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Traffic accidents resulted in 15 deaths in Roane County in 2022, according to the statistics compiled by the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security. There were 18 total the prior two years. The 15 that occurred in 2022 were also the most in a single year in Roane County since…

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First Presbyterian Church of Rockwood located at 429 West Rockwood St. in Rockwood is getting ready to host a Community Resources Fair on April 21 from 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. Chris Goddard, elder with 1st Presbyterian said the event is meant to be a means of outreach for people in need in the community.

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Avalon Center Training and Outreach Director Sarah Cannon was the guest speaker for Wednesday’s Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition meeting. The Avalon Center provides support services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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Pamela Sue Gunter, 42, the wife of sex crime suspect James Gunter, was arrested on Monday. She’s accused of facilitating her husband’s alleged crimes.

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A popular bootcamp is returning to Oak Ridge High School this spring thanks to a recent partnership between Roane State Community College and the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).

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The Roane County Trustee’s Office will continue its tradition of opening one Saturday in February to accommodate anyone wishing to pay their property taxes in person before the deadline.

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State Sen. Ken Yager (R-Kingston) announced that he has scheduled a Telephone Town Hall Meeting to talk to citizens regarding issues before the Tennessee General Assembly and to listen to their concerns.

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Applications are now being accepted for the Chasing Rainbows Award, a collaboration between the Dollywood Foundation and National Network of State Teachers of the Year to recognize a teacher who has overcome adversity. Deadline is March 1. Pictured, left to right, are Edna Rogers, director o…

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Convicted murderer Dorian Heiss was transferred into the custody of the Tennessee Department of Correction on Jan. 20. His assigned location is currently the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex in Pikeville.

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Officials from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS) today celebrated two new facilities that will soon begin operation at the Y-12 National Security Complex. The new fire station and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) replace buildings th…

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The Harriman Police Department will be holding a driver safety course for high school students on Feb. 25 and March 4th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The course will be taking place within the Police Department training room in the first floor of the Harriman municipal building and is free to all at…

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Non-profit Family Promise of Roane County recently brought Charles Elmore on to serve as Executive Director. Family Promise is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose stated goals are providing aid and services to families in danger of homelessness.

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Roane County Schools has announced its teachers of the year for 2022-23. Joyce Goldberg of Ridge View Elementary School is the teacher of the year in the K-4 category.

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A Philadelphia man is in the Roane County Jail on 46 sex crime charges. James Walter Gunter was booked on Jan. 17. According to jail records, he’s facing one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child, two counts of trafficking for sexual servitude and 43 counts of statutory rape by an auth…

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Heart failure risk is 19% higher for adults living in rural areas of the U.S., as compared to urban areas, and 34% higher for Black men living in rural areas, according to a large, observational study supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and co-led by Vanderbilt University Me…

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The Tennessee College of Applied Technology Oneida/Huntsville is offering an evening Emergency Medical Technician Technology class beginning Feb. 13, 2023. The class will be 5-10 p.m. CST, Monday-Thursday at the York Institute Campus in Jamestown. This class will begin as a basic EMT class w…

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Lack of space might be preventing some of the programs offered by Roane State Community College from reaching its full potential.

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NASHVILLE — Last week, the General Assembly’s Joint Ad Hoc Committee on Juvenile Justice met to announce its legislative recommendations to improve the Wilder Youth Development Center in Somerville as well as the broader juvenile justice system in Tennessee. In June 2022, Lt. Governor Randy …

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The Roane County Board of Education’s current testing programs policy doesn’t mention students transferring from a church-related school, private school or home school. An update to the policy does mention those students under the “testing for grade placement or awarding credit” section.

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Scott Calahan has left his position as principal at Harriman High School to take over as principal at Cumberland County High School. It’s a homecoming for Calahan.

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Members of Rockwood High School’s golf teams were honored during Monday’s city council meeting. The teams finished second in districts, with only two losses in regular season matches. Both losses were to Kingston, who went on to win first place in state, the first time any Rockwood players m…

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Roane County families on hard times may be able to breathe a little easier thanks to the continuing efforts of the Roane County Children’s Fund (RCCF), which provides assistance to students in need throughout the school year.

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The Rockwood city council voted to raise the price of garbage collection from $10.50 to $12. The reason for the increase in price is due to increasing gas prices and inflation causing Waste Connections of Tennessee, Inc. to increase their charge to the city.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced on Wednesday that he will deliver his fifth State of the State address to the General Assembly and fellow Tennesseans on Monday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. The joint session will take place in the House Chamber of the Tennessee State Capitol.

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The Watts Bar Ecology and Fishery Council is trying to stop the invasive silver carp from having a negative impact on the lake economy and ecosystems of the nine-county region (Chattanooga to Knoxville).

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to designate critical habitat in parts of Tennessee and Virginia for the sickle darter, a species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in December 2022. The Service is also announcing the availability of a draft economic …

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NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Education announced additional registered teacher occupation programs are now available for aspiring educators through Tennessee’s Grow Your Own (GYO) initiative—immediately expanding opportunity to train future teachers and strengthening the teacher p…

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A man involved in a car crash on River Road earlier this month was allegedly intoxicated.

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Roane County Schools is about a quarter of the way into its project with Trane. The Board of Education met in regular session last week and got an update on how things are going so far.

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Brett Chambers whips up some eggs for the big breakfast at South Gate Masonic Lodge as part of their monthly fundraising efforts. South Gate Lodge builds between $500- $700 in funds for scholarships for Roane County Students each month.

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Those looking for Texan barbecue in Roane County will find luck with The Lost Texan food truck, owned and operated by Kingston resident Cass Newsom. Newsom moved to Roane County from Beaumont Texas, originally just transferring to a new job location.

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The Roane County NAACP held their annual Freedom Fund Banquet for the first time since the start of the COVID pandemic on Saturday. The evening was kicked off by a prayer by Denard Bertram, senior pastor at Bazeltown Baptist Church, and overseen by master of ceremonies Glenn Gabriel.

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Superlative Vintage and Antique Mall located at 315 N Roane St. in Harriman held an opening Ceremony for the store’s new second floor, effectively doubling the number of vendors and items for sale.

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Not wasting energy was the focus of a contest local students got a chance to participate in.

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The “Roane to Tech” program allows students to transfer from Roane State Community College to Tennessee Tech University to complete their last two years of college and provides students additional opportunities.

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Ladd Park in Kingston is closed while the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency performs work on the boat ramp.

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TVA announced the recipients of the competitive STEM classroom grant program last week. Two Rockwood schools were among the awardees.

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WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service’s Free File Guided Tax Preparation service is live and ready for taxpayers to use. Free File went live Jan. 13, 10 days prior to the 2023 filing season start date. The IRS starts accepting individual tax returns on Jan. 23.

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KNOXVILLE — The Arts & Culture Alliance announces the Ann and Steve Bailey Opportunity Grants, a funding program that provides training and technical support to individual artists and small, professionally-oriented arts and culture organizations (whose budgets are under $100,000). Applic…

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Some money could be headed the Roane County Board of Education’s way from the litigation against JUUL Inc. If that happens, Director of Schools Russell K. Jenkins will have the authority to approve and sign any settlement agreements. The school board voted 8-0 to give him that authority duri…

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The Roane County Commission donated this bed to the Roane County Rescue Squad. Pictured, from left, are Rescue Squad Treasurer Sue Watson, County Commissioner Greg Ferguson, County Medical Examiner Death Investigator Sandy Eaton, County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Boduch, Director of Emergen…

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Locals in need of broadband could benefit from Spectrum’s expansion in East Tennessee. Last week the company announced that it is launching Spectrum Internet, mobile, TV and voice services to more than 1,000 homes and small businesses in Knox, Blount, Sevier, Jefferson and Cumberland counties.