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Today's News

  • Are jobs worth the destruction of a neighborhood?

    What price jobs?
    In the proposed LocoDocs situation, will Rockwood residents trade tranquility for the promise of employment for a few?
    If Vice Mayor Peggy Evans and real estate agent Frankie Hawn, who reportedly said noise will not be an issue, have their way, it could happen.
    One has to ask if either of these individuals live in the neighborhood near the proposed facility.

  • As West looks to control tweets, China squawks

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    The use of social media to organize and fuel riots in Great Britain has led some Western public officials to speculate about limits on BlackBerry messages, Twitter and Facebook.
    Such talk has not gone unnoticed by more-repressive nations.
    Chinese media have claimed hypocrisy by the West and have used the news events as justification for “proper web monitoring.”
    From Xinhua, China’s state-run news organization:

  • Engaging change – why a policy was altered

    Things change.
    Sometimes, in response, we have to change, too.
    Few words could be truer when talking about people … and even newspapers.
    Here at the Roane County News, we like to reason things out when we set any kind of policy.
    But sometimes, even after they were made with careful thought, we see flaws or omissions in our policies.
    We find points we hadn’t thought about, and we consider changes.
    Last week we made an alteration to our policy concerning the publication of engagements between couples planning to marry.

  • Harriman wrestles with municipal trash policies

    Not long ago, Harriman Utility Board ratepayers who live in Harriman city limits received a notice informing them municipal trash pickup services were not optional.
    However, with dissent coming from many with tight budgets, council members are discussing ways not only to address those appeals but also to allow some of residents opt out.
    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason asked a committee to come back to the council with a recommendation on an opting-out procedure.

  • Students get transfer guarantee

    Roane State Community College students who want to complete a bachelor’s degree now have a guarantee that their credits will transfer to a public university in Tennessee.
    That is, if they choose from any of the 25 different majors offering transfer pathways.
    The University of Tennessee and Tennessee Board of Regents systems have collaborated to create “Tennessee Transfer Pathways” for timely and cost-effective transitioning from a two- to four-year degree.
    All pathways are effective for the fall 2011 semester.

  • The Garden Gate: Lofty living takes gardening to new heights

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    A flourishing garden club in Chicago requires one to above the 13th floor of an apartment house or hotel for membership.

    Many city hospitals have roof gardens, and they have discovered that patients who spend time among blooming plants and small trees there are greatly benefited in many ways.

  • Ruffner-Ledbetter

    Kathryn Ruffner of Oliver Springs and William Ledbetter of Harriman announce their forthcoming marriage.

    The ceremony will be on Sept. 17 in Knoxville.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of John and Renee Davis of Oliver Springs and Mark Ruffner of Oak Ridge.

    A 2007 graduate of Oliver Springs High School and a 2011 graduate of the University of Tennessee, she is a nurse at Parkwest Medical Center, Knoxville.

    The prospective groom is the son of Jim and Debra Ledbetter of Harriman.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Skinner 65th

    Martin and Dorothy Skinner celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a family gathering in Destin, Florida.

    They were married on Aug. 24, 1946.

    They are the parents of five: Bill (Annie), Bob (Mitzi), Marti (Robbin), Mike (Sharon) and the late Mary.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Anderson

    Anne Marie Wesolowski and Timothy James Anderson were married on May 21 in Winston-Salem, N.C., First Baptist Church.

    David Hughes officiated during the 5:30 p.m. ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of David and Mary Ann Wesolowski of Kingston.

    The groom is the son of Richard Anderson and Linda Engle, both of Winston-Salem.

    Music was provided by Timothy Olsen, principal organist of First Baptist.

  • Lail marks 85th birthday

    An 85th birthday party was given in honor of Faye Lail of Kingston on July 22.

    Close to 50 guests attended the special celebration at Roane County Park.

    She has five children and their spouses, Barbara and Geoff Dunsterville and Sue and Kenneth Jewell, all of Lilburn, Ga., Buddy and Darlene Lail of Newnan, Ga., Danny and Cathy Lail of Crossville and Ginger Hembree of Harriman.