Today's News

  • Conference to warn youths to danger of drugs

    Authorities and professionals agree that Roane County has a serious drug problem involving different kinds of drugs.

    The usual culprits in drug arrests involve illegal substances such as marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and LSD.

    But beyond these illegal drugs, legally prescribed medications are being stolen and misused by today’s drug addicts.

  • Discussion to focus on old Oak Ridge cabin

    Freels Bend Cabin, the oldest historical structure in Oak Ridge, will be the focus of the May 10 meeting of the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association.

    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the cabin, which is on U.S. Department of Energy-restricted land but is open to the public for this meeting.

    Louise Freels will discuss stories of her youth spent in the structure that was built in 1844.

  • Back ... and ‘plaider’ than ever: Go all checked out to Rockwood 2000 gala

    Rockwood 2000 kicked off last summer with something new and different — and Plaid-a-Palooza was such a suc-
    cess that the group’s members decided to do it again this year.

    The 2012 Plaid-a-Palooza party will be from 6 to 9 p.m. May 18 in Rockwood Street Grill.

    “It is simply to come and have fun celebrating the beginning of summer,” said Sandy McIntosh of Rockwood 2000. “So come out and enjoy the fun.

    Those who attend are encouraged to wear their favorite and funky plaid duds.

  • General Sessions Court: March 26-30, 2012

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

    March 26 — Jonathan W. Pesterfield, probation violation. Guilty.

    • Jamie L. Pesterfield, probation violation. Guilty.

    • Nathan C. Price, probation violation. Guilty.

    • Chasity A. Gaines, probation violation. Guilty.

  • Arrests: April 13-16, 2012

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

    April 13 — Greg Ray Satterfield, 46, 5606 Wolfenbarger Lane, Knoxville: DUI and violation implied consent law. Total bond $1,500; court date May 7.

    • Scott Tyler Sims, 53, 632 Sedgley Drive, Knoxville: serving time.

    • David Sizemore, 42, 114 Wh Russell Lane, Harriman: attachment. Bond $1,500; court date May 23.

  • Property Transfers: Feb. 9-13, 2012

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Feb. 9-13:

    From Wilson & Associates PLLC, Wilson and Associates PLLC, Jeffrey M. King and Krista L. King to PNC Bank by trustee’s deed, Dist. 3, Villages Center Farm, Newport Village, Lot 102, $120,314.17.

    From Patricia Ann Hardin to Markli Construction Co. by warranty deed, Dist 3, 8.092 acres, Ladd Landing Way, $72,828.

  • GUEST OPINION: When zero tolerence is zero judgment

    First Amendment Center
    Kids shouldn’t be suspended for relatively innocent acts, particularly if they involve speech not intended to cause harm. Yet many public school officials overreact, even imposing suspensions or expulsions on kids for what often are innocent comments or juvenile acts.

  • Roane County Executive Ron Woody: A national park for Roane County is in the works

    Continuing with the Five Point Star management approach, one of the current focuses is industrial and economic development.

    There are many aspects of economic development, one of which is tourism and overall livability for the area.

    This piece focuses on making the Manhattan Project a national park, helping not only tourism for Roane County but also adding an important aspect of culture, history, art and livability.

  • It’s time to celebrate tasty weed

    The organizers of the Polk Salad Festival in Harriman pride themselves on the event’s country fair feel.

    This year they’ve added two new old-time contests to the event on Saturday, May 12: a cross-cut saw competition and log toss.

    The cross-cutting contest will be where there is “one guy on both sides of the log cutting back and forth,” said David Webb.

  • Pig-smoochin’ encouraged here


    The Roane County Leadership Class of 2012 will be sponsoring a “Kiss the Pig” event at the Polk Salad Festival in Harriman May 12 to raise funds for a community service clearinghouse coming to Roane County.

    “The concept of a clearinghouse is an agency that will connect all of society together,” said volunteer and leadership class participant Jenny Tippens. “We’ve got the nonprofits, education, government, and faith-based community to where we’re truly connecting the need of the county to the resources.”