Today's News

  • Healthy breasts save lives

    Roane County is one of the top three counties in a 16-county area with the highest incidences of breast cancer, a Tennessee Department of Health study reported in 2013.

    That’s why the Roane County Health Department and Roane County United Way are teaming up to serve as Ambassadors for the Susan G. Komen Knoxville breast cancer awareness and education program.

    The study, Cancer in Tennessee, determined that 4,363 new breast cancer cases are annually diagnosed in Tennessee.

  • Controlled burns now underway near old K-25 Site

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office is initiating a series of controlled burns of grassland areas on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The controlled burns are for prescribed burning at East Tennessee Technology Park (former K-25 Site) and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory through April.

    Weather permitting, controlled burns will take place at:

    • West Borrow kudzu infestation, approximately 6 acres southeast of the Technology Park.

  • Give blood, help the area’s hungry

    Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee is partnering with MEDIC Regional Blood Center this month to help feed those who are hungry.

    When blood donors opt out of receiving a T-shirt during blood drives through Feb. 28, Medic will donate the money saved to Second Harvest.

    Each shirt declined will provide eight meals to the hungry in East Tennessee.

  • Auto crashes affect one in three drivers

    Too many Americans report that they regularly speed, run red lights, use distracting devices or drive drowsy, despite the fact that one in three have a loved one who has been seriously injured or killed in a crash, according to the AAA Foundation’s latest Traffic Safety Culture Index.

    The results further indicate that unsafe behaviors persist — even though one in five drivers have themselves been involved in a serious crash, and one in 10 has been seriously injured in a crash.

  • OR heritage group to mark center’s 70th anniversary

    Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association will celebrate the 70th anniversary of its meeting site — Midtown Community Center at 102 Robertsville Road — during its next meeting at noon Feb. 13.

    A sandwich lunch at 11:30 a.m. will be available at a cost of $6.

  • GUEST OPINION: Experts give 2014 a barely passing grade of C-minus

    Center on Congress
    For the second straight year, a group of academic experts who were asked to evaluate Congress’s performance gave the institution a barely passing grade of C-minus.

    “This is a dismal assessment,” said Indiana University political scientist Edward G. Carmines, director of Research for the Center on Congress at Indiana University.

    The C-minus grade for 2014 is the same mediocre mark the institution earned in 2013.

  • GLIMPSES: Remembering the Civil War — lessons and legacies

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column.
    1) None of us sees the past or present with absolute clarity; 2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

    At the end of 2014, editor Terri Likens and I discussed restarting my  “occasional” column in the Roane County News.

  • Deputy shoots man in vehicle

    Interstate 40 at Airport Road was aglow with emergency lights Monday night following an officer-involved shooting.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Deputy John Mayes shot Christopher Lee Powers when the Rockwood man drove at him in a vehicle.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to look into the incident.

    TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said the shooting followed a police pursuit, “in which the deputy ‘clocked’ a vehicle traveling in excess of 100 mph on Hwy. 27 in Harriman.

  • Stomach bug gives schools pause, but no closure yet

    Roane County students have a four-day weekend coming up with Presidents Day and an upcoming staff training day.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said he’s hopeful he won’t have to cancel school because of sickness before then.

    “It’s a stomach bug going around that’s the issue,” he said.

    Aytes said attendance was still running around 90 percent Tuesday. He said school officials consider closing when attendence drops to around 80 percent.

  • Ren Fair gears up for 2015 season

    The East Tennessee Renaissance Festival held its first open audition last Saturday.

    More are scheduled.

    Numerous potential performers came out to demonstrate their talent for the 2015 Faire which is scheduled for May 16-17, 23-25 and 30-31 in Harriman.

    “This was a way for us to get back into it,” Barrie Paulson said.

    All are encouraged to attend the next open audition.

    Experience or costumes are not necessary but are helpful, according to the festival Facebook page.