Today's News

  • Yager plans grant conference Aug. 29

    State Sen. Ken Yager will have a free grant conference to improve the opportunities for residents, organizations and government agencies to tap into a wide variety of available grant funds. 
    The conference will be on Aug. 29 on the main campus of Roane State Community College at 276 Patton Lane.
    “I am hosting this conference to provide useful information and contacts for local governments and non-profits in the 12th District with the goal of improving our communities,” said Yager. 

  • Archivists seek Civil War memorabilia

    Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Knoxville later this month to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by area residents for an exhibit titled “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee.”
    Archivists will be at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St., from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 15 and from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 16.
    During that time, they encourage area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

  • Vehicular homicide trial underway

    Update: Nicole Lawson was found guilty of vehicular homicide reckless conduct on Tuesday in the 2009 death of Gary Pugh. The jury returned the verdict at 4:14 p.m. Lawson’s sentencing hearing was scheduled for Nov. 19.

    Previous version:  Testimony got underway Tuesday in the vehicular homicide trial of Nicole Lawson.
    She’s charged in the May 29, 2009 fatal wreck that left Gary Pugh of Crossville dead. The wreck occurred on Hwy. 70 in Roane County.


    The Half Moon Music Festival has a new date that organizers hope will be cooler for faithful music aficionados making the annual trek by land and lake to Ten Mile.

    The festival will begin at 1 p.m. Sept. 8.

    “For the past several years, it has been so hot that many senior citizens had to leave,” said festival founder Wayne Tipps of the event that’s traditionally been on the Sunday following the Fourth-of-July weekend.

  • United Way taking funding applications

    The Roane County United Way is now accepting applications for funding in 2014.

    The deadline is at 4 p.m. Sept. 6.

    Applications will be accepted from organizations that align with their mission of mobilizing the caring power of our community to create long-lasting change that improves people’s lives and provide for the basic human needs of those needing assistance.  

    The United Way has been serving the needs of Roane County since 1954 by focusing on the building blocks of a good life: education, health, and financial stability.  

  • Back-to-School Rally set Saturday

    One hundred free school bags will be distributed Aug. 10 during the fifth annual Back-to-School Rally and Fun Day at F.R. Davis Park (formerly Triangle Park) on Unaka Street, Harriman.

    The event will be from noon to 4 p.m..

    Bags will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and children must be present to receive them.

    Other attractions of the Triangle Park Association Inc. and Harriman American Legion Post 232 event are games, inflatables, door prizes and free hot dogs, chips and drinks.

  • OFF the CUFF by Cheryl Duncan

    My daughter remembers nothing about the first day of her senior year of high school.

    The memories she has formed from that first day on the threshold of her final high school year are from what her father and I have shared with her.

    The reason she has no memories to call her own is because on that important day, my daughter suffered a concussion.

    She was removing her backpack from the back seat of my car when we were rear-ended in the school parking lot. The impact knocked her head into the top of the car.


  • The Garden Gate: Daylilies are the tasty treat that keeps on giving

    Anyone can have a vegetable garden. All you need is a patch of soil.

    Some people have vegetable gardens in alleys or on vacant lots in the inner city, or in window boxes or bushel baskets full of soil on roofs of apartment buildings.

    If you have a small yard, you can grow lettuce, carrots or parsley as a border. Spinach, which loves shade, also may be grown as a border under evergreens or other shade trees.

  • Munsey-Foster

    Jim and Linda Munsey of Kingston announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Melissa Lynn Munsey, to Clint Anthony Fos-

    He is the son of Bryan and Lana Foster of Oakdale.

    The ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 17 at Whitestone Country Inn.

    The bride-elect is a 2009 graduate of Roane County High School and a 2013 graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in communication studies.

    The prospective groom studied music business at Middle Tennessee State University. He is employed with Munsey Pharmacy.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Cantrell

    Mary Renfro and Ray Cantrell were married on July 2 in Liberty Baptist Church, Kingston, with the Rev. Randy Griffis officiating.

    The attendants were their children. Marcia Hayes served as maid of honor, with Kimberly Cantrell as bridesmaid. Gregory Cantrell was best man, and Rodney Renfro was groomsman.

    The bride wore a floor-length cream-colored organza off-the-shoulder dress with ruching on the bodice.

    She wore it with a sheer lace and sequin bolero long-sleeved jacket.