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Today's News

  • Rockwood cloverleaf to get new design

    The confusing Rockwood intersection known as the cloverleaf, where Hwys. 70 and 27 merge, will soon be getting a makeover.
    Message boards and signs for the construction are in place now.
    “The message boards will be notifying the public of the change in traffic pattern for Nov. 30,” said Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Nagi.
    Preliminary work at the intersection started this week. Traffic will be shifted to two lanes during construction, which is scheduled for completion in May.

  • Safeguards in place on court collections

    One of the components of Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson’s program to recover unpaid fines and court costs includes the collections agency Solutia.
    The agency once had its contract with the county suspended because officials said they found out it was trying to collect from people who didn’t owe money.
    Nelson, who wasn’t in office at the time, said she heard from people who were wrongly targeted and has put in place measures to keep that from happening.

  • Getting into the Thanksgiving spirit
  • Arrests

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Nov. 10 — Brian Franklin Bolton, 24, 128 S. Third St., Kingston: violation of parole. No bond; no court date listed.

    • Vickie Sue Duncan, 52, 2722 Morgan County Hwy., Wartburg: two counts simple possession or causal exchange and DUI. Total bond $2,000.

    • Christyna Lourine Golden, 22, 223 Clinton Hwy., Powell: failure to appear. Bond $2,500; court date Dec. 19.

  • NAACP head appeals for girl in fracas at Harriman

    Roane County NAACP President Joe Eskridge pleaded with the Roane County Board of Education on behalf of Courtney Thomas last Thursday.

    Thomas, 17, was kicked out of Harriman High School after incident with principal Scott Calahan.  

    “I would like for this Board of Education to look into this situation and see if we can’t do something to get this girl back in school,” Eskridge said.

  • Henry bringing meet-and-greet to home turf

    Commissioner Jim Henry of the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and his lead team of administrators will hold a meet-and-greet session with community providers from across East Tennessee at the Michael Dunn Center in Kingston on Tuesday.

    The session is sponsored by Tennessee Community Organizations, a statewide association of mental health providers that treats people with disabilities.

  • Art goes on for the Rockwood Three: Best friends devote talent to the church

    Rockwood’s Fran Scandlyn Henley and Kay Lamb have been blending painting and friendship for more than 50 years.

    “She and I are best friends,” Henley said. “And we painted together all these years, since the early ’50s. And we have never, never been mad at each other. Now that’s pretty good.”

    Something else that’s pretty good is their artwork. The two, along with Henley’s niece, Anne Powers, are helping raise funds for Rockwood Christian Church by selling notecards that feature their works.

  • Accused murderer back in Roane

    Despite his life sentence on federal drug charges, local authorities are still planning to put Ralph O’Neal on trial for a murder that happened in Roane County.

    O’Neal, 36, was recently moved from a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., to the Roane County Jail.  

    “We went to federal prison up in Indiana and picked him up,” Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said.

  • Shop local on Super Saturday

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce will once again pro-mote its Shop Roane First pro-gram by naming a special “shop local” day again this holiday season.  

    The Chamber has chosen Dec. 10 as “Super Saturday” and is asking county residents to commit to spending at least $50 at a Chamber member’s business on that day.

  • Roane Medical Center cuts emergency wait times by half

    Roane Medical Center has cut its emergency department wait times nearly in half, beating the national benchmark of 45 minutes set by the American College of Emergency Physicians.   

    “We call it door-to-doctor times,” said Dr. Bennie Whitehead, Roane Medical Center’s emergency room medical director. “It’s the time from which a patient arrives at the hospital and is triaged until he or she sees a doctor or mid-level care provider.”