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  • Rockwood residents are joining the rest of the country Saturday in paying tribute to those whose lives were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
    A handful of community activists are planning a breakfast and second annual commemorative program at Homecoming Park on the ninth anniversary of the attacks on New York, Washington, D.C., and rural Pennsylvania.
    “We want to honor the service people we’ve got here in town,” said John Evans, one of the event organizers.

  • Tennessee Valley Kennel Club is planning special events this month in Roane County.
    The club’s AKC dog agility trials will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 10-12 at the East Tennessee Agricultural Exposition Center on the Roane State Community College campus at 276 Patton Lane.
    This free event will feature more than 100 dogs of all sizes and their handlers.
    Dog agility is a sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy.
    Obstacles include A-frame, dog walk, teeter, table, jumps and tunnels.

  • Simon Says meets the dance world in a longtime dance style that has its dancers chuckling as they twist, turn, spin and occasionally miss steps as the next moves are called out to them.
    Square dancers take over the American Legion Hall in Harriman across from Regions Bank every Monday and the third Saturday of each month.
    Monday is a lesson day, with beginning dancers learning the ropes with “dance angels,” a title given to more experienced dancers who teach the newcomers.
    The Three Rivers Ramblers square dancing club hosts the events.

  • By CINDY SIMPSON    

  • By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Five generations have been doctored by a hometown Harriman girl, and Dr. Mimi

    Tedder has no plans to stop now.

    As of this summer, Tedder, a 1969 Harriman High School graduate, has practiced family medicine in her hometown for 30 years. She began practice in July 1979.

    After graduating from the University of Tennessee School of Medicine and putting in a three-year residency at UT Medical Center, Tedder had a clear idea of her next move.

  • By JOHNNY TEGLAS jteglas@roanecounty.com

    Kingston is the place to be on Saturday, July 4, as the Roane County community converges for its annual Smokin' The Water Independence Day celebration.

    Festivities get underway Saturday at 10 a.m. with the annual parade along Kentucky Street. Immediately following the parade, residents can enjoy a watermelon cutting at Ft. Southwest Point, an open car show at Roane County High School, and a motorcycle show along the Race Street dike.

  • By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    jraymond@roanecounty.com

    On Aug. 27, 1956, history was made in the small town of Clinton — history that would lay the ground work for the future.

    On that day, 12 high school students said a prayer and then made the long trek down Broad Street and Foley Hill to the front of Clinton High School to become the first African American students to walk through those doors.

    They were also the first black students to attend an all-white public high school in the South.

  • By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    jraymond@roanecounty.com

    Graduates of Rockwood High School will get a chance to come together this summer to reminisce about their days as a Rockwood Tiger with fellow classmates.

    The sixth annual Rockwood High School Reunion will be June 8-14 at Rockwood First Baptist Church’s lake property.

  • By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    One of Roane County’s most well-known stories is being retold for the big screen.

    The story of the Roane County recluse Felix  “Bush” Breazeale, who famously held his own funeral years before he died, is being made into a movie starring Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray.

  • By Chris Bell

    Special to The News

        In all her years at Lou's CafÈ, Lou Dixon never forgot her customers.

        On Tuesday, her customers and friends made sure Lou knew she would never be forgotten as well.

        Hundreds of mourners gathered at Schubert's Funeral Home of Sunbright Tuesday night to pay their last respects to the Sunbright icon that brought smiles and cheeseburgers to the community for a remarkable 47 years.

  • By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Of all his travels, there was still one place that Charles Cunningham wanted to go.

    That is why the World War II veteran applied to be part of a group of fellow veterans that travelled by air for a trip to Washington D.C. to see, among other things, the National World War II Memorial.

    On Oct. 11, he was part of the third flight from McGhee Tyson Airport, part of a program by Honor Air Knoxville, which hopes to take as many World War II veterans as it can to see the memorial.

  • By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A unique student activity is part of Bowers Elementary School in Harriman.

    Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students make up a color guard.

    “I guess this is the fourth year,” said Jerry Steele, a veteran who is in charge of teaching the drill team.

    One reason Steele teaches the selected students in the program is to instill a sense of patriotism.

  • By TERRI LIKENS

    rceditor@bellsouth.net

    Pondside, on a clear summer evening in East Roane County, a lone frog warms up his banjo vocal chords as the sun goes down.

    At a renovated schoolhouse across the road comes a faint reply — but this one includes guitars, mandolin and bass.

    It’s Tuesday night at the Bradbury Community Center at 3343 Buttermilk Road and the place is hopping with Bluegrass players and those who like to hear them play.

  • By TERRI LIKENS

    rceditor@bellsouth.net

    It was a mild day and sunny, with an easy breeze blowing across the lake.

    Bob Dewey and his brother, Aaron, were hard at work.

    It was a good day to observe them, especially if you stood upwind.

  • In its 7th year, walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Roane County.

    Teams of Roane County residents will gather at Roane State Community College on June 20 at 6 p.m. for an overnight relay against cancer. Relay For Life is a family-oriented team event where participants walk relay-style around the track and take part in fun activities off the track. Teams can include coworkers, club members, family and friends who have gathered donations prior to the event.

  • By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Dennis Clark and his wife Betsy love burning up the roadways on their bicycles.

    The couple typically puts in about 20 miles every other day.

    Their low-riding bikes often garner second glances from passing motorists.

    Betsy’s is a recumbent bike that helps ease back pain.

    Her husband’s is even more unusual — a hand-propelled model that works by “rowing” with the handlebars.