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Today's News

  • Get ready for Christmas Ideas Fair

    Rural Mixers Family and Community Education Club members are gearing up for this week’s Christmas Ideas Fair.

    Club members include, seated, Rachel Wright and Robin Greenburg; and standing, Linda Rogers, Judy Murray, Lennie Stansbury, Madge Jackson and Debbie Genona.

    The Christmas Ideas Fair, a project of Roane County FCE clubs, will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 6 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 7 in Kingston Community Center.

    Handmade items and crafts will be featured, with lunch and dinner available on Thursday, and lunch available on Friday.

  • Bark for Life set for this weekend

    Bark for Life, a new Roane County Relay for Life fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, honors the care-giving qualities of canine companions.

    The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Roane County Park shed 2. Registration begins at 9:15 a.m.

    Preregistration is $10 per dog and $5 for each additional pet owner. Registration the date of the event will be $15 per dog.

    For those on Relay teams, registration fees will go toward their team’s fundraising total.

  • Harriman’s Henderson a lieutenant colonel

    The U.S. Army promoted Lt. Col. Courtney L. Henderson to his present rank during a spring ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    A Harriman native, he is the son of Marcella Willis of Kingston and Sammy L. Henderson of Harriman.

    The lieutenant colonel was commissioned into the Army as a signal officer in August 1998, only months after he graduated from Roane County High School, Kingston.

    Henderson served as a gold bar recruiter for his first three months of active duty before attending the signal officer basic course in Fort Gordon, Ga.

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  • GUEST OPINION: Ebola reporting and the media — the bottom line

    By GENE POLICINSKI 

    First Amendment Center

    So how scared should we be about the worldwide Ebola virus crisis?

    For nearly all of us, the answer to that question will come through what we see, hear and read in the news media and in the U.S. that places a unique burden on those free to print, broadcast or post stories as they wish about efforts to control the spread of the virus.

  • Rockwood mayor says city has money for bills

    In response to rumors about the state of the city’s finances, Rockwood Mayor James Watts made a point to reassure residents concerned about the city’s dwindling rainy-day fund.
    “I don’t want folks to think we don’t have enough money to pay our bills,” said Watts at a recent meeting. “We do.”
    He said he recently checked the bank account and found the city had about $500,000 in the bank.
    City funds fluctuate as bills are paid and revenues come in, so the amount in the account varies as things like payroll are paid out and sales tax rolls in.

  • Help available for open enrollment in health-care plans

    The window for open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act health-care plans is Nov. 15 to Feb. 15, and Oak Ridge Public Library is planning two opportunities for the public to enroll.

    Due to library renovations, these programs will be in the AB Room of the Oak Ridge Recreation Center at 1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    The programs will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Nov. 22 and Dec. 6.

  • Prediction: A more efficient government

    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms first day on the job was Monday.

    The former Oak Hill manager expressed gratitude for the chance to serve in the city’s first managerial post.

    “I’m looking forward to getting to help the people of Harriman and try to do what I can to help them make it the community they want it to be,” Helms said.

    Helms will use his 18 years of experience in a Nashville suburb to bring progress to the city, officials hope.

  • County honored for openness

    One organization thinks Roane County does a pretty good job of keeping residents informed.

    The county received a Tennessee County Services Association Success Story Award for its efforts at the organization’s fall conference last week.

    “We’re pleased to get the award,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Woody said TCSA asked counties to make submissions for the award, but there were no particular categories. Roane’s submission focused on communication and transparency initiatives.