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  • Korea War prompted Rockwood man’s first time away from home

    In 1950, a train left Rockwood heading north with some of the small city’s finest young men.

    “Oh yes, we rode on the train,” said Bill Kirby.  “The first time I ever been away from home.”

    “Uncle Sam needed me,” he explained. The Korean Conflict had begun.

    A  picture of the group shows a mixture of expressions — jovial smiles of boys that didn’t seem to fear the future, and others who appeared anxious, maybe even holding back tears.

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  • Hobo still hits road at 100

    Even at age 100, Mose Wheeler is able to drive the trip from Michigan to his hometown of Harriman.
    “The reason I have lived to be 100 is the faith I have in God,” Wheeler said.
    Wheeler, who lives in Port Huron Township in the Great Lakes State, said he makes an annual trip to his hometown of Harriman around his Aug. 31 birthday.
    He was born in 1913.

    Wheeler owned a junk yard in Port Huron and now sells antiques and fixes things.

  • Marjorie Earick, 72, dies

    Roane County Board of Education Member Everett Massengill has heard a lot of speeches in his more than two decades on the board.
    One of the most memorable ones came from former board member Marjorie Earick in 2011.

    “That was one of the best,” Massengill said Wednesday.
    The board held a special-called meeting to decide whether to grant then-director of schools Toni McGriff a one-year contract extension. The meeting was so intense that McGriff left the room. 

  • Women try to take $644 in goods

    Rockwood police have accused two Lenoir City women of using a self-checkout machine to try and rip off Walmart.
    Kayla Smallen, 24, and Donette Hightower, 30, are charged with theft.
    According to Rockwood police, Hightower scanned $644.56 worth of merchandise at the self checkout on Sept. 11, and then asked for the items to be voided.

  • Man dies in Hwy. 327 wreck

    From STAFF REPORTS
    Criminal charges are pending in a single-vehicle wreck that claimed the life of an Oliver Springs man on Sunday.
    The wreck was on Hwy. 327 around 8:30 p.m.
    According to a report by Trooper Matthew Armes, Otto Joseph Flachbart III of Lenoir City was driving north in a truck with three passengers.
    The vehicle failed to make a turn and overturned.
    Passenger Fred M. Collins Jr., 48, was killed.
    The report said Flachbart and the other passengers, identified as Cody A. York and Freddy R. Collins, were not injured.

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  • Stevens leaves private practice to join prosecutor

    Kingston attorney Terry L. Stevens II has joined the staff of District Attorney General Russell Johnson as an assistant district attorney.

    Stevens was sworn in at a ceremony by Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen.

    The number of assistant district attorneys in the 9th Judicial District had not grown since the 1990s, when Charles Hawk was in office.

    It took lobbying by Johnson to create the position that Stevens filled.

  • Grandsparents celebrated at Midtown Elementary

      Extra smiles and giggles filled Midtown Elementary’s cafeteria last week as grandparents enjoyed lunch with their grandchildren to celebrate Grandparents Day.
       “This is a big day for us,” Kendra Inman, principal at Midtown, said “The children have been so excited and looking forward to it.”
       Quentin Kolski, fifth grader, enjoyed a Thanksgiving style lunch with his Nana and Papaw Tuesday.
       This was Frank and Pat Kolski’s first time visiting Quentin’s school.