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Today's News

  • Youth Hoops
  • Sandhill Crane Festival set for Jan. 14-15

  • Oliver Springs lands 14 on All-District 4-A Team

    The 2011 football season was a great one for the Oliver Springs Bobcats as Wiley Brackett’s squad made it all the way to the TSSAA Class AA semifinals before falling to eventual state champion, Friendship Christian School.

  • Blood tests to increase in DUIs

    Changes in state DUI law mean that police may be requesting more blood tests for suspected offenders.
    Mandatory testing is required for anyone with a prior drunken driving conviction, vehicular homicide or vehicular assault, involvement in a crash with injury or death to someone other than the suspected intoxicated driver and someone with a child younger than 16 in the vehicle.
    One detail that remains, however, is how those tests will be paid for.

  • Illness kills woman in jail

    A female inmate at the Roane County Jail died of illness Friday morning.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton said Crystal Marlena Price, 26, was found unresponsive in a holding cell by herself.
    “They had started CPR, and then they transported her,” Stockton said. “She passed away shortly after that.
    “I hate that it happened,” Stockton added.
    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said the preliminary autopsy results showed that Price died of pneumonia.

  • Mike Farmer heading up program at RSCC

    A new program at Roane State Community College aims not only to train employees but also to encourage the growth of industries they can work in.
    Combining the effort of job creation and job training is an important aspect of the ACE program, or the Advanced Composite Employment Accelerator, which is now headed up by former county executive Mike Farmer.
    “It is a wonderful program. They got it about right,” Farmer said. “So many times, we focus on one or the other.”

  • Man charged with sexual exploitation

    STAFF REPORTS
    A Harriman investigator has played a major role in the arrest of a Lenoir City man on charges of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor last week.
    Harriman Detective Dan Schneider, who also is on the Internet Crimes Against Children division of the Harriman Police Department, was involved in a six-month investigation that led to the Dec. 28 arrest of 29-year-old Mark Klotz.
    Klotz was booked into the Loudon County Detention Center and was released on a $10,000 bond.

  • ANOTHER VIEW BY TRE HARGETT: New law in effect requiring voter picture ID

    As a new law that will require Tennesseans to show photo identification when they vote goes into effect this month, Division of Elections officials are continuing their voter outreach efforts.
    Our focus, up to this year’s elections and beyond, is educating voters about what this law will mean to them. Our voter outreach efforts so far have been unprecedented. I commend Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins, his staff, county election officials and all the other individuals and groups across the state who have worked so hard to get the message out.

  • ‘Sustainable’ Roane County the right move

    From out of the ashes, the phoenix rises.
    While that comes from ancient mythology, there are plenty of examples of great good coming from terrible tragedy.
    Take the Great Chicago Fire that wiped out that then-slapped-together stockyard town in 1871.
    With planning and effort, from the ashes of those wooden buildings rose great skyscrapers and examples of architectural advancement that are still marvels today.
    What does all this have to do with Roane County?

  • Museum's train a rare Valentine treat

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will roll out its restored 88-year old Pullman dining car for its annual Valentine dinner trains.

    An assortment of four entrée choices await couples, who have  an opportunity to experience the romantic setting enjoyed by travelers during the golden age of rail travel in the 1930s and ’40s.

    The museum’s Secret City Scenic Excursion Train’s Valentine trips have become so popular that four departures are planned.