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Today's News

  • Storm season can mean troubled waters

    With three rivers that feed Watts Bar Lake, there’s no shortage of water and related recreation in Roane County.

    However, the influx of severe spring weather, particularly heavy wind matched with lightning, does not mesh well with activities on the water.

    Monday evening’s thunderstorms brought trees down in the area, especially in Harriman, but for folks on the water, it posed a more serious threat.

  • School bus driver cited in accident

    A school bus crashed South of the River Monday morning. There were no children on the bus at the time.

    The accident happened on Hwy. 58 near the intersection of Mans Hollow Road shortly before 7 a.m.

    The bus driver, Angela Morehew, was not injured. A passenger on the bus, Virginia Rucker, was transported to Roane Medical Center.

    The crash was investigated by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

  • Hurley, commissioners look to move past dispute

    State Rep. Julia Hurley said her relationship with the Roane County Commission has room for improvement.

    “No representative has a perfect relationship with any of their county commissions,” she said by email. “So with that said, of course we could always work better together.”

    Hurley said she thinks the commission focuses too much of its time on Tiger Haven, a sanctuary for big cats in East Roane County.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    Forgive me if I was a little glum last week. I didn’t mean to be out of sorts.
    March 30 just happens to be a sad day in my world.
    You see, it was my daughter’s birthday.
    Ashton Julianne Teglas was born March 30, 1987. For most, you would think it would be a happy time.
    She would have turned 24.
    Notice I wrote “would.”
    Those who know me well also know she didn’t live to see her first birthday.

  • Former powerhouse governor Ned McWherter dies of cancer

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Ned McWherter had political prowess matched by an engaging down-home personality that endeared him to Tennessee voters.
    McWherter, a self-made millionaire businessman, turned a phrase as easily as he charmed those at the ballot box.
    The two-term Democratic governor died Monday at Centennial Hospital in Nashville.  He was 80 and had cancer.
    Some of his memorable quotes:
    — “I know every hog path in Tennessee.”

  • Why offensive viewpoints need to be heard, rebutted

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    By now there likely are few Americans who don’t recognize the names of a tiny Topeka, Kan., church and of the family that makes up most of its members — Westboro Baptist Church and the Phelps family.
    For years, various Phelpses have been demonstrating at funerals — most notably at services for U.S. military service members killed in combat overseas — to condemn America’s acceptance of homosexuality and other “sins.”

  • THP to conduct license checks in April

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct two driver license roadside safety checkpoints in April.

    The first will be from  9 to 10 a.m. April 8 at Hwy. 70 at Poland Hollow Road.

    Troopers will also check driver licenses during a roadside safety checkpoint from noon to 1 p.m. April 15 at Pansy Hill Road near Swan Pond Road.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

  • Harriman gets help with smoke alarms

    Harriman Fire Department is giving out smoke alarms out to interested residents, thanks to a recent grant.

    The department was able to secure the grants via the Tennessee Fire Marshal Office’s distribution of federal money, said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss.

    “Our goal is to install working fire alarms in as many residences inside the city as possible,” Goss said.

    The dual-sensor alarms detect fast-flaming and smoldering fires.

  • Cancer survivors welcome to attend RSCC production

    Roane County Relay for Life will honor area cancer survivors this weekend with a reception on the main campus of Roane State Community College.

    Cancer survivors and a guest are welcome to attend the reception at 1 p.m. April 10 in Room O-105 at Roane State. During the reception, they will receive tickets to the Roane State Playmakers’ 2 p.m. production of “The Diviners.”

    Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Kathy Parks at 354-3366 by April 7.

  • DOE to test public warning sirens today

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s public warning siren system will be tested today, April 6, in areas surrounding the department’s Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The sirens will be tested between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. People in these areas during the test will hear a siren for 3-5 minutes.