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Today's News

  • Food City shoppers aid hunger relief groups

    Customers of Food City stores in Harriman and Kingston did their part recently in giving assistance to area agencies working toward helping the hungry.

    It was all part of the stores’ annual Race Against Hunger holiday campaign.

    The campaign, in effect since 1992 and a partnership with Kellogg’s, benefits area hunger relief organizations.    

    “Hunger is a serious problem in America,” said Food City President and CEO Steven C. Smith.

  • Worker claims ash spill cleanup caused leukemia

    A Knox County man is suing Jacobs Engineering Group in Roane County Circuit Court, alleging the company caused him to contract leukemia by lying to him about the safety of fly ash at the TVA ash spill cleanup site.

    Bill Rose, 8120 E. Emory Road, Corryton, wants $10 million.

    Jacobs has yet to file an answer to the lawsuit.

    Rose is also suing Titan Excavating & Grading LLC and Jay H. Crippen.

    Crippen is the president of Titan, according to the lawsuit.

  • Make room on the shelf

    Every year the Tennessee Sports Writers Association compiles a list of the top football players in the state for the TSWA All-State Football Teams.

    This year’s teams feature four players from three local schools.
    Midway defensive linemen Hayden Hester, Rockwood defensive linemen Dallas Strader and Garrett Greene and John Langley — both from Harriman — we’re all named members of the Class 1A and Class 2A teams.

  • ‘Scared to shoot’

    Despite keeping it close early, the Rockwood girls fell to Oneida 34-21.

    “I felt like we played hard,” Rockwood head coach Amy Breazeale said. “I feel like we are getting better at what we do, and that’s what this tournament is about.”

    The Lady Tigers held with Oneida in the first quarter, only trailing 11-8, thanks in part to Lexie Hill.

  • Allow me to reintroduce myself

    For those of you who know me well, seeing my name appear in the Roane County News is no surprise. It’s a move many of you knew was coming.

    The rest of you,  however, probably have no idea who I am, but I’m taking going to take up several of today’s valuable column inches to clear that up.

    My name is Bradley Keith Stringfield, and, effective Dec . 29, I became the sports editor at the Roane County News.

    Don’t stop reading now. It gets better.

  • Kingdom Heirs concert to benefit Midtown VFD

    The Kingdom Heirs Gospel group will give a benefit concert for Midtown 1st District Volunteer Fire Department on Jan. 9 in the Princess Theatre, Harriman.

    Doors open at 6 p.m.; the concert starts at 7.

    The Kingdom Heirs, whose pianist is Harriman’s Andy Stringfield, has been the resident Gospel group at Dollywood for almost three decades.

    Tickets for this benefit concert are $20 for the lower level, $15 for the balcony.

  • Four Roane high schools part of ‘Scholars’ Bowl’

    Students from four Roane County public high schools are among those who will put their knowledge to the test in the 31st season of East Tennessee PBS’ “Scholars’ Bowl” program.

    Teams from Harriman, Oliver Springs, Roane County and Rockwood high schools are among the 50 from 49 East Tennessee and Southeast Kentucky schools who competed in the bracket-style trivia competition filmed over the course of several days in the fall of 2014.

    “Scholars’ Bowl” begins airing on Jan. 5 at 5:30 p.m. each weekday.

  • Help build a primitive bow at Jan. 15 Obed workshop

    Obed Wild and Scenic River, in partnership with bowyer Travis Gosnell, will have the year’s first primitive bow workshop on Jan. 15.

    The workshop will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Obed Visitor Center at 208 Maiden St., Wartburg.

    Gosnell, who built his first bow as a child, said he has always enjoyed a good challenge.

    “At times, it is a kind of therapy from the rat race of life,” he said about building bows.

    Gosnell has his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Tennessee Tech University.

  • Kingston winners deck the halls and lawns

    Kingston Parks and Recreation Department has named the winners of its annual holiday decorating contest.

    Jamestowne Assisted Living, at 851 Lawnville Road, is this year's business winner.

    Tom and Debbie Curry won this year's residential award. Their award-winning home is at 745 Montvue St.

  • First Amendment has leading role

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Who knew the 45 words of the First Amendment came with buttered popcorn?

    Entering 2014, it’s safe to say that none of us could have envisioned that one of the year’s biggest global collisions between freedom of expression and tyrannical suppression of speech would revolve around a lightweight movie comedy, “The Interview.”

    What lessons does “The Interview” have for all of us?