Today's News

  • Cafeterias awarded the bronze

    Ten school cafeterias in the Roane County system have been awarded bronze honors in the Healthier U.S. School Challenge.

    The challenge is a voluntary certification initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.  

  • St. Andrew’s project aims to give kids a smile

    “Hoping to give a child a smile when that child really doesn’t have much to smile about” is how Dianne Beha described a recent outreach project of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Harriman.

    “Filling their little arms with a warm stuffed animal gives hope and love to them when it is needed,” added Beha, president of the church’s Episcopal Churchwomen.

    Hundreds of stuffed animals — ranging from whimsical to hand stitched — were purchased and brought to the church over several weeks.

  • Oak Ridge church selling to developers

    The 250-member congregation of Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church voted last week to accept the offer by developers Blanchard and Calhoun to sell the church.  

    This clears the way to include the church property in a planned retail development at Illinois Avenue and Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    “The voting that occurred following the Sunday worship service was conducted in accordance with the bylaws of the church,” said David Savoie, president of the Board of Trustees.

  • General Sessions Court: July 23-30, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    July 23 — Ronald C. Dyer, vandalism $1,000-$10,000 amended to vandalism up to $500. Guilty.

    • Carl Thomas Jr., two counts worthless checks up to $500. Dismissed, costs to defendant. Two counts worthless checks up to $500. Guilty.

    • Richard L. Hedgecoth, six counts worthless checks up to $500. Dismissed, costs to defendant.

  • Arrests: Sept. 13-21, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Sept. 13 — Joseph Edward Murphy, 42, 13 Baumgartner Road, Harriman: DUI. Bond $1,000; court date Oct. 29.

    • Reginald David Newman, 45, 518 N. Broadway, Knoxville: public intoxication. Bond $1,000; court date Oct. 22.

    • Jack Henry Smallwood, 30, 569 W. Outer Drive, Oak Ridge: violation of probation. Bond $30,000; court date Oct. 22.

  • GUEST OPINION: Color ban yet another lesson on freedom

    First Amendment Center
    East St. Louis, Ill., has a gang problem.

    It may now have a constitutional problem as well.

    Last week, Mayor Alvin Parks imposed a host of restrictions designed to curtail youth violence in his city. Among the most controversial — and likely unconstitutional — of the new rules is a ban on the wearing of royal blue or bright red clothing by men — regardless of their age. The colors are associated with gangs.

  • Congress has forgotten how to oversee the balance

    Center on Congress
    You’ve likely never heard of William Natcher, which would have been just fine with him.

    Natcher spent four decades in Congress representing the area around Bowling Green, Ky., and for the most part the national press ignored him, just as he ignored them.

    He didn’t have time for burnishing his public image; he was what is known on Capitol Hill as “a work horse, not a show horse.”

  • Medication bin at sheriff’s office keep drugs away from abusers

    Roane Countians no longer have to wait for a drug take-back event to dispose of outdated and unwanted prescriptions or over the counter medicines.

    A Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation collection bin is located at the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    “This joint effort is designed to educate citizens on the importance of appropriate disposal of pharmaceuticals, while increasing the number of locations for them to do so,” TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau said in a prepared statement.

  • Bobcats pick up sweep in TVAA action

    The Tennessee Valley Athletic Association rolled into week six of the season with Oliver Springs again sweeping Kingston, and Harriman winning three of four at Rockwood.

    Kingston at Oliver Springs

  • Two from Roane advance to state tournament

    After being rained out on Monday, the Region 2-A/AA Golf Tournament was held at Wind River Golf Course Wednesday, and the day turned out great for a pair of Roane County golfers, as Kingston’s Savannah Szozda and Amy Langley qualified for next week’s TSSAA Class A/AA State Tournament in Manchester.