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Today's News

  • Take a Healthy Hike on the Obed

    In celebration of the National Park Service’s upcoming centennial, the Obed Wild and Scenic River will have a Healthy Hike beginning at 1 p.m. May 23 on the Emory River Nature Trail.

    Participants should meet at the Rock Creek Campground parking area.

    This ranger-led hike of 1 mile will traverse mild to moderate terrain.

    Participants should wear weather appropriate clothing and bring plenty of water.

    Well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome.

  • Buckle up for safety — and it’s the law

    As motorists take to the roads this Memorial Day holiday, the Roane County Sheriff’s Office is urging everyone to buckle up.

    Beginning May 18, law enforcement officials will be out in full force, taking part in the 2015 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who are not belted.

    “As we kick-off the busy summer driving season, it is critical that everyone buckles up every time they go out, day and night — no excuses,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton.

  • Motorists paying $1 less per gallon than in 2014

    Despite oil reaching its highest price of the year, the national average price for gasoline declined Sunday, for the first time since rising 27 cents during a period of 25 consecutive days.

    During that same time, gas prices rose 28 cents in Tennessee.

    U.S. gas prices are now exactly $1 cheaper than this time last year, and motorists are saving an average of $15 on a full tank of gas.

    “This is great news for motorists who are shaping their Memorial Day travel plans,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA-The Auto Club Group.

  • Get ready for Polk Salad Fest

    The Tennessee Polk Salad Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 6 at David Webb Riverfront Park, Harriman.

    Admission is free. Emphasis will be on the arts, crafts and foods of the region; the signature artistic event will be the community “Poke Mosaic.”

    Gazebo performances, children’s activities tables and craft demonstrations are among the attractions for the Arts Council of Roane County event.

    Vendor applications are available online at http://tinyurl.com/PolkSaladFestival.

  • Gaines aboard USS George Washington

    U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Cameron Gaines from Kingston acts as the port safety observer during a barricade drill on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

    George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

  • Warmley celebrates her 95th birthday

    Louise Warmley of Harriman celebrated her 95th birthday on May 12.

    She was born in Harriman on May 12, 1920, to the Rev. Preston and Troy Anderson, both deceased.

    The oldest of seven children, she attended school in Alcoa, graduating from Hall High School. She later married William Warmley Jr., now deceased.

    They had two children, Marvin Anderson and Dorothy Graham, six grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

  • Making it Formal: Big night for Michael Dunn Center

    The Michael Dunn Center holds a number of social events throughout the year.

    “The spring formal is always one of the highlights of those,” President and CEO Mike McElhinney said.

    The formal took place Saturday evening at Midtown Elementary School.

    Sarah Brown said her son, Christopher Forrester, had been looking forward to it for weeks.

    “He loves it,” she said. “He’s been coming for the last three years.”

    Barbara Snell said this was her son T.J.’s third year as well.

  • Property transfers: July 10-28, 2014

    Property deed transfers in Roane County:
    July 10 – From Bank of America to Housing and Urban Development Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by warranty deed, Dist. 5, 0.53 acres, Old Patton Land, $0.

    • From Laura Coley to Carl Louis Coley Jr. and Deborah May Coley by warranty deed, Dist. 3, adjacent Rankin/Copen Haver/Col, $68,156.

    • From Gary R. Martin and Frances V. Martin to Nationstar Mortgage LLC by quit-claim deed, Dist. 5, 2 tracts Mountain View Road, $108,423.90.

  • Feeling pain at Dunn Center

    It’s official.

    Michael Dunn School and the Henry Center daycare will be closing their doors June 30.

    Last week, the Dunn Center Board made the tough decision to cut the programs this fiscal year, despite the earnest pleas of parents of developmentally disabled children who attend the Michael Dunn School.

    “It is not easy for any of us, and I think all of us know the value of the Michael Dunn School and the Henry Center,” said Chairman Jim Pinkerton.

  • Other Dunn cuts

    The Michael Dunn Center is still open for business helping those with developmental disabilities.

    President and CEO Mike McElhinney said there has been confusion in the community.

    “There are still 10 other programs,” he said.