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Today's News

  • Check out this once in a blue moon sky July 31

    In celebration of the National Park Service’s upcoming centennial in 2016, the Obed Wild and Scenic River will host a rare event on July 31 that will feature the blue moon gracing the night sky and giving visitors their last chance to observe this celestial phenomenon for nearly three years.

    The free evening program will begin at the Lilly Bluff Overlook parking area at 7:30 p.m. and will conclude by 10 p.m.

  • Harriman officials eye lot for farmers market downtown

    The demolition and cleanup at the old Miller & Brewer building site by Roane County holds some promise for Harriman’s goal of having a farmers market downtown.

    City officials have been waiting on utilizing a grant they received for a farmers market pavilion so they could see what becomes of that property.

    “If timing allowed, we wanted to see what developed at those locations to see if they could somehow tie into the farmers market being relocated downtown,” said manager Kevin Helms.

  • Paving in Rockwood budget for 2015-16

    Rockwood’s 2015-16 city budget includes $125,000 for paving.

    The City Council approved the budget on first reading Thursday.

    Part of the paving is offset by $35,785 in disaster relief the city received last fiscal year.

    Paving itself is one reason why Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller wanted to get moving on the budget. He said the city could be cut in on a deal Roane County Road Department got on paving and get asphalt for much cheaper than if they went out later. The Road Department is using Rogers Group.

  • Musical expression taught at theater camp

    Morrison Hill Christian Church’s weeklong musical theater camp took place earlier this month.

    The play “Make It Loud” was put together by the children’s ministries director Adrienne Schaffer.

    “They are learning the songs, script and the meaning behind the play.” Schaffer said. “Not to be ashamed of telling other people about Jesus.”

    The campers come in not knowing anything and are able to perform at the end of the week in front of their friends and family.

  • No furlough for man who pleaded guilty to burglary

    John Mark Moore didn’t garner any sympathy from Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen on Friday.

    After pleading guilty to seven crimes in Roane County Criminal Court, Moore’s attorney requested a furlough on his behalf.

    “He has a number of things that he needs to do before he goes for this lengthy penitentiary sentence,” defense attorney Joshua Headrick said.

  • Class-ranking policy to include dual enrollment

    A revised class ranking policy could be in effect when Roane County students return to school next month.

    The Board of Education approved a revision on first reading at its May meeting.

    It wasn’t approved on second reading in June, however, because board members were concerned that it didn’t address students who take dual enrollment courses.

    The board did approve a revision at its July 16 meeting that school officials say addresses dual enrollment students, advanced placement students and middle college students.

  • Budget OK’d, but raises for county workers yet to be paid

    The Roane County Commission approved a 1.5 percent raise for county employees this month, but the extra cash has yet to show up in their paychecks.

    That’s because while commission has approved a budget for the fiscal year, it has yet to set the tax rate that will fund it.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said the money for the raises will not be released until a tax rate is approved.

    “There’s still some risk that they may not approve the tax rate,” he said.

    The vote that set the budget passed 8-7.

  • POWERS DEAL ADDS UP TO 13 YEARS

    Christopher Lee Powers cut a deal with prosecutors on Friday in his criminal cases.

    Judge E. Eugene Eblen accepted the agreement and sentenced Powers to 13 years in prison.

    “I think it was an acceptable outcome,” Assistant District Attorney General Terry Stevens said. “It was important to get someone with his criminal activity off the streets.”

    One of the cases that Powers entered a guilty plea in stemmed from a Feb. 9 police chase that ended with him getting shot.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Food’s mad delicious at Euchee Marina’s Mad Moose Grille

    “You’ve got a new restaurant to write about at Euchee Marina,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody told me at a recent gathering.

    “I believe it’s called The Mad Moose Grille.”

    This attractive location at Euchee Marina has been the home of four of my previous “Out to Lunch” adventures.

    It offers a unique setting, with 180-degree views of beautiful Watts Bar Lake, from the indoor dining room and outdoor patio seating.

  • Crete Roane’s top 2015 industry

    Crete Carrier Corp. has been recognized as Roane County’s 2015 Industry of the Year.

    The award is given annually by the Roane County Industrial Development Board, which also presented Sound Aviation its 2015 Roane Beautification Award.

    Industry of the Year is presented to an industry for providing outstanding leadership in Roane County.

    Crete Carrier Corp., one of the largest privately owned trucking companies in the country, is in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park in East Roane County.