Today's News

  • Movie tickets for blood donors

    Medic Regional Blood Center is struggling to meet the needs of area hospitals and will offer a special holiday incentive to get people to roll up their sleeve. Each donor on Monday, Dec. 30, will receive a pair of Regal Cinema movie passes with no expiration date.

    “We usually give away a single pass to donors, but we are in desperate need for donors and thought we would offer two tickets to sweeten the pot,” said Christi Fightmaster, director of public relations.

  • K-25 plant demolition a notable moment in history

    A significant piece of national and Roane County history came down last week with the final demolition of the K-25 building.

    “A number of people from Roane County worked up there,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “They helped build it, and once it was built they worked in the facility.”

    K-25, built in 1943, was part of the Manhattan Project. It was once the world’s largest building under one roof.

  • Perfect holidays are rarely in the cards, but how to cope?

    During the holidays, the goal should be to set the course somewhere “between Hallmark and heartache,” a Vanderbilt psychiatrist says.

    In other words, don’t strive for the perfect (you won’t achieve it), and recognize and deal head-on with some of the stressors of the season.

  • Website aimed at schoolchildren’s parents

    The Tennessee School Boards Association has developed a site, MyTennesseePublicSchools.net, with the idea that parents shouldn’t have to spend hours searching for answers to questions they have about public schools.

    Information should be easy to find.

    MyTennesseePublicSchools.net is a collection of resources and need-to-know information to help parents help their child rensucceed in public school.

  • Start your year with state park hike

    Tennessee State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes on New Year’s Day.

    Each state park will host its own special hike in the first few days of the New Year as part of the quarterly hikes program.

    “Our First Hikes have been very popular and we are excited to continue this series in the New Year,” said Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill. “The First Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family.”

  • The Garden Gate: Christmas season steeped in longtime tradition

    Christmas is so much a time of traditions, customs, historic associations and reminiscing that it’s interesting to know how some of them began.

    The second bishop of Rome, Telesphorus, declared in the second century A.D. that public church services should be held to celebrate the Nativity of the Lord.

    And in 320 A.D., Pope Julius I, agreeing with other religious leaders, specified that Dec. 25 should be recognized as the official date of the birth of Jesus Christ.

    Singing Christmas carols was a new idea in the church services of the 13th century.

  • THP sobriety checks end old year, begin new

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct sobriety roadside safety checkpoints during New Year’s week.

    One sobriety checkpoint will be from 9 to 11 p.m. Dec. 31 at Hwy. 70 and Caney Creek Road.

    Another will be at the same location from 10 to 11 p.m. Jan. 1.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by intoxicated drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles with such drivers.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Dec. 25

    25 Years Ago
    Harriman’s Walnut Hill Elementary placed fifth of 17 entrants in the elementary curriculum and instruction category of the National Rural and Small Schools Consortium competition. Honors were accepted by Walnut Hill Principal Larry Sills and first-grade teacher Linda Roberts; Harriman City Schools Superintendent Gene Thurman, Harriman City Schools Supervisor of Instruction Bill Powers, Harriman Board of Education member Frank Mee and Tennessee Department of Education representative Charlene Hill.

  • Road construction in state halted for holiday travelers

    Road construction won’t delay travelers during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state.

    No temporary lane closures will be allowed for construction on Tennessee roadways beginning at 6 a.m. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, through 6 a.m. Jan. 2.

  • Roane State offers wilderness first responder course

    Roane State Community College’s Continuing Healthcare and Safety Education Department is accepting sign-ups for its wilderness first responder course.

    The class, at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, is designed for those who operate extensively in the outdoors, such as outdoors enthusiasts, wilderness guides, environmental educators and missionaries.

    The course will be Jan. 19-26.

    A refresher course for those who have already taken wilderness first responder is scheduled for Jan. 31-Feb 2.