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Today's News

  • Kick off the new year in a healthy way with a hike at a Tennessee State Park

    Tennessee State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes on New Year’s Day in commemoration of the park system’s 75th anniversary.

    Each state park will host its own special hike in the first few days of the New Year.

  • Hwy. dept. recycling Christmas trees, holiday greenery

    Roane County Highway Department will have a Christmas tree recycling event Jan. 2-3.

    Wreaths and garland will be accepted, but brush is prohibited.

    Christmas trees and greenery may be taken to the Roane County Highway Department at 3070 Roane State Hwy., Midtown, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

    All tinsel, lights and decorations should be removed from Christmas trees, garlands and wreaths before they are taken to the department for recycling.

    Call 882-9782 for more information.

  • Blood drives in Harriman, Kingston

    Medic Regional Blood Center hopes that blood donation is on top of the list for New Year’s Resolutions.

    “If all donors gave just one more donation per year, our area would rarely experience a blood shortage,” said Christi  Fightmaster, Medic’s director of public relations.    

    Medic is the sole provider of blood for 21 counties and 27 area hospitals throughout the greater East Tennessee region.   

  • Plan ahead to prevent being a statistic this New Year's holiday

    As Americans prepare for holiday celebrations, AAA reminds both drivers and passengers of the dangers on the roads on New Year’s Day.

    According to AAA, New Year’s Day consistently ranks as the day most alcohol-related fatalities occur.

    To strengthen efforts to protect the public against drunk drivers and reduce alcohol-related traffic deaths, AAA supports ignition interlocks for all convicted DUI offenders and offers important safety advice to partygoers.

  • Veterans nursing home option?

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason is optimistic about the potential after his visit with the Veterans Administration to talk about turning the soon-to-be abandoned Roane Medical Center facility in downtown Harriman into a veterans hospital.
    “The meeting overall was a success, and I left them with an invitation to travel here and see the building and also let them know that we were open to the idea of them utilizing it for other things,” Mason said.

  • Seth moves on from mayor to emcee role

    Midtown Elementary’s Seth Gunter, 11, is articulate, clearly intelligent and thoughtful.
    It’s why he was selected to emcee the Junior Achievement Awareness Breakfast to benefit Junior Achievement of Tennessee. Seth was “discovered” while participating with other Midtown Elementary School fifth graders in Junior Achievement’s Biztown — the interactive mock town where students fill a variety of roles in a community.

  • EPA’s top administrator calling it quits soon

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson announced her resignation on Thursday.
    In a prepared statement, she said she will be leaving her post after the president’s state of the union address.
    “I will leave the EPA confident the ship is sailing in the right direction, and ready in my own life for new challenges, time with my family and new opportunities to make a difference,” Jackson said.

  • Life insurance argument escalates to death threat

    An argument over life insurance money had a man allegedly threatening to take a life.
    James West, 43, was charged with aggravated assault in the incident.
    According to the warrant, West and Shella Stafford got into an argument over life insurance money on Dec. 18.
    “Ms. Stafford states that the defendant became angry, shoved her, slammed the door and would not let her leave,” the warrant said. “The defendant grabbed a shotgun  and put it to her head and said, ‘You are gonna die (expletive).”

  • Tamke Allen hosts STEM workshop

    Grade 4-8 teachers from Roane, Union, Scott, Campbell and Morgan counties recently visited Roane State Community College’s Tamke-Allan Observatory and were taught helpful strategies for teaching science topics.
    Educators at all levels are concerned with increasing student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

  • Looseleaf Laureate by Terri Likens - Plot twist: A later-in-life love story

    My father died around six years ago.
    Since then, life has been pretty lonely for my mother.
    Sure, she had her ladies lunch groups and some neighbors she sometimes spends time with.
    And there’s me. I live a bit more than an hour away, but that’s a couple hours closer than any of my siblings.
    However, I have been spending more time with my boyfriend — and so Mom’s and my visits have been more limited.