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Today's News

  • HPD look into body at RMC

    From staff reports

    The Harriman Police Department is investigating a suspicious death that occurred Tuesday afternoon.

    According to Det. Sgt. Kent Warren, officers from the department responded to Roane Medical Center on a report of a group of individuals who brought a deceased female to the emergency room.

  • Teenager charged in fatal shooting

    By Richard Evans

    An arrest has been made in the Tuesday morning shooting death of 19-year-old George D. Fleagle II of Rockwood.

    Dorian Joseph Heiss, 18, was arrested in Rockwood Tuesday and charged with one count of second degree murder and four counts of reckless endangerment.

    According to the report filed by Det. Randy Heidle of the Rockwood Police Department, Sgt. Jared Hall and Patrolman Chris Marney were dispatched to 205 South Ridge Ave. shortly after midnight Tuesday.

  • Arrest made in shooting death

    An arrest has been made in the Tuesday morning shooting death of 19-year George Fleagle of Rockwood.
    Dorian Joseph Heiss, 18, was arrested in Rockwood Tuesday and charged with one count of second degree murder and four counts of reckless endangerment.
    For more on this story, see the Friday edition of The Roane County News.

  • Papermill workers may be eligible for legal settlements

    Plant workers employed by Harriman Paperboard before 1981 and diagnosed with various cancers may be entitled to special benefits based on legal settlements.

    Asbestos-laced products were used for decades at the company. According to legal actions filed in Federal Courts, neither employees nor management were aware of the asbestos risk.

    Lung cancer, esophageal cancer, laryngeal cancer, pharyngeal cancer, stomach cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer, and mesothelioma are frequently caused by asbestos exposure.

  • THE VIEW FROM HERE: A child’s lesson learned by a voice coming from above

    By SHELIA SITZLAR

    Vacation Bible school is something that as a child I always looked forward to in the summer.

    The lazy days of summer break from school were broken up with a week of church attendance where friends from school were rediscovered and crafts and music made for lots of fond memories.

    My grandson, Jackson, attended vacation Bible school last summer at our church, Kingston United Methodist, and I worked with his age group during the program.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Ignoring past mistakes blinds us to history lessons

    By MARK BANKER

    For most folks, history is simply the past. It is over and done and largely forgotten until it conveniently offers practical lessons.

    Sadly, avoiding failures from our most immediate yesterday blinds us to lessons from earlier yesterdays and we stumble into new, unforeseen misfortunes.

    That is why I prefer to think of history as the remembered past. Memories — intentional or instinctive — reflect one’s present and shape one’s future.

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  • Roane County Democratic Party holds Labor Day picnic

    The Roane County Democratic Party Labor Day Picnic is Saturday, Aug. 31. 

    Guests will gather at Roane County Park beginning at 11 a.m. and enjoy lunch until 12:30 p.m. The program will begin following the meal.

    State Rep. Gloria Johnson, who represents District 13, will be the featured speaker.

    Johnson will share with us legislative news and her experiences serving in Nashville. 

    Lunch will include barbecue sandwiches, vegetarian sloppy joes, chips, slaw, watermelon, dessert and drinks. 

  • Rockwood shooting investigated

    By Richard Evans

    Rockwood Police Department confirmed a teenager died in a shooting late Tuesday night.

    “We are not treating it as a self-inflicted shooting. It is a homicide investigation,” said Police Chief Bill Stinnett.

    Just after midnight, police responded to a shooting at 205 South Ridge Ave., Rockwood. Officers found a young man suffering from a gunshot wound and attempted CPR, but 19-year-old George Fleagle died at the scene, Stinnett said.

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