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Today's News

  • Rockwood man earns hefty sentence

    A Rockwood man was sentenced to 262 months —nearly 22 years — in federal court this week on his charges of posing as a federal agent to commit a violent Oak Ridge home invasion in 2009.

    In February, a jury convicted Ricky Eugene Cofer of impersonation of an officer and being a convicted felon in possession of a pistol.

    In addition to his federal sentence, he is already serving time in the state prison system.

  • Cost of college jumps

    Roane State Community College and Tennessee Technology Center will both see rising tuition and fees after the Tennessee Board of Regents approved increases last week for all its institutions.

    The board also approved a 3-percent cost-of-living allowance for all regular, eligible board of regents employees.

    Roane State and other community college students across the state can expect to pay $132 more per semester.

    Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman students can expect to pay $80 more per semester.

  • Drug dealer in court on murder charge

    Convicted drug dealer Ralph O’Neal was arraigned for first-degree murder in Roane County Criminal Court on Monday.

    He’s charged with the August 2007 murder of Ronnie Dean Cofer.

    Sporting dreadlocks, O’Neal entered the courtroom in handcuffs and dressed in a striped jail uniform.

    He pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.  

    O’Neal’s legal troubles date back years.

    He was indicted on federal drug charges in 2008.

  • Director sums up state of Roane County Schools

    By TONI McGRIFF
    Director, Roane County Schools
    School year 2010-11 was very challenging for Roane County Schools. 
    Our teachers and students were working with new, more rigorous standards and with a new more rigorous method of measurement. 
    The standards were increased in 2008-09, and teachers prepared for the changes through training, realignment of the curriculum and review of new assessment methods.
    The new measurement scale was approved by the State Board in 2009 and was applied to the results in the spring of 2010. 

  • Beets elected to TML board

    Troy Beets, Kingston mayor, was elected to the board of directors of the Tennessee Municipal League during the league’s annual conference recently held in Murfreesboro.
    Kay Senter, mayor pro tem of Morristown, was elected president.
    Beets was nominated as a director at- large by a six-member nominating committee composed of municipal officials statewide.
    He was then elected for a one-year term by a majority vote of the entire membership.

  • Counterprotests best way to deal with Westboro ilk

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Whatever your thoughts about the controversial Fred Phelps family and their Westboro Baptist Church — and for most Americans, those thoughts are negative — the group continues to find ways to grab headlines and public attention.
    In the wake of the death June 20 of Ryan Dunn, a star of MTV’s “Jackass” programs, in a traffic accident, Westboro promised to appear yesterday in Dunn’s hometown, West Chester, Pa., at public memorial service.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas: Take your RCN on vacation, get picture in paper

    Are you ready for some summer?
    Like most folks, my bet is you’re already pondering just exactly how hot it’s going to get in August.
    That’s because we’ve had an extremely warm May and June — and July’s just around the corner.
    My guess is the days and weeks to come won’t exactly be lazy. Especially this weekend, because Independence Day is here.

    I always enjoy the holiday … especially when it coincides with a long weekend.

  • Rosenbalm-Sexton

    Glen “Russ” and Lisa Sexton of Harriman announce the forthcoming marriage of their son, Cody Lee Sexton, to Saundra Nicole Rosenbalm.

    She is the daughter of Wendell and Linda Rosenbalm of Heiskell.

    A September ceremony is planned at Mountain View Park in Heiskell.

  • Madly Hillman

    Madly Hillman celebrated her second birthday on June 11 with a party at Fort Southwest Point with her parents, grandparents, great-aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

    She is the daughter of Chris and Betsey Hillman, Oliver Springs.

    Her grandparents are Peg “Meema” Keating, Auburn Hills, Mich., and Chuck “Papa” and Rosa “Grammy” Smith Hillman, Harriman.

  • Roane officials on board for ‘Read With Child’ initiative

    Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam will be joined by a host of dignitaries to talk about the most important investment Wall Street insiders don’t know about.

    Haslam will join the Children’s Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley on July 21 to launch a “Read with Your Child” campaign that seeks to encourage parents, family members and other caring adults to invest 20 minutes a day reading to their child.