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Today's News

  • Roane Academy unneighborly fracases worry those close by

    Some residents and business owners hold the Roane County Commission responsible for the problems that have occurred at Roane Academy.

    “It’s your fault,” Rockwood resident Joseph Vought told commissioners at their Aug. 10 meeting.

    “You’re the one that allowed this to happen.”

    Roane Academy, which is owned by Omni Visions, is a treatment facility for male juveniles in the Roane County Industrial Park.

  • Sheriff's office captain saves man from drowning

    Awesome. That’s how Shannon Rasco described Roane County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Tim Hawn.

    Hawn saved Rasco’s boyfriend from drowning after he fell down an embankment and into some water Friday afternoon off Blair Road.

    “It was amazing what he did,” Rasco said of Hawn.

    Hawn went down the steep embankment, pulled Rasco’s boyfriend out of the water and held him until help arrived.

  • CHILI SEASON!

    Kingston football has been a tradition for years.

    Kingston’s Masonic Union Lodge 38 is hoping to build another tradition around Yellow Jacket football.

    For the past three seasons — from 5 p.m. until kickoff prior to every home game — the lodge has hosted a chili dinner aimed at helping needy children in Roane County.

    “The money we raise from our chili supper goes to buy shoes for underprivileged children at local schools in the county,” Roane County Scottish Rite Club President Bryce Harris said.

  • GLIMPSES: The Civil War left lasting impacts and legacies for East Tennessee

    By MARK BANKER

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column: 1) None of us see 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.

    My last two columns explored consequences of the Civil War yet failed to mention the war’s impact on the locale most dear to the majority of my readers.

  • Strader finishes 12th in Forrest Wood Cup

    Rockwood professional bass angler Wesley Strader had a solid three days of fishing over the weekend on Lake Ouachita near Hot Springs, Ark. Strader finished 12th overall at FLW’s Forrest Wood Cup, winning $15,000 in the process.

    The Forrest Wood Cup is the Super Bowl of the FLW Tour, as only 50 anglers participate in the tournament. Those anglers qualify for the tournament after earning points during the FLW Tour’s six regular season events.

    Strader finished the season sixth overall in points.

  • Waterfowl season set at TWFC meeting

    The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the 2015-16 late waterfowl hunting seasons and was presented the 2016-17 state’s fishing regulations proposals at its August meeting on Friday. In addition, the participants in Tennessee’s 2015 elk hunt were announced.

    The actions came at the commission’s August meeting at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Region IV headquarters in Morristown.

  • Poker Run set for Saturday

    Caney Creek Grille, RV Resort and Marina along with Jolly Hollar Hunting Club will host their annual Poker Run Ride for the Kids this Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.

    Boats will have a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. with bikes starting at 11 a.m.

    There will also be live music, food and drinks, cash prizes, and a 50-50 raffle.

    The cost is $50 for rider and one passenger, and $20 for each additional person.

    All proceeds from the event will benefit youth athletics in Roane County.

  • Y-12 workers help put donation to Harriman food bank on the move

    Those who work for Y‑12 National Security Complex have a reputation of going above and beyond the call of duty in their communities.

    Recently, several Y‑12 employees did just that when they helped co-worker Junior Hendrickson of Logistics fill the need of a community food bank.

  • Out to Lunch: Duke approved and free cookies only two of Annabell’s pluses

    “I’ve got a restaurant you need to visit and write about,” my friend Bo Carey said on my recent visit to his furniture store.

    Bo is owner of Greer’s Furniture in Loudon, and a vice president of the furniture buying group that I head up.

    So we headed out his front door with my son, Buddy, who travels the South as a furniture manufacturers salesman, and walked across the street to Annabell’s Café and Market.

  • Motorist drives into pasture to elude cops

    Christopher William Dawson, a 42-year-old Athens man, allegedly drove his car into a South of the River pasture in an attempt to elude authorities during a police pursuit last week.

    “He drove out into the middle of the pasture and proceeded to spin out and drive from one end of the pasture to the other end,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Gary Morse wrote in Dawson’s arrest warrant.

    The pursuit started on Aug. 17 when Morse was responding to 661 Sweetwater Road to investigate a suspicious vehicle.