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  • Musical has the answers

    A family-friendly musical about a girl with a knack for offering advice will open June 22 at Roane State Community College’s O’Brien Theatre on the Roane County campus.
    The Roane State Music Department is producing “Dear Edwina” with stage director Tony Cedeno, choreographer Jennifer Austin, pianist Slade Trammell and drummer Brandi Walls.
    Performances are June 22, 2 and 7 p.m.; June 23, 2 p.m.; June 29, 2 and 7 p.m.; and June 30, 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person at the door.

  • GUEST OPINION: Ban on gruesome images also threat to free speech

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    For those of us who worry about the vitality of free speech in the “land of the free,” the news this week isn’t good.
    On June 10, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a Colorado appeals court decision banning anti-abortion activists from displaying “gruesome images” of mutilated fetuses that might be seen by children.

  • Mounger estate lawsuits expand

    A 1,200-acre lakefront tract in East Roane County is the subject of another lawsuit. The property is owned by the Estate of Katherine Mounger.
    Two of her children — E. Jay Mounger and Katherine Mounger Lasater — are executors of the estate.
    On May 9, 2007, the estate entered into a contract to sell the property to McKenzie Loudon Properties LLC for $15.2 million.

  • Clean Energy grant awarded by governor

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday announced the city of Oak Ridge is receiving $200,000 in Clean Tennessee Energy Grant funding to replace and retrofit existing fluorescent lighting fixtures to LED lighting in the Oak Ridge Municipal Building and the Oak Ridge Civic Center Complex. 

  • Rockwood loses councilman

    Rockwood City Councilman Bill Thompson lost a long battle with cancer Sunday morning.

    He didn’t lose his wit and charm during his health struggles, and he stayed positive during his treatments, rarely missing a Rockwood City Council meeting.
    “Even when he was so sick, he’d say, ‘I’m going to get to feeling better.’” said City Recorder Becky Ruppe.
    Thompson was even positive when he recently attended a finance meeting and was encouraged to return home.

  • Motions hearing delayed in murder case

    A conflict has led to the appointment of a new lawyer for accused murderer Shawn Smoot, reports Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy.

    Smoot is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Brooke Nicole Morris. Her body was found at Blair Road and Old Blair Road on Oct. 15, 2011. Police said she had been shot.
    Last year Assistant Public Defender Walter Johnson was appointed to represent Smoot.
    “The public defender determined their office had a conflict,” Reedy said.

  • ‘No!’ said to tax hike

    Should residents have to pay more in property taxes to make up for a Roane County Schools shortfall caused by cuts in state funding?
    The county’s budget committee answered that question with a resounding “no” on Monday, voting to keep the county’s property tax rate at $2.18 per $100 valuation for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

  • Cousin county needs help from severe flooding

    Roane County, West Va., was devastated by flooding last week. More than 100 homes were damaged or destroyed.
    Roane Countians in Tennessee are collecting cash donations or Walmart gift cards to assist those Roane Countians in rebuilding their lives.
    Donation drop-off areas are as follows:
    • Harriman: Ellis Surplus and Salvage at 301 Roane St.
    • Kingston: Roane County Courthouse, County Executives Office.
    • Oliver Springs: James Brummett Insurance, 104 Kingston Ave.

  • Starved child hearing put off

    A motion hearing for Matthew Dotson has been rescheduled for next month.
    Dotson and his wife, Amanda, are charged with first-degree murder. They allegedly starved their 2-year-old son, Clifford, to death.
    Matthew Dotson’s attorney, Joseph Lodato of Knoxville, filed a motion to withdraw from the case because of his client’s “failure to fulfill contractual obligations,” the motion said.
    Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said Lodato appeared in court on Monday, but Matthew Dotson was a no-show.

  • Calfee wins for Michael Dunn Center

    State Rep. Kent Calfee, R-Kingston, was among the 46 legislators who won a total of $8,300 in donations for charities in their communities during the Tennessee Health Care Association’s annual “Partnering for Charity” event.
    Calfee won $150 for The Michael Dunn Center.
    The lawmakers took turns spinning a giant wheel to earn contributions to charities of their choice throughout the state, including schools, churches, senior centers and other organizations.