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Today's News

  • Indestructible: The story of a dog named Darth

    Darth, a coal-black pug mix with amber eyes, seems to have been born to be a survivor.
    His mother — swollen with pregnancy — was one of dozens of dogs removed from deplorable conditions at a Poland Hollow Road puppy mill two years ago. She landed in a foster home with Rhonda Whalen of Roane County.
    Whalen had the dog four days before the puppies — nine of them — were born.
    The point of fostering dogs is to find them good homes, and Whalen works with rescue organizations and others to do just that.
    Darth, the biggest of the puppies in that litter, was still with Whalen this summer.

  • Teacher resigns after charges of alcohol abuse

    Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff has accepted the resignation of a tenured teacher who had multiple run-ins with the law during his time with the system.
    Justin Giles taught physical education at Ridge View Elementary School in Rockwood.
    He was arrested by the Tennessee Highway Patrol on a DUI charge on Oct. 28 just before midnight. According to the police report, Giles was running vehicles off the road as he traveled east on Hwy. 70.

  • NRC holding hearings on Watts Bar Unit 2

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is seeking public comments on its preliminary finding that there are no environmental impacts that would preclude issuing an operating license for the Watts Bar 2 reactor under construction near Spring City.
    NRC staff will discuss the Draft Supplement to the Final Environmental Statement in meetings from 2-4 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Magnuson Hotel, 1421 Murrays Chapel Road in Sweetwater. The NRC will transcribe the meetings and post the transcript on the agency’s website.

  • REACH charity well below goal

    With a week to go before it takes children shopping at Walmart, Operation REACH president Jane Ollis said the program is still well short of its fundraising goal. The group hoped to raise $125,000, but had collected only $55,896, as of Thursday.
    “We’re asking people to dig a little deeper in their pockets,” she said.
    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is holding a fundraising road block today, Friday, from 3 to 7 p.m. at different locations around the county. West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department will do the same Saturday in Rockwood from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Skies clear, dogs and I get out of the house

    It’s the little things you take for granted — things like walking your dogs.
    After several days of soaking rain, my dogs were looking at me accusingly, as if I had intentionally flipped a switch that brought on the precipitation that kept us inside. They don’t realize I want and need the exercise as much as they do.

  • Double the good with Medic in OS

    Medic Regional Blood Center and Second Harvest Food Bank are teaming up in December with a “Double Your Good Deed” theme to create a unique giving opportunity for donors.

    All blood donors, including those donating next week during a blood drive in Oliver Springs High School library, will have the opportunity to opt out of a T-shirt, and a donation equal to nine meals will be made to Second Harvest.

    “It’s very easy for donors to help two area nonprofits at one time,” said Medic spokeswoman Christi Fightmaster.

  • Does the IRS have your refund check?

    The Internal Revenue Service it is looking to return $2.1 million in undelivered tax refund checks to 1,779 Tennessee filers.

    The refund checks could not be delivered because of mailing address errors. The checks average $1,182.

    Nationwide, there are more than 99,000 undelivered refund checks worth about $153 million. The checks average $1,547.

  • Woodell named center Volunteer of the Year

    Sheila Woodell, left, of Kingston Hairstyling Center is congratulated by Danice Turpin, director of Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman, for her selection as the center’s 2010-11 Volunteer of the Year.

    Nominated by Karla Love, cosmetology instructor at Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman, Woodell has served on the center’s cosmetology advisory board for the past six years. 

  • Miller named to TSBA Quarter Century Club

    Roane County Board of Education member Mike “Brillo” Miller of Rockwood was recently named to the Tennessee School Boards Association’s Quarter Century Club.

    The Quarter Century Club recognizes Tennessee school board members who have served 25 years on their district’s board of education.

    Miller, the senior member of the Roane County board, has served as chairman a number of times during his tenure.

  • Field Trips

    Upcoming out-of-state and overnight field trips approved by the Roane County Board of Education in November:

    Dec. 9-10 — Five Midway Middle School band students will attend East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association junior clinic at Lee University, Cleveland.

    Dec. 16-17 — Harriman High School boys and girls basketball teams will participate in Climate Controllers Tournament, Hampton.