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Today's News

  • Armes joins Judkins practice

    Nick Armes recently passed the Tennessee Bar Exam and is now practicing law with the Judkins Law Firm in Oak Ridge.

    Armes is an East Tennessee native and was born and raised in Roane and Anderson counties.

    He graduated with honors from the Appalachian School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the school’s main law review.

    Prior to attending law school, Armes graduated from Middle Tennessee State University and Roane State Community College, each with high honors.

  • More graduating from high school

    An improved graduation rate along with all A’s and B’s in achievement and value added.
    Those were some of the highlights of Roane County Schools 2013 state report card.
    “It’s the best we’ve ever had,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.
    In 2012, the school system got B’s in math, reading and science and an A in social studies.
    This year the school system received B’s in math and reading and A’s in science and social studies.

  • Enrichment taking glove donations

    Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s Roane County branch is embarking on the fifth year of its Gloves of Love campaign.  

    Staff members at the branch office in Kingston are collecting gloves, hats and scarves for school children in Roane County.

    “Many children arrive at school without warm coverings for their heads and hands, and the credit union is making it their mission to keep the children warm during the cold months of the year,” said Becky Woody, Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s Roane County branch manager.

  • Cold pills? You’ll need a prescription in Harriman

    Customers shopping for pseudoephedrine and ephedrine products in Harriman now need a prescription.
    Harriman City Council approved second and final reading of an ordinance making the restrictions earlier this month, and Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said he talked to area pharmacists and doctors about it after first reading.
    “There wasn’t any opposition to it,” Heidle said. “Everybody I talked to ... they are welcoming it.”

  • Kingston man dies in crash

    From staff reports
    Patrick E. Fly, a 22-year-old Kingston man, was killed in an early Friday morning car wreck.
    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Fly was driving on Swan Pond Road in a 2005 Nissan Altima when he failed to negotiate a curve.
    “The vehicle skidded and exited the right side of the roadway,” the THP report said. “The vehicle flipped several times, and the driver was ejected.”

  • County buying Cawood law office near courthouse

    Kingston attorney Chris Cawood has found a buyer for his law office.
    “We’re in the process of closing,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody confirmed.
    The appraised value of the office is $99,000. That’s what the county is paying for the property.
    “We decided to go with the appraised value,” Cawood said about the purchase price.
    The law office on Cumberland Street is a stone’s throw from the county courthouse and jail.
    “They may decide to tear it down and use it for parking,” Cawood said.

  • Devils bomb Braves

     

    While it wasn't the most stylish win, it was a win nonetheless for the Harriman Middle School Lady Blue Devils over Fort Loudon by a 27-22 tally on Thursday night.

    Fort Loudon scored the first two points of the contest, but Harriman closed the opening period on a 7-0 surge with Christina Pack (5 points) serving as the lead scorer.

  • Bobcats split close games with Bears

     

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats and Lady ’Cats played their first home games of the season Thursday night when they hosted Tellico Plains, but they will be hard-pressed to play two more dramatic games all season as both games went down to the wire.

  • Midway rolls past Cloudland, 26-14

     

    It was rainy and it was cold, but none of that mattered to the Midway Green Wave Friday night as Joe Campbell’s squad traveled to Roan Mountain and picked up a historic 26-14 win over the Cloudland Highlanders in the second round of the TSSAA Class 1A playoffs.

  • Recycling revenues dropping

    Nearly 20,000 tons of trash came out of Roane County last year.
    More than 2,000 tons of recycling was diverted from the landfill.
    In the county’s more trashy days, residents produced as high as 59,000 tons of garbage.

    Ralph Stewart, the county’s solid waste coordinator, blames the financial climate.
    “When the economy is good, people are buying houses, tearing down houses,” Stewart said. “A lot of new things going up means we are tearing a lot of things down and throwing things away.”