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Today's News

  • MILITARY MATTERS: William R. Collins

    U.S. Air Force Airman William R. Collins graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

    Son of Douglas Collins Sr. of Oliver Springs, he is a 2011 graduate of Coalfield High School.

    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • THP to conduct license checks in Roane Co.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct two driver license roadside safety checkpoints during January in Roane County.

    The first checkpoint will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Jan. 6 at Hwy. 70 and Poland Hollow Road.

    Another checkpoint will be on Jan. 13 on Pansy Hill Road near Swan Pond Road.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

  • Surplus projected in school construction

    A report to the Roane County Economic Development Foundation about the school system’s building program was lacking in details, but one man says money should be left when work is complete.
    The school system was the biggest beneficiary of the foundation, which dispersed $43 million to Roane County government agencies after the TVA ash spill.
    Lee Maines, who was hired to oversee the program, appeared before the foundation last week to give an update on the projects.

  • Hines still to get city paycheck

    Rockwood City Council didn’t approve proposed contracts for outgoing city recorder Jim Hines to continue building inspection and city recorder duties, but that doesn’t mean he’s going anywhere.
    Rockwood Mayor James Watts said Hines would continue at his current pay scale and be paid by voucher until someone could be hired to replace him.
    “Every two weeks he’ll submit a voucher for his pay,” Watts said following the meeting.
    For many on the city council, money was the issue with both contracts Hines proposed.

  • County wins grant for HVAC work

    Roane County was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development earlier this month for heating and air-conditioning units,  ductwork, controls and thermostats at the Roane County Courthouse.
    “Anytime we can use somebody else’s money to help us out, that’s a good thing,” County Executive Ron Woody said. “It gets us started a little early on the project.”

  • Gun fired by woman who unliked boyfriend’s Facebooking

    STAFF REPORTS
    A 38-year-old woman allegedly threatened to shoot her boyfriend because of his chatting on a social network.
    Angela Christine Berry was charged with aggravated assault in the Dec. 17 incident. 
    Rockwood police responded to 704 N. Wilder Ave., to investigate a domestic with shots fired.
    Steve Calvin Morrow Jr. told police that he and Berry got into an argument because he used his phone to talk to another woman on Facebook.

  • Fishing with grandpa
  • Rebuilding Kingston Methodist
  • Woody attends DOE conference in New Orleans

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody was among officials from the Oak Ridge area who recently attended the U.S. Department of Energy’s Intergovernmental conference in New Orleans.

    Participants met with federal, state, and local leaders from DOE sites across the nation, including newly appointed leadership in DOE’s Environmental Management Program.

  • Mr. & Mrs. White 40th

    Mr. and Mrs. Jerry White will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Dec. 31.

    Their day will be celebrated with their children and grandchildren, followed by all the family attending church together.

    White and the former Phyllis Daniels were married on Dec. 31, 1971, in Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, by the Rev. C.J. Holt, who was pastor of the church at that time.

    He is the son of Fred White of Oliver Springs and the late Inez Keylon White, and she is the daughter of the late Shirley and Agnes Daniels.