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Today's News

  • Help plant 250,000 trees in Tennessee

    Tennessee Environmental Council is promoting 250K Tree Day, a statewide event on Feb. 24 during which 250,000 trees will be planted by 25,000 Tennessee volunteers of all ages.

    Tennessee’s growing population equates to more consumption and deforestation.

    The Council’s Tennessee Tree Project was created to plant 1 million native trees across the state to help repopulate trees.

  • Harriman officials hope meeting’s on

    First sickness and then blustery winter weather led to the canceling of Harriman City Council’s first two January meetings.

    The Council is hoping a third time is a charm with their meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, with the agenda being much the same as that which was set for the Jan. 16 meeting.

    “It should be the same with the exception of removing the public hearing and the ordinance of rezoning the Allen Williams parcel,” said city manager Kevin Helms.

  • Woman accused of stealing and hooking up water meter

    A Rockwood woman is facing charges for allegedly stealing a water meter and hooking it up to her residence. Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall investigated.

    According to the report, Hall responded to 902 N. Trinity Ave., on Jan. 16, where he was met by John Skidmore with the Rockwood Water Department.

    “He told me that the meter at this address was shut off yesterday and was scheduled to be pulled,” the report said. “Today when he went to pull the meter it was gone.”

  • Out-of-state fugitives nabbed in Roane

    Roane County has been the wrong place for people wanted in other states to hang out. Several of them have been arrested here this month.

    On Jan. 2, Rockwood Police Sgt. Jason Halliburton stopped a car on Gateway Avenue with an expired tag and one headlight out. Inside was Paul Daniel Stokley and Jessica Lynn Vause. According to the report, both were wanted in Kentucky for different charges.

  • Future of animal shelter hounds Rockwood officials

    Rockwood is looking for someone to fill its animal control and codes enforcement role.

    Mark Neeley handled the dual duties until he resigned this month.

    “The mayor and council haven’t made any decisions on the future of the shelter at this time,” said City Administrator Becky Ruppe.

    Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said the shelter was emptied after officials learned about Neeley’s resignation.

    Area rescues responded and took all the animals except one which was euthanized at the Roane County Animal Shelter.

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  • County looks to property near jail

    With the purchase of the Dollar General Store off for now, the county is eyeing other properties around the Roane County Jail.

    “We sent out notices to about seven property owners in and around the courthouse and jail,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    “We’ve had a couple of tentative offers from some, and we had some that said they’d get back with us.”

    The county is interested in the Dollar General building because it’s next to the Roane County Jail.

  • GOING with the FLO: What does it mean to be a good patriot?

    By FLO CHARLES

    It is evident that most of our country’s problems come from our educational and political arenas.

    Because our history has been rewritten in most of our textbooks, many do not have a hint of what patriotism is, the way our country was founded and established, so how can we raise patriots for the future of our country when the majority have no heroes to follow.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Authorities were warned of jail balcony danger

    Gentle reader, I know not whether it is an old Irish expression, or not, but I remember many a time when my mother, after listening to some loud-mouthed braggart, would utter these four simple words: “Self brag — Half scoundrel.” Some how or another this expression seems to echo in my brain more and more often these days. Wonder Why?

  • Schools mourn beloved teacher

    Many Kingston Elementary School students will miss the smiling face of fourth-grade teacher Melissa Brown Newman, who died unexpectedly Monday.

    “I can tell you outstanding lady, great teacher, loved by the students,” said Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins.

    Students and colleagues were stunned and distraught over the death of the 41-year-old teacher referred to as Missy.