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  • Unique birthday

    When Bailey Walker turned 11 this month, it fell on a special day that made his birthday especially unique.

    Bailey turned 11 on Dec. 13.

    That’s right, the Roane County youth turned 11 on 12/13/14.

    His grandfather John Walker said he didn’t appreciate how much people thought of the special day until he heard a news account.

    “You couldn’t get married in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge unless you had a reservation almost a year because everyone wanted to get married on 12/13/14,” Walker said.

  • Another robbery

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in an armed robbery that occurred on Dec. 7 at the Rocky Top Market on Hwy. 70 in Midtown. The suspect is described as a white male with a thin build between 5 feet, 6 inches, and 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He was wearing a white mask.

  • Familiar face as Rockwood rec chief?

    A former Rockwood athlete may be helming the city’s park and recreation department.

    Chase Clem will be considered at the Rockwood City Council meeting Monday, Dec. 22.

    “That is what I’m going to recommend,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    “He is a local boy who loves his community,” he added. “I think this is right down his alley.”

    The 24-year-old played football and baseball for Rockwood High School.

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  • Alleged machete robber nabbed

    Kingston police made an arrest in the machete-man holdup at a Kingston convenience store less than 24 hours after the robbery was reported.

    The machete-wielding suspect took cash and fled from the Exxon at 1007 E. Race St. Saturday.

    Thomas Joshua Branham, 33, 124 Waston Lane, Harriman, was arrested Sunday afternoon at a hotel at 1200 N. Kentucky St. in Kingston.

  • Key highway patrol officer has local ties

    A former Roane Countian has been promoted from major to lieutenant colonel supervising the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Field Operations Bureau.

    John Albertson has led the Special Investigations Bureau since 2011, having first served as a lieutenant and statewide commander of the Critical Incident Response Team. He has served in various assignments within the Criminal Investigations Division, including years as a narcotics investigator, according to a news release announcing his promotion.

  • AAA says record travel expected over Christmas holidays

    The year-end holiday season should see the highest travel volume on record.

    AAA projects 98.6 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season, an increase of 4 percent from the 94.8 million people who traveled last year. The year-end holiday period is defined as Tuesday, Dec. 23, to Sunday, Jan. 4.

    Highlights from Holiday Travel Forecast:

    •More than 89.5 million travelers (91 percent of total volume) will celebrate the holidays with a road trip, an increase of 4.2 percent from 2013

  • Living Christmas Tree
  • GUEST OPINION: No lasting peace possible without religious freedom

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES

    First Amendment Center

    On Dec. 10, 1948, the nations of the world gathered at the United Nations to adopt the Universal Declaration of Rights, an American-inspired proclamation that launched the modern human rights movement.

    Voting in the shadow of the Holocaust, religious freedom was prominent among the inalienable rights that the world agreed must be guarded for all people.

  • Atomic national park will have big impact in Roane

    Oak Ridge officials aren’t the only ones excited about a new Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

    “It’s also exciting for Roane County,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    This month, both the U.S. House and Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which designates locations in Oak Ridge, Los Alamos, N.M., and Hanford, Wash., as a three-site national park.