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Today's News

  • Gardeners with good hearts sought

    Volunteers are invited to assist with the Roane State Community Garden, located near the college’s main campus.

    An informational meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, at 6 p.m. in the Student Lounge on the Roane County campus.

    The garden is open to everyone in the community, along with all Roane State students and employees. Expert farmers and beginners are welcome.

    Half of the bounty from the garden is donated to local charities to help feed the needy.

  • Thunder Road Festival Saturday in Rockwood

    Rockwood Thunder Road Festival is roaring back this Saturday with a mix of old and new draws.
    “We already have a great amount of vendors and cars signed up,” said event organizer Bill Anderson.
    New for this year is the Moonshine Runners Obstacle Course at Homecoming Park.
    The first run will begin at 11:45 a.m. A second run will start at 1 p.m. The event has a $2 entry fee.
    Also this year is a best costume for moonshiner or hillbilly. The winner of Mr. and Mrs. Best Moonshiner will be announced at 3:30 p.m.

  • Education commissioner visits Ridge View

    Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen got a glimpse of school life at Ridge View Elementary School and Roane County High School Monday.

    The visit was part of her 10,000 Teacher Tour to learn from teachers across the state and recognize the hard work they are doing.

    “We are at about 3,000 or so (teachers visited so far),” said McQueen.

    At Ridge View, she visited a number of classrooms, including an interesting approach at an integrated classroom, with two fifth-grade homerooms and their teachers and a special education teacher.

  • School funding meeting this week

    Everett Massengill, a member of the Roane County Board of Education for more than 20 years, said he can’t recall many meetings that have been more important than the one scheduled for Thursday between the school board and Roane County Commission.

    “This is probably one of the biggest meetings we’re going to have for a long time pertaining to education,” Massengill said. “That’s why it’s very important that everyone comes, takes part, listens and tries to learn.”

  • Video of police shooting shown

    The public finally got to see video of the Feb. 9 shooting involving Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes and suspect Christopher Lee Powers.

    It was shown Monday during Powers’ preliminary hearing in Roane County General Sessions Court.

    “Don’t do it, don’t do it,” Mayes yelled as Powers sat behind the steering wheel of a vehicle he had just crashed at the Interstate 40, Exit 340 ramp.

    Powers didn’t comply and rammed Mayes’ police cruiser head on, the video shows.

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  • Thunder Road Festival Saturday in Rockwood

    Rockwood Thunder Road Festival is roaring back this Saturday with a mix of old and new draws.

    “We already have a great amount of vendors and cars signed up,” said event organizer Bill Anderson.

    New for this year is the Moonshine Runners Obstacle Course at Homecoming Park.

    The first run will begin at 11:45 a.m. A second run will start at 1 p.m. The event has a $2 entry fee.

    Also this year is a best costume for moonshiner or hillbilly. The winner of Mr. and Mrs. Best Moonshiner will be announced at 3:30 p.m.

  • Gardeners with good hearts sought

    Volunteers are invited to assist with the Roane State Community Garden, located near the college’s main campus.

    An informational meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, at 6 p.m. in the Student Lounge on the Roane County campus.

    The garden is open to everyone in the community, along with all Roane State students and employees. Expert farmers and beginners are welcome.

    Half of the bounty from the garden is donated to local charities to help feed the needy.

  • Powers' case in officer-involved shooting bound over

    UPDATE: The case against Christopher Lee Powers in a Feb. 9 officer-involved shooting was bound over to the grand jury Monday afternoon.

    Powers is facing a multitude of charges in relation to an incident that started with a high-speed chase and ended with Sheriff's Deputy John Mayes shooting at Powers with his service weapon at the Airport Road exit of Interstate 40.

    During Monday's hearing, Mayes testified that Powers had a .26 blood-alcohol that night.

    The legal limit in Tennessee is .08.

  • Coalfield baseball defeats Midway

    The Midway Green Waves fell to 4-3 on the year after a 4-3 loss to visiting Coalfield last Friday on a very cold and blustery day.

    Coalfield improved to 5-3 with the win. The Yellow Jackets lost to Tellico just the day before, a team that Midway beat at Tellico 20-1 two weeks ago.

    “You just never know how a game will go,” said Coalfield head coach Andy Lowe.