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  • Assault plea adds six years to Dyer prison sentence

    A Rockwood man was sentenced to additional time in state prison for his guilty plea in Criminal Court last week.

    Warren E. Dyer was charged with domestic assault, false imprisonment, aggravated assault, aggravated rape, sexual battery, domestic assault and simple assault.

    He reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. He was sentenced to six years in prison. The sentence will run consecutively to a six year prison term he was already serving in another case, which means Dyer’s total effective sentence now is 12 years.

  • 58 Overlook reopens to the public

    The Oak Ridge Visitor Center on Hwy. 58 overlooking the site of the Manhattan Project that developed atomic weapons during World War II is once again open for visitors.

    The center, originally built about 30 years ago, has displays that provide information about the history of the Manhattan Project and the K-25, Y-12 and X-10 buildings.

    The property, including about 160 acres behind the visitor center, was purchased from the U.S. Department of Energy last November by John McCormick.


    A muted cheer erupted across Roane State Community College’s Roane State campus Monday afternoon as a total eclipse briefly darkened the sky, causing cicadas to break into a brief crescendo.

    People flocked from all over to witness the event, a feeling of camaraderie among those who saw what for many was a once-in-a-lifetime sight.

    “I wanted to come out here today and see it because my Mom works here and it is probably one of the best places I could be to see it,” said Taylor Mathews.

  • Swan Pond complex offered viewing

    A couple dozen people showed up for a solar eclipse viewing event hosted by Roane County at the Swan Pond Sports Complex.

    “I love it,” Clinton resident Margo McKamey said of the location. “It’s fabulous. You’re going to be able to see the horizons all the way around, viewing for miles.”

    McKamey was accompanied by her husband and two daughters.

  • Kingston brings Frisbee golf — and a lifetime commitment

    There’s no way to be sure how many people in Roane County viewed the total eclipse of the sun Monday afternoon — but it could have been tens of thousands.

    Roane Countians held viewing events on their boats, in their backyards or with visitors from around the world at venues including Fort Southwest Point, Rockwood’s Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex, Harriman Public Library, Swan Pond Sports Complex and Roane State Community College.

  • The search for ECLIPSE GLASSES

    Do you have your eclipse glasses ready for today’s big show?

    If the answer is “yes,” you’re one of the lucky ones.

    People seeking the protective eyewear to view the solar eclipse were desperate late last week — and merchants and others who had them for a brief while were inundated.

    Rockwood’s Live and Let Live Drug Store is in the midst of an eclipse-themed promotion, including selling the protective wear that quickly sold out.

  • School system shortens shorts policy

    Top of the knee wasn’t working for some, so the Roane County Board of Education made another change to its dress code policy on Thursday.

    The portion of the policy that said “Shorts must be of age-appropriate modest length – top of the knee for grades 6-12” was changed to “Shorts must be of age-appropriate modest length – mid-thigh for students in grades 6-12.”

  • Harriman squeaks by with no tax increase

    While Harriman’s budget has been finalized for the next fiscal year without a property tax increase, officials warn  of the necessity of something in the future.

    Councilman Buddy Holley said he feels it’s a good thing the tax rate remained  unchanged this year despite lower unemployment and a more positive countywide economic outlook.

    “Eventually, we are going to have to raise taxes,” he said.

    The city hasn’t had a property tax rate increase in about 15 years.

  • Mioduski makes change for kids

    Will Mioduski, a seventh-grader at Kingston’s Cherokee Middle School, believes in giving back.

    For the past four years, Mioduski has asked the guests at his birthday party not to bring presents for him.

    Instead, he requests donations to help others.

    “He’s always had a big heart,” said his mother Wendy.

    She said that Will  asked his parents several years ago if he could do something to help others.

    That’s when he asked his friends to bring change to his birthday party.