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  • Cruisin’ wraps it up for 2017
  • Jim Smith up for Rockwood city judge post

    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller will be recommending hometown attorney Jim Smith as the new city judge.

    “I think he’ll do a great job,” said Miller.

    Rockwood City Council will meet in special called session 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, to consider Smith, who will replace outgoing judge Mark Foster. It’s the only item on the agenda.

    Smith, a Rockwood native, has had a downtown law office for many years.

    He was the 1966 valedictorian of Rockwood High School.

  • Man gets 18 years for child rape, sex crimes

    A Kingston man is going to prison for 18 years after pleading guilty to sex crimes in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday.

    Bob Lee Babineau was charged with two counts of child rape and seven counts of aggravated sexual battery. He reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to two of the aggravated sexual battery counts. The rest of the charges were dismissed.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said Babineau gave a confession, in which he described in graphic details his crimes.

  • Police say Knox man pointed a gun at his girlfriend

    Kingston police filed an attempted first-degree murder charge against a Knoxville man last week.

    According to the report on the incident, Chester Lynn McHaffie allegedly pointed a gun at his girlfriend’s face and pulled the trigger multiple times. The gun did not fire.

    Roger Murray reportedly witnessed the incident and told police McHaffie “was trying to kill” the girlfriend.

  • BOOKED UP: Eclipse watchers flock to Roane for once-in-a-lifetime experience

    NASA shows Roane County is among the great spots to watch a total eclipse and people are traveling from all over to find the perfect vantage point.

    Local hotels are booked solid from Sunday, Aug. 20, to Monday, Aug. 21, the day the moon briefly completely blocks the view of the sun.

    “All of our rooms are full for Sunday and Monday here,” said Gabe Collier, general manager of Whitestone Inn.

    “It is a nice surprise. August is typically an in-between month for us,” said Collier.

  • Radiation detected in old TVA pipes

    A report about some radioactive pipes is what prompted District Attorney General Russell Johnson’s trip to the Kingston Fossil Plant last Wednesday.

    The pipes are the property of TVA, which operates the fossil plant.  

    “This is very old piping once used to move bottom ash,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said. “It was demolished as part of the conversion to dry handling. It was cleaned and waiting to be scrapped. TVA processors, as part of their function, checked the pipes for radioactivity.”

  • Jim Smith up for Rockwood city judge post

    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller will be recommending hometown attorney Jim Smith as the new city judge.

    “I think he’ll do a great job,” said Miller.

    Rockwood City Council will meet in special called session 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, to consider Smith, who will replace outgoing judge Mark Foster. It’s the only item on the agenda.

    Smith, a Rockwood native, has had a downtown law office for many years.

    He was the 1966 valedictorian of Rockwood High School.

  • Put on your ‘Q’ to help homeless

    Taste the best barbecue chicken and ribs Roane County has to offer and support a good cause on Saturday, Aug. 19.

    Family Promise of Roane County is holding its second annual bluegrass and barbecue cook-off at shed 2 at Roane County Park. Tasters Alley opens from 3 to 5 p.m. giving visitors a chance to try their favorites.  Meals are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and younger.

    Six judges will decide the best of the best in barbecue chicken and ribs, and customers can vote for the people’s choice for the best homemade sauce.

  • Roane County Schools closed for solar eclipse

     Roane County Schools has decided to close on Aug. 21 because of the solar eclipse.

    “This is a once in a lifetime event and we want to support those families who want to participate in the viewing together,” Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said Sunday. “Further, there are amazing educational events scheduled throughout the region for our students to enjoy.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: On apple dumplings and John Muir observance

    Gentle reader, you would think that having long since passed the octogenarian milestone, the old curmudgeon would discover few new experiences, and by and large this is so, but last week he discovered an entirely new gastronomic experience thanks to the culinary skills of Judy West.

    As a result of our annual paean to the apple stack cake, Miss Judy knew of our appetite for old-fashioned desserts, so one day she asked if I had eaten apple dumplings.