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Today's News

  • Unique birthday

    When Bailey Walker turned 11 this month, it fell on a special day that made his birthday especially unique.

    Bailey turned 11 on Dec. 13.

    That’s right, the Roane County youth turned 11 on 12/13/14.

    His grandfather John Walker said he didn’t appreciate how much people thought of the special day until he heard a news account.

    “You couldn’t get married in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge unless you had a reservation almost a year because everyone wanted to get married on 12/13/14,” Walker said.

  • Another robbery

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in an armed robbery that occurred on Dec. 7 at the Rocky Top Market on Hwy. 70 in Midtown. The suspect is described as a white male with a thin build between 5 feet, 6 inches, and 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He was wearing a white mask.

  • Familiar face as Rockwood rec chief?

    A former Rockwood athlete may be helming the city’s park and recreation department.

    Chase Clem will be considered at the Rockwood City Council meeting Monday, Dec. 22.

    “That is what I’m going to recommend,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    “He is a local boy who loves his community,” he added. “I think this is right down his alley.”

    The 24-year-old played football and baseball for Rockwood High School.

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  • Nonprofits’ gifts from county on rise

    The Roane County Commission approved a budget of $171,350 to go to nonprofit organizations.

    Commissioner Ron Berry was the only commissioner to vote no on the budget last week.

    Berry expressed concern about the budget’s substantial growth over the past couple of years.

    In 2012 the nonprofit budget was $127,850.

    “If there was a request made this year, it was sent on,” Berry said. 

    “Anybody that wanted money this year got money. It just seems like it’s just growing.”

  • See special displays at Festival of the Nativity

    Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, will showcase unique displays of Nativity scenes from around the world during its Festival of the Nativity at 2 p.m. Dec. 28.

    Groups are welcome to view the displays.

    Cookies and hot cider will be served.

    The church is at 203 S. Kentucky St.

    Call 376-6340 for details.

  • Music emphasis in new OS church

    Benchmark Church, Oliver Springs, will open its doors on Jan. 4.

    The church will be at 961 E. Tri County Blvd. in the Norwood School zone.

    Benjamin Blankenship, a multi-ple-award-winning Southern Gospel artist, will be the church’s pastor.

    “Come to a great new church with a profound emphasis on Southern Gospel, country Gos-

    pel, Bluegrass Gospel and praise music in worship,” Blankenship said.

  • Midway educators, staff help out inmates’ children

    On hand for Midway Elementary School’s inaugural “Toys 4 Inmates’ Children” toy drive are, from left, Principal Tim Thompson, Midway student resource officer Rick Butler and Sgt. Tina Adkisson of Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Midway school counselor Hylene Pankey, Lt. Rick Baker of Roane County Sheriff’s Office and Brenda Melton, Midway pre-K assistant.

    The toys were collected and donated by Midway’s faculty and staff and were handed over to the sheriff’s office for distribution.

  • 2 TCAT programs new for workforce

    The Tennessee Board of Regents recently approved two new workforce programs at Harriman Tennessee College of Applied Technology.

    Diesel-powered equipment technician and welding at the Harriman site are among those approved in the TCAT system statewide during a quarterly meeting earlier this month in Nashville.

    A statewide production technician workforce program was also approved.

  • Bad call? School could pay

    Criticism of game officials could hit schools in the pocketbooks.

    The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Legislative Council approved an addition to the bylaws at the Dec. 10 meeting in Hermitage.

    Section 8 says TSSAA schools are responsible for how coaches conduct themselves.

    “Public criticism of game officials by administrators or coaches will result in a fine of $500 assessed to the school,” the section states.