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Today's News

  • Miss Polk Salad honors go to RCHS's Taylor Lindsay

    Senior year got a little more special for Taylor Lindsay on Saturday. The Roane County High School student beat out six other contestants to win the Miss Polk Salad pageant at Harriman’s Riverfront Park.

    “It’s such a great honor,” a jubilant Lindsay said after the competition. “This is wonderful. I get to represent Roane County and Tennessee now as Miss Polk Salad. I couldn’t ask for more.”

    Her parents also were proud.

  • Report says inmate died of natural causes

    A man who died at the Roane County Jail last month succumbed to health problems, according to the final autopsy report.

    Robert Allen Harrison, 50, collapsed on April 8; after CPR was attempted, he was pronounced dead.

    Harrison died of atherosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease, the autopsy report said.

    Significantly contributing to his death were  nortriptyline (an antidepressant) intoxication and emphysema, the report said. Harrison was jailed on a failure-to-appear charge.

  • Skate camp gives kids summer options

    This summer children have another option beyond baking in the hot summer sun and sitting in front of a video game.

    For a week, they can also hone their skating skills at a skate camp at Roane County Skating Center from May 30-June 3 from 8 to 4 p.m. The $150 fee includes a new pair of skates.

    “They are all getting a brand new pair of skates,” said Jessica Thompson, who helps run the facility with husband, Virgil. She said they have a page out of the catalog the children can pick their skates from.

  • Rockwood's retail success means church must make move

    While the growing retail base for Rockwood is mostly a good thing for all, it means one local church may soon be looking for a new home.

    Shawn Hatfield of One Faith Community Church said the congregation may soon have to leave its location it the retail shopping center near Goody’s.

    “We’re going to have to find a new building. They want our spot to go retail,” Hatfield said.

    He said his storefront may be where the possible Hibbett Sports will be located.

  • EPA releases action plans on 70 coal ash impoundments

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is releasing action plans developed by 20 electric utility facilities with 70 coal ash impoundments, describing the measures the facilities are taking to make their impoundments safer.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas: Johnny wants you to share your love story

    Once a week, I walk out of the office with a pile of newspapers.
    They’re not intended for the birdcage; nor for my fire pit.
    Rather, I carry them home for research purposes.
    You see, even though several times a day I check our news and sports in their various stages of work-flow, I also go through each printed edition.
    Folks in the press room will tell you, I’m often standing at the end of the folder as the first make-ready copies roll off.
    What I am looking for is simple … what I hope you are looking for.

  • Trying to stifle student reporting just won’t work

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Wanna keep a secret? Betcha can’t — particularly when it involves an arrest and later the resignation of a local teacher.
    But when allegations of improper conduct involving a teacher are involved, principals still keep trying to stifle the news through the heavy-handed — and futile — method of censoring the school publication.

  • Household Hazardous Waste Day planned May 21 in Roane

    Roane County households may dispose of possible hazardous wastes in a free and safe way during this weekend’s Household Hazardous Waste Day at the recycling center at 215 White Pine Road, Midtown.

    Household hazardous waste materials will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 21. No business, agribusiness, school or church waste will be accepted.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 18

    25 Years Ago
    “Rumors are tearing this town up,” Harriman Mayor Harold Wester declared during a heated Harriman City Council meeting. “People are just looking for a bad rumor.” The meeting’s discussion centered around two former police officers accused of theft. No charges were placed, and Harriman Police Chief Don Day denied any allegations of a cover-up.

    10 Years Ago

  • Mr & Mrs. McGovern 60th

    Mr. and Mrs. Ben McGovern will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on May 22.

    They will celebrate with their children and spouses and grandchildren with a barbecue and a friendly game of Texas Hold ‘Em.

    McGovern and the former Joan Armstrong were married on May 22, 1951, in St. Louis.

    He is the retired founder and owner of Cedar
    Bluff 24-Hour Towing. She is the retired dispatcher
    for the towing company and peacekeeper for the family.