Today's News

  • Things to Do

    Editor’s note: The deadline for including items in Calendar is at least one week before the event. Items appear as a public service as space is available. Unless otherwise noted, all events and activities are open to the public.

  • Reunions

    Editor’s note: The Roane County News publishes reunions each Monday. Reunion notices should be submitted no later than 3 p.m. Thursday to appear in the following Monday paper.
    • The Emory community reunion will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 24 in the old Little Emory School. Old friends and classmates are welcome to attend. Call Doc Mullins at 717-2818 or Garland Mullins at 882-0191 for details.

  • Paper? Check. Pencil? Check. iPad?

    Students at more Roane County schools could be allowed to use iPads, iPhones, iPods and other like devices during the school day next school year.

    Last July, the Board of Education approved a trial program for the 2013-14 school year that allows personal communication and personal electronic devices to be used by students attending Midway High School and Cherokee Middle School.

    The board’s policy committee voted last week to recommend expanding the program to all high schools for the 2014-15 school year.

  • Rockwood ponders hiking bid minimum

    Rockwood City Council approved a change to its purchasing policy several years ago to allow city representatives to purchase anything costing  less than $5,000 without advertising for competitive bids.

    Tonight — Monday — the council will consider first reading of an ordinance that would up that minimum to $10,000.

    “My motion would be that we move the required bid amount to $10,000 — but anything $5,000 or above has to be approved by city council,” said Councilman Jason Jolly.

  • Midtown traffic lights set to go on next week

    The westbound off-ramp at Interstate 40 and Pine Ridge Road is nearly finished.

    Traffic lights, which have been in place and covered in black plastic for several weeks, will soon be lit, Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Nagi confirmed late last week.

    “The contractor is scheduled to be on the job site Monday, May 5, 2014, to adjust the lights and turn them on for the seven-day flashing,” Nagi said.
    The schedule is weather permitting, he added.

  • Rockwood may replace bridge

    A longtime dream of Rockwood officials — replacing the narrow bridge to the Roane County Animal Shelter on Manufacturers Road — may finally become reality.

    City officials said they were told the state has a surplus of $600,000 for bridge repairs in Roane County.

    “I advised Nashville we do want that bridge fixed,” said Mayor James Watts.

    The city will be required to match 2 percent — or roughly $6,000 of the $300,000 estimated bridge repair cost — through a state grant.

  • Rockwoodian arrested for firing gun at police, female

    A Rockwood man is accused of shooting toward a police officer, a patrol car and a fleeing female Thursday evening.

    Terry Alvin Jones, 45, is charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder in the incident at 603 S. Douglas Ave.

    “We received a call on a domestic complaint,” said Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright.

    “What happened was the female — the woman — came running out toward Brandon Smith — Officer Smith,” Wright said.

  • ‘Rad’ skills help kids defend themselves

    Midtown Elementary first- and second-graders were able to stand their ground after facing a kidnapping scenario, thanks to the help of the radKIDS self-defense training course.

    “We hope they never have to use these skills,” said Missy Lane, Roane County juvenile court youth service officer and truancy officer.

  • Arrests April 17-25

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    April 17 — Jeffrey Frank Beeler, 48, 712 Old Roane St., Harriman: domestic assault. Bond $1,000; court date June 30.
    • Stacey James Johnson, 44, 3139 Whitney Place, Knoxville: DUI. Bond $2,000; court date July 7.
    • Herbert Grant Marshall, 78, 778 E. Shore, Rockwood: domestic assault. Bond $1,000; court date May 5.

  • Harriman Happening-April 5

    Recently Mark and Nora Hightower spent five days in Philipsburg, N.J.
    They were guests of his cousin Robert Stonecipher.

    His family had a surprise birthday party for Robert. He was really surprised.

    The party was great and was attended by lots of family and friends.
    Roane County High School presented its band concert Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m.

    Sharon Weatherly, who is working in Rangoon, Burma, will return to the United States in July.

    She will spend some time with her family. Afterward, she will be working in Houston.