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Today's News

  • Ambulance service finances better, but ...

    Roane County officials think changes at the ambulance service have turned the rocky operation around, but the entity isn’t out of the woods yet.

    Consultant Jack Jinks, who has worked for Roane County Executive Ron Woody first at Emergency Management Agency and now with interim director Howie Rose at the ambulance service, made a presentation Tuesday about how operational changes and conditions at the Roane County Ambulance Service have changed over the last few months.

  • Alexander to give up GOP leadership post — but not ideology — in January

    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee told colleagues this week that he will step down from the Senate Republican leadership in January when he completes four years as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.

  • Man charged with cruelty after dead hounds found

    Matthew Tyler Walls, a 19-year-old Roane County resident, was arrested on Sept. 16 and charged with three counts of aggravated animal cruelty.
    Animal Control Director John Griffin said officers responded to Walls’ home at 251 Clear Springs Road near Kingston, where they discovered six hound dogs on the property. Three were dead.
    “Nothing but bones,” said Griffin, who said officials were alerted to the situation by an anonymous caller. He said the smell of dead animals probably prompted the call.

  • Midway Middle stops Oakdale, 14-6

    Defense was the name of the game for Midway Middle School Thursday night, as the boys from "South Of the River" wrested a hard-fought 14-6 triumph over Oakdale. 

  • OSMS rolls past Harriman, 46-8

    What was expected to be a close game between Oliver Springs Middle School and Harriman never materialized last Thursday as the Bobcats took advantage of five Blue Devil turnovers to pick up a 46-8 victory.

  • Grill & Pub owner allowed to keep permit

    Grill & Pub owner Grover Norton left the Roane County Courthouse Tuesday evening having been found in violation of his beer permit. However, he also left the courthouse with the right to still sell beer at his establishment outside Harriman.
    In exchange for not contesting the violation, the Roane County Beer Board voted 4-1 to allow the permit to remain in effect subject to certain conditions.
    “I’m happy with what went on,” Norton said about the meeting.

  • Out to lunch by Bethel Poston: Sam & Andy’s second only to Vols for Big Orange

    It’s football time in Tennessee!

    It’s also time for our son Barry and his wife, Judy Staff Poston, to visit with us when the University of Tennessee plays a home football game in Knoxville. They live in Charlotte, a round trip of more than 565 miles.

    Both are UT graduates and began eating at Sam & Andy’s Deli as UT students in the mid- to late ’70s, when the deli was on Cumberland Strip near the Knoxville campus. It has become their ritual to eat there on these football weekends.

  • Harriman dialysis facility a center of excellence

    Fresenius Medical Care of Harriman, at 1662 Roane State Hwy., has been named a Center of Excellence for achieving high  standards in patient care in 2010.

    The award, presented by Fresenius Medical Care North America, one of the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, recognizes facilities that perform the best, based on multiple objective measures of dialysis clinical quality.

  • Martin’s made his last service call

     

    After 25 years, Bob Martin has decided to retire early from Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas.

    Manager Kim Ramsey said Martin, 62, was a service worker in the water and sewer departments.

    “We appreciate his years of service with the utilities and his loyalty. He’s been a dependable part of our utilities for a long time,” said Ramsey.

    Martin was among the workers offered early retirement as a money-saving measure for the utilities. It was an opportunity he jumped on.

  • Barger tops as office chief

    The Tennessee Association of Utility Districts has recognized Pat Barger of Watts Bar Utility District as Office Manager of the Year.

    Barger has been office manager of Watts Bar Utility District for 22 years. She oversees scheduling, billing, customer complaints, adjustments, and receiving and posting of payments.

    She was nominated by her son, Eric, who works closely with her and respects her leadership within the utility.