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Today's News

  • Man drowns at Roane County Park

    A 22-year-old man drowned in the swimming area at Roane County Park on Monday.

    The incident was reported to E-911 around 7:30 p.m. Dispatch was told that two men said their friend, Caesar Uribe, went under and did not come back up.  

    “It’s been ruled an accidental drowning,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “We don’t know if alcohol was involved or not, but we found the body (Monday) night about 10:30 right in the swimming area.”

  • Woman killed in Rockwood accident

    A Roane County woman died after a head-on collision Monday afternoon in Rockwood.

    Nancy Hill, who was in her early 60s, of Mountain View Road, was traveling south on Gateway Avenue in a Nissan Versa.

    She collided with Dylan Headrick of North Wilder Avenue in Rockwood, next to Jerry’s Bait Shop.

    Headrick was northbound.

    Hill was confirmed dead as LifeStar prepared to transport her to Knoxville.

    Headrick was taken by LifeStar to UT Medical Center for a puncture wound.

  • A welcome midweek rainy day

    Leaves at Caney Creek get a drenching in last Wednesday’s long-awaited downpour.

    The often-heavy rainfall was a welcome relief for the dry, scorching weather that preceded it for two or more weeks.

    Look for the heat to be back on this week — the National Weather Service is calling for temperatures in the 90s through at least Wednesday.

  • Welcome to the site of the future Dyllis Springs Elementary

    Officials break ground for the newly named Dyllis Springs Elementary School — the name officially selected by the Roane County Board of Education for the new elementary school on Ollis Road near Oliver Springs.

    The school will combine students in pre-K through fourth grade from Dyllis and Oliver Springs elementaries. Students in grades 5-8 at both of those schools will attend the present-day Oliver Springs Elementary.

    McGriff said Thursday night it has not yet been determined whether that school would become an intermediate or middle school institution.

  • J.R. Global poised to buy armory

    The Harriman Economic Development Board is working to sell the former National Guard Armory to owners of the metal fabrication company presently leasing the facility.

    Board member Donna Demyanovich said they seem to have reached an agreement to sell it for $150,000, with J.R. Global Manufacturing owner J.R. Owens putting down $100,000 and paying the remaining $50,000 over five years.

    Contracts were to be signed last week, but officials could not be reached for comment.

    “We want to work with the people that want to

  • Wilson new to Walmsley’s Kingston dental practice

    Dr. James Walmsley Jr. welcomes an associate, Dr. Bruce Wilson, to his Kingston dental practice to offer full service dentistry in one location.

    Walmsley has focused on restorative and cosmetic dental procedures and has typically referred out most surgical cases to specialists in Oak Ridge and Knoxville.

    “I'm so glad to be able to offer these services to patients here in one office,” he said. “People don't like the drive; it’s so much more convenient to offer most everything right here in our office now.”

  • County starts on plan to redistrict

    Roane County’s districts may soon change, and with it residents may see new representation.

    The Roane County Commission recently passed a resolution to establish a redistricting committee.

    The resolution says Tennessee law requires that at least every 10 years the county legislative body change the county legislative districts boundaries so each member “represents substantially equal populations.”

  • Rockwood Municipal Airport: The sky is the limit

    The Rockwood Muncipal Airport isn't just a place pilots use to land planes.

    It's also a place people use for community events.

    Airport manager Danny Collins said events are held there every fifth Saturday. One took place the end of April, when the Oakdale Area Volunteer Fire Department had a fly-in luncheon.

    Kelly Gibson took her two grandchildren.

  • Kingston to hold line on tax rate

    The city of Kingston knows how to defuse some of the stress that comes with budget season.

    After the department heads have done their work and everything is ready for the City Council to go over, a May budget workshop is scheduled.

    On that day, the fire department cooks up a huge lunch — beef, chicken, salad, cheesecake — and city officials and city employees all break bread together.

    Even with the lunchtime merriment, the process can be trying, especially in today's tough economic times.

  • Month 3, and county leaders still waiting for Rep. Hurley to show

    Roane County Commission has waited for three months for state Rep. Julia Hurley to answer its request to attend its monthly meeting.

    The wait continues —  Hurley was again a no-show at last week’s June session.

    At the commission’s behest, Roane County Executive Ron Woody sent Hurley a letter requesting that she meet with the county’s leaders to explain why she didn’t file a bill pertaining to the Tiger Haven big-cat sanctuary on their behalf.