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  • Community pulls together for DAV van purchase

    KAITLIN KEANE/Roane Newspapers

    Members of the community join Disabled American Veterans Post 86 at Jerry Duncan Ford for the purchase of a new van to take Roane area veterans to VA facilities in Nashville and Murfreesboro for medical treatment. DAV van rider coordinator John Maliskey accepted the keys on his post’s behalf. “The community support was so overwhelming that it almost took your breath away,” he said. “I’m deeply grateful.”

  • Dem county convention doors open at 10:45 a.m., close at noon

    Roane County Democrats are reminded that they need to arrive at Rockwood City Hall by noon March 21 for the Roane County Democratic Party’s county convention.

    Roane County Democratic Party spokesman Bob Cowan said doors will open at 10:45 a.m. for registration at Rockwood City Hall at 110 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    Doors will close promptly at noon; no one will be admitted afterward.

    Roane County Democrats will elect new leaders during the leadership convention, which is open to any bona fide Democrat who lives in Roane County.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: We remember the snows of yesteryear

    Before beginning our lament about the Arctic-like conditions of the past several days, we must admit that we have enjoyed one opportunity it has presented, i. e. the opportunity to do our W.C. Fields impression of his line from “The Fatal Glass of Beer.”

    Few, if any of our younger readers will recognize the name W.C. Fields, but a few members of old geezerdom will recall this once very famous name. He began his life as an entertainer with an act as a comic juggler on the old vaudeville circuit, and moved onward and upward into films and radio.

  • Woman charged in robbery

    Rockwood police charged Stephanie Lynn Foland and two others in an alleged robbery that occurred last month. Foland, 25, was arrested on Monday.

    Foland was a passenger in a car that was involved in a police shooting on Feb. 9.

    Her boyfriend, Christopher Lee Powers, allegedly rammed Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes’ patrol car, which prompted Mayes to fire several shots into the windshield.

    Powers was shot multiple times, but Foland avoided being hit.

    She said Mayes pulled up and started shooting without cause.

  • This might sound cold, but ....

    Dear Winter,

    It’s over.

    I’m breaking up with you.

    It’s not you. It’s me.

    Wait! No. I have to tell you the truth.

    It’s YOU.

    I have tried and tried to be understanding. I don’t complain about your insensitivity. I have defended you and your reckless behavior ad nauseam to my friends, family and co-workers.

    But it has to stop.

  • DAV van purchased

    Disabled American Veterans Post 86 received a new van last month for its program to transport veterans for treatment at Veterans Administration medical facilities in Murfreesboro and Nashville.

    Coordinator John Maliskey had been working since last year to get funds together. He said it was a broader effort.

    “The community support was so overwhelming that it almost took your breath away,” Maliskey said. For instance, $6,000 was raised during a road block in Kingston.

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  • Under-the-sea professors pass on stories to kids

    Fourth- and fifth-graders at Ridge View Elementary School were mesmerized by the undersea views projected on the walls of their auditorium on Wednesday.

    They were just as absorbed with the stories shared by Roane State professors Bruce Cantrell and Jessica Fain, who — at 73 days — broke the world record for time spent living under the sea.

    “I’ve always wanted to see the coral reef and schools of fish in person,” said fourth-grader Belle Webb.

  • Drug kingpin released from jail

    Pill ring leader John Wesley Goss has been released pending sentencing. His attorney made the request last month because Goss has Stage 4 cancer and has an expected three months to live.

    Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan granted the request on Tuesday, which allowed Goss to leave the Knox County Jail and return to his parents home at 511 W. Rockwood St. in Rockwood.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office did not oppose the release.

  • Experiment could save addicts

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips once thought steel bars and barbed wire was the solution to crime. That’s not the case now.

    “Fifteen years ago, I thought I could lock everybody up and save the world, and that’s not the answer,” Phillips told the Roane County Commission’s Sheriff’s Liaison Committee this week. “Now, if you got to lock somebody up that’s fine, but if we can help them, we need to help them.”