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Today's News

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Looking at the past, reflection on now

    By MARK BANKER

    Last week’s 75th anniversary of D-Day spurred a flurry of reflections from journalists, politicians, and historians. Collectively that commentary affirms that history as “the remembered past” is more important than often assumed.

    If you missed or have forgotten my recent reflections on this topic, I believe how one views the past mirrors one’s present.

    In other words, historical memory reflects one’s values and priorities at that moment in time.

  • How to qualify for TennCare’s CHOICES program

    In Tennessee, around 20 percent of people receive their health insurance through TennCare, the state Medicaid plan — about 1.3 million people in all.

    There are several aspects to TennCare, but one part is the CHOICES program (short for CHOICES in Long-Term Services and Supports), designed both for people in need of nursing home care and people who can’t afford the cost of an assisted living facility or nursing home, but need help remaining in their own homes. Given its purpose, most of the people served by CHOICES are seniors.

  • Roane County Commission gives nod to $23 million jail expansion

    Despite some passionate opposition, the Roane County Commission voted 9-5 on Monday to move forward on a jail expansion project.

    The estimated price tag is $23 million – $22 million for the jail and $1 million for relocation and construction of a building and codes office.

    The codes office is currently located on a lot adjacent to the jail, but the property will be needed for the expansion.

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  • Shoplifters busted by IGA owner

    A 63-year-old woman and a 76-year-old woman were arrested earlier this month for allegedly trying to steal tomatoes and cheese at the IGA grocery store in Rockwood. According to the report, both had more than enough money to pay for the items.

    Officer Rick Thomas responded to the store on June 3 around 7 p.m. to investigate.

    He spoke with store owner Roger Sharp and the two suspects, Carolyn Cooper and Kathy Shirley, when he arrived.

  • McElhinney says goodbye to Michael Dunn Center

    Retiring Michael Dunn Center president Mike McElhinney believes the people and leaders of Roane County are the reason he has been successful during his 15 year tenure.

    “I want to say thank you to Roane County, both the leaders and the citizens,” McElhinney said.

    Since 2005 he has led the effort by Michael Dunn Center to provide educational and employment opportunities to people with developmental disabilities. He said his job was made easier with the help of local leaders.

  • Correction

    Brice Woody caught a 48-pound catfish on Watts Bar Lake last month.

    A photo caption in the June 10 edition of the Roane County News incorrectly attributed the catch to his brother, Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

  • Kroger, Little Clinic hold free pre-diabetes assessments, tests

    Kroger Pharmacies and The Little Clinic will be offering free risk assessments and blood glucose screenings for pre-diabetes and diabetes now through June 22 with an appointment.

    Appointments can be made by calling any Kroger Pharmacy or The Little Clinic or visiting www.krogerhealth.com/diabetes-screenings-pharmacy.

    One out of three people have pre-diabetes, which is when blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

  • Correction

    A headline in a letter to the editor in the Friday, June 7, edition of the Roane County News incorrectly identified a pancake breakfast held by the Harriman Lions Club as being held by the Kingston Lions Club. We regret the error.

  • Event aims to wake up careless drivers

    By Richard Evans

    It’s safe to say Rick Julian has been a motorcycle enthusiast for decades.

    He is proudly a second generation Harley Davidson rider.

    “I’ve had two of my bikes 30-plus years and I’ve been riding since I was a boy. I’ve ridden a Harley since I was 14. It was dad’s and riding really means something to me,” he said.