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Today's News

  • TWRA releases walleye into Watts Bar Lake

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has established a walleye stocking program in the Watts Bar Reservoir by recently releasing more than 220,000 fingerlings in the lake. The young walleye were raised at the Eagle Bend Fish Hatchery and were stocked in various locations around the reservoir to augment sauger stocking in Watts Bar.

  • Roane State camp draws large crowd

    Roane State women’s basketball head coach Monica Boles had a busy week last week as she along with several assistants hosted the 2011 Roane State Raiderette Basketball Camp.

  • Divided loyalties: How to be true to two schools

    My 35th high school reunion is this summer. Both of them, actually.

    I grew up in the Franklin County school system in Frankfort, Ky., until the middle of my junior year.

    After my father took a promotion in Cincinnati, the family moved to the Boone County, Ky., school system just across the Ohio River from the big Queen City.

    I grew up with the kids from the Franklin County schools, including my first two and a half years at the high school there.

  • Coal liquifaction plant moves on

    An industry that was pursuing land in Plateau Partnership Park has decided to go to Morristown, taking the hundreds of jobs it was proposing to create with it.

    Roane County Commissioners had heard that the plant might be locating in Morristown this week, but were unsure whether that move would come to fruition.

    “Will it happen in Morristown? Are they still talking to Plateau Partnership? I don’t know, either,” County Executive Ron Woody told commissioners Monday.  

  • Raises in store for equalization board

    Members of the Roane County Board of Equalization could be getting a boost in pay.

    On June 3, the county’s budget committee voted to increase the board’s pay from $100 to $150.

    “They shouldn’t get a raise,” Commissioner Randy Ellis said. “That’s a 50-percent raise for them when our employees are looking at nothing.”

    The budget committee is still working on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Raises for the county employees have not been included so far.

  • Geocaching: A treasure hunt by numbers

    Hidden all over Roane County are caches of hidden “treasure” that explorers search out just for the thrill of the hunt. 


    Geocaching has been a popular pasttime for 11 years and involves treasure-hunters plugging coordinates into a GPS device and navigating their way to find a stash of random trinkets with a log to sign.


    The size of caches hidden range from small, such as the inside of a bullet shell with a rolled-up piece of paper to sign, to large — a coffee can with a log and trinkets inside to trade and track online. 


  • Post office works to Stamp Out Hunger

    Workers at the Rockwood Post Office participated in the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger food drive last month to collect 4,000 food items for the Rockwood Ministerial Association’s food pantry.

    They include, front row from left, Lesa Pelfrey, Ann Whitfield, Michelle Berrier, Kim Thompson; middle row, Tracy Mioduski, Debbie Hamby; and back row, Frank Stroh, Skip Edwards and Carey Spencer.

    This was the 19th year of the nationwide campaign.

  • 11 from Roane take part in ’11 Girls State

    Eleven Roane County rising high school seniors are among the 525 outstanding students who participated in the American Legion Auxiliary's 65th session of Volunteer Girls State.

    This year’s session was May 29-June 4 on the campus of Lipscomb University.

    Delegates to the program are selected from high schools across the state based on their academic and leadership potential.

  • Calvary students tops in fine arts

    Calvary Baptist School in King-ston had a number of students who won individual and group honors during the Tennessee Fine Arts Competition in Murfreesboro.

    Students advanced to the state competition after winning first- and second-place honors during the District Fine Arts Competition in Powell.

    State winners from Calvary Baptist School include:

    First place

    • Junior High Small Vocal Ensemble, first in district.

  • Powell recipient of Tech scholarship

    Michele Powell of Roane County is among the Tennessee Technological University students who received honors during the 36th annual College of Business Scholarships and Awards Banquet.

    Powell, a senior accounting major, is the recipient of the Sam Looper Scholarship.

    One hundred twenty-nine students received scholarships of almost $143,000.

    “We are proud of this outstanding group of students,” said James Jordan-Wagner, dean of the College of Business.