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Today's News

  • Titans player saves family from car fire

    The 340 mile marker on Interstate 40 in Roane County was the site of a vehicle fire where a Tennessee Titans rookie linebacker reportedly helped save a woman, her children and their dog.

    “We were going up a hill and the car in front of me started smoking,” Jonathan Willard told ESPN. “Probably about 30 seconds after that, I saw two big flames come from the car.”

    The incident happened last Tuesday. Willard said he and another good Samaritan got the driver, identified as Cheri Hubbard of South Daytona, Fla., to pull over.

  • Korean veterans: recalling the forgotten war

    Edward Johnson saw two major wars while in the U.S. Army.

    The World War II and Korean War veteran, now 86, remembers a lot from those days, particularly the hardships of Korea.

    “When I was in Germany I was military police. When I was in Korea, I was combat engineer. I built roads, built bridges, things like that,” explained Johnson.

    In Germany he sometimes came across someone wanting a fight, but the war itself was pretty much over. Korea, however, was a time where he spent many times under fire.

  • Wounds remain after Korean War

    Ellis Coleman has more than the tragic memories of his time and his comrades in Korea.

    It has been 60 years since the Korean War ended, but he still suffers from health related issues due to his injury suffered by a 120 mortar shell during his first tour as a rifleman in 1951.

    He did two tours in the rough climate and mountainous terrain and got numerous accolades including Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.

  • Stockton gives to children’s hospital, high schools

    East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Community Development Manager Callie Word said she’s always moved when someone wants to give back to the hospital because of a personal story.

    Earlier this month she heard one from Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    “One of our most rewarding experiences as a hospital is when people have a personal story, which he did, that brings home to them how much our staff is dedicated to every child that comes in,” Word said.

  • Simply Sweet gesture

    Kathy Borman devotedly follows the ups and downs of a little Georgia tyke tragically injured when a tree limb fell on him at daycare, blamed on the winds from Hurricane Sandy.

    When she learned charity Sunshine on a Ranney Day was renovating the Halstead’s home for the brain damaged Tripp Halstead, she wanted to be part of the home reveal and turned to son Mike Borman, who owns Simply Sweet Bakery in Rockwood. He designed a car-themed cake that suited Tripp’s love of the movie “Cars,” and took it to the big reveal party earlier this month.

  • Perma-Fix names Macon Vice Pres.

    Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. has announced the promotion of Richard Macon to Vice President of Nuclear Services Business Development. In this role, Macon will be responsible for pursuing opportunities, developing proposal win themes, and forming strategic partnerships to further company growth.  Macon will continue to cultivate relationships with Perma Fix’s new and existing clients including the DOE and DOD, commercial nuclear industry and Canada.

  • ORNL recognized for innovation in technology

    Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received six R&D 100 awards, presented each year by R&D Magazine in recognition of the year’s most significant technological innovations.

  • Harriman Happenings

    Curtis and Dorothy Eskridge celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 21. They were married in 1963 in the home of the late Elder Rue Eskridge, who also performed the ceremony.

    He retired from Martin Marietta in Oak Ridge. They are the parents of five children; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The couple didn’t do anything special, but they thank God for His blessings and for a loving family. Congratulations to this lovely couple.

  • Women taking care of themselves

    It was six women against two men Tuesday at Keko’s Academy of Martial Arts, but this wasn’t your average gang up.

    It was a women’s tactical defense and rape prevention course instructed by Kyoshi Peter Keko and Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Mitch Grigsby.

    During the course, women 13-years-old and above will learn posturing and body language, psychological and evasive tactics and defense from attempted rape.

  • Roane lands eight on all-state teams

    With two teams making it to the state tournament, the 2013 baseball/softball season was a good one for Roane County.