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Today's News

  • Financial ruin to recovery

    Jennifer Johnson’s family doesn’t fit the stereotype of poverty.
    But several bumps on the road of life road left their finances in shambles.
    Homelessness loomed.
    “We were behind on car, rent — every bill possible,” she said.
    Her husband, Kevin, injured his knee while in the Navy in 2011. They are struggling to get the disability they believe he deserves.

  • Man tied up, forced to write check

    A 43-year-old Harriman man was arrested Tuesday night in connection with an alleged home invasion that day at 132 Zeni Lane, Harriman.
    Billy Joe Wright, 43, is charged with aggravated robbery.
    Roane County Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said the incident report wasn’t immediately available, but the sheriff’s office did provide a few details. 
    It said the elderly victim was tied up and robbed. “At approximately 11:30 p.m., Wright was located and arrested without incident.”

  • Officials excited about youth world series possibilities

    When Roane County had a Dixie Youth tournament in the past it proved a boon for local businesses.
    The Roane Alliance Chief Executive Officer Leslie Henderson believes the economic impact for this summer’s tournament in Rockwood could be close to $250,000.
    “It is very exciting,” Henderson said.
    Pam May, director of tourism and marketing at The Roane Alliance, did the math.
    Fifteen out-of-town teams will visit Rockwood for the Dixie Youth tournament for 7 and 8 year olds.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Spring bling not to be taken for granted

    Look outside.
    Chances are, you’ll see plenty of green. Delicate greens, deep mossy greens, even yellow-green chartreuses.
    No other color is as easy on the eye and calming to the spirit.
    The spring transformation never ceases to amaze me.
    Spring got a late start this year, but now we are fully into the richness of the season. We should pause to appreciate it.
    Some of us take for granted the emerald paradise spring provides for us every year.

  • Save the date

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s mobile household hazardous waste collection service will be in Roane County on May 11.

  • CASA Run for the Child set May 18

    CASA’s annual Run for the Child will be May 18 on the main campus of Roane State Community College in Roane County.

    Entry forms may be downloaded from www.casaninth.org, or runners may register on the morning of the race.

    Registration opens at 6:30 a.m., and the race begins at 8.

    This 5k run and walk raises money to train and support Court-Appointed Special Advocates, volunteers appointed by the juvenile court to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children.

  • Safety Awareness Day planned at Grace Church

    Grace Church, Kingston, will have a Community Safety Awareness Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4 at the church at 438. W. Race St.

    The event, in cooperation with the Roane County Sheriff's Office, will include numerous safety displays.

    The Meth Awareness trailer, provided in part with Roane County Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit and methamphetamine team and the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical task force, will allow meth unit team members to demonstrate their equipment to the public.

  • Hidden art treasure contest under way in Rockwood

    The Arts Council of Roane County is conducting a hidden art treasure hunt contest in Rockwood, just in time for Mother’s Day.

    The council designed the contest, which continues through May 10, to support both area businesses and artists.

    The council has “hidden” Roane County artists’ works in the shops of some of Rockwood’s merchants and other businesses.

    Each participating business is featuring a single work of art displayed with the council’s signage in each of the participating businesses.

  • Emory Gap church to mark Founders Day

    Emory Gap Independent Church of God, Harriman, will celebrate Founders Day and its 50-year anniversary on May 5.

    The service will honor the church’s founders, Edward and Edna Presswood.

    Emory Gap Independent Church of God is at 234 Morris Road.

  • Bowers Elementary perfect attendance: Third Nine Weeks

    Kindergarten
    Makinsey Cox
    Aaralyn Humphrey
    First Grade
    Riley Cross
    Jacob Lemons
    Ben McCracken
    Urja Patel
    Madison West
    Second Grade
    Dakota Cross
    Riley Hampton
    Haley Pelfrey
    Madalyn Jones
    Madelyn Ladd
    Kendal Mason
    Seth Underwood
    Billy Joe Chesser
    Third Grade
    TahDarius Boyd
    Javen Crass
    Allan Hovey
    Chase Johnson
    Loki Luttrell