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Today's News

  • Ruby Julian turns 100 years old today

    Ruby Julian celebrates her 100th birthday today, Feb. 21.

    She was born on Feb. 21, 1918, to Reuben and Lovenia Hall in Harriman.

    She has lived in Roane County all of her life.

    The former Ruby Hall married Homer Julian Sr. in 1938.

    They were blessed with two sons, Homer Jr. of Rockwood, and James Thomas of Knoxville.

    She also has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

    Julian is the oldest member of Walnut Hill Baptist Church.

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher Historian: We, too, will survive our times

    By MARK BANKER

    Tragically, a bad week for our nation might be a good week for an opinion columnist.

    Surely with yet another tragic school shooting, alleged incontrovertible proof of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and yet another showdown between right-wing extremists and their critics in Knoxville, any writer worth his laptop can reflect and compose a relevant column.

  • County officials honor big Rockwood milestone

    As the city of Rockwood prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary, the Roane County Commission paid homage last week by passing a resolution in honor of the milestone.

    “I was around when the city turned 100,” Commissioner/Rockwood resident Darryl Meadows said. “Never thought I’d see it turn 150.”

    The resolution passed unanimously. Rockwood City Councilman Dudley Evans accepted it on behalf of the city.

    “We are having our celebration March 10 and 11 in Rockwood,” Evans said.

  • Meth stashed in Bible case

    Rockwood police reported confiscating 15 grams of crystal methamphetamine during a Feb. 13 traffic stop. The female driver, identified as Jennifer L. Watson, is facing charges in the case.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Blake Norman spotted a Mercury Mariner traveling north on Highway 27 with an expired temporary tag. Norman stopped the vehicle at Walmart.

  • Park additions to be touted with ‘grand reopening’

    Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park has been through quite a transformation in the last year and the city is celebrating it with a “grand reopening” from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday.

    “We are hoping to have many kids come and play on the new playground,” said Rebecca Schwepfinger, Harriman special events and public relations coordinator.

    Parks and Recreation Director Allen Hickman is excited to show off the new additions to the park, including new playground equipment that was installed last year and the recently repaired fishing dock.

  • Buoyed prospects: Roane Alliance marks a stellar year

    Following a strong performance in 2017, Roane County is poised for future success, according to a report from The Roane Alliance.

    The Alliance’s 2017 Annual Report released last week highlights achievements that include infrastructure improvements, new marketing materials and a new marketing plan.

    “The county benefitted greatly from our work with the Alliance last year,” County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Harriman Care and Rockwood Signature Great Places to Work

    Independent analysts at Great Place to Work have crunched the numbers and certified Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center and Signature HealthCare of Rockwood are as Great Places to Work.

    The two facilities in Roane County earned this distinction based on extensive ratings given by its stakeholders in anonymous surveys.

    “It’s a testament to the hard work exhibited by our great team,” said Benjamin Landy, CEO of Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center.

    Landy said he is extremely humbled to receive this certification.

  • Kingston's top worker

    The city of Kingston named water department employee Shawn Clark, center right, as February’s employee of the month.

    The presentation of the honor at last week’s Kingston City Council meeting includes, from left, Mayor Tim Neal, City Manager David Bolling, Clark’s wife Susie, son Jacob and Clark’s supervisor Jimmy Agee.

  • Rockwood’s Tractor Supply pet friendly with donations

    Rockwood’s Tractor Supply Co. store is donating 96 bags of pet food to feed dogs and cats in need of adoption.

    Recipients of the donation are Roane County Animal Shelter and Roane County PAWS.

    “More often than not, animal shelters and rescues depend greatly on food donations to support the pets they take in that await adoption,” said Kristin McPherson, manager of the Rockwood Tractor Supply store.

  • Junior varsity perfection reached