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Today's News

  • Neal scores 6 goals in Lady Jackets victory

    The soccer contest between the Kingston Lady Jackets and the Harriman Lady Blue Devils might as well have been a soccer clinic by Kingston's Christina Neal as she scored six goals in a 9-0 triumph over the Lady Devils. 

  • Harriman looks to snap Kingston streak

    After months of weight lifting and five weeks of preseason practice, football season is finally here as all five of Roane County’s high school teams hit the field Friday night.

  • IMPRESSIONS: Technology – but with a beautiful smile

    Time was I was the son setting the time on my dad’s VCR.

    The worm, as they say, has turned.

    Let’s just say I’ve been humbled more times than I ought to admit in recent months by my techno-savvy kid.

    First, it was the VCR/DVD burner combo Santa brought us.

    At least I could set the clock. But that was about it.

    After re-reading the instructions for something like the millionth time, I gave up and asked my son for help.

    In about 10 seconds, he had everything talking to the TV.

  • Roane State dental clinic puts smile on student's face

    Phillip McCallum was down to his last few teeth when he first visited one of the free dental clinics offered at Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus.
    Through the clinics, he was able to have teeth pulled, get dentures for his upper teeth, and undergo repairs on his bottom teeth.
    Now, he’s in less pain.
    He is also able to eat healthier foods such as fruits and vegetables because chewing is easier.

  • Roane County Commissioners approve go-cart track regulations

    One of the final acts by the current Roane County Commission was passing a resolution to regulate go-cart tracks.
    The resolution was approved at the August meeting.
    “I would hate to leave this conversation to the next commission, so let’s vote for this,” Commissioner David Olsen said. “They don’t have to deal with it and if there is problems with this resolution, they will have to deal with it. Let’s be done with it and not pass this on to the next guys.”

  • Disappearing sign makes reappearance

    The Ponderosa subdivision sign is no longer roaming the range.
    The heavy, wooden sign, which has been a landmark along Bluff Road for several decades, had been missing since July.
    It returned Saturday, according to resident Sydney Woodlee, who originally collected the money for the sign from her neighbors about 40 years ago.
    “My husband went out about 7 or 8 Saturday morning,” she said. “He called and said, ‘Guess what?’”
    Vandals took the sign once before and returned it. No one seems to know where it goes.

  • New food pantry aims to keep pets in homes

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    csimpson@roanecounty.com
    Roane County pet owners suffering financially will soon have a little help.
    Second Chance K-9 Rescue members have decided to start a food pantry for pet food and are now collecting donations.
    Ann Baker and her daughter, Madison, came up with the idea.
    “A lot of people, on account of the economy ... have had to surrender their pet. We want to do something to keep them out of the shelter,” Baker said.

  • Schools' scores lower, but ....

    The lowest scores you have ever seen.
    Parents of Roane County Schools students can expect to see that when the state report card is released later this year, according to Director of Schools Toni McGriff.
    She attributed the pending gloom to changes in how student achievement is measured by the state.
    The standards have increased.      
    “It doesn’t mean the children know less,” McGriff told Board of Education members last week.

  • Driving Miss Sadie: Katrina refugees in Rockwood go home

    Bruce and Diana Knobloch had their flights booked for their August trip to New Orleans for the annual Satchmo Festival honoring Louis Armstrong.
    But their August trip to the Crescent City took a turn of its own before they could get up in the air.
    It started with a late July phone call to the Roane County United Way office where Diana is director.
    The call was from “Miss Sadie” Butler, a 94-year-old who, with her son, Joe, landed in Rockwood as one of the last fugitives evacuated from Hurricane Katrina.

  • Marriage Licenses

    Marriage licenses granted at the Roane County Courthouse July 1-30:
    William Aaron Hedgecoth to Stacy Faye Lynn McFarland
    Michael Morris Clendaniel to Susan Marie Gibson
    Rodrigo Nogueira Fass to Tracey Lynn Gardner
    Timothy John Gould to Melanie Renee Childers
    Ted Kasper Kaplon to Miranda Hope Powe
    Michael Wade Hardin to Mae Ann Rivers Shillings
    Caleb Brian Strayer to Dessie Rachelle Hagler
    Michael Paul Gilbert to Rebekah Kay McClure
    Darren Caleb Payne to Kimberly Allison Freels