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Today's News

  • Regular season ends Friday night

    The final week of the regular season is here and it should be a wild one as all five county teams could still make the playoffs.

    Rockwood, Oliver Springs and Kingston have secured their postseason berth, but Harriman and Midway still have work to do.

  • Tigers/Waves set for Friday

    The high school football game between Midway and Rockwood will be played Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Rockwood’s Civitan Field.

  • Under construction

    It may be a while before Roane Medical occupies its new home, but some folks are hard at work to see that the Midtown move is right on schedule.

  • Holiday lighting offered at Gala auction

    The 2011 Roane Alliance Gala on Nov. 4 marks the event’s 10th year  and has some of its more unique auction items ever.

    This year’s Cabaret theme is expected to add to the fun.

    Pam May, The Alliance’s tourism and marketing manager, calls the  registered, breeding-quality female English Bulldog, “appropriately named Roxy, one of the more adorable auction items we have ever had.”

  • Heritage group gets $2,500 in grant $$$

    East Tennessee Foundation is celebrating 25 years of thoughtful giving — neighbors caring for neighbors — in 2011.

    To mark the occasion and to demonstrate what it does in its 25-county service area, the Foundation has awarded a $2,500 grant to a nonprofit agency in each of the counties it serves.

    The Roane County recipient of the grant is the Roane County Heritage Commission.

    The Heritage Commission, established in 1974, was deeded the old historic Roane County Courthouse in Kingston at the time of its founding.

  • Writing seminar planned

    Humor columnist Judy DiGregorio will conduct a workshop on Oct. 29 in the Anderson County United Way office at 161 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.

    The event, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is the Tennessee Mountain Writers fall workshop.

    Using humorous readings and short writing assignments, DiGregorio will explore the purpose of humor, review the different types and styles of humor, teach participants about what makes people laugh, and identify possible markets for humor writing.

  • Watch the fall foliage, and watch out for ticks

    It’s autumn in Tennessee, and the state’s abundant natural resources are beckoning people to the woods — to hunt, hike or enjoy the beauty of fall foliage.

    And that means potential exposure to blacklegged ticks, which could be carrying the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.

    At the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, ecological researchers are engaged in a four-year National Science Foundation-funded study of ticks and the risks they pose for transmitting several diseases.

  • Miller, Farmer Howard tops for Rockwood administrator

    Rockwood City Council narrowed the list down to three, but officials couldn’t get four votes to name a city administrator at their meeting Thursday morning.

    “Well back to the drawing board,” quipped city councilman Jason Jolly.

    The council plans to schedule a meeting in the next week or so to again look at all the candidates, hoping the presence of all six members and time to reassess the candidates might bring out a stronger favorite.

  • Roane Republicans calling for primary in 2012 county races

    The Roane County Republican Party has called for a primary for next year’s county election.

    “I don’t know if it’s the first time for Roane County, but it’s the first time in a long time,” Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said. “Normally, Roane County is just the general election in August.”

    Roane County Republican Party Chairwoman Flo Charles said the decision was made a few weeks ago.

  • Ex-assessor hopeful in altercation

    Steven Robinette, a mixed martial arts instructor and former candidate for county property assessor, was involved in an altercation outside a Mexican restaurant in Rockwood on Oct. 19.

    According to a Rockwood Police Department report, Robinette showed up at the station at 2:30 a.m., and wanted to talk about an assault that occurred at the restaurant.

    “Steven stated he had been inside eating and had gotten into his vehicle,” the report said.