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Today's News

  • FSA needs annual acreage reports by July 15

    Roane County producers are reminded to submit their annual report of acreage to the Roane/Loudon USDA Farm Service Agency office to meet program eligibility requirements.

    “Producers must file their reports accurately and timely for all crops and land uses, including prevented and failed acreage, to ensure they receive the maximum FSA program benefits possible,” said Roane/Loudon FSA Director Nancy H. Brackett.

    The deadline is July 15 for most spring-seeded crops.

  • Four join CASA volunteer ranks in June

    The newest class of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) completed training in early June.

    The volunteers, sworn in by Judge Jeffrey Wicks, center, are Christine Roberts, Joan Turbyville, Myranda Robinson and Dane Griffith.

    CASA volunteers are appointed by the Juvenile Court to be a voice for abused and neglected children.

    For more information, go to www.casaninth.org or call 717-4186.

  • Area marinas involved in poker run

    Watts Bar Lake and the roads around it will echo July 9 with the sounds of hundreds of powerful engines — boats, motorcycles and classic cars — for the third annual Watts Bar Poker Run.

  • Annual invasion of the willowflies
  • AA Blue Devils down Rockwood for title, 12-11

    In what was a rock-'em, sock-'em barn-burner of a Dixie Youth baseball game, the Harriman All-Stars broke out of a 7-7 tie in the top of the sixth inning and held off a late Rockwood surge en route to a 12-11 victory in the Dixie Youth sub district title game at Cherokee Middle School. 

  • Harriman tops Kingston in A title game, 16-13

    The Dixie Youth A sub district championship game turned into a battle between two Roane County teams Wednesday evening as Harriman outlasted Kingston 16-13 for the title.

  • Rockwood man earns hefty sentence

    A Rockwood man was sentenced to 262 months —nearly 22 years — in federal court this week on his charges of posing as a federal agent to commit a violent Oak Ridge home invasion in 2009.

    In February, a jury convicted Ricky Eugene Cofer of impersonation of an officer and being a convicted felon in possession of a pistol.

    In addition to his federal sentence, he is already serving time in the state prison system.

  • Cost of college jumps

    Roane State Community College and Tennessee Technology Center will both see rising tuition and fees after the Tennessee Board of Regents approved increases last week for all its institutions.

    The board also approved a 3-percent cost-of-living allowance for all regular, eligible board of regents employees.

    Roane State and other community college students across the state can expect to pay $132 more per semester.

    Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman students can expect to pay $80 more per semester.

  • Drug dealer in court on murder charge

    Convicted drug dealer Ralph O’Neal was arraigned for first-degree murder in Roane County Criminal Court on Monday.

    He’s charged with the August 2007 murder of Ronnie Dean Cofer.

    Sporting dreadlocks, O’Neal entered the courtroom in handcuffs and dressed in a striped jail uniform.

    He pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.  

    O’Neal’s legal troubles date back years.

    He was indicted on federal drug charges in 2008.

  • Director sums up state of Roane County Schools

    By TONI McGRIFF
    Director, Roane County Schools
    School year 2010-11 was very challenging for Roane County Schools. 
    Our teachers and students were working with new, more rigorous standards and with a new more rigorous method of measurement. 
    The standards were increased in 2008-09, and teachers prepared for the changes through training, realignment of the curriculum and review of new assessment methods.
    The new measurement scale was approved by the State Board in 2009 and was applied to the results in the spring of 2010.