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Today's News

  • DAR starting scholarship program to pay for books

    Avery Trace Chapter DAR has established a $400 book scholarship to be awarded in 2011 to a Roane State Community College honors student pursuing a degree in history.

    The scholarship was established with the assistance of Roane State Foundation coordinator Linda Brown.

  • RCHS band voted tops at Foothills Classic

    Roane County High School’s marching band recently won the 2011 Foothills Classic in Seymour.

    The Kingston school’s band bested 24 other marching bands for the honor.  

    The RCHS band also competed in the Volunteer Classic at Maryville Heritage. It will participate in the Alcoa Marching Festival on Oct. 29.

    The band is able to make these competition trips thanks to fundraisers. Visit www.rchsband.org for details.

  • Big celebrations for Bowers, Midway Middle

    Officials celebrated renovations at Bowers Elementary School in Harriman and Midway Middle School with respective ribbon-cutting ceremonies earlier this month.

  • Inaugural car, motorcycle show set

    The inaugural Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition Cruisin’ to Prevent Substance Abuse Car and Motorcycle Show will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at Roane County Park.

    Entry fee is $20 each.

    Trophies will be awarded for Best of Show, Best Cruiser Cycle, Best GM, Best Unfinished, Best Mopar, Best Rat Rod, Best Import, Best Ford, Best Street Rod and Best Motorcycle.

    Trophies will also be given to the top 25 cars.

    The People’s Choice trophy will be awarded to the highest bidder at $1 per vote.

  • Orange and White Day

    Youngsters at The Henry Center show their Volunteer Spirit by recently wearing the University of Tennessee’s trademark orange and white.

    Their Vols spirit earned them a special place online: on football coach Derek Dooley’s professional sports page.

  • Abston Garage has a storied history

    By Andy Jones, For Roane Newspapers

    The Abston Garage, built by Tom Abston sometime not long after 1915, has been a fixture on the Oliver Springs landscape for close to a century now.

    Built on the property that was once owned by the Wiley family, the brick structure was laid by masons Johnny Cox and John McNamara. Abston, a master mechanic, was responsible for running the electric plant in town that operated on a subscription basis, with the monthly charge being based on how many light bulbs were used in one’s home or business.

  • Social Security giving 3.6% hike in benefits

    Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for more than 60 million Americans will increase 3.6 percent in 2012.

    The 3.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment will begin with benefits that nearly 55 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2012.

    Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on Dec. 30.

    Some other changes that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages.

  • Almost 15 groups to be in Battle of the Bands

    Almost 15 area bands are scheduled to participate in Battle of the Bands, a family event planned for Oct. 30 at Harriman Riverfront Park.

    The event will start at 3 p.m. There’s still time for bands to register to participate. Email radicalregeneration@yahoo.com or call 882-5802 for details.

    Other family fun planned by Courts of Praise Church include bounce houses, cotton candy, hot dogs, drinks, prizes, face painting, games and the playground. All activities are free.

  • Jim Hines deserves nod for serivce

    We are pleased to see that Rockwood has fielded an ample pool of qualified candidates for the city administrator job.

    We expect that city council members will have a harder time than usual eliminating candidates to get down to their final choice.

    However, we cannot let the retirement of former city administrator Jim Hines pass without comment.
    Hines served both the cities of Rockwood and Harriman loyally and with integrity for many years.
    We know him to be a man of intelligence and depth.

  • A View from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: What hath the great god GOP wrought?

    As you know, knowledgeable reader, the Republican Party finally achieved their goal of complete control of the legislature last year.

    This control was supposed to have numerous glorious consequences too numerous to enumerate, but, in short, we were to have entered a new golden age; an age in which miracles would be so numerous as to be commonplace.

    Had the victors in this power play been folks of outstanding statesmanship, or sense, or perception, possibly the outcome might have been as advertised.