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Today's News

  • Lady ’Cats finish 4th at state

    The 2013 season came to a close Thursday afternoon for the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats, but not before Matt Headden’s squad left Murfreesboro with a fourth place finish in the TSSAA Class A State Tournament.
    The Lady ’Cats, making their first-ever appearance at the Spring Fling, played like seasoned veterans over three days, including their final two games on Thursday.

  • Down on the farm

    All Roane County third graders experience farm life at Roane State Expo Center last month.

  • Lane changes

    The sound of balls crashing into pins and the chatter of friends and rivals fills the air at Tri-City Lanes in Midtown.
    “Who are you going to find down here?” said Allen Slaughter, who works at Tri-City. “Doctors, lawyers, school teachers, you name it.”
    “We are just one big extended happy family because everyone gets so close to each other,” said Loretta Carrington. She recently participated in the coffee league, one of the leagues that have been around since the bowling leagues started in 1964.

  • Harriman site on Superfund

    The Clinch River Corp. site, once a paper mill on the Emory River in Harriman, has been named to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
    That means federal help with cleaning up hazardous wastes left behind.
    The site had been recommended previously, but not officially placed on the list.
    An EPA news release said Superfund is a federal program “that investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country.”

  • Probation violators fill jail

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said last week he isn’t ready to soften his stance on probation violators.
    The Roane County Jail faces the prospect of decertification due to overcrowding. Many people are in jail for violating probation.
    “A lot of it is they’re testing positive on drug tests, or they’re picking up new charges,” Johnson said. “That just goes to show why those folks need to be in there longer if they’re not conforming to the rules and re-offending.” 

  • Ash spill meeting scheduled

    TVA, along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, will hold a public meeting on progress of the Kingston Ash Recovery Project and long-term monitoring plans.
    The meeting will be Thursday, May 30, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the auditorium of Roane County High School in Building B on the school’s Spring Street side.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Doing a little reassessing of my own

    Life can be humbling.
    I’d been in “a mood” since late last week, when I received a notice from the property assessor’s office increasing the assessed value of my modest — at best — 1950s ranch house by more than $20,000.
    They said the house I paid about $94,000 less than a decade ago was now worth nearly $145,000.
    You’d howl about this if you could see my house.

  • Free info fair, fish fry for area seniors May 29

    A senior information fair and fish fry is planned form 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 29 in Brittain Village Community Room at Oliver Springs Housing Authority.

    A joint effort between the Offices on Aging in Roane, Morgan and Anderson counties, the event will offer county-specific information on a variety of matters.

    Topics will include disease management programming, physical fitness opportunities, recreational outings, Medicare counseling, senior nutrition and home- and community-based options.

  • Medicare options to be given in seminar

    Roane County seniors who are aging into Medicare or are newly retired may benefit from an upcoming Medicare 101 workshop.

    The workshop, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in Mid-East Community Action Agency Senior Services Department at 1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood, will review information about Part A, B, C, and D of Medicare and options available for Medicare coverage.  

  • Armadillo search is on Saturday

    On May 25, Obed Wild and Scenic River staff will lead the park’s first hike dedicated to researching the possible presence of the allusive and invasive armadillo.

    Obed park rangers will conduct a short, informative hike along the Emory River Nature Trail, during which participants will be taught more about this mysterious creature and the risks that such non-native species can pose to an ecosystem.

    Participants should meet at the Rock Creek Campground at 2 p.m. and should wear appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes.