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Today's News

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    MAY 20 CASES DISPOSED

    Amanda E. Ford, financial responsibility law. Guilty.

     Jamie Rosalee Smith, registration certificate must be carried, second-offense child restraint children ages 9-15 and seat belt 18 and older, Dismissed. Financial responsibility law. Guilty.

    Jeremy C. Hester, financial responsibility and seat belt 18 and older, Dismissed. Speeding.

  • Cost of greenway up over $2.5 million

    By Mike Gibson

    It seems that neither cost overruns nor bad bidding nor special requests from businesses will keep a series of Kingston improvement projects from moving forward.

    A Thursday work session saw Kingston City Council members place on the agenda for Tuesday’s full council meeting three items concerning three big projects — the Ladd Greenway, the expansion of the wastewater treatment plant, and the sewer extension on Gallaher Road.

  • Back to school

    Mary “Cricket” Lewis picks up her No. 94 bus at Roane County Schools’ bus garage Friday afternoon in anticipation of today’s first day of school for the 2011-12 year.

    If things kicked off according to schedule, Lewis began her route at about 6:55 a.m. near the Harriman Police Department on Russell Street.

    Motorists are reminded to exercise caution around school areas and in school parking lots as excited children enter and depart from the premises.

  • Alleged mom killer’s trial put on hold

    From staff reports

    A murder trial scheduled to take place this week in Roane County Criminal Court has been postponed.

    Milford Barnett is accused of killing his mother, Pearl Barnett, in April 2007.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said the public defender got permission to be out of court this week because his wife was sick.   

    The trial may get reset for later this month.  

    “It’s possibly going to be moved to Aug. 23,” Johnson said.

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  • Rockwood students heading to class in new digs

    The old band room at Rockwood High School was damp in more ways than one.

    Not only did the roof leak, but band members said the space could dampen their spirits.

    “If you would sit the wrong way on your chair, you’d flip off backwards and keep going because you couldn’t stop,” senior Kaleigh Snipes said.

    Fortunately for current and future members, the old band room is a thing of the past.

  • Richard Petty to be in Oak Ridge

    NASCAR legend Richard Petty will be at Food City in Oak Ridge on Wednesday, Aug. 10 from 3-5 p.m..

  • Brown named TTU golf coach

    For most of his life, Polk Brown's life has centered around golf.

  • 2011 Roane County Football Jamboree set for Friday

    The 2011 Roane County Football Jamboree will take place Friday night at Midway.

  • Roane Choral Society performs at Hall of Fame
  • Bowers to join rest of county in starting school on Monday

    While the community enjoyed the results of the school construction project in Rockwood on Thursday, some Harriman parents and students wondered if the work would postpone classes for Bowers Elementary.

    Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff put those worries to rest late last week.

    She said she expects Bowers to open on time.

    McGriff had previously said the school year at Bowers might be delayed for a week.