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Today's News

  • Arrests: Nov. 26-Dec. 9, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Nov. 26 — Ryan Matthew Cox, 26, 665 Old Hwy. 70, Harriman: shoplifting theft of property. No bond; court date Jan. 28, 2013.

    • Daniel Allen Easter, 32, 110 Circle Lane, Harriman: possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession or casual exchange, failure to appear. Total bond $5,500; court date Jan. 7, 2013.

  • On fourth anniversary of ash spill, TVA cleanup end in sight

    Saturday will mark four years since a dike failure at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant released more than 5 million cubic yards of fly ash into the environment.


    Officials in charge of cleaning up the mess, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regards as one of the worst environmental disasters of its kind in history, are optimistic about what lies ahead.

  • County gets grants; wants more

    Roane County has continued to rack up grants this year.


    “We worked hard to get them,” County Executive Ron Woody said. “Periodically, after you keep doing your due diligence, apply for them again and again and get the homework right, you’re successful.”

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  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Get out of your comfort zone

    If you are reading this and the world hasn’t come to a fiery end (as per Mayan calendar hoopla), then I can safely say 2012 has been a great year.


    I have been touched by the many people who have told me they enjoy reading this column, and who “travel” with me on my adventures.

  • Large meth lab found near Rockwood

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Smith found a massive meth-lab in some woods near Rockwood.


    Initially, Smith found 250 pounds of anhydrous ammonia, a methamphetimine ingredient. According to a news release, Deputies Mark Steinmann and Mitch Grigsby and Roane County Emergency Management Agency personnel also responded.


    An anhydrous ammonia lab was found in a large tent, camouflaged with black plastic and brush.

  • Kids help Hands of Mercy
  • Burchfield, Vann named top RSCC alumni

    A decorated law enforcement officer and an accomplished scholar have been named Roane State Community College’s 2012 Outstanding Alumni.

    The recipients are Jeff Burchfield of Maryville, captain and training supervisor for the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, and Dr. Barry Vann of Corbin, Ky., professor of higher education and geography at the University of the Cumberlands.

    Burchfield graduated from Roane State in 1993 with an associate’s degree in police technology.

  • Rotarians boost Word Power at Midway
  • Students can build a bridge, win big bucks

    Roane County students can experience what it is like to be an engineer by using math, science and technology to design real structures for the 2013 East Tennessee Regional Model Bridge Building Contest.

    The March 9 contest in the American Museum of Science and Energy, Oak Ridge, is open to middle and high school students.

    Rules and specifications are available at www.amse.org.