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Today's News

  • Nelson collecting court costs

    Long before she took office, Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson knew Roane County had a problem with collecting court costs.
    “People are assessed this money that they should pay, and they don’t pay it, and they’re walking away free without any punishment whatsoever,” Nelson said. “For years it’s just been accepted.”
    Not anymore. Nelson’s office has instituted a collections program for fines and court costs.

  • Rushing for the Lord

    Rockwood High school senior Ethan Headrick wants to be like former University of Tennessee and NFL great Reggie White on the football field.
    But more important, Headrick wants to be like White, an ordained minister, off the field.
    Headrick, a running back, has entered the ministry and preached last Sunday at his church, North Rockwood Baptist.
    He said he was at church camp in Myrtle Beach last December when he felt the calling.

  • Gallaher back in trouble with law

    Eric Glenn Gallaher continues to find it difficult to stay out of jail.
    The Harriman man with at least 19 arrests in Roane County was jailed in neighboring Knox County last month.
    According to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Gallaher was booked into the jail in the early morning hours of Oct. 22 after being stopped on I-40 East shortly around 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 21.
    He was charged with DUI and implied consent violation.
    He’s since been released.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Dusky brew buys my guy some good will

    I’ve told my boyfriend he has one free get-out-of-jail card, so to speak, in our relationship.
    That’s because he gave me coffee.
    Not that coffee hasn’t been around all my life. Even as a very young child, I remember waking up on weekdays to the signature scents of my father getting ready for work: fresh-brewed coffee and freshly applied shoe polish.
    While I found the aroma of coffee intoxicating, I could never stomach the stuff.
    It inevitably left me with a tummy ache.

  • Clock ticking on Harriman coordinator replacement

    Harriman only has until the end of next month to find a city coordinator, and the search has just started.
    City Coordinator Bob Tidwell is retiring this year.
    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason got approval of his request to form a committee to delve into a new job that combines the city coordinator duties with retail recruitment.
    “What I’d like to do is get a work group to get job qualifications,” Mason said. His idea was to use Tidwell’s position as a boiler plate and add the qualifications that they would like to see a new person have.

  • Crop-loss assistance signups start Nov. 14

    Roane/Loudon County USDA Farm Service Agency will begin enrollments on Nov. 14 for Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments program for 2010 crop year losses.

    “Producers across the state experienced several natural disasters during the 2010 crop year that caused hardship and financial losses to many agricultural operations,” said Nancy H. Brackett, Roane/Loudon County USDA Farm Service Agency executive director.

  • Relay for Life kicks off next week

    American Cancer Society’s Roane County Relay For Life will officially get under way next week when volunteers and participants gather for a kickoff rally to launch fundraising efforts for 2012.

    The rally will begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in Roane County United Way offices, Midtown.

    “Hope Through The Decades” is the campaign theme.

    The kickoff event will include a chili supper, a cancer survivor speaker, door prizes and a holiday-themed country store.

  • Help Tennessee score a victory in Battle of Orange and Blue

    Roane Countians have a chance to bring home a victory for Tennessee in Medic Regional Blood Center’s 24th annual Battle of the Orange and Blue.

    This blood-drive competition between Tennessee and Kentucky to see which fan base can bring in the most blood donations prior to the annual gridiron matchup between the University of Tennessee Volunteers and the University of Kentucky Wildcats.  

    “The battle of Tennessee vs. Kentucky is not just on the football field,” said Vols head football coach Derek Dooley.

  • RSCC among partners getting federal monies

    Roane State Community College is part of a 10-college consortium that recently received a $19.7 million federal grant to provide training in high-tech fields.

    Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland will lead the national consortium, which includes colleges in nine states with emphasis in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

    The consortium was awarded a U.S. Department of Labor grant as part of its Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative.

  • Midway students of month honored

    Midway Elementary School principal Keevin Woody recently presented August and September student of the month awards.