Today's News

  • Info on health care reform to be available at OR open house

    An open house to provide information about the Affordable Care Act will be will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 16 in Grace Lutheran Church at 131 W. Gettysburg Ave., Oak Ridge.

    Anyone who is interested in learning more about the new health care act — and especially those who need to buy health insurance in the new Marketplace — is welcome to attend this educational event.

    Those attending will be able to access both printed information and computers to get online resources.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 13

    25 Years Ago

  • Children’s Museum opens newly renovated waterworks exhibition

    Children are once again splashing water as they send wooden tugboats down river in the TVA Waterworks Exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

    The exhibit recently reopened with some
    new additions that highlight learning through play.

    In addition to operating small locks and dams in a flume donated by TVA, children now may climb aboard a child-sized tugboat for an imaginary trip down the Tennessee River.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to Pawley Island, S.C.

    A Jackson family vacation to Pawley Island, S.C., was on the Roane County News’ latest itinerary.

    Wayne, April, Will and Paul Jackson took the newspaper on this adventure.

    “Alligators abound in this ancient area of South Carolina,” said April Jackson, who accompanied her family on the trip (and, we presume, was the family outing photographer.)

    Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

  • Music Club meets Nov. 21

    Harriman Music Club will meet at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in Redeemer Lutheran Church at 1658 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Co-hostesses are Jerri Zurcher, Mary Hickey and Peggy Sheppard.  Nancy Newcomb will present the Hymn of the Month.

    The theme of the program is “Now Thank We All Our God.” Program Chairwoman Nancy Skidmore will present the program, including some of her piano students, a vocal solo by Skye Clemmons, and Midtown Elementary School Chorus, directed by Beth Trescher.

    Call 882-1472 for details.

  • Harriman Care and Rehab honors 2013 Hall of Famers

    Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center adorns a table with photos and biographies of its four 2013 Hall of Fame inductees during an annual celebration.

    Honored were resident Linda Sharp for her professional accomplishments as a nurse, community member Tommy Hardin for his commitment to the community and elders, stakeholder Saundra Ausburn for her dedicated 26 years of service, and resident Nancy Calloway for her professional accomplishments as a nurse.

  • THP to conduct license check in Roane County on Nov. 29

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a driver license roadside safety checkpoint from 1 to 2 p.m. Nov. 29 on Hwy. 70 at Caney Creek Road in Roane County.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

  • The Garden Gate: Wreath's popularity goes on

    This is the time of year when we often have an interval of balmy, sunny weather known as Indian summer.

    Inquiries as to the origin of this name bring out a remarkable variety of explanations.

    One is that this lovely time of year, often referred to as St. Martin’s summer or Martinmass in England, had its name changed to Indian summer by the same New England Puritans who objected to Christmas because the English name sounded “popish,” or Catholic.

  • GUEST OPINION: Privacy issues taking new sets of twists, turns

    Inside the First Amendment

    Strictly speaking, privacy is not a First Amendment issue. It’s not one of the five freedoms protected by the amendment’s 45 words, and in some cases it even works in opposition to the practical application of those freedoms.

  • KINGSTON: Funding change means paving decisions could be more critical

    Kingston City Council considered repaving Kentucky Street, then pondered the future of its highway funds at the Nov. 5 council work session.

    The city gets  what are called Surface Transportation Program funds every year from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    The  money is to be spent for specific state road-related projects.

    The city learned its initial plan to spend around $330,000 on greenway amenities wouldn’t fly with state officials, though the greenway is a TDOT project.