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Today's News

  • NAACP head appeals for girl in fracas at Harriman

    Roane County NAACP President Joe Eskridge pleaded with the Roane County Board of Education on behalf of Courtney Thomas last Thursday.

    Thomas, 17, was kicked out of Harriman High School after incident with principal Scott Calahan.  

    “I would like for this Board of Education to look into this situation and see if we can’t do something to get this girl back in school,” Eskridge said.

  • Henry bringing meet-and-greet to home turf

    Commissioner Jim Henry of the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and his lead team of administrators will hold a meet-and-greet session with community providers from across East Tennessee at the Michael Dunn Center in Kingston on Tuesday.

    The session is sponsored by Tennessee Community Organizations, a statewide association of mental health providers that treats people with disabilities.

  • Art goes on for the Rockwood Three: Best friends devote talent to the church

    Rockwood’s Fran Scandlyn Henley and Kay Lamb have been blending painting and friendship for more than 50 years.

    “She and I are best friends,” Henley said. “And we painted together all these years, since the early ’50s. And we have never, never been mad at each other. Now that’s pretty good.”

    Something else that’s pretty good is their artwork. The two, along with Henley’s niece, Anne Powers, are helping raise funds for Rockwood Christian Church by selling notecards that feature their works.

  • Accused murderer back in Roane

    Despite his life sentence on federal drug charges, local authorities are still planning to put Ralph O’Neal on trial for a murder that happened in Roane County.

    O’Neal, 36, was recently moved from a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., to the Roane County Jail.  

    “We went to federal prison up in Indiana and picked him up,” Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said.

  • Shop local on Super Saturday

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce will once again pro-mote its Shop Roane First pro-gram by naming a special “shop local” day again this holiday season.  

    The Chamber has chosen Dec. 10 as “Super Saturday” and is asking county residents to commit to spending at least $50 at a Chamber member’s business on that day.

  • Roane Medical Center cuts emergency wait times by half

    Roane Medical Center has cut its emergency department wait times nearly in half, beating the national benchmark of 45 minutes set by the American College of Emergency Physicians.   

    “We call it door-to-doctor times,” said Dr. Bennie Whitehead, Roane Medical Center’s emergency room medical director. “It’s the time from which a patient arrives at the hospital and is triaged until he or she sees a doctor or mid-level care provider.”

  • FSA director Brackett set to call it a career

     

    Nancy Brackett, executive director of the Roane/Loudon County Farm Service Agency, is retiring after almost 30 years of service to the farming community.
    She will be honored by her co-workers and the community at a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 1.
    The reception will be in the meeting room of the USDA Service Center in Kingston.
    The center is at 424 N. Kentucky St., in the same building as the Kingston Post Office.

  • Coaker named tops at MMC for November

    Karen Coaker, a chemistry technical specialist in the laboratory at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, has been named MMCer of the Month for November.

    Coaker has been with Methodist since 2000. Prior to her current position, Coaker was the midnight shift supervisor in the lab.

    “I am deeply honored by this award, and I am very proud to work with excellent co-workers who are also my family,” she said.

    In her current position, Coaker leads the chemistry department within the lab.

  • Bear, Young on economic board

    Leaders of two Roane County utilities have been appointed to the board of directors for East Tennessee Economic Development Agency.

    Rockwood Electric Utility general manager Kendall Bear and Harriman Utility Board general manager Bill Young will serve on the board for 2011-12.

    “As a region, we must continue to work together to build on our strengths and appeal to a broader base of businesses,” said Allen Neel, agency president and CEO.

  • Cherokee rolls past Bobcats

    The Cherokee Middle School Lady Jackets picked up a dominating 39-18 win over the Oliver Springs Middle School Lady Bobcats Thursday evening.