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  • Roane County Schools to close at 2

    Roane County Schools will be releasing students at 2 p.m. today in anticipation of a winter weather system moving into the area.

    Director of Schools' Gary Aytes said the roads are currently in good condition and students should be able to get home safely.

    "We thought to be on the safe side we'd go ahead and close," said Aytes.

    Rain is supposed to change into a snowy mix this evening.

  • BASE, basketball games canceled

    The Before- and After-School program operated by Roane County Schools, as well as several area high school basketball games, have been canceled Friday.

    Basketball games postponed include Kingston at Oliver Springs (rescheduled Feb. 8), Kingston at Harriman, Sunbright at Oliver Springs and Oakdale at Midway.

    Times for the Grace Christian at Rockwood games have been moved up — boys play at 3:30 p.m.; girls play at 5 p.m.

  • All state offices closed due to weather

    Due to severe weather conditions, ALL state offices will be closed today Friday, Jan. 22.

  • Wintry mix paralyzes Roane; more’s on the way overnight

    Wintertime showed East Tennessee who’s boss on Wednesday by dumping ice and snow on the area.

    Roane County caught the brunt of the elements, with sleet starting in the early morning and turning to snow by lunchtime. And while Thursday offered a break in the forecast, meteorologists say there’s more to come.

    “It looks like the highest accumulation of snow is going to be overnight” Friday, said Jessica Winton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Morristown.

  • Cold pill limits lifted

    An obstacle stopping pharmacies in Harriman from selling pseudoephedrine without a prescription has been lifted.

    Harriman City Council repealed the city ordinance this week “simply because it wasn’t effective anymore,” said Mayor Chris Mason.

    “It was a good thing when we passed it,” the mayor added. “However, it is no longer needed.”

  • Don’t expect judge decision to be made soon

    It could take a while before the Tennessee Supreme Court makes a decision on whether to hear Tom McFarland’s latest appeal over his 2014 election loss.

    “It could come back in a month or it could come back in six months,” said Joanne Newsome, the chief deputy clerk for the Appellate Court Clerk’s Office in Knoxville.

    “There’s no set time.”

    McFarland, a Kingston attorney, was defeated by Mike Pemberton in the 2014 race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

  • Church aims to keep folks warm

    Speights Chapel AME Zion Church, Rockwood, will be giving out coats, blankets, gloves and hats to the needy at the church on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 22-23.

    “We have been doing it for three years,” said church member Thelma Chrisco.

    Men’s, women’s and children’s items will be distributed at no cost from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

    “You would be surprised by the people who don’t have blankets,” she added.

  • Bread? Check. Milk? Check. Kitty litter?

    AAA is advising motorists to be careful and make sure their vehicles are prepared for an emergency in winter weather.

    According to data from the Federal Highway Administration, 24 percent of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on snowy, slushy or icy pavement, and 15 percent happen during snowfall or sleet.

    “We see extreme cold weather cause dead batteries and dangerous road conditions,” said Don Lindsey, public affairs director of AAA Tennessee.

  • Roane County Schools OPEN Friday

    Roane County Schools will be open on Friday, Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

    Aytes, who made the decision Thursday evening, said schools will be operating on regular schedule.

  • No school in Roane County on Thursday

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes has called off school in Roane County on Thursday due treacherous driving conditions caused by a wintry mix on Wednesday.

    It's the second snow day for Roane County students. The school system has 11 built-in snow days in its 2015-16 calendar.

    More information on weather conditions and closings as they develop will be posted on RoaneCounty.com and on Facebook and Twitter.