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Today's News

  • Midway Holiday Classic
  • Arrests: Oct. 14-27, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Oct. 14 — Ryan Matthew Cox, 28, 665 Old Hwy. 70, Harriman: unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, aggravated assault, theft of property up to $500, three counts violation of probation/parole, vandalism $10,000-$59,999.

    • Gregory David Evans, 43, 417 Foremast Road, Kingston: domestic assault.

  • Births: Oct. 2-Dec. 13, 2014

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:

    Oct. 2 — Rebecca and Jeremy Miles, Rockwood. A girl, Emilee Fayth, 6 pounds, 7 ounces. Sibling: Marlee Brooke. Grandparents: Sonya and Raymond Golliher; Sandra and Michael Miles.

    • Jennifer Malinda Al-hussein, Harriman. A girl, Gracelynn Skye, 7 pounds, 5 ounces. Siblings: Addie, Noah and Sophia. Grandparents: Darrell Gann; Dorthey Denise Gann.

  • Planning our future: Changing government by research, study, and analysis

    By RON WOODY
    Roane County Executive
    This is the first in a series of article about your local government.

    In 1973, Mike Hayes, a new teacher at Midway Junior and Senior High School assigned our seventh-grade class a civics project to create a city on a poster board.  

    Each of us had to name our city, and I chose the name “Tomorrowville.”

    The purpose of the project was not to have a creative drawing but to think through a process of planning and simple civil engineering.  

  • Thunder rolls in East Tennessee again

    A beloved 1971 Dodge Demon that ran successfully in the drag racing circuit — including Harriman’s old drag strip — has been restored.

    The car, known as Tennessee Thunder, was found about three years ago in Florida by Lee Crowder III.

    He was just a child when his grandfather Freeman Crowder Sr., a one-time Harriman mayor who owned the Crowder Chrysler Plymouth dealership in Harriman in the late 1960s and early 1970s, purchased and ran it in the circuit.

  • Chattanooga pain-clinic case has Roane ties

    A woman who federal agents say served as a supplier for a Roane County pill ring is on trial in federal court in Chattanooga.

    Barbara Lang, also known as Barbara Langford and Aunt Bea, was accused in a 2012 indictment of conspiring to illegally distribute oxycodone, methadone, morphine, hydrocodone and alprazolam. Her trial started on Nov. 3 and was recently continued until Jan. 5. A hearing in the case has been set for Dec. 30.

  • Plan ahead during party season

    AAA and Bud Light urge motorists to plan ahead for the holiday weekend if they will be out drinking. This means choosing a designated driver, staying where you are celebrating, using a cab or finding another form of sober transportation.

    “It is imperative that motorists plan ahead,” said Gerry Gutowski, senior vice president, Automotive Services, The Auto Club Group. “For those that have no other safe option, Tow to Go is available.”

  • NONCOMPLIANCE

    Roane County Commissioners were notified Tuesday that the Property Assessor’s Office is in noncompliance on the 2015 reappraisal.

    “It’s real disappointing that we’re in the position that we are,” Commissioner Darryl Meadows said after getting the email.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody sent out the email after speaking with Don Osborne, director of assessments and field operations for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Division of Property Assessments.

  • Clem lands parks spot

    Rockwood’s Chase Clem will start the new year with a new job with the city.

    He was easily approved as the new park and recreation director at Monday’s city council meeting.

    “The sports complex was like a second home to me when I was growing up. I have a lot of great memories there, so it is exciting to tell people that I’m coming home,” Clem said.

    It’s a job he envisioned as a young person working with friends in the recreation department during summers.

  • Exploring other traditions