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Today's News

  • Roane Area Reunions

    Editor’s note: The Roane County News publishes reunions each Monday. Reunion notices should be submitted no later than 3 p.m. Thursday to appear in the following Monday paper.

     

  • Mexican cuisine and mariachi, too
  • Sunny days are play days
  • Going green for the Tigers
  • Hospital sees red for good heart health

    Some Roane Medical Center employees recently traded in their scrubs and sported their best red attire to show support for American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day.

    “The ladies in our department felt we had to recognize heart disease. It isn’t just a ‘man’s disease’ anymore,” said Wanda Diden, mammography technologist at Roane Medical Center of Harriman.

    “Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in women over 20 years old,” she added. “We’ve been forced to

  • Ex-fire chief may go for Harriman mayor

    A former Harriman fire chief has indicated his intention to run against incumbent Chris Mason in the upcoming mayoral race.

    Both Mason and Wayne Best have taken out qualifying petitions to seek the office. As of Friday, neither man had returned the petitions, according to the Roane County Election Commission’s website.

    Both are former members of Harriman City Council, with Mason on the heels of completing his first term as mayor.

    All of Roane County’s municipalities will elect new city leaders on June 7.

  • 'Idol' over for Arthur

    Oliver Springs’ Janelle Arthur’s dreams of being the next “American Idol” have ended almost as quickly as they began.

    The 20-year-old singer was eliminated from the 10th season of the FOX talent-show-

    type series on Wednesday during Group Week, a challenge that in the past has proven to be the most difficult of the Hollywood Round.

    When judges gave Arthur their decision, she appeared pulled together but dejected.  

  • Schools head talks on tap

    Roane County Board of Education Chairman Darrell “Drack” Langley has scheduled a special-called meeting to discuss the director of schools situation.

    The meeting will be at 6 p.m. March 8.

    “I advise all board members to be here,” Langley said at Thursday’s board meeting.

    Director of Schools Toni McGriff’s contract is set to expire on June 30. The board has neither voted to extend the contract nor start the search for a new director.

  • Credit union president retiring

    ORNL Federal Credit Union President and CEO John McKittrick is planning to retire.

    Chris Johnson will take over the reins of the credit union effective April 1.

    Presently chief operating officer and vice president, he has been with the credit union since 2006.

    A reception in his honor is planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 30 in the Oak Ridge main office. Credit Union members as well as members of the community are welcome to stop by.

    Light refreshments will be ser-ved.

  • Proposed bill would end BOE role in teacher talks

    For years the Roane County Board of Education has negotiated with the local teachers association.  

    Longtime Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller said he doesn’t want to see that change.  

    “As long as I’m on this board, I think we should negotiate with our teachers association,” Miller said.

    Some legislators in Nashville — including state Rep. Julia Hurley — apparently don’t feel that way.