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Today's News

  • Medic plans 3 blood drives

    Medic Regional Blood Center asks all eligible donors to make a donation this summer.

    “Donations are down this time of year; yet, the need is great due to the increase traffic and recreation in our area,” said Christi Fightmaster, Medic spokeswoman.

    Donors will have three chances in the upcoming weeks to give blood in Roane County.

    A Medic mobile unit will be at Oliver Springs Food City from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 21 for a blood drive.

  • Planters primp up downtown area

    Rockwood 2000 members, from left, Sue Hill, Mary Kau, Molly Rogers and Sue McCutcheon install and plant one of 15 “trough planters” as one of the organization’s beautification projects in the city’s downtown area.

    Rockwood 2000 is also working on additional landscaping projects on Gateway Avenue.

  • Marriage licenses: May 2011

    Marriage licenses granted at the Roane County Courthouse in May:

    David Allen Satterfield to Barbara Anna Jean Evans McDonald

    Kevin Matthew Jones to Lacresha Rae Massengale Phillips

    Eric J. Walker to Karen Marie Steidle Whitley

    Gregory Howard Leffew to Emese Mary Suranyi

    Daniel Andrew Lancaster to Joby Denise Longmire Winter

    Steven Henry Hinds to Lindsey Elizabeth Treadway

    Charles Lewis Hancock Jr. to Amanda Nichole Barry

  • Births: April 19-May 26

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:

    April 19 — Victoria Ann Smith, Harriman. A boy, Sean Steven, 7 pounds, 12 ounces. Grandparents: Charles and Pam Phillips.

    April 24 — Megan and Scott Burnham, Oliver Springs. A girl, Brianna Robyn, 8 pounds, 6 ounces. Sibling: Eli James. Grandparents: Rick and Charlotte Gaylor; Steve and Jeannie Burnham.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers in Roane County from May 9-16:

    From Sharon Christmas to Shirley F. Peck by quit-claim deed, Dist. 1, Anzie Way, $0.

    From Shapiro & Kirsch LLP, Shapiro and Kirsch LLP, Ralph H. Walls and Frances B. Walls to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. by trustee’s deed, Dist. 1, Tract 2 Lancer Drive, $0.

    From Branch Banking and Trust Co. to Charles Blue and Randall Blue by warranty deed, Dist. 3, Rarity Ride, sub-area C, Lot 144, Phase 2, $15,000.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Boyd W. Woody, theft Sept. 29. Guilty as charged March 28, convicted. Evading arrest Sept. 29. Dismissed March 28, cost to state.

  • Allegiance pledge recital not mandatory

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    The Pledge of Allegiance is a simple and clear way of expressing love of country.
    It’s also a voluntary patriotic exercise — declared as such more than 50 years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court.
    Still, some officials or legislatures periodically try to coerce others into reciting the Pledge. A recent attempt involves a Mississippi judge who jailed a lawyer who refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance last October at the start of a court session.

  • Impressions: Phrase is sweet music to most any father’s ears

    One of the sweetest phrases a man will ever hear comes directly from the heart:
    “I love you, Daddy.”
    Whether the words originate from the mouth of a toddler, teenager, full-grown offspring or somewhere in between, something magical happens when they’re spoken.
    Precious little girls can bat their eyes and melt their old man’s heart, all the while wrapping him around their pinky fingers.
    Little boys can lower their heads, shrug their shoulders and weasel themselves out of all sorts of trouble with the simple four-word phrase.

  • Harriman cleanup gets serious

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    csimpson@roanecounty.com
    Several downtown property owners within the Harriman Center City Redevelopment and Urban Renewal area learned in writing that they met at least one category of blight.
    That means they have to take action to stop proceedings that could cost them their property.
    The blight elements vary from simple debris and vegetative overgrowth to structural damage.
    The owners had until June 6 to respond to the Harriman Redevelopment Advisory Committee.

  • Youth Fishing Tournament