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  • Bezos has chance to remake the newspaper model

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Jeff Bezos made it clear in founding Amazon.com that he can compete in the marketplace.
    We’ll just have to wait and see if he can, and will, do the same thing in the marketplace of ideas — that equally combative zone protected and preserved by the First Amendment’s provision for a free press.

  • Protesting the president
  • A year later, Rockwood sees financial progress

    Repeat problems are found in Rockwood’s 2012 fiscal audit, but the management had made drastic changes since city recorder Becky Ruppe took office.
    Ruppe said she plans to continue to see progress and told Tennessee Comptroller Justin P. Wilson as much when he recently visited the county.
    “I told him we want to be the example that things can be fixed,” Ruppe said.
    Mayor James Watts has said he suspects auditors will always make some discoveries, but that the majority of them have been fixed and will not appear in future audits.

  • Get hooked at 23rd Fishing Rodeo for Kids on Saturday

    Dennis Ferguson’s 23rd annual Fishing Rodeo for Kids will be on Aug. 10 at Roane County Park in Midtown.
    The annual event is free to ages 5-14. 
    “I love seeing parents that came to the rodeo when they were children and they are now bringing their children to fish,” Ferguson said.
    Registration starts at 8 a.m., and fishing will begin at 9. 
    The first 300 children will receive a T-shirt, cap, and prizes will be awarded.
    Lunch will be provided.

  • ANCHORS AWEIGH!

    When two pine trees needed to come down in the yard of her Midtown home, Doris Gladden knew what she wanted to do.

    She tracked down an artist who took the remains of the tree trunks and made them into art: two chainsaw-carved anchors in honor of her husband, Billy Lee Gladden, who served 20 years in the U.S. Navy.
    “People will stop in the road and take pictures of the anchor,” said Billy Lee.
    The two anchors were carved in November 2012, and Doris Gladden points to another tree that will eventually fall in the near future.

  • Past sex offenses not part of trial

    Jurors never heard about James Tiegs’ past convictions during his aggravated sexual battery trial last month in Roane County Criminal Court.

    Tiegs has convictions in Arizona for attempted sexual exploitation of a minor and dangerous crimes against children in the second degree. Prosecutor Bill Reedy said Tennessee law didn’t allow him to bring that up during the trial.

  • Pa. firm buys Rocky Top Markets for $37 million

    From staff reports
    A Pennsylvania-based company last week purchased Rocky Top Markets fuel stations in an almost-$37-million deal.
    Lehigh Gas Partners LP acquired 34 sites in the Knoxville region in an asset purchase agreement on Aug. 1, a  company release said.
    Under the $36.9 million deal, Lehigh purchased 30 stations and assumed or entered into leases for four additional stations.
    The company also entered into third-party supply contracts and purchased certain equipment and other assets at the sites as part of the deal.

  • Man banned from county park as part of disorderly conduct ruling

    Brendon Seth Luffman, a 29-year-old Harriman man accused of masturbating in the swimming area at Roane County Park, had his case resolved in Roane County General Sessions Court on July 29.

    Luffman pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.
    He was fined $10 and ordered to stay out of the swimming area at Roane County Park.
    He received no jail time. 
    Luffman was originally charged with indecent exposure in the June 30, 2012 incident.

  • Yager plans grant conference Aug. 29

    State Sen. Ken Yager will have a free grant conference to improve the opportunities for residents, organizations and government agencies to tap into a wide variety of available grant funds. 
    The conference will be on Aug. 29 on the main campus of Roane State Community College at 276 Patton Lane.
    “I am hosting this conference to provide useful information and contacts for local governments and non-profits in the 12th District with the goal of improving our communities,” said Yager. 

  • Archivists seek Civil War memorabilia

    Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Knoxville later this month to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by area residents for an exhibit titled “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee.”
    Archivists will be at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St., from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 15 and from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 16.
    During that time, they encourage area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.