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Today's News

  • TDOT edict sparks flag battle in Oliver Springs

    A staple of the Memorial Day holiday in Oliver Springs will be no more.

    The Disabled American Veterans chapter in Oliver Springs was planning to keep the 31 American flags up until after Flag Day but was told by Tennessee Department of Transportation officials to take them down — permanently.

    Omer Cox, an Oliver Springs alderman and commander of the DAV chapter, said he talked to TDOT engineer Bud Slaton.

    “He said it was unsafe,  and we’re not allowed to have flags or signs in the medians,” Cox said.

  • General Sessions Court

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

    Misty D. Walden, violation of probation Feb. 1. Guilty as charged Feb. 28, convicted.

    Justin Wayne Phillips, violation of probation Aug. 16. Guilty as charged Feb. 14, convicted.

    Misty D. Walden, probation violation Jan. 31. Guilty as charged Feb. 28, convicted.

    Jeffrey W. Hinds, driving on suspended license Dec. 13, 2009. Dismissed Feb. 14, cost to defendant.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers in Roane County from April 26-29:

    From Citimortgage Inc. to Brian Allen Eads by warranty deed, Dist. 5, Squairs Addition, Lot 18, $20,500.

    From Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. and Freddie Mac to William Thomas Campbell and Melissa Ann Campbell by warranty deed, Dist. 3, Scenic Hill Estates, Lot 46, $179,900.

    From Kimberly A. Nickell and Kimberly A. Cornell to Joey T. Nickell by quit-claim deed, Union Chapel Road, $50.

  • Roane County E-911 May dispatches
  • Ten graduate from Rockwood First Baptist’s Preschool

    Rockwood First Baptist Church’s Preschool celebrated its 10th annual graduation ceremony last month with 10 children graduating.

    All 18 children in the program participated in the commencement activities.

  • Municipal Election Precinct-by-Precinct Results
  • City Councils and Mayors to serve Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood as of July 1
  • Tennessee Scholars: Chamber cites 123 graduating Roane seniors

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Roane County Schools, recognized 123 graduating seniors as Tennessee Scholars during a breakfast ceremony last month.

    The number of Tennessee Scholars for 2011 was nearly 50 percent more than last year.

    “This increase is a clear sign that the Tennessee Scholars program is having a very positive influence on the county’s students’ academic goals and accomplishments,” said Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist for The Roane Alliance.

  • Lottery scholarships now available in summer

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law earlier this week to allow students to use the Hope Scholarship for summer courses.

    “The Hope scholarships retain the best and brightest students in the state, and working to ensure we have a highly-trained and educated workforce is the most important step we can take to attracting high quality jobs to Tennessee,” Haslam said.

  • Kingston student named valedictorian at Sewanee

    Blake Alexander Caldwell of Kingston was valedictorian of the University of the South’s graduating class of 2011.

    He presented the valedictory address during commencement exercises last month.  

    Caldwell graduated summa cum laude and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society.

    He is the son of Betty and Baxter D. Caldwell.