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Last week, Reverend Clyde A. Jones passed away at the age of 91, and members of his family as well as members of the American Legion took some moments to give recognition to Jones as one of the last Buffalo Soldiers. Members of the U.S. Army’s 24th infantry regiment were considered Buffalo S…

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Sixteen students from schools in Roane County took part in the Roane County youth leadership camp week for 2023. The camp week teaches lessons to students including leadership skills, local history, and etiquette.

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When considering risks associated with nuclear cleanup, many people would list radiation, chemicals or falling debris. While correct, an Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management cleanup contractor is taking another step to consider an additional important safety factor — the mental healt…

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NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reports one boating related fatality during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The holiday period extended from 5 p.m. Friday through midnight Monday.

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The Roane County Chamber of Commerce and Roane County Schools recognized seventy graduating seniors as Tennessee Scholars at an Awards Breakfast and Ceremony at Roane County High School on May 3, 2023. Each Tennessee Scholar received a medallion and certificate during the ceremony; a Tenness…

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Rockwood City Council voted to demolish a neglected structure at 121 Chamberlain in Rockwood last week. The building’s owner, Terry W. West was originally going to be sued by the city due to property neglect, but instead settled in exchange for offering the deed to the city.

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Saturday’s Memorial Day Walk was chalked up as another success. Organizer Shannon Hester said the number of participants surpassed 100 again.

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Shiloh Baptist Church in Kingston is getting ready to commemorate 200 years with an celebration event on July 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The church has a long and exhaustive history dating back to the 1820’s when members of the Shiloh community met at the home of William and Nancy Jolley …

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Frozen Head State Park was the winner of the 2023 My TN State Park Fundraiser, raising the most money of any state park in the system.

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South Roane County VFD treated neighbors to a pancake breakfast at Midway High on Saturday, May 27. Nancy Curtis greeted customers upon arrival. Chief Michael Curtis thanks everyone who turned out for a successful show of support for our volunteer firefighters.

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Tennessee Comptroller Jason Mumpower congratulated the nine counties who received a clean audit for the 2021-22 fiscal year. Roane was one of them.

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The Roane County Board of Education didn’t include a Christmas bonus for teachers in its budget for 2023-24, but officials are confident educators will like what was done instead.

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The state released TCAP averages for third grade ELA on Wednesday. It showed that 30.72% of Roane County students met expectations and 10.24% exceeded it for a total proficiency percentage of 40.96%.

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Enbridge, owner and operator of East Tennessee Natural Gas, has awarded scholarships to five Roane County students through the Roane County Alliance and Roane County Tennessee Scholars Program. Five students received $500 work and education scholarships and will be able to apply those funds …

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The Roane County Sheriff’s Office used a drone to locate a suspect on Tuesday. According to a press release, Joseph Waldo of Rockwood had active warrants for violation of probation and criminal trespass. He was spotted in the courthouse parking lot around 9:15 a.m.

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The goal of having a school resource officer in every building appears to be within reach for Roane County school officials.

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Justin Snow, formerly interim president of the Roane Alliance, was appointed to the position of president and CEO during a meeting on May 11. Snow had been serving as interim president since November of last year before his recent CEO appointment.

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Harriman Police Chief Baron Tapp completed the FBI’s week-long National Command course in Woodbridge and Quantico, Virginia, last week. The course was established in 2020 to fill avoid in FBI strategic leadership training programs for policing executives.

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The Southwest Point chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently celebrated their 25th anniversary, and gave honors to two veterans spouses.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park has extended the public comment period for the Laurel Falls Trail Management Plan Environmental Assessment (EA) through Sunday, June 4. Additional time to comment on the EA is being provided because the National Park Service Planning, Environment, and Publ…

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In the years following lockdown, fitness seems more important than ever to many people. One destination in Roane County offers a variety of training courses and classes to allow citizens to get in or keep in shape, no matter their background. The Body Shop was started in Rockwood last year b…

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The town of Oliver Springs and the Oliver Springs Police Department held the Second Annual Oliver Springs Street Fair on Saturday despite sprinklings of rain. Vendors were able to wheel and deal under the overhang of Beech Park Baptist Church.

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Bealls Outlet in Rockwood and the Roane County Animal Shelter teamed up for a pet adoption event on Monday this week that would allow people to adopt a dog or a kitten for free. The event was also set up as a donation drive to encourage people to donate items to aid the shelter.

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NASHVILLE — Road Construction will not delay motorists as they travel Tennessee’s highways this Memorial Day weekend. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at noon on Friday, May 26 thro…

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The sixth through 12th grade school in Oliver Springs is expected to be complete by the time the new school year starts in August, according to officials.

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The District Attorney General’s Office has released some information on the Midtown Auto Body shooting. Suspect Brian Wilson allegedly entered the business on March 30 and started shooting. Three people — Amanda Weaver, Rocky King and Kesley Wilson — were shot. Weaver, 40, died.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed an executive order on Tuesday to advance Tennessee’s position as a national leader in nuclear energy. Executive Order 101 creates the Tennessee Nuclear Energy Advisory Council, which will seek to build upon the state’s legacy in nuclear innovation and drive…

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On behalf of the Bernard-Greif families, it is my honor to announce that Keenon Green is the winner of the 50th Bernard-Greif Scholarship. It was awarded during Rockwood High School’s honors and awards ceremony on Thursday, May 11, in the Dr. Tom Evans Gym. The scholarship is for $1,000 to R…

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The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Unit 1 returned to operation on May 12 after completing a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage that will help support decades of additional reliable generation of carbon-free energy. The Watts Bar team safely completed more than …

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UCOR recently donated unused safety glasses to Roane State’s Vision Technology Program. The donation was in support of the company’s ongoing partnership with Roane State Community College as well as UCOR’s focus on sustainability.

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One of state Rep. Monty Fritts’ signature bills has been signed by the governor. House Bill 727 requires parental consent for minor students to participate in subjects that deal with transgenderism. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed the bill on May 5.

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First Christian Church, hosts and owners of the Feeding Roane food pantry, will be receiving extensive renovations to their food preparation and eating areas courtesy of TVA and Roane County United Way.

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Harriman Utility Board (HUB) general manager Candace Vannasdale announced at a city council meeting this week that the utility company will be sending out surveys to its over 20,000 customers to gauge interest in local high speed fiber internet. This decision echoes measures taken by other l…