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  • Wandering tot found, sleepy uncle at large

    Rockwood police took out an arrest warrant on a man after a toddler in his care was found wandering in the street on Thursday.

    The warrant against James Saylor, 30, is for felony reckless endangerment.

    “Apparently he was asleep and the baby got out of the house,” Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said. “He didn’t have no idea the baby got out.”

    A motorist found the 2-year-old boy in the middle of the road on Evans Street around 11 a.m.

  • Tiger Haven files litigation against suing neighbors

    Last week Tiger Haven filed a $2.5 million counterclaim against the neighbors who are part of the lawsuit that was brought against the sanctuary in June.

    Citing extensive media coverage, Tiger Haven attorney S. Douglas Drinnon also asserts his clients cannot receive a fair trial in Roane County and is asking the court for a change of venue.    

    “Plaintiffs and various other Roane County residents and officials have initiated, pursued and promoted a very public campaign against the defendants,” Drinnon wrote.

  • Proceedings could go on for weeks, court officials predict

    Opening statements in the TVA ash spill civil trial are set to start today – Monday – at the federal courthouse in Knoxville.

    A number of Roane Countians are suing TVA over the disaster, which occurred at the Kingston Fossil Plant on Dec. 22, 2008.

    “Our case is going to be based on TVA’s own documents,” plaintiffs’ attorney Jeff Friedman told U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Varlan.    

    Varlan held court last Thursday to go over some pending motions and logistical issues for the trial.

  • Ouster move in Rockwood targets mayor, councilwoman

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts and first-term Rockwood City Council member  Jane Long are the subjects of two recall petitions filed with the Roane County Election Commission.

    The petitions, filed by Stephen Rose of Rockwood Village Apartments, asks for the two city leaders to be recalled pursuant to the Rockwood charter “for cause, malfeasance and general failure in duties, failure to provide proper oversight guidance and leadership to the city and it’s department and employees.”

  • A Roane State welcome back to college
  • Rockwood football coach was ‘legend around here’

    The Rockwood community lost one of its greatest coaches with the passing of C.W. Pemberton Jr., who died Tuesday at 85.
    Pemberton taught and coached football for a total of 38 years.
    Along the way, Pemberton had stops in Vienna, Mo.; Gordonsville, Tenn.; the Homesteads in Crossville, South Harriman and Rockwood.
    It was at Rockwood where Pemberton left his mark — coaching the Tigers to the 1976 TSSAA Class A State Championship.

  • Corrections & Clarifications

    In Wednesday’s letters to the editor, the age of Jane Jackson’s son was listed as 29. He was actually 19.
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    The Peggy Littleton who was arrested by Kingston police on Sept. 8 was 49 years old and had a home address of 200 Duff Road, Lenoir City.
    She is not to be confused with a Roane County resident by the same name.
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    An Aug. 29 story A Rockwood princess faces rare genetic disorder listed the incorrect email for Cindy Gregg. It is cindy_gregg2001@yahoo.com.

  • Last of influential Browder brothers dead at 97

    Longtime businessman Rhea Browder, who with his brothers, Joe and Ed Browder, formed Harriman Oil Co. in the late 1930s amid the Great Depression, died Monday at 97.
    So pivotal was the role the family played in Harriman politics and business that a section is dedicated to them in the popular Walter Pulliam book, “Harriman: The Town That Temperance Built.”
    The historian and editor said this week he got to know the Browders well during his 30 years as a newspaper man in Harriman.

  • Hurley speaks

    Whether it’s the pride she takes in being a former Hooters waitress or the videotape of her encounter with state trooper Teresa Brown, state Rep. Julia Hurley has been making headlines across the state and even country this year.
    The Lenoir City Republican recently agreed to a request for a sit-down Q&A interview with Roane County News reporter Damon Lawrence.

  • ‘Free money’ for library had too many strings, officials say

    by MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    In a time when many are searching under seat cushions for extra quarters, the city of Kingston looks to be turning down a big wad of bills.

    Officials want to reject a $150,000 grant from the Federal Rural Development Administration for improvements to the Kingston Public Library.

    At a Sept. 6 work session, Kingston City Council moved to draft a motion to withdraw its request for the grant, which was filed two years ago. The grant was unexpectedly received this past June.