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Today's News

  • Mother killed in Mountain View accident

    A mother of two was killed in a car accident on Saturday. The accident happened on Mountain View Road near Rockwood.  

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 34-year-old Dina M. Blevins was killed after a car driven by Thomas A. Stricklan crossed the center line and hit her head on. Stricklan, 27, had a Joiner Hollow Road address.

    Blevins, who lived on Mountain View Road, was driving north with her daughter and boyfriend.

    They both suffered injuries in the crash.

    The THP report said criminal charges are pending.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    I wonder who “anonymous” is.
    I ponder the question simply because whoever that person or entity is recently made a priceless investment in Roane County.
    Through their philanthropy, The Roane Alliance now owns its building free and clear.
    Only one stipulation President and CEO Leslie Henderson said was required.
    The Alliance and its partners must continue to invest in upkeep and improvements in the property over the next 10 years.
    Seems pretty reasonable to me.

  • College officials, police denounce legislators’ gun plan

    Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan was speaking out, expressing his concern for the safety of students, faculty and staff on college campuses if a bill being discussed in the legislature to allow guns on public campuses is passed.
    Morgan has joined the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro, and numerous other presidents, faculty, staff and students of Tennessee’s public higher education institutions in opposing the bills.

  • Man hurt in fall from roof

    STAFF REPORTS
    A construction worker was injured when he tumbled from a building at Rockwood Middle School Monday morning.
    “One of the construction workers fell off the roof while they were working on the middle school gym project,” said Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett.
    The worker, who could not be identified before press time, fell onto concrete rebar, but was alert, according to a report from Roane County E-911.
    The call sheet said the worker fell more than six feet.

  • Rockwood gets new utility board, welcomes new utility manager

    Rockwood City Council is no longer sitting as the Rockwood Water Sewer and Gas Board.
    During a Monday special-called meeting, the board approved re-establishing the utility board and appointed  members to that board.
    They include Capstan General Manager Loren Bone, Councilman Dudley Evans, former councilman Darryl Meadows, nuclear engineer Tim Couch and businessman Eddie Lee.
    Those board members got to know the new manager, Kimberly Ramsey, a civil engineer that will begin work on Monday.

  • Harriman growth on hold – for now

    Harriman has very few options if officials want to move forward on expanding the city’s boundaries.
    The city’s request to reconvene the coordinating committee that sets urban growth boundaries has been denied, even though officials have said they followed procedure in 2007 and the committee never was convened.
    City Attorney Harold Balcom discussed the issue at a council meeting earlier this month. He said the city had a few options, including taking the county to court to force it to reconvene the committee or do as suggested and restart the process.

  • Meet CASA's newest volunteers

    Newly appointed volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates are sworn in by the Roane County General Sessions Judge Dennis Humphrey, left.

    New advocates are, beginning second from left, Nicki Burwinkle, Tom Moore and Steve Jacks.

    New CASA volunteers are needed; the next training class is scheduled in May.

    Anyone who has an interest in becoming an advocate for abused and neglected children is asked to call 717-4186.

  • Funds given to area rescue groups to protect dogs from contagious flu

    Three area rescue groups now have help in protecting dogs against canine influenza virus, a highly contagious disease that spreads easily from dog to dog, especially those in close proximity.

    East Tennessee Pit Bull Rescue of Harriman, Roane County Humane Society’s Shelter Rescue Team and Tennessee Pekingese Rescue of Oakdale received grants for the vaccines as part of a Petfinder.com Foundation program to build community immunity against this respiratory infection.

  • THP to conduct sobriety check in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety roadside safety checkpoint on April 29 on Hwy. 27 at the Roane and Rhea County lines.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by intoxicated drivers, Troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by intoxicated drivers. The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these sobriety checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing DUI laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Shelby N. Redman

    U.S. Air Force Airman Shelby N. Redman recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

    Daughter of Phyllis Lemasters of Oliver Springs, she graduated in 2010 from Oliver Springs High School.

    Redman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.