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  • Brooks heads Knoxville THP district

    Jessie Brooks’ commute recently got a whole lot shorter.

    After the Tennessee Highway Patrol veteran made his mark in improving traffic safety in the Chattanooga district, the longtime Kingston resident has been appointed captain of the agency’s Knoxville district.

    Brooks had served as captain in the THP’s Chattanooga District since 2013. His new assignment was effective March 30, according to THP Col. Tracy Trott.

    The appointment was prompted by the retirement of Capt. David McGill.

  • From cotton picker to college president – a lecture

    Shirley Raines of Oak Ridge has an amazing story to tell.

    Now president emeritus of the University of Memphis, she will describe her career and provide advice on leadership at the third in a series of Roane State Community College-Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Education Intergenerational Lectures.

  • Man with school ties charged in sex crimes

    A Harriman man is facing multiple felony charges in Loudon County.

    Zachary C. Tapp, 22, turned himself in to Loudon County authorities Monday morning, according to the District Attorney General’s Office.

    Tapp, whose address is listed as 820 Bluff Road, is charged with eight counts of statutory rape by an authority figure and two counts of sexual battery by an authority figure.

  • Creating a buzz
  • Ferguson seeks more than $1 million for paving

    Spring is when Roane County officials appear before the budget committee to make requests and go over their proposed budgets for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Last week was Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson’s turn. The committee unanimously approved his department’s operating and capital budget for 2015-16.

    The operating budget includes the same amount of property tax revenue as the current year – $1.140 million. The total operating budget is $3.830 million. State gas taxes and other sources make up the rest.

  • TVA pays for Swan Pond paving

    Swan Pond Road and Swan Pond Circle Road are getting a facelift, thanks to TVA.

    The agency is giving the Roane County Road Department a $335,000 grant to pave 13,896 linear feet on the roads, which were used heavily during the TVA ash spill cleanup

    “I can’t thank TVA enough for doing this,” County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said.

  • Bad news for Blue Bell

    Problems continue to mount for Blue Bell Creameries.

    On Monday, the Texas ice-cream maker issued another recall because of listeria concerns.

    Previous recalls had been limited to frozen snacks, ice cream cups with tab lids and products produced at the company’s plant in Broken Arrow, Okla.

    However, Monday’s recall involves all Blue Bell products, including its signature half-gallon cartons.

  • ASSAULT BY PAPER?

    Paper touching toes equals attack?

    Not in District Attorney General Russell Johnson’s book. Or Judge Jeff Wicks’.

    A Harriman man swore out a warrant against Rockwood lawyer Mark Foster accusing him of assaulting him on March 25.

    “Mark Foster threw a package of paper at me in the hallway of the courthouse,” Bobby D. Murray of Woods Chapel Road claimed in the warrant.

  • Twirling DOLLS

    A Roane County woman wants to put a fresh spin on an old sport.

    Kristie Bowman, an instructor who leads the baton-twirling group Rock Dolls, hopes to make the activity big again. She’s working on it with a group of graceful young girls.

    “I started when I was 4 years old,” said Bowman. “I went on up through high school and then there wasn’t really much to do (twirling) here.

    “Most everyone thanks me because there is nothing to do in Roane County for kids,” she added.

  • Meth maker gets 8 years

    A man arrested for making meth around his 6-year-old son was sentenced to eight years in prison last week.

    Christopher Michael Raby pleaded guilty in Roane County Criminal Court to initiating the process to manufacture meth, attempted aggravated child abuse and child neglect.

    He was sentenced as a Range 1 standard offender, which means he only has to serve 30 percent of the time before he’s eligible for release.