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Today's News

  • SECOND CHANCE

    Finishing, not winning, is Tara Stockton’s goal for the Boston Marathon.

    “The thing that I’m looking forward to the most is being able to cross the finish line,” she said.

    The Roane County runner was within a half-mile of finishing last year when the Boston Marathon was abruptly stopped after bombs exploded near the finish line.

    The 5,633 runners who had no chance to finish in 2013 were invited back to compete in this year’s event.

  • Mailbox cards sticking point in the race for Roane sheriff

    When Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton was on the campaign trail in 2006, one of the complaints he often heard was that people never saw a patrol car in their area.

    “I said, ‘Well, I can assure you if we’re out on patrol and you don’t see us, we’re going to figure out a way to let you know that we’re around,’” Stockton said.

    Deputies now leave cards in people’s mailboxes to let them know they’ve been by.

  • Tennessee Promise exciting for RSCC, TCAT

    Roane State Community College and Tennessee College of Applied Technology just became more accessible to potential students.

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s Tennessee Promise initiative pays tuition and fees for all graduating high school seniors to attend either a state community college or TCAT.

    It is a last-dollar scholarship award after students get their eligible financial aid and other funding.

  • Gallaher facing domestic assault charge

    Harriman attorney Donice Butler said Eric Gallaher is innocent of the domestic assault charge levied against him by Rockwood police.

    “I don’t think the police had to charge him with domestic assault,” Butler said.

    “I think if it had been someone else, another decision might have been made.”

    Gallaher was arrested on April 15 after he was spotted by a Roane County Sheriff’s Office deputy on routine patrol.

  • Ratchet’s, liquor store workers cited for underage alcohol sales

    Employees at Ratchet’s Bar and Grill and Gateway Spirits in Rockwood were cited earlier this month for selling alcohol to underage customers earlier.

    Megan Elizabeth Miles, 21, Rockwood, was cited at Ratchet’s Bar and Grill.

    According to police reports, Miles looked at the minor’s identification and appeared to struggle to tell the age of the person attempting to purchase the beer before making the sale.

    At Gateway Spirits, Kendra Renee Williams, 35, was cited.

  • High schoolers can earn degree at middle college

    Roane County’s brightest upcoming juniors were recently invited to become the first class of Roane State Community College’s middle college.

    It would be an opportunity for select students to attend Roane State in the morning as a group and then return for their high school classes and extracurricular activities in the afternoon.

    It goes a step further than simple dual enrollment; it actually allows the students to complete an associate’s degree while still in high school.

  • MOUNT PISGAH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY STUDENTS WORK TO FEED the NEED

    “On your mark ... get set ...  go!”

    With that call over the loudspeaker in Oliver Springs’ Mount Pisgah Christian Academy’s gym on Tuesday, two separate tables of students began scooping rice and beans into bags in a competition to be the first to fill a box with 20 meals.

    “This is the day they’ve been working for,” said educator Megan Burnham.
    The work with Feed the Need, a program through Champion Events, helps participants like Mount Pisgah combine fundraising with providing meals for the hungry.

  • Judge hopefuls add big bucks to war chests

    Ninth Judicial District circuit court judge candidate Tom McFarland has raised $37,425 for his campaign, according to his first-quarter finance report submitted on April 9.

    “We’re right on schedule,” McFarland said. “We developed a plan at the beginning, and everything is going very well.”

    The judicial district consists of Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties.

    “I want to point out that the reason we’re encouraged is our report will show that we’ve got support from every county,” McFarland said.

  • Hardship account to help Kingston water customers pay bills

    Kingston Water Board plans to carry through with a measure to help disadvantaged city water customers when money gets tight.

    The uncertainty — at least for board members — lies in determining who will be eligible for assistance.

    The board approved a proposal at its April meeting that would allow Kingston water customers to voluntarily add a $1 donation to their monthly bills to fund a so-called “hardship account” to help pay overdue water bills for customers who are struggling financially.

  • Vets thrilled with new VA clinic

    Roane County’s veterans got a good look at the new Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic and its staff during its open house Wednesday in Shoppes at Walden Ridge.

    Congressman Chuck Fleischmann; officials from Humana, who will be operating the clinic through a contract with the VA; and local, state and other federal officials joined the veterans for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours.

    “It has been needed for a long time,” said Clyde Luttrell, an Oliver Springs veteran who had previously traveled to Knoxville for treatment.