Today's News

  • Mr. & Mrs. Daugherty 51st

    James William Daugherty Sr. and Brenda Sue Daugherty celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on Dec. 28.

    “God bless you, Mom and Dad,” said their family, which includes Christina Daugherty; David, Sissy and Ethan Christmas; and Bill and Jill Daugherty.

  • Lung screens open to many more

    Starting Jan. 1, individuals at high risk for developing lung cancer may be eligible for screening at no out-of-pocket cost.

    In Tennessee, this includes many with private insurance, individuals who are enrolled in their state health insurance marketplaces and people enrolled in state Medicaid expansion who will be eligible for early detection screening without cost to them.

  • REU to stay in downtown Rockwood

    Rockwood Electric Utility is looking to do what the community wants — and that is remain downtown.

    In November, the utility purchased three downtown buildings adjacent to its current location.

    REU general manager Kendall Bear said the buildings are what locals refer to as the old Booth Funeral Home; the Bilbrey building, which is also known as the Peterman Building; and the radio station building. They are at 309, 319 and 329 W. Rockwood St.

    The Peterman building is a three-story building and the other buildings flank it.

  • GUEST OPINION: Faith, not politics, keeps the Christ in Christmas


    First Amendment Center

    If you ask me, America’s perennial turf battles over “Christ in Christmas” are about politics and power — and have little or nothing to do with authentic faith.

    Consider the Texas lawmakers who held a news conference earlier this month to remind people of their right to say “Merry Christmas” in public schools – thanks to the landmark “Merry Christmas law” they passed last year with great fanfare.

  • ETHRA faces two other lawsuits

    A Morgan County woman suing the East Tennessee Human Resource Agency in federal court is not alone in her allegations against the organization.

    Two men have also filed similar lawsuits in federal court.

    They have accused ETHRA and Loudon County of using probation orders to extend the time people are on probation in order to continue collecting costs and fees.

  • Christmas trash aftermath

    The ribbons and paper that once adorned the presents beneath Christmas trees are no longer quite so lovely.

    They’ve been making their way to the Roane County convenience centers and Roane County Recycling Center as the remnants of packaged toys, gift wrap and more are thrown away.

    “We have a lot every year,” said Ralph Stewart, Roane County Solid Waste coordinator.

    This year, extra containers were placed at the convenience centers because of the sheer amount of trash.

  • Man dies after I-40 accident

    A Cookeville man who was being treated for injuries sustained during an Interstate 40 accident Saturday morning had a heart attack and later died.

    According to preliminary reports, Jack Craig, 79, had the heart attack while being treated at University of Tennessee Medical Center for his injuries.

    Jack Craig and driver, Norma Craig, 70, were extracted from the 2014 Cadillac XLU after the two-vehicle collision near Gallaher Road.

    They were taken by ambulance to University of Tennessee Medical Center.

  • Grant unlikely for storm drain issues

    Harriman officials were eying a Community Development Block Grant for a significant project to repair the city’s aging storm drains.

    However, Evan Sanders, from Community Development Partners, who does the grant preparation and administration for Harriman Utility Board’s CDBG grants, explained that storm drains would likely be low on the priority list.

    “About 85 percent goes to water and sewer projects. That is the primary focus,” Sanders said.

  • Start your New Year right by taking a hike at state park

    Tennessee State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes on New Year’s Day. Each state park will host its own special hike in the first few days of the New Year.

    The First Hikes begin at 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 at Radnor Lake State Park. Henry Horton, Harrison Bay, Tims Ford, Norris Dam and Pickett state parks will host midnight hikes. The First Hikes will continue throughout New Year’s Day with morning, afternoon and evening hikes.

  • Woody to talk planning in OR

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody will be the guest speaker at  2015’s first Oak Ridge League of Women Voters Lunch with the League.
    The program will begin at noon Jan. 6 in the social hall of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church’s new location at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
    A significant portion of Oak Ridge is in Roane County, and Roane County government is planning for the future.
    Woody will give his perspective on issues facing Roane County and an update on the state of the county.