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Today's News

  • Video devices not working on locomotives

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Norfolk Southern Railway officials have said a video recording device was not working on any of the locomotives involved in a fatal train-and-car collision near Harriman last May.

    Roane State Community College basketball players Jadah Gallaher and Rod Drummond were killed in the crash at Mountain View Road. Gallaher’s brother, Darius, was driving the car. He and his friend, Hunter Crass, were seriously injured.

  • Bridge work on I-40 West starting April 7 in Roane

    Tennessee Department of Transporation will begin work this week on Interstate 40 West at mile markers 352 and 356.

    The work will start at 7 p.m. April 7.

    Traffic will be reduced to one lane as crews begin bridge repairs at these locations.

    These lane closures will remain in place around the clock until repairs are complete.

    Motorists should expect potential delays and be alert for sudden stops or slowed traffic and use extreme caution in this area.

  • OS eighth-graders shine on ACT math

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Two Oliver Springs Middle School youth scored perfect scores of 25 on the math portion of their ACT Explore test.

    The examinationis taken by eighth-graders take to prepare them for the real thing in high school.

    Matthew Charles and Timothy Mallett both did extremely well on the test overall, but they really shone in math, their best subject.

    "They are brilliant on their own,” said school counselor Jennifer Huckaby.

  • Police: Man asked mom to introduce him to teen daughter on Facebook

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A registered sex offender is accused of contacting a woman on Facebook and asking if he could meet her teenage daughter.

    That led Harriman police to charge the man, Keith Wesley Payne, with a sex offender registry violation.

    According to the warrant, the woman received a message from Payne via Facebook on Dec. 31.

  • Classical sounds for reading program

    By KAITLIN KEANE

    kkeane@roanecounty.com

    Knoxville Symphony Orchestra String Quartet stopped by the Kingston Public Library with their “Fizz, Boom, Read!” program late last month.

    Members of the quartet combine stories about music with classical selections, sound effects and hands-on learning for preschool-aged children and their parents.

    The program has the musicians show the children how to explore sounds as they come together to create music.

  • New clinic opening on Devonia Street

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Harriman’s Devonia Street was once bustling with health-care providers who wanted their practices close to the hospital.

    That all changed when Covenant Health built a new facility for Roane Medical Center. While others abandoned offices to again be near the hospital, a pair of Harriman women are taking advantage of one of the empty buildings to realize a longtime dream.

  • Maker Space Incubator’s latest add-on

    The Cumberland Business Incubator on Roane State Community College’s Cumberland County campus will have a grand opening for its new Maker Space from 10 a.m. to noon CDT April 8.

    The campus and Incubator are at 2569 Cook Road, Crossville.

    A Maker Space provides the equipment and tools entrepreneurs need to develop prototype products.

    The incubator received a $50,000 prize last fall to create the space. The prize was awarded through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Growth Accelerator Fund competition.

  • Simply Sweet Bakery a dandy way to spend a lunch hour

    The name – Simply Sweet Bakery – doesn’t sound like a place I would normally go to write an “Out To Lunch” article.

    Several folks have told me recently they enjoyed eating sandwiches, soups and salads (in addition to bakery items) at Simply Sweet Bakery’s new location in Harriman.

    Owners Mike Borman and Brad Jones moved their bakery-eatery to the 431 N. Roane St. last November. The previous location was in Rockwood’s Gateway Center, near the driver’s license office.

  • Dollar General open on Gallaher Road

    Dollar General Store has opened its newest Roane County location at 764 Gallaher Road in Kingston.

    “Dollar General is committed to delivering a pleasant shopping experience that includes a convenient location, a wide assortment of merchandise and great prices on quality products,” said Dan Nieser, Dollar General’s senior vice president of real estate and store development.

    “We hope our Kingston customers will enjoy shopping at Dollar General’s new location.”

  • Preserving graves of Revolutionary War vets to be group’s discussion

    Retired Anderson County teacher Fred Eiler will discuss preserving the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers during the next Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association meeting.

    The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. April 9 in Midtown Community Center at 102 Robertsville Road.

    Eiler has spent his entire life in Oak Ridge. His parents came to the “Secret City” in the summer of 1943.

    His father, Joseph David Eiler, worked as a machinist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and his mother, Anna Mae Johnson Eiler, was a housewife.