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Today's News

  • Aytes makes it clear that this is his last year

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes likes fishing and traveling.

    He should have plenty of time to do that after the 2015-16 school year. Aytes said last week that this is his final year as director.

    “I’m not going to ask for an extension on my contract,” he said.

    Aytes signed a two-year contract when the Board of Education hired him to succeed Toni McGriff in 2012. The two-year extension he got in 2013 ends on June 30, 2016.

  • First day memories
  • Branson funeral service Tuesday night

    Funeral arrangements for Dustin Cole Branson are complete.

    Branson, 20, drowned Saturday night at Caney Creek boat dock.

    Kyker Funeral Home, Harriman, is in charge of services.

    The family will receive friends in Kyker Funeral Home chapel, Harriman, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral services will immediately follow, with the Rev. Jeremy Sexton officiating.

    Burial will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, at Calvary Cemetery, Kingston.

  • Out to Lunch: Shazam! Food at Scramblez worth the drive

    I’m always looking for different place to go “Out to Lunch.”

    When I heard about a Spring City restaurant called Scramblez, I didn’t know what to expect.

    It is open only from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

    Is it a breakfast place featuring varieties of omelets and egg presentations?

    Maybe it’s a burger joint or a sandwich shop? Or a soup and salad specialty tearoom?

    It’s all of that and more.

  • There’s an app for that

    STAFF REPORTS

    A Nashville-based startup, Scorebird has developed a mobile app that provides real-time score updates from high school athletic events.

    Roane County Schools will be participating, starting this fall, in the Scorebird program.

    “We agreed to sign up,” Roane County Schools Athletic Director Tony Clower said. “We thought it would be a pretty good benefit to our fans.”

  • Football season close to kickoff

    Harriman High School will host a football jamboree on Friday, Aug. 14. The event starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6.

    Harriman Athletic Director Bobby Clark said Rockwood will face Cumberland County in the first matchup. Kingston versus Midway will follow and Harriman will take on Oliver Springs in the final matchup.

    The jamboree site switches each year.

    “Oliver Springs had it last year,” Clark said. “We got it this year. Next year, I think, will be Rockwood or Kingston.”

  • New season of football players and cheerleaders

    The Rockwood Rams Football Camp and the Cheerleading Camp were a great success for all in attendance this year.

    Over 50 children came out, tackled and cheered their way to a new season.

    Without the help of all coaches and staff the camps wouldn’t be possible.

    The Rockwood Rams Football and Cheer are still accepting sign-up. For more information contact 382-1569.

  • Pizza, pizza— pizza! It’s three times as nice

    Harriman fans of Little Caesars soon won’t have to travel far for a hot-and-ready pie.

    The chain is coming to Roane Street in Harriman and will be in the same building as iPawn, across from the Go Mart before crossing the bridge to go into downtown.

    “We are going to be open by the end of the month,” said Lori Lockhart, a manager and part of the family who owns Little Caesars shops in Kingston and Rockwood.

    “This will be our seventh,” added Rob Lockhart, vice president.

  • 40 classes offered at TOSHA Safety Fest

    More than 40 free classes, seminars and demonstrations will be available during the fourth annual Safety Fest TN.

    The event will be from Sept. 14-18 in Oak Ridge.

    It is a cooperative effort of Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Oak Ridge Business Safety Partnership.

    Visit www.safetyfesttn.org to register or for more information about the upcoming five-day event.

  • Laxton, Tapp promoted at Fairfield Glade

    Roane County’s Charles Laxton and Baron Tapp have been promoted in their jobs with Fairfield Glade Public Safety.

    Laxton was promoted from sergeant to the rank of lieutenant.

    Tapp, formerly an officer, is now midnight sergeant.

    Both are former law-enforcement officers whose beats were in the Roane County area.

    Laxton began his law enforcement career in 1974, serving in Harriman, Roane and surrounding counties.

    He joined the Tennessee Highway Patrol in 1984 and served in many capacities during his career.