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Today's News

  • On a big KICK

    A group of Bowers Elementary School third, fourth and fifth graders are getting fit to benefit others.

    Harriman Police Chief Derek Pacifico and some of his staff joined the youth for a rousing game of kickball to earn even more points in UNICEF’s Kid Power program, which has youngsters tracking their fitness activities with UNICEF Kid Power bands in order to send therapeutic food packages to kids in need.

  • Ex-employee files suit against Omni Visions

    Omni Visions is being sued by a former employee who claims she was retaliated against for reporting allegations of sexual misconduct and TennCare fraud at the company’s facility in Roane County.

    Harriman resident Vickie Davis filed the lawsuit last week in Roane County Circuit Court.

    Omni Visions operates Roane Academy, which houses teenage boys for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. Roane Academy is located in the Roane County Industrial Park.

  • Estranged husband said to wield axe handle in fight

    Harriman police arrested a man who was reportedly swinging an axe handle in an altercation near Little Caesars on Roane Street.

    Jerry Butler II, 45, of 905 Unaka St., Harriman, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of reckless endangerment and vandalism in the Monday fracas.

    Jerry Griffin told police  Butler struck him with an axe handle in an altercation that drew onlookers from nearby area businesses.

  • DA welcomes Sessions’ stiffer federal guidelines

    Roane Countians who get convicted in federal court could face stiff sentences. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a memo to all federal prosecutors last week directing them to “charge and pursue the most serious readily provable offense.”

  • The hidden CHILD

    Holocaust survivor Sonja Dubois was relatively untouched by the Nazi Germany atrocities that killed roughly 11 million people more than 70 years ago.

    There are three kinds of survivors noted today: those who lived through or escaped concentration camps like Auschwitz, often still bearing the numbers tattooed on their arms, as well as refugees, a word Dubois noted is often heard today, describing people who sought refuge in other countries.

  • Eight votes needed to green light school plan

    Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry is a fan of the most recent high school plan approved by the Roane County Board of Education.

    “I think it’s a very progressive move,” he said. “I think it’s one that’s going to give our county energy and put us on a track to be competitive with our kids in surrounding counties.”

  • Murder-for-hire suspect to go to trial on Nov. 28

    The woman accused of trying to have the father of her minor son killed has a trial date.

    Laura Ann Buckingham is tentatively scheduled to stand trial on Nov. 28 in Roane County Criminal Court.

    She’s charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

    The alleged victim is Bradley Sutherland. Buckingham allegedly hired a hitman to have Sutherland killed because she was upset about having to travel from Roane County to Indiana once a week so Sutherland could have visitation with their son.

  • 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.

  • 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.