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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 4

    25 Years Ago
    Roane County’s first baby of 1987 was Ronald Allen Webb Jr. He was born at 9:26 a.m. Jan. 2 at Chamberlain Memorial Hospital in Rockwood. Ronald is the son of Charlene and Ronald Allen Webb Sr. of Rockwood.

    10 Years Ago

  • Five generations of Ashcroft family celebrate holidays

    Five generations of the Ashcroft family recently celebrated the first Christmas of the newest family member,  Layce Louise Rogers, held by her great-great-grandmother, Lillie Belle Ashcroft Patterson.

    Layce’s family also includes mother, Heather Ashcroft Rogers; grandfather, Bob Ashcroft and great-grandfather, Robert Ashcroft.
     

  • Arrests: Dec. 29-31

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Dec. 29 — Shane Bunch, 40, 712 Old Roane St. Apt. 15, Harriman: bail with conditions. Bond $2,500; court date March 26.

    William Floyd Clark, 41, 826 Central Ave., Ashland, Ky.; simple possession or casual exchange and possession of drug paraphernalia. Total bond $4,000; court date Jan. 9.

  • Property Transfers: Dec. 1-12

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Dec. 1-12:

    From Antonio Gaddis to Buyer Solutions LLC by quit-claim deed, Dist. 1, Midtown, Lots PT1, PT2 and PT3, $5,075.

    From Citizens National Bank to J. Rod Gimbel by warranty deed, Dist. 4, South Fork, Lot 3, $2,700.

    From Peggy Sue Burgess, Peggy Sue Webb and Donnie Burgess to Alan Dale Webb by warranty deed, Dist. 1, city of Harriman, Lots 114 and 116, $33,000.

  • Births: Dec. 13-20

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:
    Dec. 13 — Micah and Charles “Andy” Spears, Oliver Springs. A boy, Caleb Alvah Arthur, 8 pounds, 3 ounces. Siblings: Elizabeth and Rebekah. Grandparents: Art and Wanda Sanderson; Charles and Sandra Spears.