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Today's News

  • Births: Nov. 14-Dec. 30

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:

    Nov. 14 — Heather Johnston and Joe Daniels, Rockwood. A girl, Elin Grace, 8 pounds, 2 ounces. Siblings: Hayley and Dominic. Grandparents: Glenn and Cheryl Daniels; Mike and Gaye Johnston; Angie and Cecil Hickey.

    Nov. 16 — Jaclyn Lee and Randall Cofer, Rockwood. A girl, Emma Grace, 6 pounds, 14 ounces. Grandparents: Shannon and David Lee; Melissa and Randy Cofer.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers in Roane County from Sept. 30-Oct. 8:

    From Housing and Urban Development Secretary and Housing and Urban Development to Lillian Ryan-Smyla by deed, Dist. 1, Highland View, Lot 22, $48,952.

    From Anthony P. Capozzi to Sandy Johnson by warranty deed, Dist. 5, Gardner, Lot 1, $7,000.

    From Gary L. McDonald, Brenda Hall McDonald, Ruth Evelyn McDonald and Leuty D. McDonald Estate to Randall Scott Wood by warranty deed, Dist. 1, Gary Lloyd McDonald Sr., Lot 2, $62,500.

  • What legacy will Ferguson leave?

    Basic Education Plan. Tennessee Lottery. A failed push for a state income tax.

    Dennis Ferguson witnessed them all from his chair in the Tennessee House of Representatives. And, with the exception of the proposed income tax, he voted in favor of them — and the budgets to fund them.

    “There was a lot of times I had to hold my nose and turn my head, but I voted for it,” he said of the budgets that he’s approved over a 20-year period. “Everything’s not been perfect, but I believe the good outweighs the bad.”

  • Cornstalk Heights supports Temperance Building

    Cornstalk Heights Historical Community Organization recently made a $1,000 contribution toward the restoration of the Harriman Temperance Building.

    Taking part in the presentation are, from left, Tony LaMance, Becky McClurkan, Nancy Jacoby, Mary Holley, Donna Demyanovich, Mike Demyanovich, Ed D'Alessandro and Pat LaDue.

  • Four charged in meth lab operations

    A strong chemical smell tends to be an obvious sign of meth activity.

    Deputies detected the smell at a home on River Road last Tuesday.

    “We talked to the people there and saw signs and evidence that meth was being cooked and being used,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “We took four people into custody and actually found the components of the lab where they had recently been cooking.”

  • Hendrix exhibit closes Jan. 30

    There’s still a little bit of time to see The Story of John Hendrix: Prophet of Oak Ridge exhibit at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    The exhibit, which chronicles the life of Hendrix and his prediction for Oak Ridge, is on view through Jan. 30 in the museum lobby.

    Utilizing family records, oral stories passed down through generations and artifacts, Hendrix’s story is related from his birth on Nov. 9, 1865, to his death in 1915.  

  • Man held Wartburg teenager in Harriman

    By Judy Byrge

  • Old Harriman church 'falling in on itself'

    A church building once touted as Harriman’s oldest has fallen into a sad state of disrepair.

    “It’s just falling in on itself,” said Pat LaDue, who lives in the historic Morgan Street area shared by the rotting wooden structure that originally housed Harriman First Christian Church. “It’s terrible. The pigeons are flying in there all the time. The whole inside of the church is filled with pigeon waste.”

  • Old Harriman church 'falling in on itself'

    A church building once touted as Harriman’s oldest has fallen into a sad state of disrepair.

    “It’s just falling in on itself,” said Pat LaDue, who lives in the historic Morgan Street area shared by the rotting wooden structure that originally housed Harriman First Christian Church. “It’s terrible. The pigeons are flying in there all the time. The whole inside of the church is filled with pigeon waste.”

  • Ferguson: 'I'll be back. Soon.'

    Don’t count Dennis Ferguson out yet.

    The longtime state House of Representatives member may not be returning to Nashville for Tuesday’s convening of the Tennessee General Assembly,  but he’s far from finished with public service.