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Today's News

  • OES truck in crash

    A Roane County Office of Emergency Services vehicle was involved in a crash earlier this month.

    It happened in Harriman near the Dollar General Market on Feb. 13.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the crash because it involved a county vehicle. That’s common in those situations.

    The county vehicle was a 2008 Ford F15 driven by OES employee John Rayburn. The other vehicle was a 1996 Ford Crown Victoria driven by 88-year-old Josephine Smith of Harriman.

  • Weather won’t affect tax deadline

    People shouldn’t look for an extension on the amount of time they have to pay property taxes because of bad weather.

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said the deadline is still Feb. 28.

    “I guess we’re going to have to watch the weather, but the taxes will become delinquent March 1,” she said. “That’s what the state says.”

    Eblen said she’s basing that on past experience.

  • Driver in chase that ended with shots fired out of hospital, in jail

    Christopher Lee Powers faces several charges from the police chase that ended with him shot multiple times.

    Powers, 34, was booked into the Roane County Jail on Feb. 18.

    Warrants taken out by Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective A.E. Wolff charge Powers with DUI, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, speeding, evading arrest and driving on a revoked license.

    The police chase occurred on Feb. 9.

  • LESSONS FROM COMBAT

    Roane State Community College’s Kirk Harris believes details save lives.

    Harris, director of continuing health care and safety education, recently started offering a course on tactical combat casualty care/tactical emergency casualty care.

    The course applies lessons learned from the experiences of U.S. soldiers and the latest research on combat care in Iraq and Afghanistan to situations first responders could face.

  • Stepson’s charge upgraded to murder

    Steven Edward Jones has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his stepfather, Fred Silvey.

    Jones allegedly stabbed Silvey multiple times with a knife on Feb. 11.

    Silvey died at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville on Valentine’s Day.

    The first-degree murder warrant was taken out on Feb. 17.

    Jones is also charged with attempted second-degree murder against his mother, Carolyn Silvey, and two counts of aggravated assault.

  • Titans CFO to speak at seminar

    Jenneen Kaufman, vice president and chief financial officer of the Tennessee Titans organization, will headline the keynote luncheon address during the annual Oak Ridge Women’s Workshop.

    The workshop, a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office Federal Women’s Program and the Oak Ridge Chapter of Federally Employed Women, will be

    on March 12 in the New Hope Center at 602

    Scarboro Road in Oak Ridge.

    Kaufman, a native Knoxvillian, is in her 18th season with the Titans organization.

  • Fleischmann heads nuclear cleanup caucus

    U.S. Reps. Chuck Fleischmann and Ben Ray Luján have been appointed to co-chair the House of Representatives Nuclear Cleanup Caucus.

    “Our nation has a tremendous nuclear history, and with that has come an important nuclear cleanup mission,” said Fleischmann, an Ooltewah Republican.

    “This caucus will serve to promote the awareness of our nuclear legacy and build a stronger coalition to fight for the needs of our cleanup missions, and I am eager to get to work.”

  • School at Maryville College offers women from Appalachia a brand-new beginning

    Women from Appalachia who haven’t had access to higher education or whose personal circumstances have left them in poverty now have hope for a new beginning, thanks to the New Opportunity School at Maryville College.

    The New Opportunity School for Women at Maryville College is accepting applications for its second program July 12-Aug. 1.

  • Harriman Happenings February 23

    A Valentine’s murder mystery titled “Who Killed the Love?” was produced and directed by Barbara D. Moore. The play was at Jamieson Development Center.

    This was a show and dinner.

    The play was great, and all who attended really supported Barbara.

    The dinner was delicious.

    More than 100 people attended.

    After the play and dinner, several stayed for the after party, which included dancing to some of their favorite music. The DJ did a great job.

    Congratulations to you, Barbara. You did a great job!

  • Shelters helpful during cold snap

    Whether huddling close and camping out around fires or heaters or seeking a safe place away from home, Roane County residents without power did what they could to stay warm this week.

    For some, that meant seeking help at a shelter like the one the American Red Cross provided at Kingston First Baptist Church.

    Carol Golliher said she got so cold on Tuesday that she called 911 — because she didn’t know where else to turn.