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Today's News

  • Students earn their colors on recorders

    Midtown Elementary School’s music room fills with the sound of the simple instrument of recorder.

    Some fifth-graders smile as they deftly move their fingers on the flute-like instrument; others frown when they hit a sour note.

    This is what recorder karate looks like.

    The students use the recorders during class, but they also can practice before or after school to earn a “belt”— a colorful string to tie to their recorder.

  • Tire store owner arrested

    Tim Ward, the owner of Tim’s Tire Service in Harriman, is charged in a criminal indictment in Catoosa County, Ga.

    Ward, 51, was arrested on April 17 and spent Easter weekend in the Roane County Jail.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, Deputy Junior Templeton met Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office Detective Alan Miles and two detectives from Norfolk Southern at Tim’s Tire Service.

  • Shawn Smoot arrested again

    Accused murderer Shawn Smoot was arrested Tuesday morning in McMinn County.

    He’s charged with DUI, resisting arrest and violation of implied consent.

    Smoot also is charged in Roane County Criminal Court with first-degree murder in the death of Brooke Nicole Morris.

    Her body was found at the intersection of Blair Road and Old Blair Road on Oct. 15, 2011. Police said she had been shot.

  • The Garden Gate: Did you consider the lily this Easter season?

    The lily is to the Easter season what the poinsettia is to Christmas.

    What a beautiful symbol it is!

    According to ancient Semitic folklore, the lily sprang from the tears of Eve when she was banished form the Garden of Eden. Later Christian lore says the lily was yellow until the day the Virgin Mary stooped to pick it.

    Christian symbolism has the lily representing purity, chastity and innocence. Above all, it is the symbol of Christ’s Resurrection after the tragic day of His crucifixion and His death.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of April 23

    25 Years Ago

  • Eddie Money, ’80s rocker, headlining at Secret City Fest

    Grammy-nominated 1980s rocker Eddie Money will bring his blue-collar brand of rock ’n’ roll to Oak Ridge’s 12th annual Secret City Music Festival.

    Money will be the headline entertainment for the June 13, concert, which begins at 7 p.m.

    Area rock band Jada Blade will be the opening act.

  • Complimentary radon tests available online

    The Tennessee Department of Environment is offering complimentary radon test kits online this month.

    The department is also educating Tennesseans about the dangers of radon exposure.

    “It is important to test your home since radon acts unpredictably,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. “It is a naturally occurring gas that can seep into homes through cracks and openings in the foundation and cannot be seen, tasted or smelled.”

  • Goldston retires from Air Force

    U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Casey Douglas Goldston recently retired after 21 years and four months on active duty.

    Goldston, a native of South Harriman, is the son of Chane and Brenda Goldston.

    He attended Bowers Elementary, South Harriman Middle School and graduated from Roane County High school in 1992.

    Goldston enlisted in the Air Force in July 1992. He attended basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

  • Arts Council taking over Polk Salad Fest, set for June 14

    Roane County Arts Council is relaunching the Harriman Polk Salad Festival.

    The festival, a Harriman tradition since 2004, will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 14, rain or shine, at David Webb Riverfront Park. Admission is free to the public.

    The festival, conceived by the Webb family of Rocky Top General Store fame, is a celebration of Appalachian foods, arts, and nostalgic activities.

    The Arts Council is planning a new focus on the arts with a wide array of features and activities designed to serve and entertain the whole family.

  • South Roane VFD partners with United Way

    South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department has partnered with Roane County United Way for some funding for the 2014 fiscal year.