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Today's News

  • THP to conduct license checks in Roane Co.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting driver license roadside safety checkpoints this month in Roane County.

    The first checkpoint will be from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. March 9 on Pansy Hill Road near Swan Pond Road.

    Another checkpoint is planned from 10 to 11 a.m. March 16 on Hwy. 58 at the new Tennessee River bridge.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

  • The Garden Gate: Try some dandelion; it’s good for you

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    A great bonus of early spring is the arrival of wildflowers and edible provender in gardens and woodlands.

    Some wild food grows much faster in the early spring than our usual garden provender does. It gets this head start because it is in its natural habitat with perfect soil conditions.

    Some of them are right in your garden — or even on your front lawn. All of them are available right now, before you plant your vegetable garden for this year.

  • General Sessions Court: Jan. 23-30, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Jan. 23
    — Curtis Matthew Stegall, theft up to $500. Bound over.

    • Charlotte P. Reynolds, probation violation. Dismissed.

    • Eric G. Gallaher, two counts probation violation. Guilty.

    • Brandon L. Phillips, driving while license suspended, financial responsibility law and failure to appear misdemeanor. Guilty. Following too closely. Dismissed.

  • Property Transfers: Jan. 30-Feb. 8, 2012

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Jan. 31-Feb. 8:

    From Kristie M. Norris to Freddy K. Norris by quit-claim deed, Dist. 1, Buckner Road, $0.

    From Richard A. Jackson Jr. and Wayne E. Jackson to Delbert Crabtree by warranty deed, Dist. 4, 5.01 acres, Laurel Bluff Road, $40,000.

  • Pennies make a difference for pets at animal shelter

    The 4- and 5-year-old class at The Henry Center, under the direction of Aimee Tuggle and Myrna Powell, have been collecting pennies for a special project.

    Late last month, John Griffin and Stephanie Kolski, front row, from the Roane County Animal Shelter were presented with a check for $73.30 — equivalent to 7,330 pennies collected — to purchase much-needed food and supplies for pets at the shelter.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of March 7

    25 Years Ago
    Construction began on a Hardee’s fast-food restaurant in Rockwood. The 3,490-square-foot structure was expected to employ 35 people. This was the company’s 53rd restaurant in Tennessee.

    10 Years Ago
    Piece by piece, several miles worth of sidewalks and streetlights in downtown Harriman were completed, thanks to a grant and private and corporate donations. Getting electrical lines underground also helped to enhance the project.

    Five Years Ago

  • Fruit-tree grafting to be emphasis at gardening session

    The Master Gardeners of Roane County will present a full-day workshop on March 10 in Roane County.

    This workshop will include sessions on grafting science and technique, followed by hands-on grafting of apples trees with David Lockwood of the University of Tennessee.

    All participants will be given the opportunity to graft and take home apple trees of their making.

  • Roane Democrats convening Saturday

    The Roane County Democratic Party will have a County Convention at noon March 10 to begin delegate elections for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

    The convention will be in Rockwood City Hall at 110 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    Registration begins at 11 a.m.

    The local convention is open to any bona fide Democrat in Roane County.

    Bill Taylor, a candidate for Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District, will mingle with Democrats during the convention.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed in area

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    The schedule is:

    • Kingston Community Center, from 10 a.m. to noon March 21.

    • Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, from 2 to 3 p.m. March 21.

    • Harriman Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 22.

    • Rockwood National Guard Armory, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23.

  • McCall serves as Yager page in state Senate

    Andrea McCall recently served as a page in the state Senate.  

    McCall, a student at Jefferson Middle School in Oak Ridge, was the guest of state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, and state Sen. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge.

    McCall was accompanied to the Capitol by her aunt and uncle, Teresa and Joseph Van Hook.

    Yager issued an invitation earlier this year for area students to experience the legislature in action as a page in the State Senate.