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Today's News

  • Roane officers rank high at THP

    Two Roane County residents have been promoted to high-ranking positions with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

    Cheryl Sanders of Oliver Springs is the agency’s first-ever female field major. And Jessie Brooks of Kingston is now captain of the Chattanooga District.

    “I’m honored and blessed and proud and all of that,” said Sanders, who in her new duties oversees all East Tennessee district offices, including Cookeville, Chattanooga, Knoxville and Fall Branch.

    “I’m excited.”

  • What’s routine for school board not so run-of-the-mill for commission

    School officials appeared before the Roane County Commission on Feb. 11 requesting approval of a $99,012 budget amendment that was passed by the school board in December.

    “It’s a routine budget amendment that just reflects new revenues and new expenditures since the original budget,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

    The vote, however, was anything but routine.

    Six commissioners voted in favor of the amendment.

    Four voted no, and five others passed.

  • Folk musician McCutcheon to play for Children’s Museum

    Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John McCutcheon will perform in Oak Ridge’s Grove Theater this week in a special concert to benefit the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

    The concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, will pay tribute to Selma Shapiro, the late long-time director of the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

    McCutcheon is a folk musician known for his stories, songs, and his virtuosic skill with a variety of instruments.

  • Roane deputy hurt in Feb. 12 crash

    A Roane County sheriff’s deputy was injured in an afternoon car accident on Feb. 12.

    According to a report by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Michael Self was in his marked patrol car stopped at a traffic light at Roane and Crescent streets in Harriman.

    The report said a 17-year-old driving a 1995 Honda Civic failed to yield and struck the patrol car in the rear.

    Self, 26, was taken to Roane Medical Center by ambulance. The report said he suffered a minor injury.

    The patrol car was a 2011 Crown Victoria.

  • Admit toking to judge, go directly to jail

    Jennifer Lynn Sawin, an employee at the Grill & Pub, wasn’t the only person cited during the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s compliance check operation on Jan. 24.

    Margarito Salazar-Garcia, 35, served an alcoholic strawberry daiquiri to an underage informant at Los Primos Mexican restaurant in Harriman.

    He pleaded guilty to selling to a minor on Feb. 11 and received a $500 fine.

    He was also sentenced to 12 months in jail, but the time will be suspended if he pays the fine and court costs.

  • Out to Lunch: More meanderings that are sure to please

    In my last “Out To Lunch” article, I began a brief highlight of some of our unique adventures during 2012. Today I continue with some more enjoyable experiences you might have missed.

    If you would like more on any of the following places, I invite you to email me at postonplace@bellsouth.net.

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    Yum Yum Chinese Restaurant is at 1039 Roane St. (Hwy. 27) in Harriman, across from Earl Duff Subaru.

  • Mardi Gras party raises money to send RSCC choir to Carnegie Hall

    Beads, masks and jazz music punctuated last week’s Mardi Gras festivities on that most famous of thoroughfares.

    Rockwood Street.

    Yes, you read it right.

    The flashy celebration marking the last day of indulgence before the Lenten season was a chance to bring a little New Orleans fun to the Rockwood Event Center while raising money for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a group of Roane State Community College singers.

  • Henry Center celebration
  • Roane natives come home for Champion

    There is a new choice for physical therapy in Roane County — brought to the area by two Roane County natives.

    Champion Physical Therapy recently opened its third clinic in the newly renovated The Shoppes at Walden Ridge on North Gateway Avenue in Rockwood.

    Other clinics are in Knox and Sevier counties.

    Roane County natives and physical therapists Chris Robinson and Jason Eble will operate the center and provide care to patients.

  • Separation of church, state next League luncheon topic

    “Separation of Church and State: Protecting Your Religious Freedom” will be the topic of Paul W. Sharkey’s talk during the next Lunch with the League.

    The Oak Ridge League of Women Voters event will start at noon Feb. 19 in Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Sharkey is a retired professor of philosophy and religion and professor of community health.  

    There is no cost to attend, and reservations are not required.