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Today's News

  • Swafford graduates 40 years after dropping out of high school

    Welzie Swafford, 57, graduated high school after 40 years Thursday evening.

    The success was especially sweet for Swafford. It was his fifth attempt in a straight 34-month period.  

    Swafford received his GED through Roane State Community College’s Adult Education program during its graduation ceremony in Roane State’s theater.

    While signing up for Social Security and disability for disc problems, Swafford was advised to finish high school after all this time.

  • Drug Task Force payment part of sentence meted

    From staff reports

    A Rockwood man charged with selling cocaine agreed to fork over some money to a fund aimed at helping law enforcement fight the war on drugs.

     Harlan Shane Clower was charged in October 2007 on two counts of selling cocaine. He appeared in Roane County Criminal Court on June 27.

    “Mr. Clower, do you agree that there are ample facts for you to enter a plea of guilty without having those stated by the attorney general?” Judge Eugene Eblen asked.

  • Committee OKs half equalization board raise

    A proposed raise for members of the Roane County Board of Equalization got cut in half.

    On June 3, the budget committee voted 3-2 to increase the board’s pay from $100 to $150.

    Commissioner Randy Ellis wasn’t happy about the increase and made a motion at the June 24 meeting against any increase.     

    “You’re basically saying you’re not going to give them anything?” Commissioner Bobby Collier asked.

    “No increase,” Ellis replied.

  • Rockwood council meeting Tuesday

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts has set a budget workshop and special-called meeting of Rockwood City Council on July 5 in Rockwood City Hall.

    The workshop will begin at 5 p.m.

    The special-called meeting will start at 5:30 p.m.

    Council members will consider and possibly take action on the second and final reading of Rockwood’s budget for 2012.

  • Covenant seeks to move stream in construction

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comments regarding the impact of earthwork at the future site of Covenant Health’s new hospital in Midtown.

    Covenant Health is applying for permits from the Department of the Army under the Clean Water Act and from TVA.

    A public notice said Covenant Health proposes to “relocate approximately 890 linear feet of a perennial stream channel into 722 linear feet of 42-diameter, joint sealed, pipe.”

  • Cupcake Haven offering sweet treats to eat
  • Still time to have a blast
  • Giving RSCC library a new look
  • Roane State Basketball Camp
  • Coalfield Softball Camp set for July 26

    The Coalfield Lady Jackets softball team will be hosting a softball camp on Tuesday, July 26 at Coalfield School.
    There will be sessions on base running, hitting, throwing, defensive fundamentals, pitching and catching.
    The camp will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with lunch taking place from noon until 1 p.m.
    All ages are welcome and each session will be broken down by age and will be age appropriate.
    The cost for the camp is $40 and registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
    For more information, call Lady Jacket head coach Jen Laurendine at 865-850-8523.