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  • US Bank robber gets prison time

    Justin Charles Solock was sentenced to 80 months in federal prison for robbing the US Bank in Rockwood. His sentencing hearing was held at the federal courthouse in Knoxville last Thursday.
    Solock, 25, was also ordered to pay $1,188.51 in restitution. His prison sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release.
    The robbery occurred on April 25. Solock pleaded guilty to the crime in August.

  • Officials warn of early flu strike this season

    Flu season has started, and health officials are seeing higher-than-usual breakouts in Tennessee and other Southeastern states for this early in the season.
    Dr. Kelly Moore, immunization program director at Tennessee Department of Health, said the flu peaks at different times, but typically in Tennessee the flu peaks in January and February.
    “This year, it started out early,” Moore said. “We want to make sure people don’t wait to get vaccinated.”

  • Family feud has $6 million ending

    A years-long family feud over a prime piece of Roane County property has turned costly for one local man.
    According to court records, Katherine M. Mounger died owning several valuable pieces of property, including a 1,200-acre lakefront tract on Dogwood Road in East Roane County.
    Two of her children, E. Jay Mounger and Katherine Mounger Lasater, are executors of the estate. They sued their brother, Charles D. Mounger Jr., in Roane County Circuit Court in 2009, alleging he caused the estate to lose out on a lucrative sale.

  • Alleged mugger explains his attack on 84 year old

    A need for money.
    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said that was the motive a man gave for allegedly mugging an 84-year-old woman Monday.
    The suspect, 23-year-old Kingston resident Benjamin Heath Clark, was arrested on Wednesday. He is charged with aggravated robbery.
    “We got a couple of good leads and a couple of good tips,” Washam said. “We went and paid him a visit, and he gave a written confession.”

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  • Give blood for the holidays

    Medic Regional Blood Center is reminding people that the need for blood knows no holiday.  
    The giving is easy, too. A community blood drive is planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Midway High School on 530 Loudon Hwy. Just look for the Bloodmobile there.
    Medic provides area hospitals with life-saving blood throughout the holiday season when donations tend to drop.  

  • Holidays provide plenty to sneeze at

    The holiday spirit can trigger allergic reactions to live trees and poinsettias, nut brittles, scented candles, dusty decoration boxes and even Santa’s fur-trimmed suit.
    Allergy and asthma sufferers can breathe easier this holiday season by following some tips from a national allergy bureau doctor.
    Getting out the boxes of holiday decorations from years gone by is a time-honored tradition. But in addition to stirring up memories, it also stirs up allergies.

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  • Students get A’s in giving back

    Kids today.
    Often that pronouncement is made in a negative sense, but many Roane County school students are proving that young people can substantially contribute to their community.
    From collecting wrapping paper for Operation REACH, the charity that helps needy Roane County families buy Christmas gifts, to collecting food and other items for the Roane County Animal Shelter, Roane County young folks have shown they have big hearts.
    Rockwood High School isn’t just where Operation REACH volunteers wrap the presents needy children bought their families.

  • Fleischmann lands spot on important House committee

    Third District Congressman Chuck Fleischmann has been appointed to the House Appropriations Committee for the 113th Congress.
    The appointment means the 3rd District, which includes Roane County, will have some clout on one of the most powerful committees in the House.