Today's News

  • Pro2Serve goes over challenge for books

    The Pro2Serve Challenge for Roane Imagination Library has reached and exceeded its goal after just one month.

    Pro2Serve, a Roane County-based technical and engineering services company, established a challenge grant to match dollar-for-dollar the first $5,000 from new contributors and increased contributions from previous contributors.  

    More than $8,700 was donated by 70 contributors.

    Individuals, families and organizations recognized the value of the Roane Imagination Library’s literacy program to the education of local children.  

  • Rockwood cuts administrator funds

    Rockwood City Council still can’t agree on a new city budget, but council members did see eye-to-eye last week on one thing.

    They removed funding for the city administrator position in the 2012 continuing budget they approved to allow the city to operate beyond the state’s July 1 budget deadline.

    Both Vice Mayor Peggy Evans and Councilman Mike Freeman have been City Administrator Jack Miller’s staunchest supporters.

  • NSBC urges holiday safety

    The 4th of July celebration is right around the corner and is a popular time for boaters to get out and enjoy being on the water with family and friends. But with approximately 500 people drowning each year from recreational boating accidents, it is imperative to always boat responsibly, including wearing a life jacket, being alert and aware while on the water, and obeying navigation rules.

  • Jackets win O-Zone title

    With a first-pitch temperature of 101 degrees, the Harriman and Kingston 11-12 year-old all-stars battled it out Thursday for the Dixie Youth O-Zone sub-district title in Caryville.

  • Roane State program aimed at teachers-to-be

    Anyone interested in becoming a teacher — whether you are a professional who wants to change careers or a new student who will start at Roane State Community College this fall — is invited to learn more about Roane State and Bethel University’s new 2+2 program in secondary education.

    A meeting for interested students will be held on Monday, July 9 from 5-7 p.m., and two meetings will be held on Tuesday, July 10 (9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.).

    Those interested in the program only need to attend one session.

  • Issue raised over Ryans’ dual roles

    The June 18 State Election Commission meeting in Nashville included an agenda item about Roane County Election Commissioner Jim Ryans.

    The issue concerned Ryans serving as both a Roane County election commissioner and member of the county Board of Public Utilities.

    “The commission decided to seek an AG’s (attorney general’s) opinion as to whether it was legal for someone to serve on both the election commission and the utilities board,” said Blake Fontenay, a state spokesman.

  • Accused killer found in Miss.

    Mississippi authorities have in custody a man facing murder charges in Roane County for the death of a young woman last October.

    Shawn Smoot was indicted this month by a Roane County grand jury in the death of 23-year-old Brooke Morris and failed to appear for his arraignment on Monday, June 25.

    Morris’ remains were found in October at Blair Road and Old Blair Road.

    Police knew he was in Mississippi and located him about 10 p.m. Tuesday night, when he was apprehended by U.S. Marshals and Pearl River County sheriff’s deputies.

  • Harvest pays for mission travel

    South Harriman Baptist Church youth are feeding their flock while raising money for a mission trip to Iowa. Youth minister Matt Edwards got the idea of putting in a garden near the church as a fundraiser for the youth group’s mission trip to Iowa in July.

    Church members take the produce off a table at the church and leave a donation.

  • Candidate’s qualifications questioned

    Questions have arisen concerning Dennis Ferguson’s qualifications to run for Roane County road superintendent.    

    “I’ve never known Dennis to build a road,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said. “Have you?”

    The issue has also been raised by one of Ferguson’s opponents in the Aug. 2 election.

    “There’s some big questions about it,” candidate Brian Mullins said.  

  • Looseleaf laureate: Heat wave? We all need to chill

    Oppressive heat is upon us.

    I spent several years in the deserts of Arizona, so I know a thing or two about extreme heat.

    Out there, we left oven mitts hanging next to certain outside doors because the afternoon summer sun could make door knobs dangerously hot.

    Summer there was like winter here: it was the time you stayed in, took it easy and tried very hard not to over exert yourself.

    With summer temperatures consistently above 100 degrees out there, we learned to take it in stride, even though we longed for cooler days.