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Today's News

  • STORM RIPS UP TREES, DOWNS POWER LINES

    Roane County is still recovering from a powerful storm that rolled through the area Saturday night and knocked down trees and power poles, leaving thousands without electricity days later.

    “We’re still doing damage assessment,” said Scott Stout, director of Roane County Office of Emergency Services.

    According to the National Weather Service in Morristown, winds within the damage areas were estimated at 70 to 80 mph. The storms did exhibit some rotation, but no tornado paths were found.

  • Homeowners group still billing county

    Roane County is still receiving bills from the homeowners association for The Preserve at Clinch River subdivision.

    The county is also still not paying the bills.

    “Until the Commission instructs me to pay them, I will not be paying them,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    The Preserve at Clinch River is off Hwy. 58 in Oak Ridge.

    Roane County became the owner of some lots in the subdivision after no one purchased them at a back-tax sale.

  • Manhattan Project park to welcome new U.S. citizens

    The National Park Service and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service will partner to hold a naturalization ceremony for new United States citizens at 10:30 a.m. June 16 in American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    The public is welcome to witness this stirring ceremony.

    Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Varlan will preside. Amanda North and Natasha Loyd from Oak Ridge High School will sing the national anthem. The Oak Ridge Police Department will provide the presentation of colors.

  • GLIMPSES: Times columnist deems us ‘thriving’

    By Mark Banker

    A photo of County Executive Ron Woody with New York Times columnist Tom Friedman appeared in a recent issue of the Roane County News.

    Readers curious about that photo should read Friedman’s provocative column, “A Road Trip Through Rusting and Rising America” in the May 24 issue of the Times.

    The good news for Roane County, our executive and greater East Tennessee is that Friedman included us among the “thriving communities [of a] rising America.”

  • From the COUNTY: Time is now to pay for new school

    In my last article, I addressed the cost of borrowing money for capital improvements, if the project were to start in 2020 and be used or occupied by 2023.

    In a recent Roane County News article, we saw that the potential project could be starting in 2018 with a projected occupied date of 2020.

    What does it mean from a financial standpoint for the asset to be occupied by 2020?

    It basically means that Roane County must start repaying our debt obligations in the 2020-21 budget.

  • To honor the FALLEN

    Terry Ward will see the names of the fallen comrades he knew from his stint in Vietnam when he joins other veterans on the Honor Air flight to Washington, D.C., in August.

    Each year Honor Air takes East Tennessee veterans to visit the memorials in honor of their sacrifice.

    “I wanted to do it since they started doing them and I heard about it,” said Ward.

    “I had a good buddy of mine I went to school with whose name is on there. He was killed his first day in Vietnam.”

    That man was Richard Patterson.

  • Restaurant manager calls the police — to report his wife

    A wife upset about the amount of time her husband has been spending away from home decided to confront him on Thursday.

    That led to the police being called to Jake’s Steakhouse and Tavern, where the husband works.

    “I was dispatched to Jake’s Tavern on a possible domestic,” Rockwood Police Officer Rick Thomas wrote in his report.

    “Upon my arrival, I made contact with Mr. Juan J. Leon and his wife, Mrs. Ashley Nichole Leon, standing out in front of the business.”

  • Woman hurt in Midtown crash

    A Harriman woman managed to avoid serious injuries when her car was struck by a tractor trailer Friday morning.

    The crash happened around 7:45 a.m. at the intersection of Ruritan Road and Hwy. 70 in Midtown. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

    According to the report, Johnny Moore of Philadelphia was heading west on Hwy. 70 in a tractor trailer while 57-year-old Denise Easter of Harriman was at the stop light on Ruritan Road in her Mitsubishi Outlander. The light turned red for Hwy. 70 traffic and green for Ruritan Road traffic.

  • Man pledges he’ll ‘never do heroin again’

    A Ten Mile man vowed to never do heroin again after reportedly overdosing on the drug earlier this month.

    The incident happened in Rockwood. According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich was dispatched to 107 Evans Heights on May 15 shortly after midnight.

    “When I arrived the complainant Mrs. Kelly Hendrickson said her boyfriend Mr. James Ivory had overdosed on heroin and was passed out in the bathroom floor having seizures,” the report said.

  • State fines Riverbend One

    The owner of Riverbend One, a gas station at 3549 Decatur Hwy., was fined $25,080 by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation earlier this month.

    The fine was for violations of the Tennessee Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Act.

    According to the order, TDEC personnel discovered multiple violations during an inspection on April 30, 2015.