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Today's News

  • Boy Scouts partner with Goodwill for ‘Good Turn’

    Area Boy Scout troops are doing a “Good Turn” by collecting items for a material drive through Feb. 9.

    Scouts are collecting items, such as gently used clothing or toys, from family, friends and neighbors to be donated to area Goodwill stores.

    The scouts will earn a “Good Turn” patch for participating in this drive.

    The Good Turn initiative is a national call to service by the Boy Scouts.

  • Woody changed mind about ethics bill

    A bill that would have exempted members of the Roane County Planning Commission from filing statements of interests to the Tennessee Ethics Commission has been withdrawn in both the state House and Senate.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he asked state Rep. Kent Calfee and state Sen. Ken Yager to introduce the bill in their respective chambers.

    “And I asked them to pull it,” Woody said.

    The bill was withdrawn in the House and Senate last week.

  • Fleischmann predicts big payoff for state in Y-12 uranium facility

    A lot of people were thankful when Volkswagen decided to build a production plant in Chattanooga.

    “Not only will Chattanooga be forever changed, but our entire state will reap great benefits from the new suppliers that this facility will attract,” U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said in 2008.

    Imagine the equivalent of nine Volkswagen plants coming to this area.

    U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann  said that’s what will happen because of the Uranium Processing Facility at Y-12.

  • Lawyers cited for free work

    Roane County attorneys Dick Evans and Jack H. “Sandy” McPherson were recognized by the Tennessee Bar Association for their pro bono work in 2012.

    Pro bono legal services are done for free.

    “It’s something you ought to be doing anyway,” Evans said. “I like helping people out.”

    Evans and McPherson have law offices in Kingston.
     

  • Hughes makes a splash for Midway

    Midway High School doesn’t officially have a swim team.

  • Mt. Pisgah picks up sweep

    The Mt. Pisgah Christian Academy Patriots and Lady Patriots  picked up a pair of wins last Tuesday against Tennessee Christian Prep.

    The Lady Patriots needed overtime to pick up a 45-37 victory while the Patriot boys cruised to a 51-33 victory.

  • Mattox honored by Roane State

    Bernadette Mattox, a star basketball player at Roane State Community College in the 1970s who has had a ground-breaking and successful coaching career, was honored at the Jan. 26 basketball games for her induction into the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

  • Lady Jackets fall in Area 4-AAA title game

    Thursday night was a good news, bad news type of night for the Cherokee Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets at the Area 4-AAA Tournament at Cleveland Middle School.

  • Man in trouble again at Bowers

    Staying away from Bowers Elementary School is becoming a problem for Jim Estes. The 47-year-old was arrested this week for violating an order of protection.
    According to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, the order prohibits Estes from having contact with his son, a student at Bowers, except for supervised visits.
    The report said his son was sitting on the floor in the lunchroom when Estes showed up at the school on Tuesday.

  • Deputy awarded Medal of Valor

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Smith has no idea what the water temperature was at 5 a.m. on Nov. 18. 
     “I just know it was cold, very cold.” he said
    The chill didn’t stop him from entering Watts Bar Lake to help a man who drove his car into the water.
    “That was just my initial reaction,” Smith said. “Go in and try to save the guy.”
    The man was saved, and Smith was recently honored for his heroic efforts.