Today's News


    Melanie Sherrod admits she knows nothing about trees.

    “But I believe in trees,” the Kingston woman says with conviction.

    The proof is in what will be Sherrod’s fifth STIHL Tour des Trees, a weeklong event for the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund) set for Oct. 10-15.

    The 608-mile long trip starts and ends in Charlotte, N.C., Sherrod said, noting that the cyclical trail will go through Sanford, N.C. — hometown of her late husband, Mark — where a tree will be planted in his memory.

  • Deputies say uncle let teens drink

    An uncle was arrested earlier this month after three intoxicated teens, along with empty and partially filled beer cans, were allegedly found at his home.

    Terry L. Brannon, 47, is charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, although the teens are all 18 years old.

    According to the warrant, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Seth Hammons responded to 514 Emory Heights Road around 2:45 a.m. on Aug. 13 to investigate a report about unwanted people at the residence.

  • Ferguson leader in campaign fundraising

    Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson outraised his opponents by a wide margin in the weeks leading up to the Aug. 4 election.

    According to his latest campaign financial disclosure statement, he received $5,350 in contributions from July 1 to July 25.

    His biggest contributors during the period were Steve Kirkham and Robyn Menne. Each gave $1,000.

    Ferguson defeated Tim Clark and Brian Mullins in the election.

  • Y-12 Credit Union reaches $1 billion in assets

    Y-12 Federal Credit Union has achieved a significant milestone.

    The credit union recently reached $1 billion in assets.

    The credit union was formed in 1950 by a group of five employees at the Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge.

    In its first month of operation, it claimed 200 members and collected $5,000 in assets.

    Achieving its milestone 67 years later, Y-12 Federal Credit Union now has more than 107,200 members.

    From 1950-61, the credit union operated out of spare space within the Y-12 Plant.

  • Hedrick new to Roane County Family Practice

    Teena Hedrick, a certified nurse practitioner, has joined Roane County Family Practice and is accepting new patients.

    Her clinical interests include women’s health care, pediatric and adult health care.

    Hedrick received both her certification as a family nurse practitioner and master’s degree in nursing from Lincoln Memorial University.

    Roane County Family Practice is at 1855 Tanner Way, Suite 200, in Harriman.

  • Brandon tops at MMC in August

    Amber Brandon, of Kingston, a certified surgical technologist in the Surgery department at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, has been named August’s MMCer of the Month.

    In her job, Brandon is a part of a surgical team working with physicians, surgeons, nurses and other staff.

    She helps prepare the operating room for surgery, sterilizes and supplies equipment and helps the surgeons during surgery by passing them instruments and other sterile equipment.

    She has been with Methodist since August 2007.

  • SMILE! Rogers leaves retirement to open Paint Rock Dental

    South Roane County travelers winding through the curvy junction of Hwys. 72 and 322 may wonder how a quiet little community like Paint Rock has its own dental office.

    It has everything to do with a man who has chosen to be a blessing to his neighbors.

    After graduating from University of Tennessee Medical School in 1958, Dr. Frank Rogers practiced dentistry in Washington, D.C., Knoxville, Benton (in Polk County), Jellico and Pigeon Forge for four decades before he and his wife Peggy settled in for a peaceful lakefront retirement in the back end of Paint Rock.

  • What’s the SCORE? What are you going to say when you reach prospects?

    By Dana Peterka

    Several years ago, I discovered a business model that clarified something I had been doing intuitively for years.

    Business models, like the Porter 5 Forces Model, are useful tools in understanding how to effectively manage a business.

    The model I discovered is the Customer Value Map. It is a powerful way to analyze and reposition your customer offerings in order to win more sales in your target market niche(s).

    The Customer Value Map model I am referring to is different than those that are identified in a Google search.

  • Rockwood Lady Tigers blank Carter Hornets 7-0 to give new coach first victory

    The Rockwood Lady Tigers soccer squad went to the Carter Hornets nest Tuesday for their season opener and came home with a 7-0 district victory

    Rockwood opened up play with Brittani Ridenour forcing a Carter turnover and passing to Lexie Hill, who went one-on-one with the goalkeeper scoring from the left side neatly placing the shot in the side netting less than five minutes into the match.

  • Tellico Plains defeats Harriman 8-1 in soccer opener

    Tuesday evening marked the first game for the Harriman Lady Devils soccer team at David Webb Riverfront Park.
    Things didn’t really go the way the Devils were looking for, as they suffered an 8-1 loss to the Tellico Plains Lady Bears.

    With their first game of the season in the books under the new leadership of Head Coach Christina VanMeter, the Lady Devils will move forward this season.

    The excitement around the program is growing as the Lady Devils have more girls out for the team and look for them to make gains throughout the season.