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Today's News

  • Police arrest man for posing as police officer

    A man previously charged with criminal impersonation for posing as a police officer last week is now charged on a warrant for false imprisonment in connection to the incident.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to 2755 Sugar Grove Valley Road on Monday and took James Alvin Bolden Jr., 43, into custody.

    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said in talking with the district attorney general’s office it was determined Bolden should have been charged with false imprisonment as well. Phillips said Bolden had already made bond.

  • Hooks’ cousin talks about her local ties

    Saturday Night Live comic actress Jan Hooks, who died last week from throat cancer, has Roane County ties.

    “It was a very, very sad day,” said Linda Campbell Swafford, her first cousin from Harriman.

    Hooks parodied notable figures like Tammy Faye Bakker, former first lady and eventual former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and even former first lady Nancy Reagan. She was in the cast from 1986 to 1991 with Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey, Chris Farley, Dennis Miller and Mike Myers.

    “She was just so, so good,” Swafford said.

  • Early voting underway again

    Early voting for the Nov. 4 election begins this week in Tennessee.

    Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins are encouraging Tennesseans to take advantage of the convenience of early voting, which will continue through Oct. 30.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: A good alternative choice for governor, John J.

    Gentle reader, we must start out with a reminder that we intended to include in last week’s column but inadvertently omitted, concerning the election, which began with early voting yesterday. This reminder is about the governor’s race.

    If you can not bring yourself to give a vote of approval to our oil company billionaire governor’s continuation in the executive mansion, but don’t feel inclined to vote for Mr. Brown, remember that there is an alternative candidate — Hon. John J. Hooker.

  • Regular season winding down for area teams

     

    Next year at this time, figuring out the race for the playoffs will be simple as the top four teams in each district will be in.

    This year, however, TSSAA is still using the complicated “Z” plan, which using a combination of factors to determine playoff spots.

  • Oliver Springs Mighty Mites
  • Two remain unbeaten after eight weeks in TVAA

     

    With a couple of weeks left in the Tennessee Valley Athletic Association (TVAA) regular season, two division races have yet to be decided. 

    Rockwood leads the mighty mite division by a game over Harriman and 1 1/2 games over Kingston and Spring City. Rockwood wins this week and in the 10th week will give the Rams the regular season title.

  • Lady Tigers blank Greenback in semis, 3-0

     

     

    As the postseason wears on, games generally get tougher and that was the case for the Rockwood Lady Tigers Tuesday evening as Wes Ford's squad outlasted Greenback, 3-0, in the District 3-A semifinals at Mike "Brillo" Miller Sports Complex.

  • The Garden Gate: What’s in a name? A lot, when it comes to gardening

    Editor’s note: As Ellen Probert Williams continues her respite, we share one of her classic columns, first published on Oct. 3, 2012.

    Many of the rollicking medieval names for plants have been lost in favor of more prosaic titles, but think how exuberant a garden would be planted with such things as Bouncing Bet, Sweet Sultan, Bobbing Joan, Lustie Gallant, Gardener’s Garters or Glare of the Garden.

  • Y-12 emergency management exercise Oct. 15

    Emergency management personnel from Y-12 National Security Complex, along with state, federal and area emergency management personnel, will conduct an exercise Oct. 15 at Y-12’s New Hope Center.

    Because of the activities associated with the exercise, New Hope Center on Scarboro Road will be closed to the public from 8 a.m. to noon.

    East Portal Road from Scarboro Road, up to and including Portal 13, will also be closed from 8 a.m. to noon.

    The exercise should be completed by late morning or early afternoon.