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Today's News

  • Dawgs for the Dogs fundraiser Saturday

    Second Chance K-9 Rescue will have its 15th annual Dawgs for the Dogs fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 13 at Kingston City Park.

    A hot dog with toppings, chips, drink and dessert will be available for a $5 donation.

    Proceeds will go toward various Second Chance community projects.

    Second Chance assists low-income families and individuals who are unable to spay or neuter their pets.

    The rescue group also has a pet-food pantry for those who need assistance with feeding their pets.

  • Pet adoptions, more for appreciation week

    Pet Appreciation Week is Sept. 17-21, and a number of pets will be available for adoption on Sept. 20 in an event at Tractor Supply Co., Rockwood.

    The adoptions are part of the company’s partnership with Petfinder.

    “Our team loves animals big and small, and our dogs and cats are members of the family,” said Susan Brown, manager of Rockwood Tractor Supply store.

    “Pet Appreciation Week gives us the opportunity to highlight the work being done by our community partners and introduce more families to the fun of owning a pet.”

  • October Sky Fest one for the books

    Oliver Springs will be the cultural hub of the area during its October Sky Festival on Oct. 18 at Arrowhead Park.

    Arts, crafts and all sorts of creativity will be center stage during the festival. The Roane County Arts Council will have a double booth. While all area artists and crafters are encouraged to book their own spaces, they are welcome to join the Arts Council’s booth. Email artscouncilofroanecounty@gmail.com to place works at the group’s booth.

    Exposure for more musically inclined members is also encouraged.

  • Tennessee first lady to be in Roane on Sept. 19

    Tennessee first lady Crissy Haslam will be in Roane County next week as part of The

    Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Tour.

    Haslam will be with the tour during its stop for Roane Imagination Library from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 at Pinnacle Pointe shopping center on Hwy. 70, Harriman.

    Roane Imagination Library  will honor corporate sponsors Pro2Serve and MCLinc during the tour stop.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: GOP-ruled Tennessee, third most corrupt state?

    Last week we pointed out how the Republican Party’s unification behind their apostle of adultery and abortion, Dr. Scott DesJarlais, their candidate for re-election as congressman from the Fourth Congressional District of Tennessee must perforce result in the party itself being henceforth labeled, not the pro-life party of family values, but instead the party of Adultery and Abortion.

  • Roane down to two ambulances earlier this week

    There was a time on Monday when Roane County only had two ambulances in service. 

  • Attorney to serve Rockwood, county

    Rockwood City Attorney Greg Leffew can continue to perform that role and serve in his newly sworn-in office as Roane County attorney.

  • Hip to be SQUARE

    Music and good times can be had inside the Harriman American Legion every Monday with the start of square dance lessons.

    The Three Rivers Ramblers Dance Club began hosting lessons last week for all interested.

    Not the twinkle-toes type?

    Not a problem.

    “If we can be taught, you can be taught,” Beverly Zeilman said. The rather large club holds lessons to help keep new blood involved.

  • $3,000-broadcast rumors ‘made up’

    Despite rumors, Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said he has not told anyone they will have to pay a fee to broadcast football games.

    “Absolutely not,” he said Wednesday night. “State law and our board policy require that anybody that uses school facilities go through the director. I have just asked that those people who are broadcasting games come and visit with me.”

    There was talk on Facebook forums of a costly pay-to-broadcast system.

  • Heavy loans in judge race

    Mike Pemberton loaned his campaign $55,000 during the race for 9th Judicial District Circuit Court judge. That was in addition to more than $50,000 in contributions he received.

    In a close contest, Pemberton defeated Tom McFarland on Aug. 7.