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Today's News

  • Comptroller makes it easier to report fraud

    Roane Countians have a new way to alert the state about suspected cases of public corruption.
    Earlier this month, Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Justin P. Wilson announced the start of a new online tool for reporting fraud, waste and abuse.
    “In this day and age, it makes sense to give people the option to send us fraud reports online,” Wilson said. 
    “This is another tool to help ensure that public money is being spent properly in Tennessee.”
    Wilson urges people to take advantage of the new service.

  • The Garden Gate: Things always rosy for perfumes

    The history of perfume parallels the history of civilization. For almost as long as there have been human beings, people have used many and varied ways to capture the scents of flowers and plants to use when the real ones were not available.

    Many primitive people used smoke perfumes. Aromatic plants, tree resins and fragrant herbs were burned, and garments and other textiles were held in the smoke to perfume them. Some American Indian tribes still do this as a ceremonial ritual. This, of course was the beginning of the development of incense.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 16

    25 Years Ago
    Approximately 8 inches of snowfall blanketed the area from Thursday through Sunday, playing havoc with school openings, traffic, sports events and meeting schedules.

    10 Years Ago
    The Warm Thoughts program was started by Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas to help residents who need heating bill assistance. Mid-East Community Action Agency was chosen to distribute the funds.

    Five Years Ago

  • Military Matters: Michael J. Vann

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael J. Vann has deployed overseas to a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners.

    Vann is a vehicle maintenance technician assigned to the 134th Air Refueling Wing at Knoxville.

    The sergeant has served in the military for 15 years.

  • Military Matters: Makayla R. Cordell

    Air National Guard Airman Makayla R. Cordell graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

    Daughter of Thomas and Patricia Cordell of Harriman, she is a 2012 graduate of Roane County High School.

    Cordell completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

    She earned four credits toward an associate’s degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • Talley to speak at NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet

    Harriman native Damon L. Talley will be the guest speaker for the annual Freedom Fund Banquet of the Roane County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

    The banquet will be  will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 in Jamieson Community Development Center on Margrave Street, Harriman.

    Tickets are available by calling 882-5545.

    Talley, a graduate of Harriman High School and Roane State Community College, earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer Southern School of Pharmacy in Atlanta.

  • 5 generations of Morrows celebrate Christmas

    Five generations of Lloyd B. Morrow’s family recently celebrated a 2012 Christmas lunch.

    Morrow, 98, celebrated with daughter Janet Hendrix, granddaughter Michele Johnson, great-granddaughter Ashlea Cox and great-great-grandchildren Jonathan and Alexis Cox.

  • Roane Walks to start

    Roane Walks, an eight-week fitness program aimed at sparking friendly competition in the community, will kick off Feb. 1.

    Two- to eight-member teams of walkers are forming for the kickoff event at noon at the pavilion of Kingston City Park.

    Teams will compete to see who can log the most miles walking, jogging or biking.

    “Teams will keep track of their miles, which will be posted in various locations throughout the county,” said Justin Thomas, Roane County Family and Consumer Sciences Extension agent.

  • Arrests: Jan. 4-7, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Jan. 4 —  Laquan Bernard Barber, 28, 103 Gates Drive, Oak Ridge: domestic assault. Bond $1,250; court date March 18.

    • Ernest Paul Bright, 30, 720 Elm Ave., Rockwood: two counts violation of probation, two counts possession without prescription. Total bond $8,000; court date Feb. 4.

    • Jennifer Nicole Clemons, 22, 116 Martin Road, Harriman: Knox County hold.

  • General Sessions Court: Oct. 29, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Oct. 29 — Stephanie E. Fritts, probation violation. Guilty.

    • Amanda F. Boles, probation violation. Guilty.

    • Ricky F. Andrews, driving while license suspended, two counts failure to appear misdemeanor. Guilty.

    • Tanya L. Fredrick, probation violation. Guilty.