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Today's News

  • Dispose of hazardous household waste the safe way next weekend

    Roane County households may dispose of possible hazardous wastes in a free and safe way during next weekend’s Household Hazardous Waste Day at the recycling center at 215 White Pine Road, Midtown.

    Household hazardous waste materials will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5. No business, agribusiness, school or church waste will be accepted.

    Household hazardous waste includes flammable, corrosive, reactive or toxic materials.

  • Our Opinion: Tweets and courts really can co-exist

    Twitter has become a tool of the trade for America’s journalists, but judges are grappling with how to deal with the messaging in courtrooms.

    According to an article by the Associated Press, “the micro-blogging site is increasingly putting reporters on a collision course with judges who fear it could threaten a defendant’s right to a fair trial.”

    We’ve been down this path before, most notably with television.

  • Nuts & Bolts: A new type of public record coming your way

    Food safety is a big concern – especially at restaurants and public schools where people depend on the care and vigilance of others for the integrity of what we eat.

    I remember, during a vacation in Arizona a few years back, being so sick with food poisoning that I thought I might die alone in my second-floor hotel room.

    I recovered, but some do not. The weakest among us are the most vulnerable to food-related illness.

  • Relay for Life event is Friday at Roane State

    Relay for Life of Roane County is Friday At Roane State Community College with loads of fun for all ages.

    The focus of the walk is raising money to find a cure for cancer and celebrating and remembering survivors and victims of the disease.

    However, everyone is welcome to enjoy the variety of live entertainment and fundraisers, from meals to massages to children’s games.

    Activities include the massages, carnival games, face painting, cornhole, inflatables, flower power pencils, a dunking booth and Avon products.

  • Teachers vote for collaborative conferencing through RCEA

    Roane County Schools plans to give collaborative conferencing a try.

    Board of Education Member Wade McCullough reported last Thursday that 85 percent of teachers voted yes when asked if they wanted to engage in collaborative conferencing with the board.  

    McCullough said over 75 percent of teachers voted to have the Roane County Education Association  act as their representative.

  • Sex offender wasn’t supposed to be released

    James Allan Tiegs is back in jail.

    Apparently he should have never gotten out.

    “He was supposed to be held on no bond at the jail and somehow he was allowed to bond out,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    Tiegs, 50, was indicted by the Roane County grand jury in February for a sexual offender registration violation and aggravated sexual battery.

    Roane County authorities picked up Tiegs in Arizona and flew back with him to Tennessee on April 12.

  • TVA safety drill
  • Walking in the sun

    David Barkley of Kingston walks up to the fort at Southwest Point on a nice April day. Barkley,  a preacher in Rockwood, said it’s a “good place to meditate and pray.”

  • Lady Devils knock off Rockwood, 9-4

    The Harriman Lady Blue Devils kicked off a busy and important week Monday evening with a 9-4 victory over Rockwood at home.

  • Davidson to play for Roane State

    Like most basketball players growing up, Rockwood’s Cleveland Davidson had a dream of playing college basketball. Davidson will now get a chance to live out that dream as the Tiger guard signed scholarship papers last week with Roane State Community College.