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Today's News

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Sometimes government can help

    Most folks understand the meaning of the phrase “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

    It was a favorite saying of President Reagan and small-government proponents who like to point out that the government usually makes things more complicated and more expensive.

  • Jago: big school a mega no

    The lone member of the Roane County Board of Education who has voted against the board’s building plan shared why during a joint work session with County Commission last week.

    “I think it’s too big,” Rob Jago said about the consolidated high school that’s part of the plan.

    Roane County currently has five high schools. Rockwood High, Harriman High and Roane County High in Kingston would close under the building plan.

    Those students would attend the new high school for 1,800 students near Roane State Community College.

  • WANT ‘SAMOAS’ THAT?
  • Rockwood exploring new trash pick-up options, contracting out trash service

    By Richard Evans

    Rockwood is looking at getting out of the garbage pick-up business.

    Rockwood City Council voted Monday, Feb. 25, to allow Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller to advertise a request for proposals concerning the city’s garbage pick-up and disposal.

    “What I would like to propose is that we [the city] get out of the garbage business,” Miller said.

  • Judge checks Jacobs

    Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan has denied Jacobs Engineering Group’s motion for a new trial in the ash spill workers case.

    His 34-page order started with a reference to a chess game between grandmasters Friedrich Samisch and Aron Nimzowitsch that was played in Copenhagen in 1923 and called the “Immortal Zugzwang Game.”

  • HFD gives props to safety device

    By Richard Evans

    A small device installed over a stove helped extinguish what could have become a much bigger fire last Monday at Harriman Gardens.

    The Harriman Fire Department responded to a call on the first floor of a residence.

    Lt. Chad Lemons and Firefighter Hayden Hearne entered the residence and encountered a haze of smoke and the smell of burning food. They discovered a skillet on a stove that had caught fire.

    The resident told the firefighters he had been cooking pork chops and left them unattended.

  • HFD brings back siren alert

    From staff reports

    A noon tradition returns to Harriman on Monday and when it does, do not be alarmed.

    The siren at Harriman Fire Station number one will sound at exactly 12 p.m. as it did for many years. The siren will be sounded Monday-Friday at noon.

    The tradition was scrapped in 2017 by then Harriman Fire Chief David Bailey because of complaints, said current Fire Chief Brad Daniels.

    The reason for the siren is not to signal an emergency, it is just bringing back the tradition of the midday alert, he said.

  • Roane County reaching out to victims of flood

    The Roane County Office of Emergency Services is reaching out to businesses and residents of Roane County that may have been damaged by recent rain and flooding.

    Damage estimates including the roads, public property, private property and businesses are now in the $6 million range, according to Tim Suter, Director of Roane County Office of Emergency Services.

    “We’re still very early in the process of finding out what kind of help will be available from agencies like FEMA,” he said.

  • Headrick facing jail time again

    Dylan Seth Headrick is in trouble with the law again. This time he’s charged with theft of a motor vehicle.

    Headrick was arrested on that charge on Feb. 26 by sheriff’s deputies at 146 Clearview Drive, Rockwood.

    He was still in custody at the Roane County Jail on Friday.

    Headrick, 27, spent time in state prison for killing a woman, Nancy Hill, in an automobile crash.

    The crash happened on June 20, 2011, which was Hill’s 64th birthday.

  • Crusaders repeat as champions

    By Joyce Duncan

    for The Roane County News

    SEMIFINAL GAME

    The Calvary Crusaders began the defense of their 2018 TAACS Single A State Championship this past week.

    For the third year in a row the Crusaders received a first round bye as the top team in the bracket. The opening opponents for Calvary would be Central Academy-Memphis.

    The Crusaders began the game fast and never looked back on the way to a 64-32 victory.