Today's News

  • Expect lane closures on interstate this week

    From staff reports

    Construction work could slow traffic on Interstate 40 in Roane County this week.

    According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, temporary lane closures are possible eastbound and westbound between mile markers 349 and 352 from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday because of paving.

    The work has to do with a bridge-repair project.

    “Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area,” TDOT said.

  • Duo accused of passing off fake bills

    Police responded to the Rocky Top in Midtown Thursday morning after a customer allegedly tried to purchase fuel and a sports drink with counterfeit money.

    Landon Grizzard, 20, and Michael Roberts, 19, were arrested in connection with the incident.

    According to the report, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Vianney Del Toro pulled over Grizzard on Swan Pond Road after he was advised Grizzard was a suspect in the counterfeit incident.

    Roberts and Izack Woods were passengers in Grizzard’s truck.

  • Ousted constable OK to run for office

    Mark Patton hasn’t filed his petition to run for property assessor, but the fact that he picked one up is causing quite a stir.

    Patton is a former constable who once stood on the steps of the Roane County Courthouse and boasted about how anyone who got in his way, including police officers, would receive the “business end” of the big stick he carried.

  • Harriman Happenings

    Recently the Bazeltown Baptist Church family presented Distinguished Citizenship Awards to five people who are doing or have done great things to help others reach their goals in life.

    Some who were honored and received awards were Mary Hickey, Roslyn Eskridge, Curtis Anderson, Roy Guthrie, Brian Pankey and Tiffany Ray.

    Each one was surprised but thankful for the award they received.

    Without God, they would not have been successful in their work.

    Thanks to the Rev. Weaver and his members.

  • Pioneer Realty part of Jim Henry & Associates

    Real estate firm Pioneer Realty has recently joined the offices of Coldwell Banker Jim Henry and Associates.

    “Matt has been serving the real estate community for 40 years, and we look forward to bringing his knowledge and expertise of both commercial and residential real estate to our organization,” said Kathy May-Martin, principal broker at Coldwell Banker Jim Henry and Associates.

    Pioneer Realty is owned by Roane County businessman and developer Matt Caldwell.

  • Jobless rate down statewide

    Roane County’s unemployment rate for February was 5.3 percent — half a percent lower than the previous month, according to statistics released in late March by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    That trend was common statewide, with all but two of Tennessee’s 95 counties reporting a decrease for the month.

    The only increase was in Middle Tennessee’s Jackson County. Its 6.9 percent rate increased by 0.1 percent.

    Smith County’s rate held steady at 4.7 percent. It is also in Middle Tennessee.

  • Hall a Star at Victorian Square

    Ashante Hall was recently named Quarterly Star at Victorian Square Assisted Living in Rockwood.

    Hall has been employed at Victorian Square since October 2014.

    “She was recognized by her co-workers for this honor because of her loving and compassionate approach to caregiving,” said Victorian Square spokeswoman Saundra Bandy.

    “The residents and staff have been blessed not only by her warm smile, but with her musical talents as well.”

  • Hospital applauds certified nurses

    Roane Medical Center observed Certified Nurses Day on March 19 by honoring six board-certified nurses who work at the Harriman hospital.

    Board certification of nurses plays an important role in assuring high standards of patient care.

    “Nursing, like health care in general, has become increasingly complex,” said Janice McKinley, senior vice president and chief nursing officer for Covenant Health, parent company of Roane Medical Center.

  • Joint Commission reaccredits Ridgeview

    The Joint Commission concluded their reaccreditation of Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services earlier this year.

    “We’re delighted to once again meet the high-quality standards of care set forth by The Joint Commission, and we are confident that by doing so, it ultimately benefits the people we serve,” said Brian Buuck, Ridgeview CEO.

    As an independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.