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Today's News

  • Foland bond at risk

    Johnny Ray Foland, accused of aggravated vehicular homicide in a fatal wreck over the summer, picked up new charges on Christmas Eve that could jeopardize his bond.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Foland threatened his mother and brother with a baseball bat and a knife.

    Foland, 50, was charged with aggravated assault and interfering with emergency calls.

  • Fleischmann: VA clinic a go for Harriman

    The city of Harriman’s failed effort to land a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital may have paid off in a consolation prize.

    “We are going to have right here in Roane County a fully staffed veterans clinic, which will be in Harriman, and their due date is set to open up March 1,” U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann said Monday.

    Fleischmann said he got the information from Juan A. Morales, director of the Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.

  • Cases delayed because of defender’s illness

    Criminal court cases in the 9th Judicial District are being continued due to the absence of Assistant Public Defender Walter Johnson.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson, no relation, said Walter Johnson has undergone heart bypass surgery.

    “(Criminal Court) Judge (Eugene) Eblen’s decision has been to continue everything,” Russell Johnson said.

    Roane, Loudon, Morgan and Meigs counties make up the 9th Judicial District. Russell Johnson said the cases being impacted are the ones where Walter Johnson is the opposing attorney.

  • Two local TDEC grants awarded

    Roane County and Rockwood both received grants for used motor oil collection through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

    Rockwood received $13,800 for a tank, canopy, pad, heater, pump and absorbent. Roane County received $9,200 for a heater and pump.

    “Used motor oil collection grants assist local governments in improvising and expanding used oil infrastructure for the collection of used oil from do-it-yourselfers,” according to a TDEC news release

  • GUEST OPINION: Duck Dynasty Flap

    By GENE POLICINSKI

    First Amendment Center

    OK, America: Here’s a quick, basic course in the First Amendment:

    Lesson No. 1. “Duck Dynasty”’s Phil Robertson has a First Amendment right to state his views on homosexuality, minorities and pretty much anything else on this unlikely reality-TV star’s mind, whenever he wants.

  • Boshears inducted in LMU’s Alpha Chi

    Teresa Boshears of Oliver Springs is among the 21 new members of Lincoln Memorial University’s Tennessee Epsilon 82 chapter of Alpha Chi.

    Alpha Chi is a coeducational academic honor society.

    Founded in 1922, with the purpose of promoting academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students, Alpha Chi honors those who achieve such distinction. Membership is limited to no more than 10 percent of the junior, senior and graduate classes.

    Lincoln Memorial University is in Harrogate.

  • Holston Gases gives to association’s food pantry

    James Gibson of Holston Gases in Harriman donated $500 to the Rockwood Ministerial Association’s food pantry for Christmas.

    Gibson said Holston Gases encourages other Roane County businesses to support area food pantries.

  • Roane State extends its hours to prepare for classes for spring

    Roane State Community College will offer extended business hours to help students get ready for the start of spring classes.

    Extended hours for the Roane County and Oak Ridge campuses will be:

    • Monday, Jan. 6-Thursday, Jan. 9 — 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    • Saturday, Jan. 11 — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    • Monday, Jan. 13-Thursday, Jan. 16 — 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

    On Fridays, the Roane County and Oak Ridge campus will maintain usual business hours, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Dictionaries for third-graders at Midway, Kingston

    Kingston Rotary Club and Cherokee Middle School Interact Club recently gave dictionaries to each third-grader at Kingston and Midway elementary schools.

    The Rotary Clubs of Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood annually provide dictionaries to all third-graders in the Roane County school system to promote literacy.

    “Dictionaries are very important at this grade level, as it is where the focus changes from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’,”said Kingston Rotarian Deborah Alexander-Davis.

  • Police ID I-40 body, but still unsure what happened to him

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol on Thursday released the name of the man whose body was found early Christmas morning on Interstate 40 in Roane County.

    THP criminal investigators identified the man as Brian William Taylor of Heath Springs, S.C.

    Taylor is described as a 42-year-old white male, wearing blue jeans, a blue and white plaid flannel shirt and tan work boots.

    THP said its Criminal Investigation Division is looking into every possible scenario, including foul play.