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    On Friday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. bring household recyclables to the Roane County Recycling Center in Midtown in honor of America Recycles Day 2013.
    Representatives from Keep Roane Litter Free and Roane County Recycling Receive will distribute useful information about recycling and litter awareness in Roane County.
    The oublic can also view the recyclable material sorting process, take the “I Recycle” pledge and meet representatives from recycling vendors and industries as well as litter pick-up employees and volunteers.

  • Holiday fire season is time for caution

    Holiday activity and excitement tend to make people less careful at a time when they should be even more cautious.
    In the United States, there are an estimated 47,000 fires every holiday season that claim more than 500 lives a year.
    The Hearst Burn Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center has joined with the New York City Fire Department to offer these special tips for the holiday season:

  • Power outage for South of the River

    About 500 Volunteer Energy Cooperative customers in Roane County will experience a brief power outage from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
    The area affected is on Hwy. 58 north of Woody Lane. Neighborhoods affected include Anglers Cove, Marney Cove, Mariners Point, Southwest Point and Riverchase.
    The outage is required to allow VEC crews to complete system improvements that will increase the capacity and reliability of service in the area. VEC apologizes for any inconveniences the outage may cause. 

  • Accident at intersection leads to prayers

    A woman was cut out of a white Oldsmobile part of a two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon at Hwy. 70 and Pine Ridge Road.

    “He said she was unconscious when they cut her out,” said Carol Holloway, who’s husband, Leonard, was driving the red GMC truck that was also involved in the accident.

    Holloway said they spent five hours at Roane Medical Center themselves with tests to ensure Leonard was not seriously hurt.

    The pair also hoped find out how the woman in the other vehicle is doing.

  • Class bridges math gap

    Rockwood High School’s calculus class is taking a hands-on approach to learning by designing a connection roadway and bridge for Lenoir Avenue.

    The project, in conjunction with the University of Tennessee and Tennessee Department of Transportation, is for design only; no actual roadway or bridge will be built.

    “There are nine people here, so everybody got a part,” said project manager Jeff Tilley.

  • Roane court official dies in motorcycle crash

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Don Hood — one of his courtroom officers — was killed in a motorcycle wreck in Mississippi over the weekend.  

    “It was a shock to all of us,” Stockton said.

    Stockton said Hood served as a chief deputy in former sheriff David Haggard’s administration.

    “Don was actually my boss at one time,” Stockton said, “back in the ’90s when he was a chief deputy.”

  • Leon Houston calls federal charges 'smokescreen'

    Leon Houston is on trial for allegedly possessing firearms while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance.
    He told a federal jury, however, the charge is a smokescreen to hide what’s really going on in America.

    “Our civil liberties are in dire jeopardy,” he said. “I just hope that some of you people on this jury will see through this.”

  • Jim Henry’s a Good Guy for the second time

    Tennessee Department of Children’s Service’s Commissioner Jim Henry has been singled out for special recognition by the Tennessee Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee.
    Each year, the group honors men who have demonstrated their support of women with its Good Guy Awards.
    Kingston’s Henry, a 2005 Good Guy Award winner, has been tapped again.

  • Ten Mile man charged with attempted murder

    The Roane County grand jury added a charge of attempted first-degree murder against Daniel Phillip Thompson, a Ten Mile man accused of severely beating his girlfriend.
    The grand jury also indicted Thompson for aggravated assault and especially aggravated kidnapping when it met last month.
    Thompson’s alleged crimes occurred between July 12-17.
    Tiffany McDavid told Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Murphy that Thompson began beating her because he thought she was unfaithful.   

  • Randolph pleads not guilty

    Accused robber Mark Andrew Randolph pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in U.S. District Court last week.
    Randolph faces five counts of robbery, five counts of using a firearm during a crime and one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
    The court appointed attorney Jonathan Moffatt to represent him in the case.
    Randolph is accused of robbing a Shell Favorite Market in Sweetwater, a Subway in Lenoir City, a Subway in Knoxville, a Sonic in Knoxville and Rocky Top Market on Bluff Road in Kingston.