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Today's News

  • Avoid Black Friday crowds by hitting the rails

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum has scheduled one-hour Secret City excursion rides on Thanksgiving weekend.

    The narrated one-hour excursion trips will depart at
    11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Nov. 29-30.

    Ticket prices are $19 for adults and $15 for ages 3-12; children younger than 3 may sit on a parent’s lap and ride for free.

    A short narrative will be given describing the historic Manhattan Project and the railroad that served it.

  • Military Matters: Matthew S. Brown

    U.S. Army Pfc. Matthew S. Brown recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    Son of Danny Brown of Oliver Springs, he is a 1999 graduate of Clinton High School.

    Brown earned an associate’s degree in 2001 from Roane State Community College, Oak Ridge.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to Jekyll Island, Ga.

    The Roane County News poses with Elaine Patterson of Harriman in front of the newly opened Jekyll Island Convention Center.

    Patterson said the Georgia island is “my favorite beach vacation spot” and is halfway between Savannah, Ga., and Jacksonville, Fla.

    Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

    Be sure to tell us where you — and the News — traveled for a break and photo.

  • State taking applications for historic preservation grants

    The Tennessee Historical Commission is accepting grant applications for historic preservation projects for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

    About $200,000 is expected to be available for grants.

    Funding decisions will be made when the exact amount of the federal allocation is known. This normally occurs by December but could be as late as August 2014.

  • Marriage licenses: May 2-14, 2013

    Marriage licenses granted at the Roane County Courthouse:
    May 2 — Christopher Robert Strianese, 33, to Heather Grace Schellhase, 27.

    May 3 — Donny Ray Wilson, 29, to Grace Nicole Stephens, 26.

    • Eric Bryan Little, 40, to Jennifer Lynn Little Walden, 37.

    • Wesley Jackson Snow, 31, to Kimberly Marie Ellis, 29.

    May 6 — Nicky Lee Nichols, 45, to Rejeanne Parks Coleman, 54.

  • RMS takes two from Cherokee

     

    Two county rivals took the floor Monday evening as Cherokee hosted Rockwood in the first of their two meetings this season.

    Both games would be close throughout, but in the end it would be the visiting Tigers and Lady Tigers leaving Rockwood with a sweep.

  • Campbell up for Titans Coach of the Week award

    Last week was a good week for Midway head coach Joe Campbell and the Green Wave as they upset Greenback on the road, 38-21. With that win, Campbell has now been nominated for the Tennessee Titans Coach of the Week award.

  • Jim Henry’s a Good Guy for the second time

    Tennessee Department of Children’s Service’s Commissioner Jim Henry has been singled out for special recognition by the Tennessee Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee.
    Each year, the group honors men who have demonstrated their support of women with its Good Guy Awards.
    Kingston’s Henry, a 2005 Good Guy Award winner, has been tapped again.

  • Ten Mile man charged with attempted murder

    The Roane County grand jury added a charge of attempted first-degree murder against Daniel Phillip Thompson, a Ten Mile man accused of severely beating his girlfriend.
    The grand jury also indicted Thompson for aggravated assault and especially aggravated kidnapping when it met last month.
    Thompson’s alleged crimes occurred between July 12-17.
    Tiffany McDavid told Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Murphy that Thompson began beating her because he thought she was unfaithful.   

  • Randolph pleads not guilty

    Accused robber Mark Andrew Randolph pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in U.S. District Court last week.
    Randolph faces five counts of robbery, five counts of using a firearm during a crime and one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
    The court appointed attorney Jonathan Moffatt to represent him in the case.
    Randolph is accused of robbing a Shell Favorite Market in Sweetwater, a Subway in Lenoir City, a Subway in Knoxville, a Sonic in Knoxville and Rocky Top Market on Bluff Road in Kingston.