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Today's News

  • Fall 2020 tentative date for new school

    There was no change in the Roane County Board of Education’s high school plan last Thursday.

    The board met in regular session, and approved a timeline for its plan to build a new consolidated school for Harriman, Roane County and Rockwood High Schools.

    Richard Foster with Lewis Group Architects said construction is estimated to take 18-20 months, and the goal is to have the new school open by August 2020.

  • Hwy. 70’s next widening phase now underway

    Road crews are clearing trees and doing other site preparation in the second phase of the widening of Hwy. 70.

    The project picks up  from where Phase 1 ended to an area about 100 feet from Lakeside Drive.

    “Once completed, this will be a four lane with a center turn lane,” said Mark Nagi, a spokesman for Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    “The project has begun with clearing operations, and then utilities will be moved. Once the utilities are moved, construction will begin on the roadway,” Nagi added.

  • 16 grams of suspected meth lands man in jail

    A 36-year-old Roane County man was allegedly found with 16 grams of suspected methamphetamine Thursday morning.

    The suspect, McKinley Shane Gunter, is facing a felony charge of manufacture, delivery, sale, of schedule II drugs.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Blake Norman stopped a juvenile driver for a head lamp being out. He was taking the juvenile home when he encountered Gunter.

  • Kroger Fuel Center open in time for Memorial Day

    Kroger is celebrating the grand opening of its new Fuel Center at the 1820 Roane State Hwy. store in Harriman on May 17.

    “We are pleased that we can now offer fuel at this location,” said Melissa Eads, spokeswoman for the Kroger Nashville Division.

    “Gasoline is a natural addition to our one-stop-shopping strategy, because it offers our customers tremendous convenience and value.”

    The Fuel Center, open from 6 am. to 11 p.m. daily, offers 18 fueling stations. Diesel fuel is also available.

  • What’s the SCORE? by Dana Peterka: Cast an eye toward the future

    Currently, there is much discussion about preparing our students for their future, not our past.

    As Tennessee moves to a K-14 education system, there is debate about what skills a worker will need in the future.

    By one popular estimate, 65 percent of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that don’t yet exist!

    One expert predicts that 70-80 percent of today’s job types will disappear in the next 20 years.

  • Roane Medical earns gold seal for mammography

    Roane Medical Center, Midtown, has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology.

    Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

    The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.

  • Bowers heading up The Bridge at Rockwood

    Jonathan Bowers is the new administrator of The Bridge at Rockwood.

    Bowers assumed the position on April 10.

    He made a transition in his career in 1998 after earning a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City.

    “I look forward to what the future holds for The Bridge at Rockwood and what we can do for our community,” he said.

    Bowers transferred from a regional executive director position for Genesis Healthcare in LaFollette.

  • Swaying driver had a few things hidden

    Anthony Buckner, a 45-year-old Knoxville man, was suspected of driving drunk in Rockwood on May 13.

    Buckner denied drinking, but Rockwood Police Department Deputy Chief John Mayes wasn’t swayed and asked Buckner to exit his truck.

    “As he exited the vehicle, he attempted to hide something and a [vacuum constriction device] fell from his pants and vehicle,” the report said.

    Mayes gave Buckner some sobriety tests, which he did not perform well on, according to the report.

  • Gas tax ‘big deal’ for Roane roads

    Officials gathered at the Highway Department on Tuesday to celebrate the IMPROVE Act’s impact on Roane County.

    “This is a big deal,” Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said. “It’s much needed.”

    IMPROVE is an acronym for Improving Manufacturing Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy.

  • Rockwood man gets 70 months for having child porn

    From staff reports

    A Rockwood man was sentenced in federal court on Wednesday for possession of child pornography.

    Senior U.S. District Judge Leon Jordan sentenced Thomas Allan Scarbrough to 70 months in federal prison. Scarbrough’s sentence will be followed by 10 years of supervised release, and he’ll have to register as a sex offender.

    In 2015, Scarbrough was arrested as part of a nationwide FBI sting involving a child pornography website called Playpen, where Scarbrough had the username “teddybear555.”