Today's News

  • Holiday fire season is time for caution

    Holiday activity and excitement tend to make people less careful at a time when they should be even more cautious.
    In the United States, there are an estimated 47,000 fires every holiday season that claim more than 500 lives a year.
    The Hearst Burn Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center has joined with the New York City Fire Department to offer these special tips for the holiday season:

  • Power outage for South of the River

    About 500 Volunteer Energy Cooperative customers in Roane County will experience a brief power outage from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
    The area affected is on Hwy. 58 north of Woody Lane. Neighborhoods affected include Anglers Cove, Marney Cove, Mariners Point, Southwest Point and Riverchase.
    The outage is required to allow VEC crews to complete system improvements that will increase the capacity and reliability of service in the area. VEC apologizes for any inconveniences the outage may cause. 

  • Accident at intersection leads to prayers

    A woman was cut out of a white Oldsmobile part of a two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon at Hwy. 70 and Pine Ridge Road.

    “He said she was unconscious when they cut her out,” said Carol Holloway, who’s husband, Leonard, was driving the red GMC truck that was also involved in the accident.

    Holloway said they spent five hours at Roane Medical Center themselves with tests to ensure Leonard was not seriously hurt.

    The pair also hoped find out how the woman in the other vehicle is doing.

  • Class bridges math gap

    Rockwood High School’s calculus class is taking a hands-on approach to learning by designing a connection roadway and bridge for Lenoir Avenue.

    The project, in conjunction with the University of Tennessee and Tennessee Department of Transportation, is for design only; no actual roadway or bridge will be built.

    “There are nine people here, so everybody got a part,” said project manager Jeff Tilley.

  • Roane court official dies in motorcycle crash

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Don Hood — one of his courtroom officers — was killed in a motorcycle wreck in Mississippi over the weekend.  

    “It was a shock to all of us,” Stockton said.

    Stockton said Hood served as a chief deputy in former sheriff David Haggard’s administration.

    “Don was actually my boss at one time,” Stockton said, “back in the ’90s when he was a chief deputy.”

  • Leon Houston calls federal charges 'smokescreen'

    Leon Houston is on trial for allegedly possessing firearms while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance.
    He told a federal jury, however, the charge is a smokescreen to hide what’s really going on in America.

    “Our civil liberties are in dire jeopardy,” he said. “I just hope that some of you people on this jury will see through this.”

  • Arrests: July 5-9, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    July 5 — George David Greene, 36, 717 N. Trinity Ave., Rockwood: violation of probation. Bond $5,000; court date Sept. 9.

    • Brian Scott Martin, 45, 1122 Ruritan Road, Harriman: failure to appear. Bond $2,500; court date Sept. 9.

  • The Garden Gate: Is the popular apple part of your daily diet?

    It is truly amazing what a little research about a single species of bird can turn up.

    Take the chickadee, for instance. Edward Howe Forbush, an ornithologist in Massachusetts, set out to make his apple orchard especially attractive to chickadees during the winter to find out what they liked to eat. He offered them various things but found they preferred to forage.

    He discovered the eggs of caterpillars, cankerworms and some other enemies of trees were their favorites. A single bird would eat more than 250 eggs at a single meal.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 6

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  • Roane Choral to start season with holiday concert

    Roane Choral Society will perform a holiday concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 17 in South Harriman Baptist Church.

    “Four Carol Cantatas,” containing four suites of traditional carols arranged by Robert Russell Bennett, will be presented.

    The music includes favorites such as “How Far Is It To Bethlehem,” “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” “Wassail Song,” and “O Holy Night.”

    Members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will provide accompaniment.