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Today's News

  • 5k run to help Boys and Girls Club

    The second annual Boys and Girls Club of Roane County 5k run will start at 8 p.m. Aug. 30 at the club site in the former Harriman Middle School gymnasium.

    The club, which opened in January, served 25 to 50 children in a daily summer program.

    There’s a possibility of opening a second location in a nearby community within the next year.

  • Adopt a crag at Obed

    Obed Wild and Scenic River, in cooperation with the East Tennessee Climbers Coalition, will have the annual Adopt-A-Crag volunteer event on Sept. 6.

    Volunteers participate in a day of clean-up activities along a variety of rock climbing areas of the Obed Wild and Scenic River. The clean-up starts at 9 a.m.

    The public is also welcome to meet at Lilly Bridge at 2 p.m. for the monthly Obed Climb with a Ranger program.

    The National Park Service provides all the gear and instruction.

  • Sevier Drive to have Sept. 7 homecoming

    Elder John Tucker of Avondale Church of Christ, Chattanooga, will deliver the homecoming message at Sevier

    Drive Church of Christ, Harriman.

    The service begins at 3 p.m. Sept. 7 in the church at 1014 Sevier Drive.

    “Are You Watchful?” from Mark 13:33-37 is this year’s theme.

    Dinner will be served after the evening worship service.

    Tucker was born and raised in Chattanooga.

  • ‘Cruisin’ With Jesus’ car show set

    New Midway Baptist Church will have a “Cruisin’ With Jesus” car show this weekend.

    The show will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 30 at the church at 240 New Midway Road, Kingston.

    There is no entry fee.

    Trophies will be awarded in all classes to owners of cars, trucks, all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles and tractors.

    Lunch will be available.

    Contact Steve Garrett at 387-4223 or Rod Garrett at 566-4320 for details.

  • Church Calendar: Aug. 29-Sept. 14

    FRIDAY, AUG. 29
    • Kingston Church of Christ has its Sewing 4 Souls from 9 to 11:30 a.m. each Friday. Members make clothes for needy children around the world. The church is at 303 N. Kentucky St.; rear parking is available off Loveliss Street. Call Evelyn Landis at 423-334-1490 or 423-507-4683 for details.

    • Luminary United Methodist Church, Ten Mile will have a two-day indoor yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the church at 3401 River Road. Proceeds from the sale go toward a free community health fair.

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  • Bacterial meningitis case reported for ETSU student

    East Tennessee State University reported earlier this week that an off-campus student was treated for a case of bacterial meningitis and recently released from the hospital.

    A probable case involving another off-campus student is being investigated by the health department.

    That student was evaluated by ETSU Student Health Services and was sent to an area hospital.

    ETSU health officials said the risk of transmission is minimal to other members of the ETSU community.

    The Washington County Health Department has been notified of both cases.

  • Arby’s food truck a hit

    Roane Countians like roast beef.

    When the Arby’s franchise in Knoxville parked a food truck in Midtown Wednesday, people — hundreds at a time — stood on hot pavement in snaking lines, waiting to order. Some brought their children. Several brought their dogs.

    One Wendy’s employee waited clad in her work uniform.

    Did she feel guilty about that?

    “Not in the least,” she said.

    Michael and Amy Daugherty drove from Rockwood for a chance at some different fast-food fare.

  • Money for ‘God’ plaques slow to come

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said her office has received $1,300 for the “In God We Trust” resolution the County Commission approved on July 14 — significantly less than what officials said was needed.

    The resolution calls for the phrase to be posted over the north and south entrances of the courthouse and in the commission meeting room.

    Commissioner Randy Ellis, the sponsor of the resolution, said the cost to post the phrase at those locations will be about $4,200.

  • Oliver Springs’ colorful past captured in glass

    Oliver Springs Historical Society captured the city’s rich history in an elaborately colorful way.

    Above the entry into the society’s home in the Abston Building ― which has had lives as a theater and garage ― it’s a stained-glass image of long-gone Oliver Springs Hotel.

    “It is way over 1,000 pieces. Even the fence, every little fence (post) is a piece,” said Eddie Coker, a part of the historical society. The design accurately depicts the hotel and nearby surroundings.