Today's News

  • THP to conduct August sobriety check in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Roane County on Aug. 31 on Hwy. 58 at the new bridge.

    The checkpoint will take place from 11 p.m. to midnight.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by intoxicated drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by intoxicated drivers.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these sobriety checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing DUI laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

  • Arrests: Aug. 9-10, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Aug. 9 — Kelli Grace Aslinger, 30, 923 Paint Rock Ferry Road, Kingston: public intoxication, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct. Total bond $3,000; court date Sept. 24.

    • Branton Lee Bodine, 25, 298 Tucker Lane, Lenoir City: aggravated burglary. No bond or court date listed.

  • Property Transfers: July 18-23, 2012

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse July 18-23:
    From Adam Millsaps and Julia Millsaps to CMH Homes Inc. by warranty deed, Dist. 4, 1 acre, Millsaps Property, Lot 1, $20,000.

    From Conley E. Orick and Sonja D. Orick to Brian N. Shelby and Wendy Neff by warranty deed, Dist. 3, Magnolia Hill Estates, Lot 4, $255,000.

    From Bettie S. Stuve, Bettie Stines Stuve and Bettie J. McDonough to Jason E. Thacker and Elizabeth C. Thacker by warranty deed, Dist. 3, 37.94 acres, Eblen Cave Road, $192,000.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Bullock

    Jamie Elizabeth Pierce and William Matthew Bullock, both of Rockwood, were married on June 23 in Luminary United Methodist Church, Ten Mile.

    Pastor Adam Barnes officiated during the 5 p.m. ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of James and Laura Pierce of Ten Mile.

    The groom is the son of William and Brenda Bullock of Oak Ridge.

    The bride was escorted by her father. Marie Nora Pierce served as her sister’s maid of honor.

    Todd Walker of Kingston was the groom’s best man.

  • Five generations of Lynch family

    Five generations of Aliene Lynch’s family recently gathered.

    The five generations include, from left, Lynch; her daughter, Cherri Birge; her great-great-grandson, Gabriel Burnett; her great-granddaughter, Tabetha Phillips; and her grandson, William “Bill” Phillips III.

  • Harriman fire hydrant flushing to start today

    Harriman Fire Department, in partnership with Harriman Utility Board, will begin flushing fire hydrants throughout the city starting today, Aug. 15.

    The flushing will continue until the process is complete.

    A release from Harriman Fire Department said this process is vital for making sure that the hydrants operate properly during an emergency incident and plays an important part on the city's insurance rating.

  • The Garden Gate: Want a romantic garden spot? Ruin it

    Gardens are flowers, trees, shrubs, pools, fruits, vegetables, paths, birds and weeds.

    Sometimes, they are buildings, too.

    Consider old-fashioned summerhouses, gazebos, trellises, arbors, lattices, porticos, pergolas and porches.

    Trelliswork is an old garden art that began as an openwork or fence to support climbing plants. It sometimes was used as the framework of an arbor.

    All of this conjures up a vision of Victorian gardens with climbing roses and morning glories and lemonade in the pergola.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Aug. 15

    25 Years Ago
    After two months of hearings and workshops, the Roane County Commission finally passed a budget. The new budget reflected a 68-cent property tax rate increase to bring the tax rate up to $2.71 per $100 valuation. The delay in passing the budget also delayed the opening of Roane County and Harriman City schools by one week due to a lack of available funds.

    10 Years Ago

  • GUEST OPINION: Day may be when religion, or lack of, will not matter

    First Amendment Center
    Remember all the media chatter during the primaries about how the “Mormon factor” could undermine Mitt Romney’s candidacy?

    Forget about it.

    American voters, it turns out, are mostly unconcerned about Romney’s religious affiliation or have no idea what it is.

  • Rockwood swim team a splash with kids

    Rockwood’s first swim team is giving many first-time competitive swimmers a chance to shine.

    And at a recent meet, that is exactly what team members did, getting ribbons in two of the five events they entered.

    Starting the season with 18 new swimmers and keeping 12, the youth showed they were up to the challenge and fun of competitive swimming.

    “I was glad that many stuck with it. It was a great start for our first year,” coach Cassandra Dothard said. “All the kids doing it loved it. Many of them, they don’t participate in other sports.”