Today's News

  • Siblings close, despite 9-year age difference

    The holidays turned tragic for a Kingston family Wednesday night.

    Brother and sister Teddy and Tara Kalnasy were killed in a car crash on Interstate 40.

    “I can’t think straight right now,” said mother Mary Kalnasy, as she struggled to speak through tears on Thursday.

    The accident happened around 9 p.m. near the 350 Exit in Midtown. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

  • Election workers’ numbers dwindling

    Roane County Election Commission needs a few good men and women — and not to run for office.

    “I need workers,” said assistant administrator Holly Cromwell.

    “They can go on the website and print off an application or they can come in and apply,” she added.

    Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said his office is seeing dwindling numbers.

    “Our average age of workers is about 70 years old. A lot are quitting because of their age and they don’t think they can handle it,” said Holiway.

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  • Woman claims her Fourth Amendment rights violated in vehicular homicide trial

    A woman convicted of vehicular homicide by intoxication is asking for acquittal or a new trial in a motion filed late last month.

    In the motion, defense attorney Wesley Stone contends the state violated Raychell Huckelby’s Fourth Amendment rights by the illegal search and seizure of her Dodge Ram believed to have struck pedestrian Daniel Hester on May 8, 2014.

    He says Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks erred in permitting the evidence, including photographs and a jury viewing of the truck.

  • Don’t leave Fido, Fluffy out in the cold

    The Roane County Animal Shelter wants to remind area pet owners to prepare for the coming cold weather.

    “It is a misconception that cats and dogs can withstand cold temperatures because they have fur. Some large breed dogs are well equipped for the winter months and love to be outdoors while others such as small breed dogs and cats have no tolerance for the cold,” said Stacey McElhaney, director of the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    Shelter staff offers the following helpful tips for animals during this chilly weather:

  • Resolve to learn for the fun of it in the New Year

    Looking for a way to beat the winter blahs?

    Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning may have the answer.

    The organization opens registration for its winter/spring term on Jan. 2.

    The Institute is a not-for-profit organization offering a full catalog of classes, field trips and other activities for area residents of all backgrounds and education levels.

    All of this is available at a minimum of $100 for full year of three terms beginning in September, $80 for two terms beginning in February, or $45 for the summer term only.

  • Interceptors to phase out Dodges in sheriff’s fleet

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars are changing.

    The Dodge Chargers that deputies drive now are being phased out in favor of the Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles.

    “Hopefully they’ll hit the road in the next few weeks,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said about the Fords.

    “We’ve got all of our equipment ordered for them and everything.”

    The sheriff’s office has six of the new Fords, so some of the Chargers will remain on the road until more Fords are acquired to replace them.

  • Fast Pace Clinic to open in Rockwood

    Fast Pace Urgent Care Clinic is close to opening a new state-of-the-art walk-in clinic in Rockwood.

    The tentative opening date is Feb 17 at 1118 N. Gateway Ave.

    “We consider it a true blessing to aid people in a time of need and help get them on the road to health,” said Stan Bevis, family nurse practitioner.

    “Our hope is that offering patients the convenience of short wait times and the ability to be seen by a provider without an appointment will make it easier for folks to feel better faster.”

  • Employers group to tackle problem solving

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce aims to take area employers Beyond Brainstorming during the next Employers Association meeting.

    Leah Graves, senior trainer of employee and organizational development at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, will discuss Beyond Brainstorming: Creative Problem-Solving during the Jan. 9 luncheon meeting on the main campus of Roane State Community College between Harriman and Rockwood.

    The meeting in the ground-floor cafeteria faculty lounge of the Dunbar Building is from noon to 1 p.m.