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Today's News

  • ORAU session gauges nuclear energy rebirth

    Declines in new construction, evolving safe-ty regulations, and building the next generation of nuclear engineers and researchers are among the challenges facing the future of nuclear energy.

    But there is hope, according to a top Nuclear Regulatory Commission official.

  • New Alliance head meets county leaders

     

    Wade Creswell, the new president of The Roane Alliance, introduces himself to Roane County Commission members, including Copper Bacon, right, during the commission’s April meeting last week. Creswell took the reins of The Alliance earlier this year.     The Roane Alliance is Roane County’s economic development organization and consists of both public and private organizations, including the Roane County Chamber of Commerce, the Roane County Industrial Development Board and the Roane County Visitors Bureau.

  • SECOND CHANCE

    Finishing, not winning, is Tara Stockton’s goal for the Boston Marathon.

    “The thing that I’m looking forward to the most is being able to cross the finish line,” she said.

    The Roane County runner was within a half-mile of finishing last year when the Boston Marathon was abruptly stopped after bombs exploded near the finish line.

    The 5,633 runners who had no chance to finish in 2013 were invited back to compete in this year’s event.

  • Mailbox cards sticking point in the race for Roane sheriff

    When Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton was on the campaign trail in 2006, one of the complaints he often heard was that people never saw a patrol car in their area.

    “I said, ‘Well, I can assure you if we’re out on patrol and you don’t see us, we’re going to figure out a way to let you know that we’re around,’” Stockton said.

    Deputies now leave cards in people’s mailboxes to let them know they’ve been by.

  • Gallaher facing domestic assault charge

    Harriman attorney Donice Butler said Eric Gallaher is innocent of the domestic assault charge levied against him by Rockwood police.

    “I don’t think the police had to charge him with domestic assault,” Butler said.

    “I think if it had been someone else, another decision might have been made.”

    Gallaher was arrested on April 15 after he was spotted by a Roane County Sheriff’s Office deputy on routine patrol.

  • Ratchet’s, liquor store workers cited for underage alcohol sales

    Employees at Ratchet’s Bar and Grill and Gateway Spirits in Rockwood were cited earlier this month for selling alcohol to underage customers earlier.

    Megan Elizabeth Miles, 21, Rockwood, was cited at Ratchet’s Bar and Grill.

    According to police reports, Miles looked at the minor’s identification and appeared to struggle to tell the age of the person attempting to purchase the beer before making the sale.

    At Gateway Spirits, Kendra Renee Williams, 35, was cited.

  • High schoolers can earn degree at middle college

    Roane County’s brightest upcoming juniors were recently invited to become the first class of Roane State Community College’s middle college.

    It would be an opportunity for select students to attend Roane State in the morning as a group and then return for their high school classes and extracurricular activities in the afternoon.

    It goes a step further than simple dual enrollment; it actually allows the students to complete an associate’s degree while still in high school.

  • Tennessee Promise exciting for RSCC, TCAT

    Roane State Community College and Tennessee College of Applied Technology just became more accessible to potential students.

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s Tennessee Promise initiative pays tuition and fees for all graduating high school seniors to attend either a state community college or TCAT.

    It is a last-dollar scholarship award after students get their eligible financial aid and other funding.

  • Mitchell caps hot week with no-hitter

     

    Twenty-four hours after swatting a pair of home runs in a 10-4 victory over Fulton, Kingston’s Cody Mitchell pitched a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts at Stone Memorial.

    Mitchell was on top of his game throughout the contest and ran into trouble only once on the evening.

  • Randolph tosses no-hitter in sweep

     

    By JACE GREENE

    Roane Newspapers

    The Bears of Tellico Plains traveled Thursday to face the Harriman Blue Devils at Papermaker Field in a District 3-A doubleheader.