Community News

  • Join birding walk along the Obed River

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River will be conducting a birding walk through various habitats near the Lilly Bridge and the Lilly Overlook with Dr. Charles P. Nicholson on Saturday, May 11.

    Dr. Nicholson has over 35 years of birding experience on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee, including the Obed area.

    He is an active member of the Tennessee Ornithological Society and has served as president and editor of its journal.

  • Master Gardeners’ next program set Saturday, May 11

    The Master Gardeners of Roane County will host their Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Series at noon Saturday, May 11, in the UT Extension Office located at 3074 Roane State Hwy., Harriman.

    This free session will be “Companion Planting" presented by Maureen Levitt, Roane County Master Gardener.

    Companion planting is planting different plants together for their benefit, whether that be to increase soil nutrients, chase away pests or other benefits. An example would be tomatoes and basil, with the basil helping repel insects that would eat the tomatoes.

  • SENIOR NEWS LINE: Food Safety alerts are just the start

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service sends out email alerts to those of us who are signed up for warnings about foods and products that are dangerous or contaminated, perhaps with Listeria or salmonella. Are you signed up for these email notices?

    A recent alert concerned 39 tons of ground turkey products sold in large packages last summer.

    It’s made a number of people sick, and the USDA has to err on the side of caution, trying to catch any products that people might have in their freezer.

  • Prepare teens for driving before handing over keys

    It’s time for tuxedos, prom dresses, and corsages as prom season gets underway for parents and teens across the Volunteer State.

    But before handing over the car keys on prom night, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance encourages parents to first do their homework about auto insurance.

    Talking to young drivers about the importance of responsible driving can help ensure that prom season is safe for everyone.

  • Help fight cancer with Relay for Life event

    This year’s Relay for Life event at Roane State Community College will let everyone know it’s time to champion over cancer.

    The theme for the Friday, April 26, Relay for Life event is “We are the Champions,” and event organizers are hoping to raise $40,000 towards the battle to kick cancer to the curb.

    Festivities, which includes food, games and music, will be from 5 to 11 p.m. in the faculty parking lot.

    “Cancer affects all of us. It is out there and we need to do something to stop it,” said Fran Puckett.

  • Roane Democrats elect new officers

    The Roane County Democratic Party Convention adopted new bylaws and elected new officers and executive committee members at its biannual Reorganization Convention March 30.

    The new officers and executive committee members were sworn in at the regular meeting immediately following the Convention.  

  • Roane Master Gardeners to hold plant sale

    The Master Gardeners of Roane County will hold its 2019 plant sale and garden show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Kingston City Park, Kingston.

    The Master Gardeners invite the public to join them and browse a selection of plants and one-of-a-kind garden art pieces.

    Vegetables, flowers, herbs and a variety of plants all grown by our Master Gardeners will be offered at the plant sale.

    It’s also a great time to stop by and get gardening questions answered by the experts.

  • Roane Choral to present ‘Gloria, Gloria!’ April 28

    Roane Choral Society will present Gloria, Gloria! at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, in South Harriman Baptist Church.

    This concert features both the classic Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and a modern setting by Mark Hayes while highlighting the stylistic differences of composers from different cultures and eras using the same revered text. The Society will be accompanied by members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and a short mid-concert lecture will be given by Roane State Community College adjunct faculty Amanda Peavyhouse.

  • County government sets nonprofit funding deadline

    Roane County is now taking applications for its Non-Profit Committee to review for consideration to be funded by the Roane County government.

    The committee reviews the applications to determine whether a non-profit will receive a portion of the $121,000 allocated each year for county contributions.

    The application deadline is Thursday, May 30.

    Applications can be found at https://roanecountytn.gov/county-executive/departments/accounting/.

    Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the application for non-profits.

  • Norwood Elementary pair serve as state senate pages for Sen. Yager

    Norwood Elementary School students, Alison Brown and Paisley Davis served as pages for the Tennessee State Senate last week.

    Both students live in Roane County, and are pictured with State Sen. Ken Yager (R-Kingston), who represents Roane County.

    Page duties consist of anything from making copies, running errands, to distributing legislative information to members of the General Assembly.

    They report to the Chief Clerk of House and Senate.