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  • Decision 2012: Democratic support a costly endeavor

    The back window of Bob Cowan’s truck is a collage of pro-Obama and pro-Democrat stickers.

    Showing support for his president and party hasn’t been cheap for Cowan, however.

    The chairman of the Roane County Democratic Party said he once had his truck keyed.

    “It took $1,300 to get it fixed,” he said.

    Instead of taking down the stickers, Cowan said he was so upset that he decided to put more stickers on his back window.

  • Decision 2012: Lines may be long at polling sites

    Turnout was brisk during early voting in Roane County.

    Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said 12,664 people cast early and absentee ballots during the Oct. 17-Nov. 1 period.

    That was more than the total number of votes (11,156) cast in the Aug. 2 state primary and county general election.

  • Sex offender still racking up crimes

    The Tennessee Department of Correction is responsible for supervising registered sex offender Charles Daniel Mullins.
    Mullins, 31, who has a Harriman address, is considered a violent sex offender, according to his profile on the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry.
    Despite the state’s alleged efforts to protect society, Mullins appears to still be a danger.
    He has been indicted by Roane County grand juries three times over a 12-month period — most recently on Oct. 16, when he was indicted for the alleged rape of a 15 year old.

  • Schools sold at auction

    Two closed Roane County schools were sold at auction on Wednesday.
    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said Dyllis Elementary School sold for $105,000 and Walnut Hill Elementary School sold for $44,000. Proceeds will go into the school system’s capital projects fund.
    Dyllis, at 510 Dyllis Road, Harriman, closed after the 2011-12 school year.
    Walnut Hill, at 215 Maple St., Harriman, closed after the 2010-11 school year.
    In September, the Roane County Board of Education voted to sell the schools at auction.

  • Power outage set for parts of Rockwood

    Approximately 60 customers of Rockwood Electric Utility will experience a temporary power interruption on Wednesday, Nov. 7, while TVA replaces equipment at a substation.
    The scheduled outage will begin, weather permitting, at approximately 10 a.m. and last about four hours.
    Power will be rerouted to most customers.
    However, power will be interrupted to REU customers in the Roane Cardiff Valley Industrial Park, all of Furnace Avenue and Zumstein Drive, as well as those on the 600-800 blocks of North Trinity and West Dunn streets.

  • Who's Really Watching?

    Tennessee has some work to do when it comes to monitoring offenders.
    Tennessee Comptroller Justin P. Wilson recently released an audit of the state Board of Parole that found, at a minimum, annual arrest checks were completed on behalf of 82 parolees who had been dead for periods ranging from less than six months to more than 19 years. 
    At worst, officers actually documented contact indicating other dead offenders were still alive.

  • Campaign chill
  • Looseleaf Laureate: Clubs, news outlets face similar challenges

    I recently had my first speaking engagement in Knoxville.
    As I looked around the lunchroom at the Foundry restaurant, the faces of the Northside Kiwanis members who invited me to talk about journalism and Roane County told me we had much in common.
    Many of the members were well past retirement age.
    Nationwide, Kiwanis and many similar service organizations, such as Rotary and Lions clubs, are struggling to repopulate their ranks as older members drift away or die.

  • Longtime Kingston trainer calling it quits

    Chip Ladd has been a sideline fixture at high school football games in Kingston for more than 20 years.

    Not any more.

    Last week, Ladd worked his last official game as athletic trainer for the Yellow Jackets.

    He is leaving his field duties to spend more time with his growing family, especially his granddaughter, Lydia, who recently celebrated her first birthday.

    “I’m just going to change my role a little bit on Friday nights. My wife has put up with me being gone three-plus months out of the year,” he said.

  • Rendezvous in Paint Rock

    More than 2,000 Boy Scouts swarmed across acres of farmland in Paint Rock last weekend.
    “This is a Great Smoky Mountain Council Rendezvous,” said Paul Sharp, a diector with the Great Smoky Mountain Council of Boy Scouts of America.
    “We haven’t done this event in six years,” he said.
    The event was held across several farms and troops from 21 counties in East Tennessee participated.
    In the chill, pink-faced boys, their breath lingering in the chilled air, roamed from their campsites to activity after activity.