Community News

  • Rockwood star gets makeover

    Rockwood 2000 refurbished Rockwood’s “Star on the Mountain” this year.

    Bulb replacement was among the tasks taken up by the revitalization group.

    The star, which sits on a fire tower atop Mount Roosevelt, shines over the valley at Christmas.

    It has been a beacon of hope and faith for Rockwood since 1990 and has been lit for each holiday season since, as well as for special Rockwood and national events.

  • Temperance Bldg. gets holiday gift

    ’Tis the season for giving, and Harriman’s historic Temperance Building is among gift recipients this year.

    Harriman Temperance Restoration Committee received a donation in excess of $400 from Harriman Merchants Association.

    The gift was presented by Harriman Merchants Association President Kim Inman and Treasurer Nancy Jacoby to Mike Demyanovich, president of the restoration committee.

  • Christmas lights the way for club’s December beautification honorees

    The Harriman Garden Club recently presented its December Beautification Awards.

    Winning the residential award were Chuck and Wendy Flora at 399 Vernal St., Harriman. All have been invited to ride by to enjoy the fantastic displays of lights.

    Eddie’s Body Shop, at 514 Emory Drive, Harriman, is the recipient of the commercial December Beautification Award.

  • Harriman Happenings: Dec. 23

    Last Saturday evening, Gloria Ward, Marie Frazier, Carolyn Clemmons, the Rev. Jesse L. Williams and Louise Warmley attended the retirement banquet for Pastor Harold Middlebrook, who is retiring from Canaan Baptist Church in Knoxville.

    About 350 guests attended the banquet.

    The Rev. William Caldwell from Clinton and the Rev. Rusty Flemmons from New York City roasted Pastor Middlebrook. Melvin Kimbrow from “I Won’t Complain” in Cleveland, Ohio, attended.

    Afterward, dinner was served. This was a delicious dinner.

  • Christmas tree recycling starts up Jan. 6

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson and his department will offer Christmas tree recycling from Jan. 6-9 at the road department at 3072 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Ferguson said the success of last year’s event and the number of requests received so far prompted the decision.

    Trees will be recycled from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Wreaths and garland are also welcome, but brush is prohibited.

    The public is asked to remove all tinsel, lights and decorations before taking trees to be recycled.

    Call 882-9782 for details.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Dec. 18

    25 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Are you savvy on the lesser-known first Christmas gifts?

    We give a great emphasis — and sometimes much money — to the giving of gifts at Christmastime.

    We sometimes become so involved that we completely forget that we are commemorating the presenting of gifts by the Magi to the Christ Child.

  • Fiction, poetry workshops set for January Jumpstart

    Tennessee Mountain Writers are planning fiction- and poetry-writing workshops for January Jumpstart XIV on Jan. 10-12 in Best Western Morristown Conference Center.

    J.T. Ellison, a bestselling author of 10 critically acclaimed novels, will lead the fiction workshop.

    The poetry workshop will be conducted by award-winning poet and quilter Jane Hicks.

    January Jumpstart will open with an informal evening social hour on Friday.

    Workshop sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

  • ‘Nutcracker’ helps animal shelter

    The cast of Roane County’s 2013 “The Nutcracker” and public donations yielded 1.5 tons of food for the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    “The Nutcracker” 2013 cast alone donated 1,470 pounds of pet food during the annual food drive.

    Top donors included cast members Jensen Peacock, with 310 pounds, and Savannah Ellis, with 190 pounds.

    Arts in Motion owner Jennifer Austin, an animal lover herself, initiated the pet food drive years ago.

    It has become a traditional part of “The Nutcracker.”

  • Military Matters: Mark A. Jones

    U.S. Air Force Airman Mark A. Jones recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

    Son of Roy Jones of Oliver Springs, he is a 2007 graduate of Mount Pisgah Christian Academy, Oliver Springs.

    Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in 2011 from Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville.

    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.