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Today's News

  • The Garden Gate: These purple spring flowers tickle us pink

    Everyone loves the little violets, one of the earliest signs of spring and summer, that appear in our lawns and gardens at this time of year.

    Did you know that this common wildflower is an amazingly rich source of vitamin C? Or that the leaves are full of vitamin A?

    A half cup of violet leaves will supply as much vitamin C as you would get from four oranges and give you the required daily minimum of vitamin A.

  • Blue Devils downed by Oneida, 5-1

     

    By JACE GREENE

    Roane Newspapers

  • SWEET TIMES AT THUNDER ROAD FEST
  • Lady 'Cats drop close games

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats had plenty of chances Tuesday evening in their game at Knoxville Catholic, but Matt Headden’s squad left 10 runners on base in a 3-2 loss against the Lady Irish.

    The Lady ’Cats left one runner on board in each of the first four innings as the two teams battled to a scoreless tie.

    Oliver Springs, however, finally broke through in the fifth inning as the Lady ’Cats used four hits to plate two runs.

  • Pemberton says filing McFarland ‘attack’

    Mike Pemberton, a candidate for 9th Judicial District Circuit Court judge, said he’s not concerned about the complaint filed with the Roane County Election Commission that alleges he’s not a resident of the district.

    Pemberton faces Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland in the August election.

    “When this issue was first raised by my opponents, we did, as any good lawyer would do, our research on it,” Pemberton said.

    “We are not the least bit concerned about Mr. McFarland’s latest attack.”

  • Tax rolls: Hopeful owes $11

    Roane County property taxes were due by Feb. 28. County Attorney Tom McFarland paid some of his on April 2.

    He incurred $33 in penalties/interest for the late payment.

    “I know my taxes are paid in full,” McFarland said. “If I owed any interest, I paid it.”

    McFarland said that was the only comment he would make to the Roane County News on the matter.

    As of Tuesday afternoon, he still owed $11 on his 2013 personal property tax bill, according to county records. Personal property taxes were also due on Feb. 28.

  • Smoke empties facility

    Smoke filled the second story of Rockwood’s Victorian Square Assisted Living Tuesday morning, but 52-53 residents were safely evacuated with no injuries sustained.

    “The smoke was definitely heavy on the second floor — so heavy in that one wing you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face,” Rockwood Fire Chief Mike Wertz said.

    “All the residents are fine,” he continued. “It could have been a serious situation. Just praise the Lord things were in our favor a little bit.”

  • School board gives Aytes $14,500 bonus

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes received a $14,500 bonus last year.

    His contract with the Board of Education calls for a bonus each year, with the amount not to exceed $15,000.

    The 2012-13 school year was Aytes first as director of schools. His bonus is based on the school board’s evaluation of his performance.

    Aytes’ base salary was $110,250, but his total compensation for the year was $126,250.

  • First woman to serve on Rockwood council dies

    The first woman to serve on Rockwood City Council died at her home Sunday.

    Katherine Irene Allen Albertson of Harriman was appointed to fill the term of her husband, John Henry Albertson Jr., upon his death, said Arvel McNelly, a former Rockwood mayor and longtime member of Rockwood Planning Commission.

    “He died of cancer,” McNelly remembered. “He was on there about two years. The council appointed her to fill out his term. She didn’t run” afterward.

  • GUEST OPINION: State’s forestry resources are under attack

    By ALEX WYSS
    Tennessee Nature Conservancy  
    Tennessee is one of America’s greenest states.

    It is still more than 50-percent forested. In fact, much of the majestic beauty that defines Tennessee comes from its trees.

    Our trees provide habitats for animals, nesting for birds and shading for our homes. They are also under attack.

    Tennessee’s beautiful trees are appetizing to many foreign pests that are making new homes in our state.