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Today's News

  • United Way director familiar to many

    Dina Jackson has tackled grants and other projects while working for Harriman, but she’ll soon be leaving the city to take on a new role. 

    Jackson was named the new director of the Roane County United Way this week.

  • Schools again seek tax hike

    School system business manager Eric Harbin told the Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee to expect a request for a 9-cent increase in the property tax rate.  

    “We’re still pretty much in the same spot as we were last year,” Harbin told the committee on May 27. 

    Last year, the Roane County Board of Education requested a 14-cent increase in the property tax rate. 

  • THP sobriety, safety checkpoints slated

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol is planning to conduct sobriety and safety checkpoints on Roane County roads in June.

    A sobriety roadside safety checkpoint is planned for the week of June 8 on Hwy. 328 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    A driver license roadside safety checkpoint will be on the week of June 15 on Hwy. 70 at Caney Creek Road.

    During the driver license checkpoint, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles operated by drivers who violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

  • Register today for Canning College

    Roane County University of Tennessee Extension will conduct a three-session Canning College this month.

    Classes will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Thursday from June 12-26 in Roane County United Way, Midtown.

    Those wishing to participate are asked to register by June 10 by calling 376-5558.

    The $50 fee covers cost of ingredients, supplies, a food preservation book and at least one take-home item prepared in each class session.

    Justin Thomas, UT Extension agent, will conduct the class.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    The distribution for Roane County recipients will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 19 in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    All commodity food recipients should be certified before the deadline date.

    Those receiving the foods are advised to bring a bag to in which to carry the food.

    All recipients must pick up their commodities or arrange to have them picked up.

  • Roane Writers Group to have fundraising gala

    Roane Writers Group will have its fundraising gala from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 in Rockwood Events Center in downtown Rockwood.

    The venue offers a raised stage with theater lighting, dining and dancing areas for up to 300.

    A silent auction, food, a variety of beverages and music will be featured during the gala.

    All proceeds from the event will benefit the group’s annual Roane County Student Writing Contest awards and scholarships.

    Contact B.J. Gillum at bjgillum@comcast.net or 354-8658 for more information.

  • Legislators applaud Janelle Arthur

    State Rep. Kent Calfee sponsored a resolution in the last Tennessee General Assembly session to honor Oliver Springs’ Janelle Arthur for her success in the music industry.

    Arthur finished in the top 5 of the 12th season of “American Idol,” a FOX-TV talent-show-style program, in 2013.

  • Daniel to speak at annual event

    Michele R. Daniel will be the guest speaker during the annual Edgar Fritz Memorial Scholarship Program at Little Leaf Baptist Church, Oliver Springs.

    The program will start at 4 p.m. June 8.

    The scholarship was established after the death the Rev. Edgar Fritz in August 1978. The church has provided more than 50 scholarships. Daniel is a former recipient.

    Little Leaf Baptist Church is at 228 E. Tri County Blvd.

  • Eagle project a thank you to Bethel Presbyterian Church

    Daniel Palmer recently enhanced the landscape around Kingston’s Bethel Presbyterian Church as his Eagle Scout project.

    Palmer focused on Bethel because of the long-standing relationship between the church and Kingston’s Boy Scout Troop 101, which has met at Bethel for the past 64 years.

    The project was his way of thanking the church because of all he learned and the many years of good experiences during troop meetings at the church. Palmer’s love of plants prompted the landscaping theme.

  • General Sessions Court: Jan. 17-27, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Jan. 21 — Tiffany Lowe, contempt of court: recalled arrest process.

    • Dewey S. Yarber, assault-bodily injury: dismissed, cost to defendant.

    • Donette Hightower, failure to appear: recalled capias by office.

    • Danny King, financial responsibility law: guilty; traffic ticket paid in full.