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Today's News

  • Highway safety cable repairs speeded up

    The cable barriers that stretch along interstates in Tennessee are supposed to serve a good purpose, but they are no match for some of the vehicles that travel on the roadways.

    A long stretch of cable barrier on Interstate 40 in Roane County was damaged on Dec. 22 when a tractor trailer ran off the road around the 356 mile marker.  

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the big rig entered and left the median, pulling the cable wire down the interstate. Its fuel tank ruptured and diesel fuel and oil was spilled on the roadway.

  • Tiger Haven on county agenda

    Next week’s Roane County Commission meeting could see discussion about Tiger Haven.

    Commissioner Ray Cantrell has submitted three resolutions regarding the facility.

    “There’s so many unanswered questions that I feel like we need to have some answers to it,” Cantrell said. “The only way we can do that is to get the right people either to write some letters back to us or come before us to answer some questions.”

    Tiger Haven is a big-cat sanctuary on Harvey Road in East Roane County.

  • Tiger Haven on county agenda

    Next week’s Roane County Commission meeting could see discussion about Tiger Haven.

    Commissioner Ray Cantrell has submitted three resolutions regarding the facility.

    “There’s so many unanswered questions that I feel like we need to have some answers to it,” Cantrell said. “The only way we can do that is to get the right people either to write some letters back to us or come before us to answer some questions.”

    Tiger Haven is a big-cat sanctuary on Harvey Road in East Roane County.

  • Woody seeks to reverse Rose, Stout pay cut

    One of Ron Woody’s first actions as county executive was cutting the salaries of Howie Rose and Scott Stout by 9 percent.

    Now Woody wants to change what has been done.  

    He’s submitted a resolution for the Jan. 10 commission meeting that asks for Rose and Stout, who work in the county’s Office of Emergency Services, to be returned to their previous pay grades.

    The resolution said the two men have worked diligently.

  • This week's hoops schedule

    Thursday, Jan. 6

    Midway at Lenoir City (Middle School)

    Oliver Springs at Harriman (Middle School)

    North Middle at Cherokee (Middle School)

  • Hiwassee crane viewing days set for Jan. 15-16

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reminds the public the 2011 Hiwassee Crane Viewing Days will be held on Jan. 15-16. 

  • MMS rings in New Year with sweep

    After taking a couple of weeks off for Christmas break, the Midway Middle School Green Waves and Lady Waves returned to action Monday evening.

    The first game of the evening was a nail-biter as the Lady Waves rallied in the fourth quarter for a 36-35 victory.

  • Rough start for Midway in 2011

    The Tellico Plains Lady Bears used 30 team steals to cruise to a 70-21 win over the Midway Lady Waves Monday night. 

  • Jobless rate up, Roane reclaims state’s 4th lowest

    Roane County was among 85 of Tennessee’s 95 counties that experienced a surge in
    its unemployment rate for November, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
    Though the county’s 7.6-percent November rate was marginally higher than October’s 7.3 percent, Roane County reclaimed its No. 4 spot among counties with the lowest-ranking unemployment figures across the state.
    The consistent placement of Roane County among those top five counties makes it one of Tennessee’s powerhouse counties on the jobless scale.

  • Contest enables Randolph to do some serious holiday buying

    “I thought someone was playing a trick on me — and I expected to hear it was just a joke.”

    That’s how Mark Randolph, a construction worker from Harriman, described how he felt upon learning that his name had been drawn as the winner of this year’s Roane County Chamber of Commerce Shopping Spree.

    The Chamber and the Roane County News sponsor the annual shopping spree, with the Roane County News providing the $500 cash prize.