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Today's News

  • Registered sex offender runs afoul of the law

    Another Roane County registered sex offender is in trouble with the law.

    Jasper Lee Russell, 186 Poplar Creek Road, Harriman, was arrested on April 17 on weapons charges.

    His legal troubles may not end there.

    According to court records, Russell is under investigation for an alleged child rape. The court records said an investigator with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office became aware of the allegations against Russell on April 13.  

  • Hurley stands by bill to test those seeking state assistance

    State Rep. Julia Hurley is staying the course on her drug testing for welfare recipients bill, despite a Tennessee Attorney General’s opinion that questions the legality of the legislation.

    “This measure is about accountability and proper fiscal management,” Hurley, R-Lenoir City, was quoted in a press release emailed to media last Thursday.

    House Bill 2725, which is sponsored by Hurley, has been placed on a finance subcommittee calendar for Wednesday.

  • Proclamation to give posthumous honor to Rich

    A proclamation honoring Elmer Rich, the longtime Rockwood city attorney who passed away late last month, is on today’s Rockwood City Council agenda.

    Rich served in the appointed post for more than 40 years under a number of mayoral administrations until an illness forced him to step aside in the final weeks of his life.

    Council is also expected to approve on final reading a pair of ordinances affecting the city’s operations in the wake of Rich’s death.

  • Truck crash, scattered roofing materials snarl traffic on I-40

    Authorities report a truck crash was responsible for Thursday’s backed-up traffic on Interstate 40.

    The wreck occurred at about 12:42 p.m. in the eastbound lane at mile marker 355 near Kingston’s Lawnville Road exit. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

    THP spokeswoman Dalya J. Qualls said a pickup truck involved in the collision was pulling a trailer loaded with roofing materials and nails.

    Those materials scattered onto the interstate because of the crash.

  • Rockwood leaders making big-dollar decisions tonight

    Rockwood City Council is set to finalize approval of multi-million dollar resolutions during its regular monthly meeting today.

    The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.

    The council recently approved the resolutions authorizing Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas to issue bonds up to $3.3 million to go toward refinancing some existing debt and a $1.25 million oxidation ditch required under a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation order.

    The resolutions were approved the first go-round with conditions.

  • Fire destroys home of riverboat head

    Emergency responders from multiple departments tackled a fully engulfed Ten Mile home Thursday night.

    Francie Harkenrider, manager of the former Watts Bar Belle riverboat at Kingston, lost her home at 360 Half Moon Shores Drive in a roaring blaze that was reported to authorities around 8:30 p.m.

    “It’s a million-dollar-home gone. Gone,” said Harkenrider’s son Nick.

    “We’ve lost half of our family pets ... my mom has lost everything. All her valuables — everything.”

  • Devils take two from Bobcats

    It’s often said you can throw the record books out the window when county rivals get together in any sport in Roane County.

  • Higgins signs with Randolph College

    When Harriman senior Lindsey Higgins started her high school career a lot of people believed it would one day end with her signing a college athletic scholarship.

    That day came Wednesday as Higgins signed a basketball scholarship with Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va.

  • Herwehe in Evansville honor society

    Logan Herwehe of Kingston has been inducted into Kappa Mu Epsilon, a national mathematics honor society, at University of Evansville.

    Herwehe, a mathematics major, is one of 27 new members inducted at the UE chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon’s recent annual initiation and banquet.

    Kappa Mu Epsilon is a national mathematics honor society founded in 1931 to promote the interest of mathematics among undergraduate students.

  • Tennessee Technology Center at Crossville 'A' Honor Roll: fall 2011

    Seven Roane County students were among the 140 at Tennessee Technology Center at Crossville recognized for having an “A” average for the fall term.

    The Roane County students and their field of study are:

    Automotive — Joshua Sherrill.

    Electronics — Jon Hammett.

    Industrial Electricity Modified — Joey Conrad and Mason Poore.

    Surgical Technology — Edward Metheny, Heather Nellis and Stefanie Tweed.