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Today's News

  • Excel students see science lesson

    Dr. Sylvia Mende of Tennessee Eye Care in Midtown was the guest speaker for the last Excel after-school science class at Midway Elementary School.

    The class of third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students, taught by Vivian Harris, were shown causes of common eye injures, eye replacements and the parts of the eye and their jobs.

    Afterward, the students received hands-on experience dissecting cow eyes and identifying their parts.

    Parents were invited to attend the class.

  • Safety Fest coming to Oak Ridge Sept. 11-14

    Oak Ridge Business Safety Partnership’s inaugural Oak Ridge Safety Fest is planned for Sept. 11-14.

    Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman, Roane State Community College and New Hope Center will be the site of the various sessions.

  • Rebecca Mechtly marks 73rd today

    Rebecca Mechtly of Rockwood celebrates her 73rd birthday today, Aug. 31.

    Family members, including son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Lela Mechtly and their daughters, Miranda and Victoria, said they are glad she is home from the hospital for her special day.

    “We look forward to enjoying time with you in the days to come,” they said.

  • Lunch With the League next week

    Robert Kennedy III, a Tetra Tech registered professional engineer, will be the speaker at Oak Ridge League of Women Voters’ fall kickoff of Lunch with the League.

    The inaugural event will be from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 4 in the social hall of Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Kennedy’s presentation, "A New Reflection on Mirrors and Smoke," will cover a new concept using giant photovoltaic mirrors in space.

  • AAA program aims to cut down on drunk drivers over holiday weekend

    AAA’s Tow to Go program will be offered in Roane County this Labor Day holiday weekend to help protect motorists.

    The Auto Club Group has provided the Tow to Go service for more than 14 years because it allows AAA to protect the freedom and mobility of everyone on our roadways.

    The program’s mission is to discourage an intoxicated driver from getting behind the wheel and risking the lives and safety of other motorists.

  • Making Music Club plans for 2012-13

    Harriman Music Club officers and directors planning the programs for the organization’s 103rd season are, clockwise from left, Publicity Chairwoman Margie Wadlington, Director Debbie Underwood, Assistant Publicity Chairwoman Julianne Bailey, President Laura Walker, Director Jo Belle Masters, Telephone Chairwoman Mary Hickey and Secretary Peggy Sheppard.

    The season kicks off at 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Wadlington home.

    A Roane County High School instrumental ensemble will provide entertainment.

  • Tigers come up just short against No. 1 Grace

    For more than 47 minutes the Rockwood Tigers had No. 1 ranked Grace Christian Academy on the ropes Thursday night at Civitan Field, but the Tigers couldn’t close the door in the final minute as Ram QB Devin Smith tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Will McKamey with 25.3 seconds left to play to give the Rams a 12-7 victory.

  • Reward offered in shooting death in East Roane County

    STAFF REPORTS
    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public’s help to solve a Roane County homicide case.
    Family members discovered Russel C. Blevins shot to death in his home on Hart Orchard Road on Aug. 12.
    He was a World War II veteran.
    Blevins, 85, was shot multiple times, according to the TBI.
    His family is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: The same air that hammers can also stroke

    Late August hangs heavy.
    It can burden us with some of the hottest, most humid days of summer, then throw us a clear, cool spell to remind us relief is ahead.
    I was thinking these thoughts as I walked my dogs on the ridgetop as night set about tucking itself in.
    The honeysuckle-scented air was all the sweeter because I knew it would not be around much longer.

  • Death photos posted online

    Crime scene death photos of Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones and Mike Brown have reportedly been posted on Facebook.
    District Attorney General Russell Johnson and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into the matter.
    Jones and Brown were killed in a shootout with brothers Rocky and Leon Houston on May 11, 2006.
    “Evidently the photos are also posted on a sign located on the Houston property in Roane County,” Johnson’s office said in a news release.