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  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Emolument clause & electoral college elucidated

    Gentle reader, over the past few days we have heard Trump spokespersons and apologists say that our new president, being inaugurated today, Mr. Trump, received a mandate, and that he was elected by the people.

  • UNITY
  • Weed woes may hurt tax base

    One of the biggest issues related to the eradication of invasive weeds on the rivers and lakes of Roane County is the question of who should pay for it.

    Over the several years that the weeds have become a problem, private property owners have been contracting with companies that specialize in treating weeds. These efforts, which come at a cost of several hundred to almost a thousand dollars per acre, have had limited success.

  • Pickup falls on Rockwood resident

    From staff reports

    A Rockwood man was injured Saturday when the pickup truck he was working on fell on him.

    Timothy Kindrick, 57, was working underneath the truck when it fell at the 145 Garfield St. residence in Rockwood.

    Detail call sheets from Roane County E-911 indicate that Kindrick was moved from underneath the truck before emergency responders arrived and was blue, gasping for air.

    He had been on his side underneath the vehicle, described as a large four-door, full-sized four-wheel-drive Ford pickup truck.

  • PARTNERS IN CRIME

    Roane County Sheriff’s Detective Art Wolff has a special bond with his dog, Katana.

    That bond pays off when it comes to helping law enforcement find a suspect on the lam or when looking for a missing person or human remains.

    “You develop that bond,” he explained. “In some ways, it becomes a closer bond than between many human beings.

    “When that dog will go through fire for you without hesitation, after they have done that the first time and you see that it just makes that bond even closer,” Wolff said.

  • Trials to include ‘shocking, gruesome’ photos

    The parents accused of starving their 2-year-old son to death have new trial dates.

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton set Matthew Dotson’s trial date for April 17 at the Roane County Courthouse.

    Concerns have been expressed that the parties could have a difficult time finding an impartial jury made up of Roane County residents. If that’s the case, the trial will be moved to Loudon County and start on April 20.

  • FOUNDATION FUNDS
  • ‘Miracle Worker’ auditions planned Feb. 6

    Knoxville Children’s Theatre will have auditions on Feb. 6 for the upcoming stage production of “The Miracle Worker.”

    This classic play tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her blind and mute student, Helen Keller.

    Auditions will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Theatre at 109 E. Churchwell Ave., Knoxville.

    Auditions are by appointment only.

    Six prospective actors can be seen at each half-hour appointment time; a maximum of 42 actors will be seen.

  • Harriman putting paper in the past

    Harriman is going to be a pilot program for a new software to transmit Harriman City Council packets online.

    “It is not going to cost us anything,” said Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms.

    Instead, Champion Data Systems is asking the city to be a beta test site, offering it to the city for free during that time, which Helms estimates to be about two years.

    After that, if the city wants to continue there will be an annual software fee.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: From fixing roads to fixing you

    As my Leadership Roane County Class moves into 2017 I’m amazed at how fast the time has passed. When I started this class in July it seemed like I had a long way to go. With the completion of January’s class we only have about three more classes before we graduate in April.

    The Local Government class last week gave us a close look at local municipal offices and departments that provide the services we depend upon and the officials who lead those offices.