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Today's News

  • Cellphone policy saves county money

    One of the first policies Roane County Executive Ron Woody put in place dealt with employee cellphones.

    The situation deserved attention because before he took office, employees under the county executive’s supervision were incurring monthly bills as high as $660.25 that the taxpayers were paying for.

    “They didn’t have the right controls in place,” Woody said. “It is sad that went on for quite some time.”

  • Leon Houston to learn fate on Tuesday

    Five years.

    That’s the prison sentence Assistant U.S. Attorney David Jennings is requesting for Leon Houston.

    The federal sentencing guidelines, however, call for a sentence of only 10-16 months.

    In a sentencing memorandum filed on Feb. 21, Jennings argues Houston is a danger to society and deserves more time than what the guidelines call for.

  • NO MORE ‘ACHY BREAKY HEART’

    For Christopher Forrester nothing is more joyful than music.

    So when the teen, who suffers from Down syndrome, lost his expansive collection of CDs he was devastated.

    The family was heading to church one Sunday when the collection was accidentally left on top of the family car.

    “He lost 150 CDs or so,” said Forrester’s mother, Sarah Brown. “My neighbor said that morning he tried to holler at us and tell us it was on the car.”

    “I thought he might grieve himself,” worried Brown.

  • Pay, not Ruppe, objection in city administrator vote

    The two Rockwood City Council members who voted down Becky Ruppe as city administrator don’t have a problem with her filling that role.

    Ruppe is already doing those duties anyway, they said.

    Instead, council members Peggy Evans and Mike Freeman took issue with the proposed jump in pay for the position. That’s because they contend other city employees have not seen such an increase.

    “In fact, I don’t care if he wants her as city administrator,” said Evans, of Mayor James Watts’ desire to see Ruppe in the role.

  • Investigation underway into Friday death

     

    Roane County authorities were looking into the death of a 76-year-old man on Friday. Fred Cooper was found unresponsive in his yard at 112 Leffew Drive south of Rockwood. “Hard to tell anything right now,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said about the investigation, which was being handled at press time by Sheriff’s Detective Greg Scalf and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

  • Relay up to ‘Finish Fight’

    Roane County’s Relay for Life is still fighting the fight to end cancer.

    This year’s theme is “Finish the Fight,” and the annual nightlong fundraising walking event for the American Cancer Society will begin at 6 p.m. April 25 at Roane State Community College.

    “Our goal is to get more people involved, both people to have teams — like maybe if they have somebody in the family that passed who had cancer or somebody that is a survivor,” Co-Chairwoman Lori Wright said.

  • Kentucky HeadHunters to ‘Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine’ in Harriman

     

  • Senior Nutrition program in need of assistance

    Mid-East Community Action Agency delivers nutritionally balanced meals to the isolated, frail and elderly in Roane and Loudon counties.

    But the skyrocketing cost of food, fuel and stagnant budgets is placing seniors served by the program in a perilous situation.

    “The Senior Nutrition program is trying to maintain current service levels,” said Amber Jacks, Mid-East senior services director, about the program that has served the two counties for more than three decades.

  • Controlled burns underway on DOE’s Oak Ridge lands

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office has initiated a series of controlled burns of grassland areas on the Oak Ridge Reservation for prescribed burning.

    The controlled burns at the East Tennessee Technology Park and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are underway through April.

  • Harriman Happenings-March 3

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of William Ronald “Bill” Jago who recently passed away.

    He worked at Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge and retired after 29 years.

    He was a Christian man and loved people.

    His wife, family and friends will really miss him.

    The Rev. Charles Willis passed away Wednesday, Feb. 26. He was the pastor at Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church in Knoxville.

    He was one of the brothers to the late Donald Willis who pastored at St. Mary’s Baptist in the early 1970s.