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Today's News

  • Abston Garage has a storied history

    By Andy Jones, For Roane Newspapers

    The Abston Garage, built by Tom Abston sometime not long after 1915, has been a fixture on the Oliver Springs landscape for close to a century now.

    Built on the property that was once owned by the Wiley family, the brick structure was laid by masons Johnny Cox and John McNamara. Abston, a master mechanic, was responsible for running the electric plant in town that operated on a subscription basis, with the monthly charge being based on how many light bulbs were used in one’s home or business.

  • Social Security giving 3.6% hike in benefits

    Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for more than 60 million Americans will increase 3.6 percent in 2012.

    The 3.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment will begin with benefits that nearly 55 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2012.

    Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on Dec. 30.

    Some other changes that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages.

  • Almost 15 groups to be in Battle of the Bands

    Almost 15 area bands are scheduled to participate in Battle of the Bands, a family event planned for Oct. 30 at Harriman Riverfront Park.

    The event will start at 3 p.m. There’s still time for bands to register to participate. Email radicalregeneration@yahoo.com or call 882-5802 for details.

    Other family fun planned by Courts of Praise Church include bounce houses, cotton candy, hot dogs, drinks, prizes, face painting, games and the playground. All activities are free.

  • Jim Hines deserves nod for serivce

    We are pleased to see that Rockwood has fielded an ample pool of qualified candidates for the city administrator job.

    We expect that city council members will have a harder time than usual eliminating candidates to get down to their final choice.

    However, we cannot let the retirement of former city administrator Jim Hines pass without comment.
    Hines served both the cities of Rockwood and Harriman loyally and with integrity for many years.
    We know him to be a man of intelligence and depth.

  • A View from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: What hath the great god GOP wrought?

    As you know, knowledgeable reader, the Republican Party finally achieved their goal of complete control of the legislature last year.

    This control was supposed to have numerous glorious consequences too numerous to enumerate, but, in short, we were to have entered a new golden age; an age in which miracles would be so numerous as to be commonplace.

    Had the victors in this power play been folks of outstanding statesmanship, or sense, or perception, possibly the outcome might have been as advertised.

  • Dog rescue mixes family, community

    “Welcome to chaos,” Stephanie House, 64, said upon entering her and her husband John’s Dogwood Animal Rescue Monday afternoon.

    The House family has operated their rescue facility, a licensed foster program through Boston Terrier Rescue of East Tennessee, from their home on Dogwood Road in Rockwood’s Ozone community for the past two years.

  • Ohio exotic animal mess gets Roane attention

    Emergency officials in one Ohio town had their hands full earlier this week after dozens of wild animals, including lions, tigers and bears, were let loose from a sanctuary.

    “These animals were on the move,” Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said during a press conference Wednesday. “They were showing aggressive behavior. Once the nightfall hit, our biggest concern was having these animals roaming.”

    Reports said the owner of the sanctuary let the animals out of their cages before shooting himself.

  • Man charged in fatal car accident

    Dylan Seth Headrick, 20, was arrested Wednesday on charges of vehicular homicide.

    On June 20, Headrick, who was 19 at the time, was traveling north on Gateway Avenue near Jerry’s Bait Shop in Rockwood when he collided head-on with Rockwood resident Nancy Hill.

    LifeStar confirmed Hill dead while preparing to transfer her to medical facilities in Knoxville.

    Headrick was transported via LifeStar for a puncture wound.

  • Handling of bike fatality case draws praise from widow

    The widow of an Oak Ridge man who was killed while riding his bicycle was appreciative of how the District Attorney General’s Office handled the case.

    On Aug. 25, 2009, John Daugherty was riding his bicycle on Gallaher Road when he was struck by a Toyota Tacoma driven by Anthony Justin Patterson of Molino, Fla. Daugherty died at the scene.

    Patterson was later indicted for criminal negligent homicide and a bicycle protection charge.

  • Fishing regulations set at TWRC meeting

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission heard several topics concerning commercial fishing and also approved the 2012 sport fishing regulations among business at a recent meeting.