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Today's News

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Views from on high — and down under

    When the group I sometimes hike with decided to take on a 10-mile hike at Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, I hesitated.

    Ten miles is a long hike, and the long climb to the White Rocks and Sand Cave also is listed as strenuous.

    I was well aware of this fact.

    I had done this hike several times as a much younger woman when I lived on the edge of the park.

    I also knew the beauty that lay ahead.

    And so, last Saturday, I went with about a dozen other hardy hikers and began the 1,655-foot climb.

  • Roane teachers head to Nashville

    Local educators are planning to attend Saturday’s rally in support of teachers in Nashville.

    Participants will gather at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park at noon and march to Legislative Plaza.  

    The purpose of the rally is to protest legislation pending in the Tennessee General Assembly that will restrict teachers’ ability to collective bargain.

  • School board members support teachers

    The Roane County Board of Education and the Roane County Education Association are negotiating a new three-year contract.

    The current contract expires this year.  

    “We may be close to ratification of the new contract,” RCEA President Jeff Davis said by e-mail.

    Could this be the last one? Legislation pending in the Tennessee General Assembly could prevent the sides from negotiating in the future.

  • Tight quarters hinders recycling

    At the Roane County Recycling Center, space has become an issue.

    “It’s really hard to take care of everything that needs to be done,” said solid waste coordinator Ralph Stewart.

    Over the past five years, the recycling center’s intake of cardboard has soared from approximately 20 tons of cardboard a month to 20 tons a week.

    The center uses its only building to sort and bale all of the recyclables, some that can be sold.

  • Property tax appeals to state begin later this month

    Some of the property owners unhappy about the results of last year’s reappraisal will have their grievances heard later this month.

    The Tennessee Board of Equalization will hold hearings in Roane County on March 21, March 23 and March 25.

    Forty-two people are scheduled to have their appeals heard over those three days.

    “This is just the first round of hearings,” Tennessee Comptroller spokesman Blake Fontenay said by e-mail.“There are many more appeals to be heard.”

  • Harriman downs Wartburg in dramatic fashion, 85-83

    In one of the most exciting games ever played at Harriman's Richard D. Pickell Gymnasium, the host Blue Devils kept their season alive with a dramatic 85-83 double overtime victory over Wartburg in the Region 2-A semifinals.

  • Heavy rains brought out best in local officials

    If you were out during or immediately after the pounding rain that hit Roane County Monday, you likely saw police, fire officials, road crews, rescue squads and other emergency officials hard at work.
    They were clearing drains, cutting fallen trees, helping people from flooded homes, scraping away mud and debris, working vehicular accidents, blocking dangerously flooded roads, opening emergency shelters and, in general, helping the people they serve.
    Many of us at the newspaper witnessed their work firsthand.

  • Impressions: Icky stuff is actually sign of good stuff to come

    SPLAT!
    It was yucky.
    Some sort of great big bug committed suicide on my windshield as I was driving home from a meeting at our newspaper in Campbell County Friday afternoon.
    I won’t go into all the gory details, but what remained of the insect left green, yellow and reddish-purple juices streaming down the glass and onto the hood.
    To be honest, I don’t know how that much liquid a bug can hold, but this one must have been a beaut.
    The darned thing’s remains pretty much turned my stomach.

  • Criminal negligence alleged in child’s death

    Parents of a 14-month- old who drowned while bathing with his sibling have been indicted by a Roane County grand jury for criminally negligent homicide.
    Jackson Dean Gregory died on Nov. 11 in East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Knoxville.
    District Attorney Russell Johnson said both Jami and Crystal Reagan Gregory of Harriman left their children alone during bathtime, which led to the child’s death.
    “She put the 1-year-old in the bathtub with the 2-year-old,” Johnson said.

  • E-911 worker retires to take up sewing