Today's News

  • Roane Medical Center groundbreaking rescheduled

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    A celebration at the future location of Roane Medical Center in Midtown won't happen this month.

    Roane Medical spokeswoman Jodi Harris said a celebration is tentatively scheduled for later this year to mark the completion of the facility that Covenant Health is having built to replace the original downtown campus.

    Plans were to have the celebration this month but plans have changed.

  • Out to Lunch: Rockwood’s Pick Up Stix offers a nice change of pace

    By Bethel Poston
    Ray Collett, Rockwood City Councilman, emailed me in March about a new and different restaurant coming to Rockwood. I immediately added Pick Up Stix Habachi Express to my list of “Out to Lunch” places to visit.

    Located in the former Shack’s Restaurant on Rockwood’s North Gateway Avenue, the building has been completely remodeled for originally a Japanese-style restaurant. On my visit, I discovered another cuisine, “Big A’s BBQ,” was added in mid-May.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Jason Hackler, violation of probation Jan. 19. Guilty as charged Feb. 14, convicted.

    Amanda Boles, violation of probation Jan. 24. Guilty as charged Feb. 14, convicted.

    Toby L. Elliott, theft under $500 Sept. 14. Bound over Feb. 14. Theft Sept. 9. Bound over Feb. 14. Theft and aggravated burglary June 24, 2010. Bound over Feb. 14.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers in Roane County from May 2-6:

    From Tammy L. Goddard and Tammy Jolley to Michael Jolley by quit-claim deed, Dist. 5, Smoke Rise, Lot 20, $0.

    From W.H. Wilkinson and Sharon L. Wilkinson to Nathaniel Perlman and Jodi Perlman by warranty deed, Dist. 4, 54.457 acres, Salem Ponders Road, $463,900.

    From Margaret Ann Surber and Wayne Surber Estate to David P. Acres and Paulette C. Acres by warranty deed, Dist. 1, Midtown Heights Unit 5, Lot 16, $147,500.

  • Plaid-a-Palooza Party to help Rockwood 2000

    Rockwood 2000 is planning something new and different to kick off the summer season.

    The organization’s Plaid-a-Palooza party will be from 6 to 9 p.m. June 17 in Rockwood Street Grill.

    “It is simply to come and have fun celebrating the beginning of summer,” said Sandy McIntosh of Rockwood 2000.

    Those who attend are encouraged to wear their favorite and funky plaid duds.

    Tickets are $25 each or $45 per couple and include dinner, and live musical entertainment.  

  • Half Moon Festival marks 12th year on Watts Bar Lake

    Pack up camping chairs and get ready to pull up those party barges for the 12th annual Half Moon Music Festival in Ten Mile.

    This yearly showcase of area talent blends music and a relaxing day spent in the scenic Blue Springs Cove of Watts Bar Lake.

    This year’s festival will be from 1 to 5:30 p.m. July 10.

    “The event is our way of giving back to the area,” said Wayne Tipps, Half Moon organizer.

  • Extreme heat deadly for kids left in cars

    On an 80-degree day, the temperature inside a locked vehicle increases 19 degrees in just 10 minutes.

    The numbers jump as the minutes pass — to 29 degrees in 20 minutes; and 43 degrees in an hour.  

    The experience could prove fatal for any human subjected to such excessive extremes.

    A child’s body temperature increases 3 to 5 times faster than that of an adult, and children exposed to extreme temperatures can suffer heatstroke, brain damage and death.

  • Harriman, OR may see hike in land taxes

    Property owners in Harriman and Oak Ridge are looking at property tax rate increase of 2 cents under the county’s proposed budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

    The issue has to do with adjustments made to the debt service funds, Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    “The countywide debt payments need four additional (property tax) pennies,” he explained. “That is a tax increase in debt service to everybody of four pennies.”

  • Hampton gets 15 years in wife's death

    A Rhea County man with Roane County connections was sentenced to 15 years on Friday in the Aug. 18, 2007, shooting death of his wife, Dorothy Hampton.

    Daniel Glenn Hampton, 37, who once lived in the Emory Heights community, entered a guilty plea to the second-degree murder charge on April 27, said assistant district attorney Jim Pope in Rhea County.

    He is already facing at least 20 years of a federal sentence for multiple federal charges involving drugs and firearms.

  • Kingston victorious in Midtown tug-of-war

    The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that Kingston’s 2008 annexation by election in Midtown is legal.

    The ruling of the state’s highest court overturns an appeals court ruling in favor of Harriman, which also wanted the property.

    Kingston Mayor Troy Beets announced the news at a city workshop Thursday night after he entered the room dancing.

    “I am beyond happy,” Beets said.