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Today's News

  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga graduates: Fall 2012

    Three University of Tennessee at Chattanooga students from Roane County received their degrees during fall commencement.

    Samuel Collins received a bachelor’s degrees in health and human performance: exercise science: applied.

    Lauren Hix’s bachelor’s degree is in psychology.

    Cody Wampler received a bachelor’s degrees in health and human performance: exercise science: pre-professional.

    More than 700 students were in the graduating class.

  • Break-in turns rough in Harriman

    Two men in ski masks kicked in a door and roughed up the three occupants of a Harriman apartment early Wednesday.

    Ron Allen Arwood, 24, of Harriman, and Brady Alan Capps, 27, were charged with especially aggravated burglary and robbery, while a third, Joseph Franklin Capps III, 24, was charged with especially aggravated burglary, robbery and criminal impersonation.

    “They were looking for money,” Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said.

  • Checking things out

    A Tennessee Department of Transportation crew checks supports under the Interstate 40 bridge near the Midtown exit Wednesday.

  • Blizzard of ’93 left lasting legacy

    This week, on March 12, marked the 20th anniversary of one of the biggest weather events Roane Countians have ever witnessed.

    What they may not realize is the impacts of the Blizzard of 1993 are with them to this day.

    State Sen. Ken Yager, who spent more than two decades as Roane County’s executive, was in charge at the time. Yager, who had just started his third of six terms, remembers the event well.

    “We had heard days in advance — the perfect storm is about to come,” he said.

  • Annexation talks simmer

    When stirrings of Midtown annexation along Hwy. 70 renewed, it didn’t take long for Midtown business owners to once again let their feelings of disapproval be known.

    Recently, Harriman Councilman J.D. Sampson complained that area businesses, including some outside the city limits, have thrived as a result of investment Harriman has put into the Midtown corridor.

  • King College honors: Fall 2012

    King College recently honored Roane County students in traditional and professional studies undergraduate programs who received academic honors for fall semester.

    Named to the president’s list were Robert Ray Kring of Harriman; Michael Scott Bandy, Deepa Cecilia Garren and Eden Buchanan Sherrod of Kingston; Hannah Elyse Hester and Krista Susanne Whaley of Oliver Springs; and Jerry Michele Crowe and Jessica Dawn Golliher of Rockwood.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Wayne Pugh remembers different storm

    Many of you know Wayne Pugh or Rockwood. I consider him a friend — I hope he feels the same way about me.

    Wayne and I have a lot in common, including the love of railroads and one very big storm.

    While many in East Tennessee consider the March 1993 blizzard the worst winter storm they ever saw, for me and Wayne, a January 1978 storm gets top billing.

    Wayne, who was with L&N Railroad at the time, shared his memories with me recently.

  • Altrusa scholarships offered to women

    Altrusa International Inc. of Oak Ridge is offering scholarships of up to $1,000 to deserving Roane County women to support their pursuit of education and/or training.

    The scholarships honor Sarah Ketron and Pat Rush, two former Altrusa presidents and civic leaders.

    Altrusans seek to encourage and support women who are striving to complete their education, search for jobs and become financially independent.

  • East Tennessee State University’s Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy dean's list: Fall 2012

    William C. Carothers of Kingston and Rebekah L. Loden of Rockwood are among students earning dean’s list achievement at East Tennessee State University’s Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy for fall session.

    Students who qualified for the dean’s list were enrolled in no fewer than 12 credit hours and achieved a semester grade-point average of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale, with no grade lower than a B-minus.

    ETSU is in Johnson City.

  • Blue Devils, Tigers split tennis opener

    The 2013 tennis season started Tuesday with county rivals Harriman and Rockwood splitting their match at Roane State.

    Harriman’s boys opened their season with a 6-3 victory while the Lady Tigers salvaged the split with a 7-2 victory.

    Girls