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  • Purloined tenderloin case ends with plea

    A woman accused of stealing $206.89 worth of filet mignon by hiding it in her pantyhose pleaded guilty to shoplifting in Roane County General Sessions Court on Monday.
    Annie Smith, 60, was sentenced to probation for a year and fined $100. Smith must also pay $206.89 in restitution and is banned from the Rockwood IGA.
    Randy Harris, Smith’s co-defendant in the case, was also scheduled to appear on Monday, but court officials said he was a no-show.
    The theft occurred at IGA on March 9 and was captured by the store’s security camera.

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  • It’s prom season!

    That time of year some students dream of and others dread is almost upon us. What’s the breakdown on Roane County’s five high schools and their proms?
    Here’s the skinny:

    • Roane County High School’s “Save the Last Dance,” prom is April 20 from 7-11 p.m. at The Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farm, Knoxville.

    • Rockwood High School’s “Under the Sea,” prom is April 27 from 6-10 p.m. at Rothchilds in Knoxville.

  • Oliver Springs house fire

     

    Firefighters responded to a house fire at 5214 Harriman Hwy. Monday afternoon. No injuries were reported. A caller told dispatchers that flames could be seen coming from the home. According to Tennessee real estate records, the owner of the property is Samuel Price.

  • DUI prosecution set back

    A decision issued by the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday could have major ramifications in drunk-driving cases across Tennessee.

    “We’re looking at it,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    “We’re talking to the people in Nashville that run the DUI programs about what the response is going to be, but clearly, no more forced blood draws.”

    The case — Missouri v. McNeely — involved a man who was stopped by a police officer for speeding and crossing the road’s centerline.

  • Purloined tenderloin case ends with plea

    A woman accused of stealing $206.89 worth of filet mignon by hiding it in her pantyhose pleaded guilty to shoplifting in Roane County General Sessions Court on Monday.

    Annie Smith, 60, was sentenced to probation for a year and fined $100. Smith must also pay $206.89 in restitution and is banned from the Rockwood IGA.

    Randy Harris, Smith’s co-defendant in the case, was also scheduled to appear on Monday, but court officials said he was a no-show.

    The theft occurred at IGA on March 9 and was captured by the store’s security camera.

  • Avoid Kingston levee on Sunday

    TVA has once again scheduled lane closures for core-drilling work to assess the health of the Kingston dike.

    A news release from TVA said one lane of U.S. 70 in Kingston at the Kingston dike will be closed 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 21.

    Flaggers will be directing traffic.

    TVA announced earlier this year they would be doing core drilling at all 49 of their dams and dikes to evaluate the health of the structures.
     

  • Robot team needs money

    The Roane County High School FIRST Robotics team is working down to the wire to raise funds to defray the cost of attending the world championship in St. Louis.

    Students still have several thousand dollars to raise and ask that people consider donating by going to www.fundraise.com/tn-first-robotics/roane-county-high-school-robotics-team.

    According to the team’s fundraising website, they have raised only $1,530 of their $5,000 goal as of Thursday morning.

    The website said the team needs $11,000 to go.

  • Carmen Van Horn new VISTA member

    Carmen Van Horn of Kingston recently became an AmeriCorps VISTA member.

    Van Horn will serve as the VISTA veterans coordinator for Roane County and a Roane County United Way intern coordinating the Earned Income Tax Credit and Roane Alliance for Financial Independence programs.

    “We are honored to have Carmen serving with us over the next year,” said Amy Harmon, United Way executive director.

    “Her enthusiasm, dedication and commitment to serving others are an inspiration to others.”