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Today's News

  • ISO delays irk Blair fire officials

    The Blair community is supposed to have an ISO evaluation.
    When that will happen is Blair Volunteer Fire Department Chief Clarence Nelson’s big question. 
    “In 2011, I went up to the fire hall three times waiting for you guys to show up, and you never did show,” Nelson told Roane County Office of Emergency Services Director Howie Rose last week.
    Rose said they sent a request to ISO and did not hear back.
    Nelson said someone from Rose’s office was supposed to go and check Blair’s equipment.   

  • Pierce audit needs expert

    Rockwood officials are investigating several questionable credit card purchases after putting Public Works Director Tom Pierce on leave last week, but one thinks the audit needs more expertise.
    Councilman Jason Jolly thinks the city should look into having someone with more of a financial background take over.

  • Jill Biden to visit TTC in Harriman

    STAFF REPORTS
    Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will join with U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis to make a stop in Harriman Thursday as part of a bus tour focusing industry partnerships with community colleges.
    The tour, called Community College to Career runs from Feb. 22-24 and include stops in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina.
    Biden and Solis will talk about Roane State Community College’s industry partnerships at an event at Tennessee Technology Center at 1:45 p.m. Thursday.

  • False-records contractor gets light sentence

    A Cleveland, Tenn., man was placed on probation for two years and ordered to serve 100 hours of community service for falsifying work records at the TVA’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant.  
    John Delk, 40, pleaded guilty last November.
    A federal judge sentenced him on Feb. 16.  

  • Traffic stop leads to meth charge

    A 39-year-old man was charged with promotion of methamphetamine on Feb. 16.
    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, Shane Ellis Wyatt was a passenger in a car that was stopped on Hwy. 72 because the driver, Reggie Davidson, had an active warrant.
    “In Mr. Davidson’s vehicle I found a black bottle with a bag of white powder inside believed to be methamphetamine,” the report said.
    The report said the officer also found two small hoses, duct tape and a bottle of brake fluid.

  • A taxing errand
  • The Garden Gate: Ashes literally mark the beginning of Lent

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    The beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday, falls on Feb. 22 this year.

    Churches across the country observe this day with special services that  usually culminate with the marking of a cross with ashes on the foreheads of the faithful.

    The ashes used for these ceremonies of devotion are traditionally those resulting from the burning of palms left from the previous year’s Palm Sunday observance.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 22

    25 Years Ago
    A harmless-looking hole appeared in the back parking lot of Rockwood High School. It was later determined to be about a 28-foot-deep drop that some joked “carries boats to the Lost Sea.” Water Department Superintendent Curtis Early was willing to bet the hole was an ore mine. “We’ve filled these up all over town,” he said.

    10 Years Ago

  • Decision 2012: Dates to Note in This Election Year
  • RSCC training center sets Feb. 28 info session

    Anyone interested in Roane State Community College’s Advanced Materials Training and Education Center — a no-cost, high-tech training program for those who are unemployed or underemployed — is welcome to attend an upcoming informational meeting at the college’s Oak Ridge cam-pus.

    The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 in Room C-119 of the Oak Ridge campus at 701 Briarcliff Ave.