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Today's News

  • Bad-burger caller a no-show

    Donna Marie Nichols, a Roane County woman who gained national attention after she allegedly called 911 over a bad hamburger, was a no-show in General Sessions Court on Monday.
    Nichols, 50, was scheduled to appear on a charge of abuse of the 911 system.
    Rockwood police said Nichols called 911 twice on March 28 to complain about the hamburger she purchased from Hardee’s.       

  • Raises possible for county employees

    Raises for employees are still under consideration as the 2012-13 Roane County budget process nears an end.
    “Once we get the general fund completed, we will look and see the prospects of raises,” County Executive Ron Woody said. “We hope to be able to include some this year.”
    The next meeting of the county budget committee is scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston. Woody said officials don’t anticipate a property tax rate increase.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Give me a break—wait, not that kind of break

    For a long time, a gray-and-white longhaired tabby has been as big a fixture on my ridgetop landscape as the azalea bushes in front of my living room windows.
    In fact, that’s often where you could find Pony — comfortably tucked under one of those bushes, sleeping in the shade. Otherwise, he’d be napping under the car.
    That’s where he was last Friday evening when I backed over him.
    His scream was horrible, and he ran off with his leg dangling. It was nearly 24 hours later before I finally caught him and got him to the emergency vet.

  • Krazy Camp

    Harriman High School students deal with the unfolding chaos of the musical comedy “Krazy Kamp,” in which the enrollees of a misfit boys camp find their way to an upscale, sedate girls camp. The play was presented on May 21. Mizea McDowell, playing Officer Dumm throws up his hands. Seated on the right is Logan Stewart who played Elmer Crumb.

  • McGriff says goodbye

    Retiring Roane County Schools Director Toni McGriff shares a laugh with Midtown Elementary School Principal Glenna Treece at a reception for McGriff Wednesday.

  • A solemn remembrance

    Bowers Elementary assistant principal Kevin Ayers speaks to a group of students and family members at the Bowers Elementary School memory garden dedication Monday morning. The garden was being dedicated to Stephanie Brown, who, along with her sons Gage and Jackson (who both attended the school), and youngest son Grason, perished in a wreck last August.

  • Herman receives awards

    Roane State Community College women’s basketball player Jill Herman has received two honors for her athletic achievements.

  • Ford named 4-A/AA Coach of the Year

    The District 4-A/AA soccer coaches recently selected the 2012 All-District 4-A/AA Team and the news was good for 10 players and one coach from Roane County.

  • Pankey excited about A-E opportunity

    Sometimes in life there are decisions to be made that are simply gut-wrenching.

  • Buffett buy ringing endorsement for newspapers

    Perhaps you saw the news last week: Berkshire Hathaway, the prominent investment company headed by Warren Buffett, purchased Media General, a group of 63 newspapers.

    Unlike many investment firms, Buffett’s, under his guidance, is known for solid decision-making and building up its purchases.

    Too many others are known for dismantling their purchases for a quick, short-term profit. This often leaves hundreds and thousands of employees jobless and fewer prospects in the overall employment pool.