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Today's News

  • Town hall meeting to address prescription drug abuse concerns

    The Roane County Rx Task Force will have a “Taking Back Roane County” town hall meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in the student lounge area of Roane State Community College’s main campus.

    A panel of physicians, pharmacists and law-enforcement officers will discuss their concerns and challenges around prescription drug abuse and provide information about how county residents can protect themselves and loved ones.

    An addiction video with personal testimony will run prior to the meeting.

  • Pennington’s Trenton Street home tops in beautification

    Mary Beth and Jamie Pennington at 502 Trenton St., Harriman, are the recipients of Harriman Garden Club’s December Beautification Award.

    “There were many beautifully decorated lawns in the area,” said Pat Ramsey of the Harriman Garden Club,” and we appreciate all their time and effort in creating a fantasy wonderland in lights for all the public to enjoy.”

  • Free flu shots available at Roane Health Department

    Flu season is here, with seasonal influenza cases now reported across Tennessee.

    The Roane County Health Department is working to protect the entire community by providing free flu vaccinations to area residents until vaccine supplies are depleted.

    Patients may walk in any time to request a flu vaccine. Vaccines will be offered from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays during regular clinic hours.

    “Vaccination is the best

    protection against the flu, and the Roane County Health

    Department, the Tennessee Department of Health and the

  • Midway boys,girls split Sunbright

    It took an Eli Dial buzzer-beating three-pointer to get the job done, but the Sunbright Tigers earned a 54-51 win over Midway.

    The opening period was a tug-of-war that saw Sunbright take an early 15-11 lead before seven straight points by the boys from “South of the River” gave Midway the early 18-15 lead.

  • Gas prices tip under $2 in Roane

    Significantly lower gas prices saved Americans big dollars in 2014.

    In fact, according to the travel group AAA, Americans saved $14 billion on gasoline last year.

    Roane County residents are among those breathing a sigh of relief as at least one station has dropped below $2 a gallon.

    For Mary Austin, who works at a gas station/convenience store in Rockwood, the savings has meant longer local trips.

  • Does county need property manager?

    Hiring someone to oversee properties the county is forced to purchase at back-tax sales is something that could come up for discussion in 2015.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody broached the idea with the budget committee last month.

    “We’re managing it now with our existing (staff), but apparently it’s not adequate for the commission,” Woody said.

    Commissioner Randy Ellis has been outspoken about the county taking people to court for violating zoning regulations when the county itself owns properties that are in disarray.

  • Roane girl dies after accident

    A 5-year-old Harriman girl died three days after an accident involving an ambulance and a minivan.

    Lillian Creek was one of five children in the van, all under the age of 8. The children were ages 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

    Tennessee Highway Patrol preliminary reports said that on Dec. 31, the minivan, driven by Jessica K. Creek, 26, was traveling south on Hwy. 95 near Greenback when “the driver possibly turned her head to tend to her passengers.”

  • Legislative Breakfast moves

    The format and location for this year’s Legislative Breakfast has changed.

    Wade Creswell, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, said a desire for more space and substance sparked the changes.

    “We don’t know of anyone that was unhappy with what was done in the past,” he said. “We are trying to make sure the meeting is useful to our elected officials and accurately represents the views of the collective business community.”

  • Fugitive caught in Roane

    A man suspected in a vehicle pursuit in a neighboring county was arrested in Harriman.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said the Tennessee Highway Patrol brought Adam D. Phillips to the jail to be booked Monday afternoon.

  • Are you ready for retirement?

    By JASON ALDERMAN

    The phrase “downsizing for retirement” is popular with Baby Boomers, the youngest of whom turned 50 last year.

    It sparks a conversation about transition, which may include buying fewer new things, selling, gifting or donating possessions that are no longer needed and relocating to smaller quarters to create a more comfortable and affordable retirement.