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Today's News

  • Ambulance rate hike considered

    Ambulance service could cost more in the future.

    Roane County officials are considering increasing the rates.  

    “We’re waiting on some stuff from Medicare,” County Commission Chairman James Brummett said during a recent public meeting. “Soon as we get this there will be a meeting and then I think there will be a recommendation to raise rates.”

    Commissioners have gone down this road once already this year.

    A resolution to increase the rates failed 8-7 in February.  

  • Audit: No accounting problems found with area drug task force

    Auditors found no problems in their recent review of the Ninth Judicial District Drug Task Force, which includes Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties.

    The review was conducted by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Division of County Audit.

    “Obviously we’re glad,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    Not having audit findings is something Johnson, who is over the task force, has emphasized since he took office in 2006.

  • Coming soon: Roane County’s Amazing Corn Maze

    With autumn lurking around the corner, quintessential, fall-festive corn mazes have already been mapped out and planted.
    Roane County will feature a corn maze for residents and visitors to enjoy. The anticipated opening date in mid to late August.
    The winding trail will be on 5  acres adjacent to Roane State Community College’s baseball field and is shaped to wish Roane State a happy birthday.
    Coinciding with the college’s 40th anniversary, the corn maze will also be one of the highlights at the school’s bash on Nov. 5.

  • New clean air rules will help improve health in Tennessee

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized additional Clean Air Act protections that will slash hundreds of thousands of tons of smokestack emissions that travel long distances, threatening the health of hundreds of millions of Americans living downwind.

  • Americans support press as guardians of important freedoms

    Americans strongly support the idea of a free press as a watchdog on government, despite concerns by many about bias in news reports, according to the 2011 State of the First Amendment national survey conducted by the First Amendment Center.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas: Send in vacation photos holding the RC News!

    Beating the heat … that seems to be a goal everyone’s trying to achieve these days.
    With most of the country in the grips of what many are calling a “deep fryer,” it seems as if record highs are being registered pretty much daily.
    While we’ve not been hit by triple digits as have many from the Southwest to the Midwest yet (and hopefully won’t), the combination of mid 90s and upper 60s dew points here in the Tennessee Valley have combined for some seriously steamy days.

  • Young-Stout

     

    Sharon Young and Matt Stout were married at 5 p.m. on June 28 at Riverfront Park. Bill Trent officiated during the outdoor ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Betty and Charles Young.
    The groom is the son of Betty and Lonnie Stout.
    The couple celebrated with family and friends then honeymooned in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
     

  • Mr. and Mrs. Harmon

     

    Mr. and Mrs. Homer Harmon will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary July 21.
    Homer Harmon and the former Wanda Bullens, both of Harriman, were married July 21, 1951, in Harriman with the Rev. E. H. Howard officiating.
    They have two sons, Rick Allen Harmon and wife Pat, Knoxville, Kim Trent Harmon, Harriman; three grandsons, Justin Harmon and Aaron Harmon, both of Knoxville, Chris Thomas and wife Mary, Maryville; and two great-grandchildren, Hunter and Savannah Thomas.
     

  • Liam Smith

     

    Liam Smith turned 3 years old on May 27.
    He celebrated with a Toy Story party with family and friends.
    He is the son of William and Kristy Smith, Harriman.
    Grandparents are Steve and Mona Bolden, Harriman, and Diana Smith, Oakdale.
    Great-grandparents are Mary Oran, Harriman, and W.F. and Ruth Headrick, Oakdale.
    Liam has a 4 year old sister, Taylor.
     

  • Jacob Buckholtz

     

    Jacob William Buckholtz celebrated his second birthday May 22.
    He is the son of Amber Taylor, Rockwood, and Vince Buckholtz, Midtown.
    Grandparents are Mike and Pam Taylor, Harriman, and Lee Taylor, and Dewayne and Stephanie Buckholtz, all of Rockwood.
    Great-grandparents are Paul and Mary Bennett, Kingston, Pete and Elen Williams, Harriman, David and Lila Taylor of Spring City, and the late Leon Moore.
    Jacob has a five year old brother, Hayden.