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  • Desired response

    Betty Foy of Renaissance Terrace was surprised with a flower bouquet and balloon to celebrate Make Someone Smile Week. Yellow flowers and balloons filled the halls and rooms thanks to Rosemary’s Florist. “People in the nursing homes are going through something life changing, so we wanted to get to them first,” said Misty Mangum with the flower shop.

    They brought in flowers and balloons to celebrate Make Someone Smile Week.
    The week, July 21-27, was sponsored by Teleflora, a flower delivery service.

  • Former Midway football coach has DUI charge

    FROM STAFF REPORTS
    Former Midway High School head football coach and current Sweetwater head coach Craig Moser has temporarily stepped down as coach of the Wildcats following a Monday, July 22, arrest in Loudon for allegedly driving under the influence.

    The arrest took place at 12:26 a.m. at the Marathon station off Hwy. 72 in Loudon.

  • Sheriff’s crime map helps keep the public informed

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is touting a new program that could help the public stay informed about crime in Roane County.  

    “The Roane County Sheriff’s Office now has an online crime map called RAIDS Online that maps and analyzes crime data, alerts Roane County citizens about crimes in their area, and allows the Roane County Sheriff’s Office to quickly alert the public about crimes as they occur,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

  • Prosecutions move on unabated

    Despite the overcrowding problems at the Roane County Jail, District Attorney General Russell Johnson said it will be business as usual for his office.
    “Obviously, that’s in the back of our mind as we work,” Johnson said about the overcrowding. “But we’re not going to change anything until we have a meeting that results in some significant policy change.”

    The jail has a certified capacity of 174 inmates.

  • Tiegs guilty of lesser offense

    Registered sex offender James Allan Tiegs was found guilty of a lesser included offense during his trial in Roane County Criminal Court last week.
    Tiegs, 51, was charged with aggravated sexual battery.

    The jury instead found him guilty of misdemeanor assault. 
    “You always want the result that you argue before the jury,” prosecutor Bill Reedy said. “They just saw it differently than we did, but I don’t ever take issue with the jury’s verdict. They do their job.”

  • Local photographer goes wild

    Nothing is more peaceful for Rhonda McClure than capturing the magnificence of nature with a camera.
    “Everything about photography appeals to me,” said McClure, a Kingston resident.  “It is all I do with my spare time. It opens up the world. It lets you see the creation God has made that is so special that people miss.”

    She was recognized for her skill when her photo of a stretching buck was selected to be in the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency’s publication of their 2013-14 Tennessee wildlife calendar.

  • Ash spill mediation gets more time

    Another request for additional time to mediate in TVA ash spill litigation has been granted by Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan.
    A dike failure early on Dec. 22, 2008, at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant released more than 5 million cubic yards of ash into the environment.
    Last August, Varlan determined TVA caused the disaster. The litigation includes more than 60 cases and involves more than 800 plaintiffs. Varlan ordered the sides to mediate last November.

  • Burglars in need of snack

    Kingston police arrested two people on July 24 for an alleged break-in at the city’s community center.  
    “They entered the fence area and broke into the concession stand at the pool,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said. “My third-shift guys caught them red-handed.”  
    The suspects are 19-year-old Jesse Aldape Jr. and 18-year-old Malik Gallaher. Both were charged with burglary.
    The report on the incident said police observed two males with flashlights inside the food shed.

  • Roane Tea Party members protest President Obama in Chattanooga

    Roane County Tea Party Co-Chairman Gary Johnston said he and other members of his organization planned to protest President Barack Obama’s visit to Chattanooga this week.
    “We’re just a few miles from our exit,” Johnston said via cell phone Tuesday. “There’s lots of security down here. I’m passing state police car after state police car, so it looks like they’re going to have lots of security.” 
    The president was scheduled to tour an Amazon fulfillment center. His speech was scheduled after press time.

  • Temperance gets state boost

    Harriman’s most iconic symbol received another helping hand with its ongoing rehabilitation.

    Gov. Bill Haslam just announced another $40,355 in Historic Preservation Fund grants for ongoing repairs.