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Today's News

  • Lady Patriots come up short in title game

     

    The Mount Pisgah Lady Patriots were hoping to win the Tennessee Athletics Association of Christian Schools (TAACS) Class A State Championship Saturday, but the Lady Patriots had to settle for second place as Fairview Christian Academy took home the title with a 43-32 victory.

  • Investigation underway into Friday death

    Roane County authorities were looking into the death of a 76-year-old man on Friday. Fred Cooper was found unresponsive in his yard at 112 Leffew Drive south of Rockwood. “Hard to tell anything right now,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said about the investigation, which was being handled at press time by Sheriff’s Detective Greg Scalf and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

  • Baker heads up Wellington Place

    Wellington Place of Kingston has welcomed Michelle Baker as the facility’s new executive director.

    Baker comes to Wellington Place of Kingston from Wellington Place of Cleveland, where she serviced as community liaison for the Assisted Living and Memory Care communities.

    She also worked in skilled nursing administration at NHC.

    “I truly love working with senior adults,” Baker said. “I honestly cannot think of anything else that I would love doing.”

  • OUT to LUNCH: Offbeat toppings fit the bill at Oak Ridge’s Pizza Inn

    Readers may remember that I head up the Oak Ridge High School reunion committee for the classes of 1954-56. It’s time to begin planning for our reunion event on June 12 during the Secret City Festival.

    Jan Harlan, our treasurer, lived two houses from mine when we were in grade school. She recommended we have our lunch meeting at the Pizza Inn, 2501 Oak Ridge Turnpike, across from the new Kroger construction site.

    Old timers will remember the site on the corner where Lizz’s Market used to be, and Lizz’s Liquor Store is now next door.

  • Successful ‘Have a Heart’ campaign

     

    Oak Ridge Utility District’s Harrison Arnold, left, Sasha Benjamin, center, and Nikki Bradley celebrate the success of ORUD’s “Have a Heart – Heat a Home” fundraiser to raise money for a program that helps low-income families struggling to pay their winter heating bills and facing the loss of energy service. Call ORUD at 865-483-1377 for information about contributing to the program.

  • Murray, Williams on bank’s board

    Citizens First Bank has added Vander J. “V.J. Murray of Oliver Springs and Larry D. “Tubby” Williams of Lancing to its board of directors.

    The two will be assets to the bank’s board and management, said Billy M. Rice, Citizens First president and CEO.

    “Both men are very well known and know many citizens in the communities being served by the bank,” Rice said. “Also, both men and their families are very active in serving the communities by being members and supporting social groups and activities in the area.”

  • Cellphone policy saves county money

    One of the first policies Roane County Executive Ron Woody put in place dealt with employee cellphones.

    The situation deserved attention because before he took office, employees under the county executive’s supervision were incurring monthly bills as high as $660.25 that the taxpayers were paying for.

    “They didn’t have the right controls in place,” Woody said. “It is sad that went on for quite some time.”

  • Leon Houston to learn fate on Tuesday

    Five years.

    That’s the prison sentence Assistant U.S. Attorney David Jennings is requesting for Leon Houston.

    The federal sentencing guidelines, however, call for a sentence of only 10-16 months.

    In a sentencing memorandum filed on Feb. 21, Jennings argues Houston is a danger to society and deserves more time than what the guidelines call for.

  • NO MORE ‘ACHY BREAKY HEART’

    For Christopher Forrester nothing is more joyful than music.

    So when the teen, who suffers from Down syndrome, lost his expansive collection of CDs he was devastated.

    The family was heading to church one Sunday when the collection was accidentally left on top of the family car.

    “He lost 150 CDs or so,” said Forrester’s mother, Sarah Brown. “My neighbor said that morning he tried to holler at us and tell us it was on the car.”

    “I thought he might grieve himself,” worried Brown.

  • Pay, not Ruppe, objection in city administrator vote

    The two Rockwood City Council members who voted down Becky Ruppe as city administrator don’t have a problem with her filling that role.

    Ruppe is already doing those duties anyway, they said.

    Instead, council members Peggy Evans and Mike Freeman took issue with the proposed jump in pay for the position. That’s because they contend other city employees have not seen such an increase.

    “In fact, I don’t care if he wants her as city administrator,” said Evans, of Mayor James Watts’ desire to see Ruppe in the role.