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Today's News

  • Baker-Clinton

    Rita Gail Morgan Baker of Harriman announces the forthcoming marriage of her daughter, Kari-Amber Morgan Baker, to Nathan Clinton.

    He is the son of the late James Willis “Dick” and Verdie Clinton of Gainesboro.

    The ceremony will be on Sept. 2.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of the late Ronald Lynn “Ronnie” Baker of Harriman.

    Her grandparents are the late Bill and Myrtle Morgan of Joyner, and the late Kenneth and Viola Baker of Harriman.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Butler 65th

    Mr. and Mrs. Bill Butler of Rockwood will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Aug. 15.

    Butler and the former Louise Carter were married on Aug. 15, 1948.

    He is retired from Rockwood Water Department, and she is retired from Roane County Schools.

    They have two sons, Dennis and Mike of Rockwood; and two daughters, Linda Stooksbury and Karen Wilson of Rockwood.

    There are 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

  • Dems planning annual Labor Day picnic

    Brandon Pettbrese will be the keynote speaker for the Roane County Democratic Party’s annual East Tennessee Labor Day Picnic.

    Puttbrese is communications director for the Tennessee Democratic Party.

    The picnic will be from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 2 in shelter 2 at Roane County Park, Midtown.

    Mike McWherter, son of former Gov. Ned McWherter, is also on the ticket to speak. The younger McWherter is a West Tennessee businessman and was the 2010 Democratic candidate for Tennessee governor.

  • Master Gardener training to start

    Training classes start on Sept. 3 for those who want to be a part of Roane County Master Gardeners.

    The classes will be from 5 to 8 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday in The Cottage at Roane County Park, Midtown.

    Class fee is $150.

    The Master Gardener Program consists of trained volunteers who help University of Tennessee Extension educate and serve the community.

  • THP to conduct sobriety check in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety roadside safety checkpoint during the week of Aug. 16 on Fiske Heights Road.

    Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States, said a release from the THP.

    During the sobriety roadside safety checkpoint, troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment.

  • Iconic K-25 water tower demolished

    One of the K-25 Site’s most iconic structures — the checkerboard water tower that has dominated the site’s skyline for 55 years — has been demolished.

    URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC — known as UCOR — and its subcontracting partners brought down the 382-foot-tall tower earlier this month through a controlled explosive demolition that sent the structure toppling into an empty field near what is now the East Tennessee Technology Park.

  • Jail-fence fix about $20,000

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said jail inmates have become quite resourceful at making holes in the fence at the exercise yard.

    The problem could cost thousands of dollars to fix.
    “Once they get in a semi-circle and somebody starts working the fence, it’s easy to manipulate,” Stockton said. “They’ve actually got now where they can pull the strips out on each end of the fencing and you can just slide it back.”

  • More money added to county schools budget

    The Roane County Commission approved a budget amendment for Roane County Schools by an 11-3 vote Monday.
    In July, the Board of Education made cuts to the school budget after the commission refused the board’s request for a property tax rate increase. The commissioners approved allowing school officials to take $447,218 from their instructional reserves.

  • Former Houston lawyer takes Bayside owner’s assault case

    Bayside Marina owner Alan Lee Schneider has retained Athens attorney Randy G. Rogers in his aggravated assault case.
    His previous attorney, Terry L. Stevens II of Kingston, was allowed to withdraw in May.
    Rogers notified the court in June that he would be representing Schneider.
    Rogers represented Rocky Houston when he faced first-degree murder charges for the 2006 deaths of Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones and his ride-along Mike Brown.

  • Man Tasered for running from police

    Timothy Wayne Sanders, a 42-year-old Rockwood man, is in trouble with the law.
    His problems aren’t in state court, however.

    Sanders is charged in federal court with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was arrested in Rockwood last week by members of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.
    He’s since been transferred to the Blount County Jail in Maryville where he’s being held without bond.  
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