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Today's News

  • Hobo still hits road at 100

    Even at age 100, Mose Wheeler is able to drive the trip from Michigan to his hometown of Harriman.
    “The reason I have lived to be 100 is the faith I have in God,” Wheeler said.
    Wheeler, who lives in Port Huron Township in the Great Lakes State, said he makes an annual trip to his hometown of Harriman around his Aug. 31 birthday.
    He was born in 1913.

    Wheeler owned a junk yard in Port Huron and now sells antiques and fixes things.

  • Marjorie Earick, 72, dies

    Roane County Board of Education Member Everett Massengill has heard a lot of speeches in his more than two decades on the board.
    One of the most memorable ones came from former board member Marjorie Earick in 2011.

    “That was one of the best,” Massengill said Wednesday.
    The board held a special-called meeting to decide whether to grant then-director of schools Toni McGriff a one-year contract extension. The meeting was so intense that McGriff left the room. 

  • Women try to take $644 in goods

    Rockwood police have accused two Lenoir City women of using a self-checkout machine to try and rip off Walmart.
    Kayla Smallen, 24, and Donette Hightower, 30, are charged with theft.
    According to Rockwood police, Hightower scanned $644.56 worth of merchandise at the self checkout on Sept. 11, and then asked for the items to be voided.

  • Man dies in Hwy. 327 wreck

    From STAFF REPORTS
    Criminal charges are pending in a single-vehicle wreck that claimed the life of an Oliver Springs man on Sunday.
    The wreck was on Hwy. 327 around 8:30 p.m.
    According to a report by Trooper Matthew Armes, Otto Joseph Flachbart III of Lenoir City was driving north in a truck with three passengers.
    The vehicle failed to make a turn and overturned.
    Passenger Fred M. Collins Jr., 48, was killed.
    The report said Flachbart and the other passengers, identified as Cody A. York and Freddy R. Collins, were not injured.

  • Lions eye screenings
  • Checking out the solar switch
  • The Garden Gate: Mum's the word in fall beauty

    We are noticing now that the trees are beginning to show their fall colors, the blossoms of Queen Anne’s lace are starring the fields, the golden yarrows and bright zinnias are adorning our gardens, and all the roadside produce stands are bright with chrysanthemums.

    Looking ahead to fall festivals, Halloween pumpkins are beginning to add their colorful notes to all the stands.

  • Property Transfers: Nov. 1-Dec. 3, 2012

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Nov. 1-Dec. 3:

    • From Betty Jean Ford Trustee and Ford Trust Agreement to Betty Jean Ford by quit-claim deed, Dist. 2, 0.51 acre, Oak Hills Estates, Lot 60, $0.

    • From Clifford W. Stephens and Kathryn H. Stephens to Douglas L. Devaney by warranty deed, Dist. 5, city of Rockwood, Lots PT15 and PT16, $19,000.

  • Colter Lee Sexton

    Colter Lee Sexton was born on May 14 in Parkwest Medical Center, Knoxville.

    He weighed 6 pounds 6 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

    He is the son of Cody and Saundra Sexton of Rockwood.

    Grandparents are Glen “Russ” and Lisa Sexton of Harriman and Wendell and Linda Rosenbalm of Heiskell.
     

  • Forever Young health fair to cater to area seniors

    A Forever Young health and information fair for senior citizens will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 26 in Kingston Community Center.

    Free flu shots will be offered.

    Other offerings include medical massages; carotid ultrasound; and screenings for blood pressure, bone density, vision, pulse oximetry and falls risk.

    Call Amber Jacks, Mid-East Community Action Agency senior services director, at 354-0450 for details.