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Local News

  • Four hurt in Midtown crash

    Four people were injured Monday night in a headon collision near the entrance to the Roane County Ambulance Service on Hwy. 70, Midtown.

  • School bus in fatal accident; no students hurt

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    An Oliver Springs man was killed and at least four others were injured in a traffic accident involving a Roane County school bus on Hwy. 61 near Oliver Springs Tuesday morning.

    Kenneth Collins was dead on the scene of the early morning crash, said Trooper Rodney Redmon of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

    Witnesses told authorities a pickup truck heading east on Hwy. 61 crossed the center line and struck the bus head on, Redmon said.

  • Proposed election board changes announced

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    James R. Ryans is already involved in public service as a member of Roane County’s Board of Public Utilities.

    Now he has a chance to serve the county in a political capacity after his appointment to the Roane County Election Commission.     

    The state announced the appointees on Monday.

    Ryans said Republican state Sen. Ken Yager asked him a couple of months ago if he was interested in serving.  

  • Legislators defend measures

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    eejraymond@roanecounty.com

    State legislators representing Roane County defended a pair of environmental measures last week that have landed them criticism.

    Rep. Dennis Ferguson and Sen. Ken Yager, who met with residents at Kingston Community Center Thursday to listen to concerns, also said they had made alteration to the proposed legislation.

  • Commissioners may get constable power

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The decision on whether to abolish the office of constable in Roane County could rest with the people.

    At least that’s the way one legislator would like to see it.

    “I’ve advised the commission of this,” state Sen. Ken Yager said. “Since we are talking about elected officials, we are looking into the possibility of having a ratification by the people in the next election. That is something that’s been looked at.”

  • Gun found in Oakdale School

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

        Director of Schools Mike Davis confirmed on Friday that a gun had been found in a student’s backpack at Oakdale School.

        “As far as we know there was no intended target. It appears that the student just wanted to prove they could get away with it,” Davis said.

  • Three high schools searched for drugs

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Drug searches at Harriman, Oliver Springs and Rockwood high schools netted a handful of drug charges Friday morning.

    District Attorney Russell Johnson said the most significant find was at Harriman High School, where dogs located a small amount of marijuana separately bagged in the vehicle of a juvenile male.

    “It appeared to be separately bagged for the purpose of resale,” Johnson said.

  • Former Roane Countian named to White House post

    STAFF REPORTS  

    A Roane County native will help President Barack Obama in his efforts to fix the nation’s health care crisis.

    This week, the president introduced Nancy-Ann DeParle as the director of the White House Office for Health Reform.  

    “I’m really honored to be asked by President Obama to be part of his team working to lower costs and provide health care insurance and better quality to all Americans,” she said from the East Room of the White House.

  • Swan Pond resident feels road rage over damage

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    Don Simon could be a poster child for the kind of people Roane County officials say they want to attract.

    The retired American Greetings executive has a comfortable home on the waterfront. He is active — a man who cares about his community.

    He has plenty of time now for his passion — barefoot endurance water skiing — and has a great appreciation for the smooth “perfect waters” that drew him here four years ago.

  • Roane County: The next Three Mile Island?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Executive Mike Farmer said perception — not reality — is one of the biggest obstacles to a full recovery from the TVA ash spill.

    If one of the worst environmental disasters in American history is any indication, Roane County could be rehabbing its image for decades.

    “I think this has the potential to be the coal industry’s Three Mile Island,” Farmer said.