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Today's News

  • THP to conduct sobriety check in Roane Co.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety roadside safety checkpoint from 10 to 11 p.m. Feb. 15 on Hwy. 70 at Poland Hollow Road.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by intoxicated drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by intoxicated drivers.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these sobriety checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing DUI laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

  • Harriman Happenings: Feb. 4

    Nancy Ray is a patient in Oak Ridge Methodist Medical Center. She has been ill and is now in a room. She is improving. We wish her a speedy recovery. You are in our prayers.

    Since Jeff Harris was in Chicago during the celebration of  his mother Julia Harris’ birthday, he came home Sunday and joined her in worship service at St. Mary’s Baptist Church. Afterward, he took her out to dinner in Oak Ridge. Julia said just having her son come home meant everything to her.

  • aLEGALz offers free information

    A coalition of Tennessee legal groups has joined forces to launch a toll-free phone line offering free legal information and referrals to low-income Tennesseans.

    The service, known as aLEGALz, will assist Tennesseans in finding resources to deal with civil legal issues.

    Those who cannot afford a lawyer may call the line at 888-aLEGALz (1-888-253-4259) and leave a message at any time. Calls will be returned by a licensed Tennessee lawyer.

  • Different dial-up at new hospital

    Effective Feb. 17, Roane Medical Center’s phone numbers will change as part of the move to the new medical center campus in Midtown.

    The new numbers will be part of the dial scheme for the Covenant Health system, of which Roane Medical Center is a member.

    The Covenant Health five-digit dial plan is implemented across the system.

    This feature helps to decrease long-distance costs system-wide and allows facilities the ability to five-digit dial each other.

  • Food City applauds volunteers

    Food City stores in Harriman, Kingston and Oliver Springs recently recognized employees through the supermarket chain’s Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition Program.

    Teresa Biles of the Harriman store was honored for her work with New Life Apostolic Church, the American Red Cross and Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center.

    The Kingston store applauded Christian Noe for work with Coalfield Volunteer Fire Department.

  • OUT to LUNCH: It’s been a delicious year for ‘Out to Lunch’ meanderings

    I wrote my first “Out to Lunch” article on Junior’s Restaurant of Rockwood in March 2008. I had meant to do highlights of some of each year’s unique adventures in January of the next year.

    Today is my first highlight. It’s five years later, and this is February. It covers some enjoyable articles you might have missed in 2012. I invite you to email me at postonplace@bellsouth.net for more info on any of the following adventures.

  • Grill & Pub in trouble again

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton is recommending revocation of the Grill & Pub’s beer permit after an employee was cited for selling alcohol to a minor.

    The citation was issued on Jan. 24. A special agent with the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission and an underage informant went into the bar, and Jennifer Lynn Sawin allegedly served the underage informant a Bud Light.

    “If I was recommending something to the board, I’d recommend that their license be revoked,” Stockton told the Roane County Beer Board last week.

  • Going off the road after 39 years

    A longtime Roane County Highway Department mechanic has decided this is his last winter to brave the cold weather.

    Joe Britton is retiring after nearly 39 years of working at the department, under at least six different road superintendents — Bob Collier, Charlie Norman, Grady Lassiter, interim Judy Bensey, Tom Hamby and current superintendent Dennis Ferguson.

    “I really didn’t like it that much, but the money was good enough to keep me here,” quipped Britton.

  • Earick resigns from seat on BOE

    Marjorie Earick has resigned from her District 5/6 seat on the Roane County Board of Education.

    She said her husband’s health was behind the decision.

    “Because of his health, I just don’t have the time to put into it,” she said.

    “It broke my heart, but I have to take care of him.”

    Earick’s colleagues said she’ll be missed.

    “She was in this for all the right reasons,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

  • McCluen evasive about another run for DA

    The Office of District Attorney General for the Ninth Judicial District will be on the ballot in 2014.

    Former District Attorney General Scott McCluen was non-committal recently when asked if he’s planning to run for the office again.

    “I heard that he might,” said Kingston attorney Chris Cawood, an old adversary of McCluen. “I really don’t think he’ll do any better than he did last time.”

    McCluen was elected district attorney general in 1998. He ran for re-election in 2006, but lost to Russell Johnson.