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Today's News

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Oct. 14-21:

    From Housing and Urban Development of Washington and Housing and Urban Development of Washington to Brian A. Eads by deed, Dist. 5, $10,700.

    From Don R. Brasel and Mary M. Brasel Estate to Jeffrey Lee Brasel by quit-claim deed, Dist. 5, McNutts Addition, Lots 6 and 7, $50.

    From Roger L. Henry and Danny Walker and Margaret Walker by warranty deed, Dist. 5, Clymerville Addition, Clymerville Road, $5,500.

  • Gala grabs big Alliance support

    More than 300 supporters of The Roane Alliance turned out Nov. 4 for its 10th annual Gala, which Alliance officials and supporters are boasting as its “best ever.”

    “One of the most gratifying parts about this year’s Gala is how much support we got, even though times have been tough for many of us,” said Leslie Henderson, president/CEO of The Roane Alliance.

    “We had a record number of donors this year and more table sponsors than we’ve had for years,” she added.

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Flatwater Grill offers fun lunch adventure

    As chairman of Oak Ridge High School Reunion Committee for the classes of 1954, 1955 and 1956, I look to my former classmates to suggest restaurants for our lunch meetings.

    This time I pushed for Flatwater Grill on Melton Lake Peninsula, just off the east end of Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Having grown up in Oak Ridge, Melton Hill Lake Drive will always be River Road to me.

  • Rockwood rushing to shut out pain clinic

    Rockwood will need to get moving if it wants to prevent a pain clinic from opening its doors in the community.

    A pain management facility has requested a building permit to remodel the interior of a vacant building at 1486 N. Gateway Ave. The renovations, according to the permit application, are for examination rooms.

    “I’m totally 100-percent against it,” Vice Mayor Peggy Evans said. “We don’t need that in our community.”

    Discussions about the proposed clinic are on Rockwood Planning Commission’s agenda for today’s meeting.

  • Saluting Our Veterans: 50 years of submarining earns Swicegood a Holland Club slot

    The tight quarters of a submarine require its occupants to get along and build a bond that can be tighter than the closest of families.

    That’s how Duie Swicegood described the relationships he formed while serving in the U.S. Navy aboard submarines including the USS Tigrone, a submarine used previously in World War II, and the USS Cobbler, which Swicegood called a guppie.

  • Saluting Our Veterans: Daughter helps town welcome home a hero

    When Air National Guard Master Sgt. Chad Goldston returned from his first tour of Afghanistan two weeks ago, the first thing he ate was a vegetable plate at Cracker Barrel.

    After nearly seven months, the 39-year-old South Harriman man is back home with his wife, Billie, and two children, Chane and Haley.

    He shipped out to Afghanistan in April after training in New Jersey and returned to find his daughter had arranged “Welcome Back” signs up at Harriman businesses and schools.

  • Enforcing ID law to be a matter of trust at the polls

    Poll workers in Roane County will rely on the honor system instead of acting like bartenders when it comes to enforcing the state’s new photo ID law.

    “Basically they’re pretty much going to trust people,” Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said.

    Starting next year, people must show a photo ID in order to vote, thanks to a new law passed by the Tennessee General Assembly.

    Acceptable forms of ID include a driver’s license, U.S. passport and others issued by the federal or state government.

  • Rockwood recall petition push on for Nov. 29

    Recall supporters in Rockwood are dedicating all day Nov. 29 to getting signatures for the petitions for a recall election for Rockwood Mayor James Watts and Councilwoman Jane Long.

    “What I was wanting to do was have a petition signing day on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at The Rec (Rockwood Event Center),” said recall originator Steven Rose. It’s at 116 W. Rockwood St.

    “It is a central location where everyone can come and sign the petition,” Rose said.

  • Harriman speeders may not have to drive far to work off violations

    Speeders and other traffic violators may now have an alternative to driving to Kingston or Knoxville for driving school.

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle and Harriman City Judge Charles Crass have talked about starting a four-hour driving school.

    Heidle believes the setup cost is about $1,995.

    “We have the facility to actually do it at my place to actually give the classes,” he said, referring to facilities at police headquarters in South Harriman.

  • Harriman buys vehicle already in police fleet

    Harriman City Council recently approved purchasing a vehicle that is already part of its police fleet.

    The Toyota Four Runner was seized in a drug operation.

    However, drug fund regulations stipulate that it has be sold, with money returning to the Harriman Police Department’s drug fund.

    “I would like to be able to keep it at the police department to utilize it to provide emergency services during bad weather,” Police Chief Randy Heidle appealed to council members.