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Today's News

  • County looking to buy another white house

    Roane County is looking to purchase another white house near the new jail.

    However, County Executive Ron Woody said don’t expect a repeat of the county’s last “white house” episode.

    There are no plans to renovate this one for office space, he said.

    “The intent would be to purchase the property so we could have additional parking,” he said.

    The Roane County Commission meets on Monday at 7 p.m. at the courthouse in Kingston.

  • It's fishing rodeo time again

    Dennis Ferguson’s Fishing Rodeo for Kids  is being held Aug. 6 at Roane County Park .

    Free to children 5-14, registration for the event begins at 8 a.m. and fishing starts at 8:30.  

    The rodeo was started by Ferguson, a former state representative, who promised the event would continue even after he lost his re-election bid last November.

    “I’m never going to stop it so long as I’m able,” said Ferguson, who added that he has it set up as a nonprofit.

  • TWRA to close Catoosa due to vandalism

    Heavy vandalism to the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area has prompted state officials to decide to temporarily shut off public access due to safety concerns.

    The popular outdoors area in Morgan, Cumberland and Fentress counties will be closed to all public access, effective Aug. 8, said Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials on Tuesday.

    Officials with TWRA, which manages the site, said vandals have placed nails, spikes and nail-boards in Catoosa fields, secondary roads and trails on since June.

  • DOE to test sirens at Oak Ridge today

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s public warning siren system will be tested Aug. 3 in areas surrounding the department’s Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The sirens will be tested between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. People in these areas during the test will hear a siren for 3-5 minutes.

    The sirens are near DOE’s East Tennessee Technology Park, Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  • 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.

    MAY 17 CASES DISPOSED

    Stacy B. Hicks, assault-attempt and aggravated burglary. Dismissed.

    Holly N. Goodin, disorderly conduct and public intoxication. Guilty.

    Bryan Cofer, first-offense seat belt 16-17. Guilty as charged.

    Daniel D. Clark, probation violation. Guilty.

    Jimmy Wayne Bunch, three counts probation violation. Dismissed.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse June 20-30:

    From Martha R. McReynolds Executor, Martha Robertson McReynolds Executor, Roberta Kay Bryson Executor, Kay Robertson Bryson Executor and James Dewitt Robertson Jr. Estate to Martha R. McReynolds and Roberta Kay Bryson by deed, Dist. 3, Fairground Townhouses Development, Lot 1124, $0.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Hedrick

    Darlita Evans and Lucas Hedrick were married on June 11 in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Harriman.

    Father Michael Sweeney officiated during the 2 p.m. ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Dennis and Regina Evans of Rockwood.

    Her grandparents are Jim and Louise Evans of Rockwood and Kenneth Bane and the late Vernell Martain.

    The groom is the son of Martha Hedrick of Harriman and the late Wendal Hedrick.

    His grandparents are Jane Palko of Harriman and the late Ed Palko.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Aug. 3

    25 Years Ago
    Membership in the Roane County Humane Society grew to 45 members in its first year of operation (June 1985-June 1986). After its founding that year, the organization was also chartered by the state.

    10 Years Ago

  • Tuning up for Half-Moon Music Festival

    Ed Calfee of the East Tennessee Concert Band plays a few test notes on his French horn before the ensemble’s performance in last month’s Half-Moon Music Festival.

    The lakeside festival in Ten Mile drew a large crowd. Those who arrived by vehicle were shuttled to the site; a number of boats also dropped anchor on Watts Bar Lake for a summer Sunday concert.

    Others performing during the annual event were The Streamliners and The Possum Hunters.

  • Blood drive set Aug. 9

    Medic Regional Blood Center continues to report dwindling summer supplies which lead to critical shortages of most popular blood types.

    “Community blood banks are encouraged to keep seven to nine days of blood on hand in preparation for emergencies,” said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations.

    “Medic has been operating on a one- to two-day supply most days and some days back-ordered on specific types, which means not being able to fill hospital orders,” she added.