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Today's News

  • Smorgasbord of fun at Boys, Girls Club

    Attendance at Roane County’s Boys & Girls Club continues to grow.

    The club recently celebrated National Boys & Girls Club Week with an open house, and they shared the excitement of their continued growth with visitors. That included an average of about 40 youth per day this school year — and even more in the summer program that kicked off last year.

    “Last summer was about 75 a day. We had to get really creative here in the summer,” said Adam Wilson, chief operating officer of the Boys & Girls Club of the Clinch Valley.

  • Man flees police in car, on foot

    A Harriman man is facing charges for allegedly fleeing from police.

    Nathan Richard Vineyard, 26, was arrested on Friday.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, a be-on-the-lookout alert was issued for Vineyard after he failed to stop for Oak Ridge police.

    “Central dispatch received a call from a bystander on Gallaher (Road) about a reckless driver matching the description,” the report said.

  • More than 30 acres torched on mountain

    A roadside fire quickly spread into the wooded mountains between Harriman and Oakdale Sunday evening.

    “It started right there on the side of the road,” said Harriman Assistant Fire Chief Brad Daniels. “We are not positive what started it. Somebody probably flipped a cigarette out, more than likely.”

    Harriman and Midtown firefighters battled the blaze before the Tennessee Division of Forestry took over.

  • Rumble of Thunder Road
  • Murder trial again postponed for dad accused of starving son

    Another continuance has been granted in the murder case against Matthew Dotson.

    He was scheduled to go to trial on April 17.

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton signed the order on Monday granting the continuance to give Matthew Dotson’s lawyer more time to conduct testing and consult with experts regarding the condition of Clifford Dotson, who is the victim in the case.

    Clifford died on May 3, 2012. He was 2 years old.

  • Drill for promotion
  • GLIMPSES: We pay for the past, and the future

    By Mark Banker

    In the Feb. 13 issue of this paper, Roane County Executive Ron Woody observed, “Nobody wants to increase the tax, but everyone wants the service.”

    Our state legislature is still debating the target of Mr. Woody’s concern, Gov. Haslam’s proposed 7-cents-per-gallon increase in gas taxes. But our Executive’s candor is less debatable.

    “Everyone,” he continued, “wants better roads.” The big question, he clearly implied, is who pays for them?

  • OUT to LUNCH: Alice’s is Roane’s ‘Cheers’: Everybody knows your name

    Several “Out to Lunch” readers have told me they have missed reading my articles in the Roane County News.

    I needed a writing break to devote more time to my job as executive director of Furniture Buying Group.

    In 1987, I convinced four other desperate furniture dealers to join me and form the Tennessee Buying Group (now known as The Buying Giant).

    Our Group has now grown to more than 300 members and associates in 36 states.

  • Nominees sought for Leadership

    The Leadership Roane County selection committee is now soliciting nominations for the 2018 Leadership class.

    Leadership Roane County was designed in 1985 to help develop and expand the leadership potential existing in Roane County.

    Over the years, it has evolved into a monthly eight-session format sponsored by the Roane County Chamber of Commerce and Roane State Community College.

    Leadership participants may be nominated by a friend, an employer, a public or private agency, a civic agency or themselves.

  • Hinds working toward Olympiad Math Team glory

    Lucas Hinds of Kingston may not seem like a traditional Olympian, but he is training hard to be one all the same.

    The nine-year-old Kingston Elementary School third-grader has his sights set on becoming the youngest person ever to make the U.S.A. Olympiad Math Team.

    He is being tutored by honors math students and professors at the University of Tennessee, who have helped him receive several math-related honors so far, including a recent competition where he won third-place in the state, and was named 17th in the nation.