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  • Soup kitchen in the works for Harriman

    The hungry will soon have a place for a free hot meal.
    Courts of Praise in Harriman already has a food pantry they started earlier this year. Now the active church is planning to open a soup kitchen in the next month.

  • Roane County teenager has been missing since Oct. 1

    Staff reports
    A 17-year-old girl from South of the River has been missing since Oct. 1.
    Samantha L. Daniels, who had attended Midway High School, was last seen by her father on the front porch of their home at 3614 River Rd.
    “I’ve been everywhere I think she might be,” said her father, Albert Daniels.
    He said his daughter had been seeing a 40 year old man, and the family believes that she is with him. Her father said they are concerned for her safety.

  • Hopes dim for a veterans hospital in Roane County

    Roane County’s hope for a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital looks bleak at this point.
    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander received a letter last month from John Dandridge Jr., director of the VA MidSouth Healthcare Network, explaining why the VA didn’t think Harriman’s Roane Medical Center was a suitable site.
    “At this time, given what we currently know and project, there is not a feasible justification for construction or for operating a VA hospital in Harriman, Tenn.,” Dandridge said in the letter.

  • Man charged with ETHRA gas theft

    Kingston police arrested a 20-year-old man Tuesday morning for allegedly siphoning gas from an ETHRA bus.
    Austin Cody Burns, 402 Curtis Road, Tellico Plains, is charged with theft under $500. According to the arrest report, he was forthcoming about the alleged crime.
    “Defendant stated that he had taken at least 10 gallons from the vehicle,” the report said. “Defendant told officer the hose and can he used were behind the bus in the brush.”

  • Veterans Day event set for Ridgeview

    Veterans of all the armed services are invited to Ridgeview Elementary School in Rockwood on Friday, Nov. 9 for a special recognition program. The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. Each grade level will play a unique part in the program.
    There will be refreshments for everyone.

  • Dr. Goff retirement reception at RSCC


  • Mobile devices head to college

    Roane State Community College is following the lead of one of its sister schools by utilizing mobile learning devices in the classroom.
    Several members of the Roane State faculty are now using iPads to help teach courses, an idea pioneered in East Tennessee by Walters State Community College in Morristown.
    “Students expect us to have technology integrated into the courses. I kind of see this as the next step,” said Mike Hill, Roane State’s director of teaching arts and technology and, as of August, director of learning centers and learning support.

  • Rockwood's lovin' its new McDonald's
  • Manson follower Davis gets parole

    Bruce Davis, a Roane County High School graduate who was a member of the murderous Charles Manson Family, was granted parole on Oct. 4 by a California parole board.
    However, he remains incarcerated in a California prison because the board’s decision has to undergo a 120-day review.

  • City revision a sign of the times

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    The words from the old Five Man Electrical Band 1960’s hippie-rock nugget “Signs” could have been the soundtrack to a lengthy discussion that opened this month’s Kingston City Council work session:
    Signs, signs, everywhere signs. Blockin’ up the scenery, breakin’ my mind …
    Council discussed a new, significantly revamped sign ordinance for the city, though it ultimately decided to table the issue until November at the suggestion of City Manager Jim Pinkerton.