Today's News

  • Network of contacts a strength of Roane State’s AMTEC

    When the phone stopped ringing, Mark Boody knew hard times were coming.

    Boody had his own home-remodeling business. In good years, he would get 20 calls a month, give 10 estimates and land five projects.

    Then, the economic downturn hit, and the housing market weakened.

    The calls dropped to three or four a month. The projects slumped to one a month.

  • ORNL safety concerns removed

    U.S. Department of Energy cleanup contractor Safety and Ecology Corp. recently removed four structures as part of the Building 3026 C/D Hot Cells Project.

    The structures, which once processed radioisotopes, have been a safety concern for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory since the building’s outer structure was removed in 2010.

  • 2012 Roane County Chamber of Commerce Business Awards

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce presented its prestigious annual business awards last month during its annual springtime banquet in Whitestone Country Inn.

    The awards were presented, along with recognition of Chamber board members, before a capacity crowd of community and business leaders from all across Roane County.

  • Arrests: April 9-13, 2012

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

    April 9 — Savannah Paige Wallace, 18, 201 Sewanee St., Apt. 203, Harriman: domestic assault. No bond; court date April 30.

    • Quinton Tamarc Wright, 28, 510 W. Strang St., Harriman: failure to appear. Bond $2,000; court date April 23.

  • General Sessions Court: March 7-26, 2012

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

    March 7 — Christopher M. Cox, failure to appear on citation and driving while license suspended. Dismissed.

    • Elker E. Washington, possess unlawful drug paraphernalia uses and activities. Dismissed.

    • Timothy R. Wells, failure to appear misdemeanor. Dismissed.

    • Elker E. Washington, criminal impersonation. Dismissed.

  • Nixon to play for Roane State

    Rhea County High School senior Sarah Nixon has signed to play basketball at Roane State Community College.

    Nixon, 6-0, can play any position on the floor. She said she picked Roane State because she enjoyed head coach Monica Boles’ up-tempo style.

  • Cordell signs with Hiwassee College

    When Kingston's Makayla Cordell began playing AAU basketball in seventh grade, she made up her mind that she wanted to play college basketball. 

    Cordell made that dream come true last week when she signed scholarship papers with Hiwassee College in Madisonville.

  • NRA youth hunter education challenge set for June 16

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Crossville City Police Department will be sponsoring the NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge on June 16 at Meadow Park Lake in Crossville.

  • Bitter rivals mourn teen together

    Some people live their entire lives without touching others.
    Brady Walls lived just 17 years, but impacted thousands in the Oliver Springs and Coalfield communities.
    Walls, a 17-year-old sophomore football player at Oliver Springs High School, died Monday after an accident in which he fell out of the back of a pickup truck Sunday night in front of Coalfield School.
    Since he died, the pain in community has been palpable.

  • First look at new hospital brings smiles

    Less than a year remains until the new Roane Medical Center in Midtown opens its doors in February 2013.
    Construction has come a long way, and Covenant Health, members of the medical community and local officials and community members gathered Wednesday for a tour of the building and a brief ceremony.
    “We are here to celebrate the progress and the people who have brought us here,” said Tony Spezia, Covenant Health Inc. chief executive officer. Covenant took over the hospital from the city of Harriman several years ago.