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Today's News

  • County hires veterans services officer

    The county has hired Brian Dunn to serve as its veteran service officer.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said Dunn’s first day on the job was Tuesday.

    “I would like to thank all the highly qualified candidates who applied for the job,” Woody said. “The veterans and their families will greatly benefit from this new office.”

    Dunn, who lives just outside the city of Rockwood, said he’s excited about the job. His military career includes service in the Air Force and Army.

  • Grill-N-Pub push delayed again

    The Roane County Beer Board didn’t turn down Roma Christopher’s application for a permit on Tuesday. The board didn’t approve it, either.

    Chairman Randy Ellis said Christopher’s attorney – Mike Ritter of Oak Ridge – asked for a continuance because he was sick under a doctor’s care. That was news to Christopher, who showed up and was prepared to present her case.

  • Fresh look at Cherokee history

    For the first time in intertribal history, the Cherokee Nation and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are partnering to host “Cherokee Days,” a public educational program that shares the Cherokee story.

    The event is April 3-5 at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

  • Alleged meth lab in Rockwood

    From STAFF REPORTS

    Rockwood Police found what is believed to be a methamphetamine lab on Tuesday evening in the Evans Heights neighborhood.

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright credited his police officers for their community patrolling.

    Officer Brandon Smith was driving when he saw Raymond Earl Racey, 33, 479 Bullard Rd., Harriman, and knew he had an outstanding warrant and followed him back to an apartment in Evans Heights.

  • RCHS debuts grand band room

    With a steadily growing band and a dedicated leader, Roane County High School proudly unveiled its new band room at a concert Tuesday.

    “I’m blessed to have this facility,” said band director Zack Williamson.

    The $804,000, 5,000-square-feet facility was filled with those wishing to have a sneak peek at the building funded by part of the TVA funds given to the Roane County school system as reparation for the Kingston Fossil Plant ash spill in December 2008.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET:Now choice GOP criticism is ‘It’s a job killer’

    Few of our readers are as long in the tooth as the old curmudgeon, thus they will not share his recollection of events and conditions over the past seven decades, so it is not amiss for him to point out a few things he has observed on the political scene in that time period.

    For instance, our Republican friends have always had a pretty universal theme, that all loyal members are expected to voice constantly and consistently.

  • Tick could cause deadly meat allergy

    Lone Star tick bites are likely the cause of thousands of cases of severe red meat allergies that are plaguing people in Southeastern states including Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia  — and spreading up the Eastern Seaboard along with the deer population.

    Vanderbilt’s Asthma, Sinus and Allergy Program clinic is seeing one or more new cases each week of patients allergic to the alpha-gal sugar present in red meat, according to Dr. Robert Valet, assistant professor of medicine.

  • Couple sues ash cleanup company after miscarriage

    Another federal lawsuit has been filed against Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. over its handling of the TVA ash spill cleanup.

    This one, filed on behalf of Spring City residents Joe and Taylor Cunningham last month, accuses the company of causing a miscarriage.

    A dike failure at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant in December 2008 released more than 5 million cubic yards of fly ash.

    The disaster sparked a billion-dollar cleanup.

    Jacobs had a contract with TVA to provide safety for cleanup workers, the lawsuit said.

  • Crusaders top Seymour Christian School, 64-15

     

    The Calvary Crusaders dominated Seymour Christian Community School (SCCS) in a late season match-up, 64-15.

    Calvary’s Malachi Blake took the opening tip to the rim for the first score of the game. The Crusaders never slowed down in the first quarter with Zephaniah Blake, Malachi Blake and Paul Plemons scored.

  • Ambassadors spoil Mount Pisgah Senior Night

     

     

    By JACE GREENE

    Roane Newspapers