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Today's News

  • Ex-firefighter accused in threat to burn sister’s car

    Keith Lynn Hephner Jr., a former volunteer firefighter who was indicted for arson, is accused of threatening to set fire to his sister’s car.
    He faces two counts of domestic assault in the alleged incident, which occurred on May 12 at 1048 Dogtown Road.
    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Sarah Connin told police that family had gathered to celebrate Mother’s Day when Hephner got upset and started using foul language.

  • GUEST OPINION: Graduation prayer fights a lost cause

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    School officials in Lake City, Arkansas have come up with a novel solution to the fight over prayer at graduation:
    No prayer, no graduation.

    On May 6, the school board voted to cancel sixth-grade graduation at Lake City’s two elementary schools.

    The action came soon after the district received a complaint letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation objecting to prayers at previous graduations.

    Rather than drop the prayers, the district opted to drop the entire ceremony.

  • Lady ‘Cats down Coalfield for first-ever region title, 8-0

    The Lady Jackets ran into a vicious Bobcat Wednesday and her name was Courtney Jones. 

    The sophomore led the Lady Bobcats to their first region title in school history as Oliver Springs defeated Coalfield 8-0 behind a six-hit shutout from Jones. The Oliver Springs win also gave head coach Matt Headden his 200th career win.

  • Rockwood rallies to win Region 2-A title

    Pretty much any kid that has ever played baseball has probably dreamed at one point of hitting a game-winning grand slam home run with two outs on a 3-2 pitch.

  • Top This

    Due to storm damage to the Temperance Building, crews have begun replacing the entire roof on the Harriman landmark.

  • Jail decertification risk

    Less than four years after it opened, the Roane County Jail is in danger of decertification.
    Denise Messer, a detention facility specialist with the Tennessee Corrections Institute, inspected the jail on May 2.
    “Certification cannot be recommended at this time,” Messer wrote in her report. “A reinspection will be conducted on or before July 2, 2013.”
    The jail’s certified capacity is 174. The population the day of the May 2 inspection was 188.

  • Annexing out for a year in Midtown

    Midtown residents can rest easy for a year.
    That’s how long they have before Harriman city officials can set their annexation sights on the area again.
    Members of the Harriman City Council, however, are pondering what a yearlong state moratorium on annexation and potential law changes regarding growth boundaries could do for their chances of annexing commercial hot spots along the Hwy. 70 corridor.

  • Fun, focus on college savings

    Five bucks and some change will give Tennesseans access to some of the state’s best-known family-friendly attractions later this month.
    Across the state, people can visit a minor league baseball game, a museum or zoo on May 29 for only $5.29 each. People can also register online to win prizes and perks that day.
    It is all part of an effort to raise awareness about the Tennessee Treasury Department’s TNStars College Savings 529 Program, which offers families a low-cost way to save money for college expenses while receiving certain tax advantages.

  • Santek opening facility in Roane

    The old CAST Transportation site on Farmer Road will soon be home to a maintenance facility for Santek Waste Services.
    “We did sign a lease on that building,” Cheryl L. Dunson, executive vice president of marketing for Santek, said last week.
    Santek is headquartered in Cleveland.
    According to its website, the company manages 16 solid waste landfills, three transfer stations and four waste collection companies in a nine-state region that includes Tennessee.
    The old CAST Transportation site includes a 20,000 square-foot warehouse.

  • Cutting Costs