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Today's News

  • Haslam supports reading campaign

    Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam visited Roane County to help launch the campaign initiative to increase children’s reading skills.
    Having also helped launch the initiative for Knox County, Haslam kicked off “Read With Your Child” campaign for Roane through the Children’s Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley.
    The initiative encourages young pupils’ parents or guardians and other adults to devote 20 minutes a day to reading to their child.

  • Bechtel Jacobs employee accused of poisoning co-worker

    A LaFollette woman is scheduled to appear in Roane County General Sessions Court in September for allegedly poisoning her co-worker’s Mountain Dew. Ashley Nicole Carroll, 27, was arrested on July 13. She’s charged with reckless endangerment and assault.
    Carroll and the victim,
    Cheryl Lofton, were employed by Bechtel Jacobs as building service workers at East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge. The alleged poisoning occurred last month.

  • Rockwood’s water rates decided tonight

    Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas customers should know Monday night whether they will begin paying an additional 30 percent increase in water.
    A public hearing and second reading are on the agenda for the regularly scheduled Rockwood City Council meeting, today, Monday, July 25, at 7 p.m.

  • Sheriff adds new detective

    Becoming a detective has been a lifelong dream for Brandon Kittrell. It was fulfilled on Thursday when the command staff at the Roane County Sheriff’s Office hired him as the new detective.
    “I applied for it, and God bless, I was selected for the position,” he said. “My dream is to work investigation.”
    Kittrell will be coming from the patrol division, where he spent the last few years doing traffic enforcement.

  • Harriman library may have period lighting, updates

    The century-old Harriman Public Library will be showing its age a little better soon.
    The facility, which is one of the historic libraries built with funds from famed industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie more than 100 years ago, wants to use TVA restitution monies it received in the wake of the Dec. 22, 2008 ash spill to continue work to return the library to more of its period look.

  • Campers ‘get out’ at Kingston park summer festivities
  • Country drive no smooth ride for traveler
  • Roane Medical staff dedicate portable chapel

    Roane Medical Center’s first portable chapel came with the help of a family with a rich history in divinity.
    The Mason family dedicated the chapel in the memory of the Rev. Anthony Harvey Mason, a longtime Methodist pastor, and his son, Anthony P. “Tony” Mason, who taught Sunday school and was a lay-person in his home church and the United Methodist Church Holston Conference.
    “It is just really an honor for our family,” said Scott Mason, one of Tony Mason’s sons.

  • Rockwood Sonic Drive-in in Top 48 in store contest

    Rockwood’s Sonic Drive-In Restaurant crew advances to the top 48 in a competition with 2,500 other stores.
    Announced earlier this year that they were in the top 300 in the Dr. Pepper Sonic Games Competition, which is based on a variety of factors including mystery shopper reviews and employee scores on online quizzes, the Rockwood crew is excited about the possibility of getting in the final 12.

  • Rayson TBR senior counselor

    Oak Ridge lawyer Robert W. Knolton with Kramer Rayson LLP has been named a senior counselor of the Tennessee Bar Association.
    Knolton was awarded the designation at the TBA’s annual convention held recently in Chattanooga.
    Senior counselors are those Tennessee Bar Association members who, during the coming membership year, will reach 75 years of age or complete 50 years of practice.
    They are honored for their service to the profession.