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  • Knife assault reported in store parking lot

    A Rockwood man was charged with aggravated assault Friday night for allegedly pulling a knife on a customer in the Walmart parking lot.
    Charles Robert Coffer, 72 Edington Lane, Rockwood, was also charged with theft. 
    According to the police report, Coffer allegedly stole a DVD player out of a man’s buggy after the man paid for it.
    The man told police he confronted Coffer in the parking lot and got his item back. 

  • Oliver Springs celebrates

    The town of Oliver Springs is hosting its Christmas in the City festivities on Saturday, Dec. 15.
    Opening ceremonies will be at 3:30 p.m. at Court of Flags.
    Parade line up is at 4:45 p.m. at Arrowhead Park. The parade starts at 5:30. Afterward, there will be pictures with Santa at City Hall upon his arrival. Hot chocolate will be served.
    Church services will be held at 7 p.m. at Historical Cumberland Presbyterian Church at the corner of Winter Gap and West Spring Street.
    For more information, contact contact City Hall at 435-7722.

  • Sugarplums and chiffon
  • Some Tennessee schools adding hours, but Roane County students can rest easy

    Roane County students have nothing to worry about: The school system is not going to longer days or a longer school year. 
    “We’re not part of that,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.
    Eleven school districts in five states, including Tennessee, will expand their school day or year as part of a collaborative program with the Ford Foundation and the National Center on Time & Learning.  

  • Story sharing season
  • Roane State registration under way

    Registration has begun for the spring 2013 semester at Roane State Community College.
    Students need to be aware when they register that the college has a Jan. 7 fee deadline.
    Students who have registered must pay their fees by Jan. 7 at 4:30 p.m. to keep their class schedules.
    Students can pay fees at www.roanestate.edu. Log in to RaiderNet and click “Your Account” to get started.

  • Nursing home employee suspended

    A possible case of elder abuse was reported at The Bridge at Rockwood nursing home last month.
    The incident was reported by the nursing home’s administrator, Melissa A. Jarfi.
    According to the Rockwood police report, 88-year-old resident Grace Palmer was restrained by her wrists to a wheel chair.

  • Kingston man to sing in Holiday Pops concert in Evansville

    Kingston resident Logan Herwehe performed at The University of Evansville Department of Music’s 33rd annual Holiday Pops concert.
    Herwehe is majoring in mathematics at the Indiana college.
    Holiday Pops took place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 in Downtown Evansville’s Victory Theatre.
    The concert brings together ensembles and soloists, including the University’s choirs, orchestra, and wind and jazz ensembles, to perform holiday favorites. Holiday Pops is free and open to the public.

  • Poetry, emotion: When a 6-year-old is censored

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    In a case that made headlines across the country, a 6-year-old first grader in Marion, N.C., was told to remove a reference to God before she could read a poem honoring the military service of her two grandfathers.
    That has outrage written all over it.
    Even a little girl has the First Amendment right to express her faith.
    Her remarks were primarily intended to honor the people in her family who had served in Vietnam.

  • Roane County’s debt: Slowly solving the problem

    By RON WOODY
    Roane County Executive
    This article is intended to make citizens aware of Roane County’s outstanding debt and to let citizens know we now have a structured program to manage the county’s current debt and future debt obligations. 
    As I began the administration of Roane County government, I focused on establishing debt management and capital project policies.