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Today's News

  • Master Gardener training to start

    Training classes start on Sept. 3 for those who want to be a part of Roane County Master Gardeners.

    The classes will be from 5 to 8 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday in The Cottage at Roane County Park, Midtown.

    Class fee is $150.

    The Master Gardener Program consists of trained volunteers who help University of Tennessee Extension educate and serve the community.

  • THP to conduct sobriety check in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety roadside safety checkpoint during the week of Aug. 16 on Fiske Heights Road.

    Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States, said a release from the THP.

    During the sobriety roadside safety checkpoint, troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment.

  • Iconic K-25 water tower demolished

    One of the K-25 Site’s most iconic structures — the checkerboard water tower that has dominated the site’s skyline for 55 years — has been demolished.

    URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC — known as UCOR — and its subcontracting partners brought down the 382-foot-tall tower earlier this month through a controlled explosive demolition that sent the structure toppling into an empty field near what is now the East Tennessee Technology Park.

  • Jail-fence fix about $20,000

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said jail inmates have become quite resourceful at making holes in the fence at the exercise yard.

    The problem could cost thousands of dollars to fix.
    “Once they get in a semi-circle and somebody starts working the fence, it’s easy to manipulate,” Stockton said. “They’ve actually got now where they can pull the strips out on each end of the fencing and you can just slide it back.”

  • More money added to county schools budget

    The Roane County Commission approved a budget amendment for Roane County Schools by an 11-3 vote Monday.
    In July, the Board of Education made cuts to the school budget after the commission refused the board’s request for a property tax rate increase. The commissioners approved allowing school officials to take $447,218 from their instructional reserves.

  • Former Houston lawyer takes Bayside owner’s assault case

    Bayside Marina owner Alan Lee Schneider has retained Athens attorney Randy G. Rogers in his aggravated assault case.
    His previous attorney, Terry L. Stevens II of Kingston, was allowed to withdraw in May.
    Rogers notified the court in June that he would be representing Schneider.
    Rogers represented Rocky Houston when he faced first-degree murder charges for the 2006 deaths of Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones and his ride-along Mike Brown.

  • Man Tasered for running from police

    Timothy Wayne Sanders, a 42-year-old Rockwood man, is in trouble with the law.
    His problems aren’t in state court, however.

    Sanders is charged in federal court with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was arrested in Rockwood last week by members of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.
    He’s since been transferred to the Blount County Jail in Maryville where he’s being held without bond.  
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  • Planned Pethood offering animal shots at event

    Planned Pethood, Roane County’s low-cost spay-neuter clinic, will be offering pet vaccinations, including rabies shots Saturday at Tractor Supply’s Pet Appreciation Week event.
    A pet adoption drive also will take place featuring Roane County Humane Society, Roane County Animal Shelter, Boston Terrier Rescue, East Tennessee Pekingnese Rescue, Tennessee Alaskan Malamute  Rescue and Southern Roots Rescue.
    Music, pet washes and other events are planned.
    The event will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Rockwood store at 1494 N. Gateway Ave.

  • Roane State Community College news and events

    Roane State Community College campuses will offer extended business to hours help students get ready for the start of fall classes.
    Extended hours for the Roane County and Oak Ridge campuses will be:
    • Saturday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Monday, Aug. 19-Thursday, Aug 22, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Monday, Aug. 26-Thursday, Aug. 29, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
    The Roane County and Oak Ridge campuses will maintain usual business hours (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) on Fridays.

  • GUEST OPINION: Constitution dispels myth of Christian nation

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Culture warriors, pseudo-historians and opportunistic politicians have spent the last several decades peddling the myth that America was founded as a “Christian nation.”

    The propaganda appears to be working.

    A majority of the American people (51 percent) believes that the U.S. Constitution establishes a Christian nation, according to the State of the First Amendment survey released last month by the First Amendment Center.