students for the Homeschool Friday Programs for grades K-6 through December at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    Programs for homeschool students in grades K-2 are one-hour classes from 10:30-11:30 a.m.; grades K-6 take two-hour classes from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

    Program fees for grades K-2 are $7 for the public and $5 for museum members; 3-6 grades pay $12, with museum members paying $9.