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Today's News

  • Coffee break turns into shoplifting bust

    Two detectives with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office busted an alleged shoplifter at Kroger on Monday.

    Detective Jason Mynatt said he and Detective Emily Ciaravino were at the Starbucks inside the supermarket when he saw Marty Robinson walking around.

    “Your affiant (Mynatt) noticed that Mr. Robinson was concealing something under the shirt,” the report said.

    “Your affiant and Detective Ciaravino approached Mr. Robinson, identified themselves as law enforcement officers and requested that he stop.”

  • Field of DREAMS

    Turning the master plan for the Swan Pond Sports Complex from a vision into a reality is going to require years of work, lots of funding and some tough choices, according to county leaders.

    The original plan developed by TVA includes multiple baseball, softball and soccer fields along with other amenities.

    Proponents of the facility have pitched the complex as an important addition to the Roane County community that could stimulate the growth of restaurants and hotels.

  • I-40 construction work on schedule

    The construction work that has led to traffic backups on Interstate 40 and through Kingston is still expected to be completed by May 26, Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Nagi said Wednesday.

    Construction crews are conducting bridge repairs on Interstate 40 between mile markers 350 and 352.

    The work has led to the interstate being reduced to one lane in both directions in that area.

  • Pickings slim for sex shop locations

    If a strip club or other adult-type business wants to locate in Rockwood someday, there won’t be many locations from which to choose.

    Rockwood City Council last month approved final reading of an ordinance defining adult businesses and limiting them to the M-2 zone, or heavy industrial district.

    “This would only [allow] these events or these businesses in a high-industrial area,” said Councilman Dudley Evans. “This would not include any of these on Gateway, Rockwood Street, Kingston Avenue.

  • Showers of blessings
  • Pancake breakfast helps Lions help others

    Harriman Lions Club will have its annual fundraising “World’s Greatest Pancake Breakfast” to help support its many community charities.

    The breakfast will be from 7 to 11 a.m. May 7. Rodney Harback is again providing Roane Street Grill for the event.

    Generous portions of pancakes with bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee, orange juice and milk will be available for $8 for adults, $4 for ages 10 and younger.

    Harriman Lions Club has provided exams and glasses for many people over the last 60 years.

  • Driver safety course May 10-11

    An upcoming eight-hour AARP smart driver class in Roane County offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The class will be from noon to 4 p.m. May 10-11 in Rockwood Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes, reduce incident of violations and accidents, and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.

  • Victorian Square’s spring fling scheduled for Saturday

    Victorian Square Assisted Living is hosting a spring fling from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7.

    A yard sale, entertainment and refreshments available for purchase are among the attractions.

    All proceeds will go toward the Resident Life Enrichment Fund, which is available to help resiwith items such as clothing, coats, haircuts or other personal care items.

    Victorian Square is at 241 S. Chamberlain Ave., Rockwood.

    In the event of inclement weather, all activities will be indoors.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in France!

    The Roane County News traveled through France — from the east to the west coast — before ending up in Paris with Steve and Mona Bolden.

    “After visiting Nice and Monaco, the newspaper stopped at the beautiful Chateau de Chenonceau,” Mona said. “Then it was on to Omaha Beach to visit the site of D-Day and the American Cemetery in Normandy. A nighttime river cruise gave them a view of the Eiffel Tower lit up at night.

  • Get ready to pay even more at the pump

    Prices at the pump should get more expensive this week thanks to an increase in oil prices and high demand for gasoline.

    Crude oil prices rose for the third consecutive week, making the cost to produce gasoline more expensive.

    Gas prices nationwide have increased for 20 of the last 23 days, rising 16 cents to Sunday’s average of $2.20.

    “Gas prices could climb another 8-10 cents this week in response to the recent hike in oil prices,” said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman.