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Today's News

  • WORLD WAR II VETS SHARE EXPERIENCES

    Rockwood’s Jake Jackson traveled across Europe in the U.S. Army during World War II.
    He’s seen a lot, including a group of weary travelers walking a road toward a nearby town.
    He said it looked like they were wearing and holding everything they owned.
    Certain they were victims of a concentration camp, their image sticks with Jackson to this day.
    “To me, it looked like skin was just stretched over some bones,” he said.
    “They were the most pathetic group of people I ever seen.”

  • Police nab mom for dropping kid while intoxicated

    From staff reports
    A Rockwood mother was arrested last week on public intoxiation and child endangerment charges after a 911 caller claimed to see her repeatedly drop her toddler at Roane County  Park.
    Leigh Ann Barnett, 31, of 133 Teague Road, was taken into custody on Sept. 22 at the park’s splash pad.
    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Stan Hohulin reported that he found Barnett sitting on the concrete, trying to reach her 15-month-old son.

  • School tops in growth

    Harriman Middle School will be getting a visit from Tennessee Department of Education officials this year because of the school’s improvements in seventh-grade language arts.
    The school did extremely well this year in its Tennessee Value Added Assessment System scores.
    “Harriman Middle School finished the top 10 in the state last year in their growth (overall),” said Roane County Schools Director Gary Aytes.
    The report assesses the schools in both achievement and value added.

  • Be still, my beating wings

    It’s rare to see a hummingbird with its wings stilled. It’s even rarer to capture the image with a camera. But that’s just what Roane Newspapers photographer Kaitlin Keane was able to do late last week in Harriman. While on assignment at Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center, Keane noticed the agile little creature in its atypical resting pose at a feeder, and she couldn’t resist snapping before the constant movement began anew.

  • Residents dolling up for Branson vacation

    Two Harriman Care and Rehabilitation residents will get to glam it up in Branson, Mo., next week.
    Peggy Poland and Barbara Redick will join other Signature Healthcare facility residents for a fun vacation.
    “I’d like to gamble some,” said feisty Peggy Poland.
    Redick, meanwhile, is known for her love of music and looks forward to the entertainment. She is a regular at karaoke and is often joined by friends who visit her from the community. They sing songs they recall singing along with as teens driving around town.

  • ‘America’s Best Ribs’ await you at Lenoir City Calhoun’s

    Today’s “Out To Lunch” adventure is also a family celebration.
    Many of you know my wife, Carol, and I share the same birth date, Sept. 15. (I’m 1 year older.)
    Some are also aware that, now 58 years ago, we ran off to Ringgold, Ga., to get married.
    Since we secretly got married, we didn’t have a honeymoon. We’ve tried to get-away for a honeymoon each year since then. This year was in Gatlinburg.

  • State aims to protect construction workers

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is taking new measures to ensure employers in the construction industry are protecting workers injured on the job or in need of unemployment benefits.
    Legislation effective July 1 gives the state the authority to issue civil penalties against construction service providers who have avoided workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance tax premiums.

  • Syrian pastor to speak in Kingston

    The Rev. Butros Zaour, a pastor of the Evangelical Church of Damascus, Syria, will speak in Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3.
    The presentation is part of the Presbyterian Church (USA) International Peacemakers Program.
    Zaour was born in the northern Syrian town of Aleppo.
    He graduated from the American College, Aleppo, and obtained his divinity degree from the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon.

  • Harriman Happenings Sept. 30

    Sincere sympathy to Glenn Hickman and other loved ones in the recent passing of Glenn’s mother, who lived in Asheville, N.C.
    She was the wife of the late Rev. Hickman, a former pastor of New Century United Methodist Church. Services are incomplete at this writing.
    We express our deepest sympathy to Mary Jane and Kenneth Brown and all family members in the recent passing of their 3-year-old grandson in Memphis.

  • $1 million to go toward housing mentally ill

    UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee is allocating $1 million in grant funding to increase housing options available for Tennesseans who suffer from mental illness.
    “Without a place to call home, people who suffer from mental illness can get caught in a pattern of staying in hospitals, shelters and even the criminal justice system,” said Scott A. Bowers, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee.