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Today's News

  • Willis big winner in Chamber shopping spree

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce received almost 3,000 entries in this year’s Christmas shopping spree.

    During a drawing at The Roane Alliance’s annual Christmas open house, three winners were awarded $1,000.

    Connie Willis of Harriman won $500, while John Baker of Rockwood and Maxine Schuburt of Harriman each received $250.

    “This money will be very helpful to not only finish my Christmas shopping,” said Willis, “but also help pay for a large purchase she made recently at Rocky Top for a family member.”

  • See special displays at Festival of the Nativity

    Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, will showcase unique displays of Nativity scenes from around the world during its Festival of the Nativity at 2 p.m. Dec. 28.

    Groups are welcome to view the displays.

    Cookies and hot cider will be served.

    The church is at 203 S. Kentucky St.

    Call 376-6340 for details.

  • Music emphasis in new OS church

    Benchmark Church, Oliver Springs, will open its doors on Jan. 4.

    The church will be at 961 E. Tri County Blvd. in the Norwood School zone.

    Benjamin Blankenship, a multi-ple-award-winning Southern Gospel artist, will be the church’s pastor.

    “Come to a great new church with a profound emphasis on Southern Gospel, country Gos-

    pel, Bluegrass Gospel and praise music in worship,” Blankenship said.

  • Midway educators, staff help out inmates’ children

    On hand for Midway Elementary School’s inaugural “Toys 4 Inmates’ Children” toy drive are, from left, Principal Tim Thompson, Midway student resource officer Rick Butler and Sgt. Tina Adkisson of Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Midway school counselor Hylene Pankey, Lt. Rick Baker of Roane County Sheriff’s Office and Brenda Melton, Midway pre-K assistant.

    The toys were collected and donated by Midway’s faculty and staff and were handed over to the sheriff’s office for distribution.

  • 2 TCAT programs new for workforce

    The Tennessee Board of Regents recently approved two new workforce programs at Harriman Tennessee College of Applied Technology.

    Diesel-powered equipment technician and welding at the Harriman site are among those approved in the TCAT system statewide during a quarterly meeting earlier this month in Nashville.

    A statewide production technician workforce program was also approved.

  • Bad call? School could pay

    Criticism of game officials could hit schools in the pocketbooks.

    The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Legislative Council approved an addition to the bylaws at the Dec. 10 meeting in Hermitage.

    Section 8 says TSSAA schools are responsible for how coaches conduct themselves.

    “Public criticism of game officials by administrators or coaches will result in a fine of $500 assessed to the school,” the section states.

  • Senior bowlers
  • History on the hardwood

    Rockwood High School’s Austin Cooper, left, fends off a block from Harriman’s Javian Witherspoon when the two teams met up last week.

    It was a milestone game; Cooper and his teammates wore jerseys to honor the former Campbell High School, a school for African Americans during the days of segregation.

    The regional school was in Rockwood and was noted for both its athletics and academics.

  • Midway Holiday Classic
  • Arrests: Oct. 14-27, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Oct. 14 — Ryan Matthew Cox, 28, 665 Old Hwy. 70, Harriman: unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, aggravated assault, theft of property up to $500, three counts violation of probation/parole, vandalism $10,000-$59,999.

    • Gregory David Evans, 43, 417 Foremast Road, Kingston: domestic assault.