Today's News

  • Get Connected: Clearinghouse aims to help match volunteers, agencies for perfect fit

    Finding volunteer opportunities that match your skills and interest just got easier.

    The United Way went live late last week with the Roane County Volunteer Clearinghouse, an easy centralized way for organizations to promote their volunteer opportunities and a way for those interested in volunteering to search with ease.

    “So many people here in our community want to serve,” said Amy Harmon, executive director of Roane County United Way.

    “They want to give, but they just don’t know how.”

  • Beer board to consider permit for Maggie’s Place

    The Roane County Beer Board is scheduled to meet on Tuesday to consider an application for an on and off premises beer permit.

    The applicant is Deborah Violet, 181 Tacoma Road, Oak Ridge.

    The permit is for Maggie’s Place, 3015 Harriman Hwy., Harriman.

    The property is owned by Tony Clough. According to Violet’s application, Bill Lassiter held the last beer permit at the location.

    Members of the public can appear before the Beer Board to express approval or disapproval of the permit.

  • Give blood for The King

    Medic Regional Blood Center is offering one blood donor in January a trip for two to Graceland, home of Elvis Presley.    

    Donors who give blood during the month are automatically entered to win the prize package that includes two tickets to Graceland, overnight hotel stay and a gas card.    

    Medic will be at Oliver Spring Food City from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 30 for a blood drive.

    All donors will receive a limited-edition Elvis T-shirt.

  • Officers complete crisis training

    Lt. Maretta McNichol and Capt. Tim Hawn of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office recently graduated with the fourth class of the East Tennessee Crisis Intervention Team training.

    To date, 71 area law enforcement officers have completed the program.

    “Law enforcement agencies in the area are to be commended for the value they place on this program by allowing officers to participate, especially given the shortage of staff in some departments,” said Brian Buuck, chief operating officer at Ridgeview Psychiatric Hospital and Center in Oak

  • Ice storm? ‘Please stay home’

    Roane County officials are advising people to stay off the roads if icy conditions develop.
    “We can’t stress that enough,” Office of Emergency Services Director Howie Rose said. “Please stay home.”
    According to the National Weather Service Office in Morristown, significant icing is possible across the East Tennessee Valley late Thursday through Friday evening.

  • Fake money allegedly passed

    An alleged counterfeiter was arrested on Jan. 18.
    Larry Dale Griffis faces two counts of counterfeiting and theft.
    According to the warrant on the counterfeit charges, Rockwood police were dispatched to Hardee’s on Jan. 3 in reference to fake money being used.
    “The complainant advised that she received a $20 bill that was counterfeit,” the warrant said. “She stated that she knows the man who passed it. She advised that it was the defendant Larry Dale Griffis, whom she had worked with in the past.”

  • Cumberland judge gets DUI case

    The DUI hearing for Kingston City Councilman Kevin McClure is now set to be before Cumberland County General Sessions Judge Larry Warner on March 18.
    Warner was appointed by the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts after Judges Dennis Humphreys and Jeff Wicks recused themselves.
    McClure was arrested on May 22, 2012, after police found him unresponsive behind the wheel of his still-running vehicle in the middle of Ladd Wright Road.

  • Harriman native tells of faith, success at NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet

    Goals, aspiration and hard work led Damon Talley to where he is today.
    A Harriman native and retail pharmacist with Walmart, Talley spoke at the annual Freedom Fund Banquet of the Roane County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Jan. 19 at Jamieson Community Development Center in Harriman.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Still seeking your winter storm survival stories

    By the time you read this, you’ll know whether predictions for a big ice storm Friday were accurate or a bust.
    I’d be just fine if those forecasts were nothing more than false alarms, but I do feel a little excitement all the same.
    I don’t want to be in the cold with lines down and power out.
    Still, there’s beauty even in the deadliness of an ice-glazed landscape.
    My sister lives in Lexington, Ky., where damage from an ice storm a few years ago is still apparant in trees that were ripped apart under the weight of the ice.

  • Rockwood Middle this year’s 5K Pacesetters

    Rockwood Middle School is this year’s recipient of the Pacesetter Trophy for participation in the annual Roane County Schools Run for Your Health 5K Run and Walk.

    The school had 28 participants in the field.

    “Principal Mandy Evans led her school by example,” said race organizer Patti Wells, school health coordinator.

    “Scott Harvey, Rockwood Middle physical education teacher, was key in motivating his Tigers and encouraging them to participate and have fun doing it,” she added.