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  • Project collects holiday items for teens

    So often young children are the focus of holiday giving, but as they grow up they still need to know people care.

    That is what the Roane County Community Advisory Board is trying to show them by collecting basic needs and small wants like hair-styling products, scarves and ear buds for stockings for selected teens in Roane County.

    “This is probably our fifth year of doing the stockings,” said Leonora Spangler.

    Spangler, a member of CAB, also works at the Juvenile office.

  • Kingston parade rescheduled

    The Kingston Christmas Parade that was originally scheduled for today, Monday, Nov. 30, has been rescheduled for Friday, Dec. 4.

    Line up is at 5:30 p.m. with the parade beginning at 7.

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  • Why was state prisoner on work crew?

    How did an inmate sentenced to state prison end up on a Roane County Jail work crew? That’s a question surrounding the recent escape of Adam Phillips.

    “You got to be sentenced before you can be even considered to be on a work detail,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips explained.

    Adam Phillips, no relation Tim Phillips, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, theft, burglary and vandalism in July and was sentenced to 12 years in state prison.

  • Future school calendars set

    The first day of school for the next two school years are set. The Roane County Board of Education approved the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school calendars at the Nov. 19 meeting.  

    Classes begin on Aug. 10 for the 2016-17 school year. Classes will start on Aug. 9 for the 2017-18 school year.

    Both calendars include a one week fall break and one week spring break.

  • Harriman eyes solar initiative

    Solar energy may save the city of Harriman money on its utility bills.

    Officials are looking at a proposal to work with a company to install solar panels at several locations in the city.

    “This is a cost cutting measure. It is deemed as revenue, but it really is a cost cutting. It is a forward looking thing, which is great and very beneficial for our citizens,” said City Councilman Chris Ahler.

    Councilman Ken Mynatt said the city needed to do something to address its utility costs.

  • Harriman Home Tour marks 25th

    Cornstalk Heights Historic Community Organization is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its annual Historic Harriman Christmas Tour of Homes.

    “We’ve been blessed to have the neighborhood support this event over the years,” said Diana Knobloch, this year’s chair.

    “The tour has become a fundraiser for the Cornstalk Heights Historical Community Organization. We also like to showcase our beautiful homes. There are not too many communities left that have the number of homes built in the 1890s-early 1900’s like we do.”

  • Nostalgia, gifts fill Rocky Top General Store

    Rocky Top General Store has been a Harriman fixture for decades.

    David Webb and his family started with Webb’s Furniture in downtown Harriman in 1959 and moved the store to its current location on Ruritan Road in the 1970s, changing its name to Rocky Top General Store because of its many items.

    “When we got here and had so many different things we changed it to general store,” said Webb.

    And boy does it have so many different things.

  • Boy Scouts’ tree sale a holiday tradition in Kingston

    Ted Dailey was not even old enough to be a Cub Scout the first time he remembers helping with Troop 101’s Christmas Tree Sales.

    “It was 1961 or ‘62,” he said. “My big brother, George, was in Scouts, and I was the tag along little brother.
    “We cut them down and sold them along Highway 58. They were Cedar Trees - the kind of Christmas Trees they had back then.

    “We sold them for a quarter or 50 cents, or a dollar if they were really big ones.”

  • Silent Light event a time of quiet reflection

    There is a quiet place to listen to the stillness and sit in contemplation this Advent season.

    Each Monday during Advent, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is holding an event called Silent Light.

    The church will be open from 5:30 to 8 p.m. to allow people to sit quietly in the sanctuary.

    “We are going to have just candlelight. No sermon. No music,” said Lynne Spires.

    Prayer and quiet reflection, or meditation, are concepts part of the church for a long time.