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Community News

  • New law meant to help domestic violence victims

    When we think of domestic violence, we often picture physical abuse. But the truth is, abusive behavior within a relationship can exist in many forms.

    At its core, domestic violence is an attempt by one partner to assert control over the other.

    It can include threats, insults, emotional manipulation, sexual coercion and a host of other behaviors.

    Abusers are nothing if not creative in their methods.

    When a victim does manage to extricate herself or himself from an abusive relationship, these attempts at control don’t suddenly end.

  • TnAchieves seeks mentors for youth

    The tnAchieves program still needs nearly 1,400 mentors across the state.

    Mentors support local TN Promise applicants transition from high school to college. 

    Mentors remind students of important deadlines, serve as a trusted college resource and, most importantly, encourage students to reach their full potential. The time commitment is small, only about one hour per month, but the impact can be life changing for students, particularly those in their family that are first to attend college.

  • Veteran honored with flag to fly at Jamestowne Assisted Living

    The family of veteran Ed Collins will dedicate a flagpole in honor of their father, a current resident at Jamestowne Assisted Living in Kingston during a ceremony at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29.

    James E Collins served in the army from April 24, 1943, until Feb. 1, 1945.

    He served in the 36th Infantry Division, 143 Infantry Regiment, H Company.

    He was a combat veteran in the European Theater and was wounded in Italy in 1944.

    He spent nine months in several different military hospitals.

  • Homemade gifts and more at the FCE Christmas Ideas Fair

    Council members from the Roane County Family and Community Education Clubs are getting their handmade items ready for their annual Christmas Ideas Fair.

    This year’s fair is one day only, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Kingston Community Center.

    Proceeds will go to the Roane County 4-H program, including helping with sponsoring summer camp.

    Craft and gift items include baked goods and handmade Christmas decorations. Lunch and dinner will be sold as well, for eat in or take out.

  • York movie coming to Princess

    It’s the story of a so-called “hillbilly sharpshooter” and how he became one of the most decorated soldiers of World War I.

    The classic film “Sergeant York,” detailing the story of Alvin Cullum York, whose home place is in Fentress County, will be shown at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in the Princess Theatre in Harriman.

    The screening is sponsored by Roane State Community College’s Arts and Lectures Series.

    The public is invited and the film is free.

  • Serenity Manor returns with extra spooky scenes

    The residents of Serenity Manor are once again welcoming the public for an evening of trick-or-treating spooks, thrills and chills.

    The home, located at 509 Cumberland St. will have a Little “Monsters” theme on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. Later that same evening older “Boils and Ghouls” are encouraged to attend from 6 to 8 p.m.

    All are welcome to trick-or-treat on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 10 p.m.

    Special spooky guests will be in attendance to greet the visitors.

  • Yager’s annual chili supper to help charities

    The 25th annual chili supper and silent auction sponsored by state Sen. Ken Yager is set for 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the student lounge of Roane State Community College’s Roane County campus.

    Country music star Jimmy Fortune, who sang with the legendary Statler Brothers for 21 years before becoming a solo artist, will perform at the event.

    The annual chili supper started in 1994 in a local high school when Yager was Roane County Executive.

  • Round About Roane seeks drivers

    Round About Roane is seeking volunteers to dedicate four to six hours a month to help seniors in need of transportation.

    Round About Roane is a volunteer-driven, senior-friendly, door-to-door transportation program for individuals 60-plus years of age.

    The mission is to provide essential trips within Roane County and medical trips in surrounding counties.

    Volunteer drivers utilize their own vehicles. Riders can schedule trips for medical purposes, grocery shopping, visiting friends and family or to social outings at community locations.

  • Pair represents Roane County at training event

    Representatives from Roane County went to Orlando, Fla., to join nearly 2,000 substance-use prevention and treatment specialists from around the world for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s 17th annual Mid-Year Training Institute.

    Some of the coalition’s youth members participated in Youth Leadership sessions and training events to help them become strong community leaders and change agents.

    “I feel like I can use the information I learned to make a difference in my school,” said Blake Garrett.

  • Harriman’s Princess Theatre on Tennessee Music Pathways

    Harriman’s Princess Theatre has been named one of the first 200 destinations on the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development’s Tennessee Music Pathways program, according to the Roane County Visitors Bureau.

    “We were so excited to get the news that the Princess Theatre would be one of the first points of interest on the State’s new music trail,” said Sam Jones Ledford, marketing and tourism coordinator for the Roane Alliance.