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Today's News

  • $2,500 in grants awarded

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program recently awarded $2,500 in grants to Roane County organizations.

    Groups collecting grants in May include South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department Station 3, which received a $1,500 grant; Roane County Youth Leadership was awarded a $500 grant; and Roane County Imagination Library/Mid-East Community Action Agency collected a $500 grant.

  • Mourning mom wants to help others with loss

    On Aug. 2 2011, a seemingly healthy 21-year-old man never awakened, dying in his sleep from an undetected heart defect.

    Melissa Childs isn’t over the loss of her son, Josh Humphreys, and she doesn’t know if she ever will. She does know something that helped her, and she wants to share that blessing in Roane County.

    She wants to start a local chapter of Listening Hearts, a support group for bereaved mothers.

    “These ladies have helped me tremendously,” she said. “Even if I can help one person, that is my goal.”

  • Harriman woman to be sentenced in Alcoa theft

    Kathy Ann Winters, a 58-year-old Harriman woman, has an Oct. 7 court date before U.S. District Judge Pamela L. Reeves.

    Winters is scheduled to be sentenced that day for embezzling. She pleaded guilty in federal court last month.

    Winters was federal projects administrative assistant for Alcoa City Schools and treasurer for the East Tennessee Attendance Supervisors Association and Tennessee Attendance Supervisors Steering Committee.

  • Fine won’t keep Miles out of clerk race

    An unpaid state fine won’t keep circuit court clerk candidate Marty Miles off the ballot for the Aug. 7 election.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said he spoke with Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance Executive Director Drew Rawlins about the issue last week.

    “His name will stay on the ballot because it is a local office he’s running for,” Holiway said.

    Miles said he also contacted the state about the issue and got confirmation that it’s OK for him to remain on the ballot.

  • Friendships forged in the big fight for freedom

    They were boys when they met — boys who had to grow quickly into men, encountering danger in the sweltering, swampy jungles of Vietnam.

    They were a recon team who slipped quietly through the murky landscape, spying on the enemy, fighting when it came to it, and taking prisoners in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.

    “You made decisions most 19-, 20-, 22-year old boys don’t have to make,” said Bill Milburn, who was platoon sergeant.

    Milburn said at 22, he was the oldest guy there while he served.

  • Roane State has new programs

    Roane State Community College will offer two new programs beginning in fall 2014: An associate of applied science in medical informatics and an associate of applied science in financial services.

    The Tennessee Board of Regents approved the programs at its June meeting.

    The two-year medical informatics program combines information technology and health care. As health care providers increasingly use complex computerized records, they need qualified employees with computer skills and expertise in digital health care record-keeping.

  • Addressing fears helps recovery at RMC

    Special to the News

    Frank Kolski was scared.

    Very scared.

    After his heart attack in May 2013, the mere thought of exercising was frightening to the 66-year-old Kingston man.

    So when Dr. Nicholaos Xenopoulos, the cardiothoracic surgeon who placed two heart stents in his blocked arteries, ordered 36 one-hour sessions of cardiac rehabilitation at Roane Medical Center, Kolski was worried.

  • Collect lightning bugs for science, cash

    Calling all lightning bug collectors: Scientists are calling for help.

    And the price is going up. This year, the price for fireflies has jumped to the all-time high of 50 cents per gram or $14.20 per ounce for a fresh supply of insects. This is approximately $2 per 100 average size bugs. (Approximately, because the insects are purchased by weight, not by count.)

  • OSPD, THP team up to bring down traffic fatalities

    Oliver Springs Police Department recently partnered with the Tennessee Highway Patrol in an effort to reduce traffic fatalities on Tennessee Roadways.

    THP started its “Drive to Zero” campaign in April. The goal of the campaign is to reduce traffic fatalities by 15 percent in 2014.

    The campaign addresses hazardous moving violations, distracted drivers, seat belt usage and driving under the influence.

  • GI Associates working with Veterans Affairs

    Gastrointestinal Associates is now working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to offer gastroenterology procedures – including colonoscopy screenings – to East Tennessee veterans.

    This new relationship means that when the Mountain Home VA Medical Center has developed a backlog of endoscopic procedures, Gastrointestinal Associates will provide endoscopic services to ensure that veterans are served in a safe, effective and timely manner.