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Today's News

  • Twirling DOLLS

    A Roane County woman wants to put a fresh spin on an old sport.

    Kristie Bowman, an instructor who leads the baton-twirling group Rock Dolls, hopes to make the activity big again. She’s working on it with a group of graceful young girls.

    “I started when I was 4 years old,” said Bowman. “I went on up through high school and then there wasn’t really much to do (twirling) here.

    “Most everyone thanks me because there is nothing to do in Roane County for kids,” she added.

  • Meth maker gets 8 years

    A man arrested for making meth around his 6-year-old son was sentenced to eight years in prison last week.

    Christopher Michael Raby pleaded guilty in Roane County Criminal Court to initiating the process to manufacture meth, attempted aggravated child abuse and child neglect.

    He was sentenced as a Range 1 standard offender, which means he only has to serve 30 percent of the time before he’s eligible for release.

  • Supporter gives David Morgan praise

    Rockwood resident Roberta Dennis said she believes Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan has been treated unfairly, and she let the Roane County Commission know at last week’s meeting.

    “He has been working very hard,” she said. “His office has been working hard, and I have to say with both hands tied behind his back by the County Commission, particularly some on the County Commission.”

  • Retiring Roane principals recognized

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said Dyllis Springs Elementary School Principal Gwendolyn Johnson and Midway Middle School Principal Nadine Jackson are retiring at the end of the school year.

    “They’ve been two fixtures in Roane County for a long time,” Aytes said.

    “We’re going to miss them. They’re not only great administrators, but they’re great people.”

    Aytes said the retirements were no surprise.

  • Teachers of year honored
  • Student says Middle College impacts his class ranking

    Oliver Springs High School student Brandon Buck hopes to become valedictorian one day, but he’s concerned his participation in the middle college program at Roane State Community College may have him at a disadvantage.

    He addressed the issue with the Roane County Board of Education last Thursday.

  • Riverfront fishing dock closed

    The fishing dock at Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park is closed for now, yellow caution tape warning people away from the bank of the Emory River.

    It has been a concern for years as that bank slowly slips away. Officials are hopeful they’ve found a way to address the erosion.

    “I know we have discussed before putting rock, riprap,” said Mayor Chris Mason.

  • Sharp Funeral Home partner with Premier Funeral

    Sharp Funeral Home, an Oliver Springs business founded in 1938, is partners with Midwest-based Premier Funeral Management Group.

    The funeral home will continue to be operated by the same individuals at the business.

    “This is just another evolution in the life of Sharp Funeral Home,” explains co-owner and operator Brenda Smith.

    “My husband and I took over in 1992 and have owned and operated the funeral home for 23 years.”

  • Two hurt when fire truck rolls

    Two Midtown Volunteer Department firefighters were injured when the truck they were in left the road and turned over on Hwy. 70 around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

    Driver Travis May, 19, and passenger Ty Puckett, 21, were injured and taken by ambulance to Roane Medical Center.

    “One of them (Travis) has four broken ribs and a partially deflated lung,” said Midtown Fire Chief Randy Scarborough.

    Scarborough said May was still in the hospital on Wednesday.

  • Will schools tax hike pass this round?

    For the third straight year, the Roane County Board of Education is asking for a property tax rate increase to fund the school system’s budget.

    “It allows us to protect all of our programs and all of our instructional staff,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said about the budget board members approved during a special-called meeting on Tuesday.