Today's News

  • THP to conduct sobriety check in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint today, March 2, at Poland Hollow Road in Roane County.

    The checkpoints will take place from 10 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.

  • Sousa’s ‘Liberty Bell March’ to kick off Babahatchie concert

    Babahatchie Community Band will honor “March King” John Philip Sousa with the opening number at its March 4 concert.

    The concert begins at 3 p.m. in Harriman High School auditorium. Admission is free.

    Sousa’s “Liberty Bell March was originally written for his unfinished operetta the Devil’s Deputy but financing for the production fell through, said band member Alison Westrich.

  • Welk singer to be in Kingston

    Ava Barber, a featured performer on “The Lawrence Welk Show,” will be the guest performer next week during the meeting of Kingston First Baptist Church’s Young at Heart.

    The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. March 5 in the church’s family life center at 215 N. Kentucky St.

    The program is open to the public. Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish or dessert for the meal afterward.

  • School Field Trips Approved: January-February 2012

    Out-of-state and overnight field trips approved by the Roane County Board of Education in January and February:

    Jan. 27-28 — Ten Harriman High Band students to attend TSSBDA Senior Clinic at Cocke County High School, Newport.

    Feb. 2-4 — Four Harriman High Band students to attend ETSBOA Senior Clinic in Gatlinburg.

    Feb. 10-11 — Roane County High wrestling team to compete in regional tournament at Bradley County High

  • Juniors can win for college by attending Career Day ’12

    More than 550 Roane County high school juniors annually attend Career Exploration Day, and it’s paid off in more ways than one for select students over the past two years.

    “Students can receive more than career information from the Roane County High Schools Career Exploration Day,” said Allen Lutz, The Roane Alliance’s education and workforce specialist. “They can receive a $250 scholarship awarded by Diversified Scientific Services Inc., a subsidiary of Perma-Fix Environmental Services.”

  • Getting all gussied up
  • VW center set to break ground

    A groundbreaking ceremony for Volkswagen’s parts distribution center at Roane Regional Business and Technology Park is scheduled for March 13.

    Carsten Krebs, director of corporate communications for Volkswagen, said the company looks forward to working with Roane County.

    “We are quite excited about this,” he said. “We have had really good conversations, and we get the feeling it’s a really good partnership.”

    County officials are equally as excited.

  • Rockwood again under state scrutiny

    Taking steps to eliminate the fund balance deficit is just one of several items the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has told Rockwood officials they need to remedy.

    In a Feb. 16 letter, auditor Marcee Burnett of the Comptroller’s Division of Municipal Audit wrote that she did a limited review of the annual financial report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010.

    “The report disclosed that the general fund had an ending deficit fund balance of $195,544 at year end,” she wrote.

  • Plea deal in works for man accused of raping 4-year-old

    A man accused of raping a 4-year-old is close to reaching a plea deal, according to lawyers involved in the case.

    David L. Dodd, 42, was indicted in October 2008 on one count of child rape.

    “We think we’re close in negotiations to settle that,” Dodd attorney Chris Cawood said. “If there is a settlement it will probably be on Monday.”

    Cawood wouldn’t discuss what kind of deal is in the works.

    “I can’t really disclose it now, until we see everything in writing,” he said.

  • Early Dunn director Harris now has home named in her honor

    Michael Dunn Center has grown from its humble beginnings in a small church space to its current location, the number of employees, service recipients and services, all tended under the leadership of former executive director Eileen Harris.

    Michael Dunn Center past and present employees, service recipients and community members recognized that dedication last week by naming one of its service-recipient residents in Harris’ honor.