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Today's News

  • Misusing religion to bash for votes

    By Charles C. Haynes
    First Amendment Center
    Thomas Jefferson may be an iconic Founder today, but in the 1800 presidential campaign he was widely condemned for being an “atheist in religion and a fanatic in politics” who (it was rumored) had a secret plan to confiscate all the Bibles in the land.
    Sad truth be told, rumors, smears and nasty debates over the religious affiliation, or lack thereof, of candidates for office have marred American political campaigns since the early days of the Republic.

  • IMPRESSIONS: Familiarity in bumper-to-bumper madness

    Poking along in post-game traffic following a Bowl Championship Series (BCS … a.k.a. the “big boys”) college football game between two major universities can be monotonous.
    Anyone who’s traveled half an hour or so up the road to catch the Vols at Neyland Stadium knows exactly what I mean. Half an hour can easily turn into several in next to no time; especially afterward.
    You don’t ever need to get in a hurry. And, um, you’d better make sure you “go” before you get going.

  • 6-car pileup fatal

    An elderly Crossville woman died during a crash involving multiple vehicles on a rain-slickened Interstate 40 Monday morning.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol identified the victim in the six-vehicle pileup as 76-year-old Irene Atkins.

    According to THP reports, Arthur J. Rivers III, 36, of Oakdale, was traveling east near the 347 exit shortly after 6 a.m. when his vehicle hydroplaned and ran off the road.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Oct. 27

    25 Years Ago
    Kingston artist Tom Wilson was commissioned by the Rockwood Homecoming ’86 Committee to paint a mural of the old Rockwood railroad depot on the side of A&B Shooters Supply building on West Rockwood Street. When finished, it will be impossible for Front Avenue passersby to miss.

    10 Years Ago

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers in Roane County from Aug. 9-12:

    From Ashley Leach to Richard W. Barnett by quit-claim deed, Dist. 1, Pine Hills, Lot 106A, $0.

    From Jefferson Federal Bank to Dennis Francis Walsh Revocable Trust and Kathleen Marie Walsh Revocable Trust by warranty deed, Dist. 5, Grande Vista Bay West, Lot 332, $60,000.

    From Branch Banking and Trust Co. to Vincent Adams by warranty deed, Dist. 3, Rarity Ridge, sub-area C, Lot 150, Phase 2, $50,000.

  • 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.

    Jason A. Spradling, aggravated assault Jan. 9. Guilty plea Feb. 22, convicted.

    Jason A. Spradling, aggravated assault Jan. 9. Guilty plea Feb. 22, convicted.

    Jason A. Spradling, aggravated assault Jan. 9. Guilty plea Feb. 22, convicted.

    Patricia D. Lawhon, simple possession Dec. 20, 2009. Dismissed Feb. 22, cost to state.

  • Renaissance Terrace plans bevy of events

    An Oct. 28 health fair kicks off a number of upcoming events for Renaissance Terrace of Harriman.

    The health fair, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the center on Patton Lane, provides the public an opportunity to hear about services offered by various area health-care providers.

    Free health screenings will also be offered.

    The center’s third annual fall festival will be the same day — from 4 to 7 p.m.

  • Pinnacle Pointe fray hurts others

    The fracas between Harriman officials and developers of a Hwy. 70 shopping center is causing problems for more than the parties involved.

    An adjacent landowner has told city officials that three multi-million-dollar development deals have fallen through in the past few years because the potential businesses are unable to use roads in the Pinnacle Pointe shopping center.

    “We lost the medical center. It went to the county. If the road was there, we would have it in the city,” said Harriman council member J.D. Sampson.

  • Kingston man gets tasered in incident

    A Kingston man was arrested after a Saturday incident in which he threatened to harm himself and later hurled threats at his mother.

    A Kingston police report said officers tasered 39-year-old Russell Slonaker for refusing to comply with orders after an officer convinced him via telephone to leave the home without weapons.

    Slonaker was charged with domestic assault and disorderly conduct.

  • Roane Medical Center to honor county's women Thursday

    Roane Medical Center, Harriman, will recognize the women of Roane County on Oct. 28 in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    Area women are welcome to stop by the Women’s Center of Roane Medical Center for a free gift and tour of the facility.

    The staff is also available to schedule mammograms for women still needing their annual exam.

    The Women’s Center is at 307 Devonia St., Harriman.