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Today's News

  • Officials attend Manhattan Project park meeting

    Two Roane County officials traveled to the Southwest last week on business related to the new Manhattan Project national park.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody and Roane Alliance tourism official Pam May attended a conference in Los Alamos, N.M.

    The event was dubbed the Energy Communities Alliance Peer Exchange on the Implementation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

    Oak Ridge, Los Alamos and Hanford, Wash., will be part of the three-site national cultural park to be built around the making of the atomic bomb.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: War, slavery, & Emancipation Proclamation

    Gentle reader; as promised, we will continue and conclude what we began last week.

    You will recall in that column, entitled “What did Emancipation Proclamation really do?”, we began a discussion of the inaccuracy of the claim that the Civil War was fought to preserve slavery.

  • Former councilman, conservationist dies

    A former Rockwood City Council member and city utility board member died Saturday.

    Glen Long, who was married to current Councilwoman Jane Long for 54 years, was active in city government and other aspects of the community.

    It was through his role in city government that Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller got to know him better.

    “There isn’t no doubt he really loved our community,” said Miller.

  • Trail’s end for Harmon

    Wildflowers on the grassy balds of Roan Mountain on the Tennessee and North Carolina state line.

    The rock-rugged and isolated terrain of New Hampshire’s White Mountain.

    Those are among the breathtaking sights Melanie Harmon, the sales executive for work programs for the Michael Dunn Center, has seen in her travels of more than 2,000 miles on foot.

    She and friends Debra Barton and Cindy Spangler recently tackled the last portion of their section hiking of the 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

  • Sorry kids, no school delay

    With the budget process pretty much complete, Roane County school officials are looking forward to starting the new year on time next month.

    “Everything is good to go,” Board of Education Member Sam Cox said.

    The first day of school is scheduled for Aug. 10. Earlier this year Cox said he was leery about starting the year without a budget. However, the Roane County Commission approved the system’s budget last week.

    “We’ve got a budget,” Cox said. “That was my only hold up.”

  • Phillips sentenced to serve at least seven years

    Adam Dewayne Phillips received a 12-year prison sentence on Monday after pleading guilty in Roane County Criminal Court to seven crimes, including agrravated robbery. All court costs, fines and restitution in the cases were waived.

    Assistant District Attorney General Terry Stevens said Phillips will have to serve at least seven years of his sentence before he’s eligible for parole.

  • Houston farm back in family after transfer

    Leon Houston may have a place to go when he gets out of prison.

    His father’s South of the River farm is now owned by his sisters — Lisa Burris and Debbie Cofer.

    Clyde Houston died on March 14, 2012. Cleveland attorney James F. Logan Jr. was appointed administrator of his estate in 2013.

    Logan transferred ownership of the 150-acre farm to Burris and Cofer in February of this year.

  • Former councilman, conservationist dies

    A former Rockwood City Council member and city utility board member died Saturday.

    Glen Long, who was married to current Councilwoman Jane Long for 54 years, was active in city government and other aspects of the community. It was through his role in city government that Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller got to know him better.

    “There isn’t no doubt he really loved our community,” said Miller.

    Glen Long served 12 years as a Rockwood City Council member and also sat on the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas board 14 years.

  • Jail infection suit dropped

    Brandi Rene Buckholtz voluntarily dismissed her federal lawsuit against the Roane County Jail, Sheriff Jack Stockton and Southern Health Partners.

    Buckholtz sued the county, the sheriff and Southern Health Partners last year, alleging the parties were responsible for her contracting the methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infection, more commonly known as MRSA while incarcerated at the Roane County Jail.

    The staph bacteria is highly dangerous and potentially deadly.

  • Hanging around at tumbling camp