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Today's News

  • 2.1 tons hauled from lake in last year’s cleanup

    Twenty-four volunteers pulled 2.1 tons of bottles, cans, tires and miscellaneous debris from Watts Bar Lake during last year’s River Rescue shoreline cleanup.

    Watts Bar Lake Association, Ijams Nature Center and TVA will have this year’s event, which will be from 9 a.m. to noon April 11.

    “We’d love to see as many people as possible to join us,” said Peter Giroux of Watts Bar Lake Association.

    Gloves, trash bags and grabbers will be furnished.

  • AARP driver safety course set

    A two-day AARP driver safety course is planned for later this month.

    The class will be from noon to 4 p.m. April 23-24 in Rockwood Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    It will be taught by Diana Davis.

    Call Jim Norton at 233-3442 to register or for more about this and other driver safety courses in the area.

  • New Roane United Way board of directors

    Roane County United Way board of directors honor Bill Rhyne, center, for his service to the agency during the agency’s 2015 annual meeting at Roane County Park.

    Board members are, from left, Teresa Kirkham, James Doyle, Pat Baldwin, Suzanne Horsfall, Dana Peterka, Rhyne, Deb Schenk, Jan Hashmi, Susan Howell, Sharon Kohler, Deb Sumner and Scott Mason.

  • THP sobriety, safety checkpoints slated

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol is planning to conduct sobriety, driver’s license and seat belt roadside safety checkpoints on Roane County roads in April.

    A sobriety roadside safety checkpoint is planned for the week of April 5 on Hwy. 58 at the new bridge in Kingston.

    Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States, said a release from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

  • GUEST OPINION: ‘Sometimes you got to think before you do it’

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Who would have thought that star Little Leaguer Mo’ne Davis could also throw a pretty good First Amendment “conceptual fastball” over the plate?

    Bloomsburg University sophomore first baseman Joey Casselberry, the team’s second-leading hitter this season, was tossed off the team by the public university for a tweet in which he called the 13-year-old Mo’ne a “slut” after reading that Disney was making a film about her Little League World Series experience.

    The tweet went “viral” and Casselberry was reprimanded, later apologizing profusely.

  • Gardeners with good hearts sought

    Volunteers are invited to assist with the Roane State Community Garden, located near the college’s main campus.

    An informational meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, at 6 p.m. in the Student Lounge on the Roane County campus.

    The garden is open to everyone in the community, along with all Roane State students and employees. Expert farmers and beginners are welcome.

    Half of the bounty from the garden is donated to local charities to help feed the needy.

  • Thunder Road Festival Saturday in Rockwood

    Rockwood Thunder Road Festival is roaring back this Saturday with a mix of old and new draws.
    “We already have a great amount of vendors and cars signed up,” said event organizer Bill Anderson.
    New for this year is the Moonshine Runners Obstacle Course at Homecoming Park.
    The first run will begin at 11:45 a.m. A second run will start at 1 p.m. The event has a $2 entry fee.
    Also this year is a best costume for moonshiner or hillbilly. The winner of Mr. and Mrs. Best Moonshiner will be announced at 3:30 p.m.

  • Education commissioner visits Ridge View

    Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen got a glimpse of school life at Ridge View Elementary School and Roane County High School Monday.

    The visit was part of her 10,000 Teacher Tour to learn from teachers across the state and recognize the hard work they are doing.

    “We are at about 3,000 or so (teachers visited so far),” said McQueen.

    At Ridge View, she visited a number of classrooms, including an interesting approach at an integrated classroom, with two fifth-grade homerooms and their teachers and a special education teacher.

  • School funding meeting this week

    Everett Massengill, a member of the Roane County Board of Education for more than 20 years, said he can’t recall many meetings that have been more important than the one scheduled for Thursday between the school board and Roane County Commission.

    “This is probably one of the biggest meetings we’re going to have for a long time pertaining to education,” Massengill said. “That’s why it’s very important that everyone comes, takes part, listens and tries to learn.”

  • Video of police shooting shown

    The public finally got to see video of the Feb. 9 shooting involving Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes and suspect Christopher Lee Powers.

    It was shown Monday during Powers’ preliminary hearing in Roane County General Sessions Court.

    “Don’t do it, don’t do it,” Mayes yelled as Powers sat behind the steering wheel of a vehicle he had just crashed at the Interstate 40, Exit 340 ramp.

    Powers didn’t comply and rammed Mayes’ police cruiser head on, the video shows.