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Today's News

  • Grants to save sites vital to Civil War

    The Tennessee Wars Commission and the Tennessee Historical Commission will begin accepting applications on Dec. 1 for a new grant program to provide funding to protect Civil War and Underground Railroad sites in Tennessee.

    Grant funding is made possible by the Tennessee Civil War Sites Preservation Act of 2013, which was passed this year by the Tennessee General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Haslam.

  • Meet Santa, help CASA

    Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Ninth Judicial District is offering two opportunities for the public to have a child’s or pet’s photo taken with Santa while discussing how to help abused children.

    Santa will be in front of the former Roane Medical Center in Harriman from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 before the Harriman Christmas parade.

    The second opportunity will be from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 14 at Earl Duff Subaru, Harriman.

  • Avery Trace DAR supports book scholarship

    The Avery Trace Chapter, NSDAR Scholarship Committee, on behalf

    of the chapter, presen-

    ted Linda Brown of the Roane State Foundation with a check for $400 during a recent monthly chapter meeting in Kingston Community Center.

    The money will be used to fund a book scholarship for a Roane State student majoring in history.

    When this is not possible, the foundation selects an honors student in another field of study who is in need of financial support.

  • Spaghetti supper helps Operation REACH

    State Rep. Kent Calfee, left, presents Operation REACH President Randy Ellis with a check for $2,100.

    The money was raised during Calfee’s inaugural spaghetti dinner and dessert auction, with all proceeds from the event going to Operation REACH, a charitable organization that enables children in need to go Christmas shopping every holiday season.

  • Midtown Elementary honors: First nine weeks' grading period

    Midtown Elementary School applauds students who earned placement on its honor rolls and other achievements for the first nine weeks grading period.

    They are:

    A HONOR ROLL

    Third grade — Eve Alford, Kaylee Babineau, Darrell Barr, Callie Hale, Tyler Harrill, Brady Reynolds, Ryan Ward, Tommy Lawyer, Joe McDonald and T.J. Weatherly.

    Fourth grade — Wesley Morgan, Lance Young and Gwenna McCarty.

  • RSCC event attracts Roane students

    Roane State Community College recently had an open house for area high school students.

    The students and their parents had opportunities during the event to get a glimpse of college life at Roane State and get pointers on major options, financial aid and more.

  • Hugh X. Lewis to be at Young at Heart

    Col. Hugh X. Lewis, a BMI Award-winning country music songwriter and performer, will be featured during the Kingston First Baptist Church Young at Heart meeting on Dec. 2.

    The meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. in Kingston United Methodist Church at 212 W. Church St.

    Lewis was designated poet laureate of Christian country music by the Tennessee General Assembly.

    His syndicated television show, “The Hugh X. Lewis Country Club,” was the longest single-sponsored multi-market syndicated broadcast in country music history.

  • Douglass Family anniversary

    Harriman’s Douglass Family Singers will mark the group’s 54th anniversary with a special concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 1 in Believers Voice of Deliverance Church at 306 Spencer Ave., Harriman.

    Darrell McFadden and the Disciples are the special guests.

    Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for 9 and younger, with proceeds helping to pay for special guest singers and benefiting the church.

  • Meet the Roane Treasures Class of 2013

    A former Tennessee legislator, a pair of engineers, a retired elementary school principal and a builder make up this year's Roane Treasures.

    The group was recognized by Roane County Executive Ron Woody during a Founders Day ceremony earlier this month.

    This year's Golden Treasure is 96-year-old Ida Lou Nelson.

    Treasures and the County Commission districts they represent are Jack Bowman, 1st; Mitchell B. Ollis, 2nd; Thomas Pickel, 3rd; Leonard Morris, 4th; and Arvel McNelley, 5th.

  • Slip-sliding roadway reopens

    Rockwood’s Airport Road is now open again, but it may be rough going.
    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said it was important to get the road open this week before Thanksgiving, but warned that while it is navigable, the road is not paved yet.

    “Because of the weather, we weren’t able to do it,” Ferguson said.

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts announced the news at the Rockwood City Council meeting Monday, thanking Ferguson and the city’s street department, including superintendent Hugh Lee O’Dell.