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Today's News

  • Gas tax ‘big deal’ for Roane roads

    Officials gathered at the Highway Department on Tuesday to celebrate the IMPROVE Act’s impact on Roane County.

    “This is a big deal,” Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said. “It’s much needed.”

    IMPROVE is an acronym for Improving Manufacturing Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy.

  • WET, WILD and WONDERFUL
  • Rockwood man gets 70 months for having child porn

    From staff reports

    A Rockwood man was sentenced in federal court on Wednesday for possession of child pornography.

    Senior U.S. District Judge Leon Jordan sentenced Thomas Allan Scarbrough to 70 months in federal prison. Scarbrough’s sentence will be followed by 10 years of supervised release, and he’ll have to register as a sex offender.

    In 2015, Scarbrough was arrested as part of a nationwide FBI sting involving a child pornography website called Playpen, where Scarbrough had the username “teddybear555.”

  • Shared training firing up cities

    Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood Fire Departments are collaborating more than ever and the most recent partnership is to host leadership classes at the different departments.

    Rockwood Fire Chief Matt Crabtree said the idea was born from a discussion between himself, Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon and former Harriman Fire Chief David Bailey. Harriman Deputy Chief Brad Daniels was fully supportive as well, Crabtree noted.

  • FACES of our FUTURE
  • GLIMPSES: Unite over brazen Party solicitation

    A self-imposed early deadline and the nauseating nonstop commentary coming out of Washington make this a good time to vent a personal peeve.

    This less-than-earth-shattering concern, however, is hardly mine alone. If citizens from across the political spectrum came together to address this annoyance, we might begin to rediscover the endangered American tradition of governance.

  • Estranged husband said to wield axe handle in fight

    Harriman police arrested a man who was reportedly swinging an axe handle in an altercation near Little Caesars on Roane Street.

    Jerry Butler II, 45, of 905 Unaka St., Harriman, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of reckless endangerment and vandalism in the Monday fracas.

    Jerry Griffin told police  Butler struck him with an axe handle in an altercation that drew onlookers from nearby area businesses.

  • What’s the SCORE? by Dana Peterka: Cast an eye toward the future

    Currently, there is much discussion about preparing our students for their future, not our past.

    As Tennessee moves to a K-14 education system, there is debate about what skills a worker will need in the future.

    By one popular estimate, 65 percent of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that don’t yet exist!

    One expert predicts that 70-80 percent of today’s job types will disappear in the next 20 years.

  • Roane Medical earns gold seal for mammography

    Roane Medical Center, Midtown, has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology.

    Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

    The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.

  • Bowers heading up The Bridge at Rockwood

    Jonathan Bowers is the new administrator of The Bridge at Rockwood.

    Bowers assumed the position on April 10.

    He made a transition in his career in 1998 after earning a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City.

    “I look forward to what the future holds for The Bridge at Rockwood and what we can do for our community,” he said.

    Bowers transferred from a regional executive director position for Genesis Healthcare in LaFollette.