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Today's News

  • Henry interim DCS head

    Roane County’s Jim Henry has been named interim commissioner of the Department of Children’s Services after the resignation of Kate O’Day.
    O’Day had been hit with heavy questioning in the deaths of children who had been involved with DCS.
    “Kate has informed me that she felt the time was right to step down,” Gov. Bill Halam announced in a press release Tuesday.

  • Weekend snow goes away fast

    Roane County was blanketed by snow on and off this weekend, concealing roadways in white Saturday morning and again briefly Sunday morning.
    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson kept the public updated at his Facebook account of road conditions.
    On Saturday even the main roads were covered in white.
    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said the department was able to put their newest vehicle, the Ranger 1, into action.
    The small off-road vehicle was purchased with donations last year.

  • Houston determined to represent self

    Rocky Houston was reminded about the adage that says a man who represents himself has a fool for an attorney.
    “You understand the reason behind that saying?” U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. asked. “It’s not a very smart or wise thing to do.”
    Despite the risk and Shirley’s repeated advice that he do otherwise, Houston decided to proceed as his own counsel in his federal firearms case.
    “At this point, you’re giving up your right to be represented by an attorney?” Shirley asked.

  • Inmate jumps from balcony in Roane jail

    An ambulance responded to the Roane County Jail Tuesday morning after an inmate jumped from a balcony in one of the housing pods.
    A dispatch report said the inmate was “hurting all over.” He was taken to Roane Medical Center.
    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said he’s not sure why the inmate jumped.
    “There’s really no telling why,” he said. “Sometimes people do things for attention. I really don’t know.”

  • Prepare for quake with ShakeOut

    Tennesseans are among the more than 2.5 million people expected to participate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill.

    The ShakeOut will be at 10:15 a.m. Feb. 7.

    It is a multi-state earthquake drill for millions of people to simultaneously practice the recommended response to earthquake shaking:

    • Drop to the ground;

    • Take cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table; and

  • Things to Do: Feb. 8-22, 2013

    Editor’s note: The deadline for including items in Calendar is at least one week before the event. Items appear as a public service as space is available. Unless otherwise noted, all events and activities are open to the public.
    FRIDAY, FEB. 8
    • A public country music show and dance featuring The Riverfront Band will be from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Harriman American Legion. Smoking and alcohol are prohibited.

    SATURDAY, FEB. 9

  • Five generations of Burchfields

    Five generations of Carrie Burchfield’s family gathering for the recent holidays are, from left, Burchfield, 85; her son, Carl Burchfield; her grandson, David Burchfield; her great-granddaughter, Whitney Burchfield; and her great-great-granddaughter, Aleah Jewel Burchfield.

  • Clubs, Agencies and Support Groups: Feb. 6-14

    MID-EAST COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY SENIOR PROGRAMS
    FEB. 6-12

    WEDNESDAY — Exercise at 9 a.m. in Kellytown Baptist Church recreation center, Oliver Springs.
    • Pinochle at noon in Kingston Community Center.
    THURSDAY — Exercise at 9:30 a.m. in Kingston Community Center.
    • Quilting at 9 a.m. in Kingston Community Center.
    • Canasta at 1 p.m. in Kingston Community Center.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Anthony W. Bunch

    U.S. Army Spec. Anthony W. Bunch has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    He is the son of Irving Bunch and Karen Lawson, both of Oliver Springs.

    The Army specialist is a 2007 graduate of Oliver Springs High School.

    Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Kelli D. Holmes

    U.S. Air Force Airman Kelli D. Holmes graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

    Daughter of Martha Webster of Oliver Springs, she is a 2009 graduate of Mount Pisgah Christian Academy, Oliver Springs.

    Holmes earned distinction as an honor graduate.

    The airman 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.