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  • Bear seen in West Roane area

    Albert Cook didn’t believe his wife, Ruth, when she said there was a bear outside, so he had a look himself Friday evening.
    “Sure enough, there was a bear in the yard,” said Cook, who lives in the Smokerise subdivision of Rockwood.

    He said the bear appeared to be looking for food, fumbling around with watermelon rinds that had been thrown outside and bird feeders nearby.

  • Progress made on greenway

    With the pressure off, contractors for Kingston’s Ladd Landing Greenway look like they just might make a June 30 deadline for finishing the much-delayed project.
    Of course, that’s not as vital as it once was, now that city officials know they will not have to renew a bank loan should the project run past the deadline.
    Still, given that many people expected the project to be at this point sometime last year, it wouldn’t seem advisable for work crews to take a breather at this point.

  • School board pays tribute to former principal Thompson

    Members of the Roane County Board of Education expressed condolences at the passing of former Rockwood Middle School principal Bill Thompson.
    “I was fortunate to play ball for Coach Thompson,” Mike “Brillo” Miller said at Tuesday’s board meeting. “He was a great educator and he was a great coach, but the thing that separated Mr. Thompson was he was a better man.”
    Thompson passed away on Sunday after a long battle with cancer.
    He was 75. 

  • Federal agency slaps TVA over nuclear quality assurance issues

    The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed a $70,000 civil penalty against TVA for violations related to the commercial grade dedication program during the construction of Watts Bar nuclear plant Unit 2.
    The Watts Bar plant, where one unit has been in operation since 1996, is near Spring City.
    The NRC requires certain components in a nuclear plant to meet strict nuclear quality assurance standards.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Beware of Sen. McCain and stay out of Syria

    Today, we conclude our comments for the present upon the disclosure by Edward Snowden of activities by government concerning telephone records and Internet records.
    As the reader will recall, prompted by the charge of several legislators and others that Mr. Snowden if guilty of treason, we quoted the provision of our Constitution defining the acts that constitute treason, to-wit: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or, in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”

  • Deal reached in development official’s DUI case

    The drunk-driving case of Darrell Williams, the vice president of business development for The Roane Alliance, was resolved Monday in General Sessions Court.

  • Case of mother accused of holding boy for beating put off

    Latoya Brown came to court on Monday hoping to be exonerated of allegations that she held a 10-year-old boy so her son could hit him.
    She left court disappointed.
    Brown’s accusers didn’t show up, and the case was rescheduled to Aug. 19.  
    “It’s irritating,” Brown said. “They’re making me waste gas and time to come over here for something I didn’t even do.” 
    Monday marked the second time the case has been postponed.

  • 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.