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Today's News

  • Fatal fire may be accidental

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said it appears the March 16 fire at the 1147 Mountain View Road home where Jonathan Pesterfield perished appears to be accidental.

    “At this time it is what it appears to be,” said Stockton.

    Stockton said the story given by Lydia Vasquez and Joshua Cody Walker to detectives cleared up what happened.

    “Their stories matched up,” said Stockton.

    Stockton said the trio were at the vacant home to do drugs.

  • Criminal docket moves to Tuesdays after Labor Day

    For decades criminal dockets in Roane County General Sessions Court have been held on Mondays.

    “Probably for 40 years,” General Sessions Court Judge Dennis Humphrey said. “Maybe 50.”

    That practice will change later this year. Court officials have decided to hold the criminal dockets on Tuesdays instead of Mondays. Juvenile Court will move from Tuesdays to Mondays.

  • Eskridge performs at Princess
  • Boys & Girls Club holds open house

    The Boys & Girls Club of Roane County is celebrating National Boys & Girls Club Week with an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 30.

    The club is open for the community to come check out the club, meet staff and board members, and learn more about what the club does in the community.

    This special celebration offers the public the opportunity to experience the life changing programs the Boys & Girls Club offers to children and teens in Harriman and Roane County.

  • Reward offered for fire info

    The City of Oak Ridge is offering a $500 reward for information that can help resolve an incident that occurred on Saturday March 25.

    Oak Ridge Fire Department was dispatched to a possible brush fire near the intersection of Wisconsin and Whippoorwill Drive on the west end of the city just after noon on March 25.

  • GLIMPSES: What will history say about 2017?

    By Mark Banker

    “History never looks much like history when you are living through it. It always looks confusing and messy, and it always feels uncomfortable.” John W. Gardner

    What will history say about our own “confusing…messy…uncomfortable” times?

    Assuming the deep-seated American penchant for conflict does not soon disappear, we can expect observers will continue to disagree into the foreseeable future about the issues we find so debatable.

  • The importance of the community in education

    By Terry Futrell

    The recent vote by the Roane County Board of Education to consolidate all five Roane County high schools into one sent shock waves throughout the county.

    Failing to give credence to the value of community in educating our students, most school board members voted to fully separate students from the culture and heritage of the communities in which they live.

  • Tomato plant grafting among workshop topics

    The Master Gardeners of Roane County, in collaboration with the Roane County Extension Office and the University of Tennessee, is finalizing plans for a Home Gardening Skills Workshop.

    The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. April 8.

    “Through events like this one, we strive to provide community based horticultural education on a variety of subjects,” said Barbara Peratrovich of the Master Gardeners.

  • ‘Rockwood has been able to do amazing things’

    Rockwood officials tackled property cleanup head on in recent years, and the results have paid off with what should be 83 properties cleaned up when it is all said and done.

    City Administrator Becky Ruppe presented the results to the community during last week’s Rockwood City Council meeting.

    “Rockwood has been able to do amazing things with blighted property over the last two or three years. A lot of homes we have been able to clean up,” Ruppe said.

  • Committee to tackle weed issue

    Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry has formed a committee to work on the issue of invasive non-native weeds.

    At last week’s regular Commission meeting Berry appointed Commissioners Steve Kelley, Stanley Moore, Junior Hendrickson and David Bell to the committee. Berry is also a member of the committee.

    “They pretty much represent the whole county,” Berry said.