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Today's News

  • Eagle Furnace may get cable

    Residents in the Eagle Furnace area may someday get the opportunity to have cable television and natural gas.

    Ron Berry, who sat as the interim general manager of Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas and is helping transition new manager Kimberly Ramsey, has recommended looking at extending gas service to the customers in this area and approaching Comcast about sharing the cost of the ditch to extend cable to that area as well.

  • What’s next for America now that bin Laden is gone?

    Public Enemy No. 1 for America and for much of the rest of the world is dead.
    Osama bin Laden was killed in his compound in Pakistan by a Navy Seals team, putting an end to his lengthy, personal reign of terror.
    We’ll still have more terrorists to deal with. Killing one man, no matter how high he ranks, will not put an end to hatred, cruelty and misunderstanding.
    For all the death and destruction bin Laden has left in his wake, it strikes us that his worst blow to America was what he did to us as a people.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas: Warm fuzzies from gala, then pleasant dreams

    There’s something about sitting around a banquet table surrounded by old and new friends — and letting your hair down.
    Of course, you have to have some hair to do that last part. The round, gray-headed guy has closely cropped locks.
    Yet, that didn’t prevent the Teglas clan from doing exactly that Friday evening at Whitestone Country Inn.

  • Woody demands better terms before more investment in Plateau Park

    Part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s strategy for bringing jobs to Tennessee is getting rural communities to work together to spur economic development.              
    “The only way they’re going to do that is if they don’t get in a bind like Roane County, and one county pays for it and another county reaps all the benefits,” said Roane County Executive Ron Woody.
    Roane, Cumberland and Morgan counties could be a test case of how well multi-county alliances work.

  • Wilderness first responder classes offered

    Roane State Community College instructors will teach a Wilderness First Responder course May 16-23 at Camp Wesley Woods in Townsend.
    The course provides extensive training in handling medical emergencies in the wilderness.
    The class is designed for those who operate extensively in the outdoors, such as outdoors enthusiasts, wilderness guides, environmental educators and missionaries.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Susannah M. Morgan, possession legend drug without prescription Dec. 24. Dismissed Jan. 24, cost to state.

    Johnny R. Caughorn, failure to appear Sept. 20. Guilty as charged Jan. 24, convicted.

    Marvon A. Brooms, financial responsibility, failure to yield and miscellaneous traffic violation Sept. 4. Bound over Jan. 24.

  • The Garden Gate: Beauty of iris worthy of a goddess

    By Ellen Probert Williamson

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 4

    25 Years Ago
    Due to the passage of the Road Improvement Program, Roane County expected to receive a little more than $228,000 in additional funds for its highway maintenance budget. The additional funds result from a provision in the state bill which calls for 1 cent of the 4-cent gas tax increase to go directly to local governments.

    10 Years Ago

  • 4 generations of Moore’s family help celebrate 100th birthday

    Frankie Lovella Wise Moore recently celebrated her 100th birthday with more than 40 relatives and friends at Wood
    Village Home, Sweetwater.

    Celebrating the occasion with her are four generations of her family, including, front from left, great-grandsons Ryan Bailey and Marvin "Tony" Bailey; and back row, son-in-law Kenneth Melton, daughter Hazel Moore Melton, granddaughter Juanita Melton Bailey and grandson-in-law Marvin Bailey.

  • Byrd-Garner

    Del and Debra Byrd of Knoxville announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lauren Byrd, to Matthew Garner.

    He is the son of Bobby and Susan Garner of Kingston.

    The ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. June 19 on the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

    A July reception is planned in Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Byrd of Knoxville and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Chilcoat of Knoxville.