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  • Former Roane State president writes of husband accused of murder

    Sherry Hoppe made history in 1988 when she succeeded Roane State Community College founding president Cuyler Dunbar.
    The esteemed college administrator — Roane State’s first and only woman president to date — brought a dark secret with her to Roane County.
    “My husband Bobby shot a man, and he died,” she writes in the foreward of “A Matter of Conscience: Redemption of a Hometown Hero, Bobby Hoppe.”

  • Roane woman rides into literary world

    Mary Lou Wells has been a horse enthusiast for as long as she can remember.
    “Ever since I was a little child,” the 1985 graduate of Roane County High School said. “I got my first horse when I was 13. It was a half-Arabian pinto.”
    Wells, who still lives in Roane County, said her affinity for horses has driven her interest in learning more about the animals over the years.
    Now she’s sharing her knowledge in a new book, “The Illustrated Guide to the Morab Horse.”  

  • Candidate Forums

    • Luminary United Methodist Church’s Adult Fellowship will have an open “meet-and-question-the-candidates” session with Tennessee House of Representatives candidates Dennis Ferguson and Julia Hurley. The program will immediately follow the group’s covered-dish luncheon, which begins at noon in the church at 3401 River Road, Ten Mile.

  • Rockwood man killed by train

    A man was struck and killed by a train Tuesday afternoon. The incident happened near the Rockwood wastewater plant.
    Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said they were still investigating
    what happened.
    He identified the deceased man as Stephen Hickey. Stinnett said Hickey lived out toward the mountain and walked along the railroad tracks all the

  • Schools get Shining Star for Tasty Tuesdays

    A healthy eating program in almost all Roane County elementary schools received the 2009-10 Shining Star Award from the Tennessee Governors Council on Physical Fitness and Health.
    The award recognized the Roane County Tennessee Nutrition and Consumer Education Program Coalition for Tasty Tuesdays, a program that provides elementary-age children a chance to try different fruits and vegetables each month.
    Educational information is given to educators to share in the classroom.

  • 'There's many things for Roane County I can work for'

    Public service, not politics.
    James “Dub” Harmon said that’s how he always viewed his job as a county commissioner.
    Harmon’s public service may continue, but his days of doing it as a commissioner will come to an end on Tuesday. That’s when current commission terms expire.
    Harmon, the commission’s most senior member in terms of age and tenure, lost his re-election bid earlier this month.   

  • Lawnville bridge work to finish Oct. 31

    For weeks, crews have been doing construction work on the Lawnville Road bridge over Interstate 40 near Kingston in Roane County.
    In an e-mail, Tennessee Department of Transportation spokeswoman Yvette Martinez said the work is a repair project that consists of removing the asphalt layers to expose the concrete deck.
    “Crews checked the deck for any needed partial or full-depth repairs,” she said.
    “Crews will also replace the asphalt layers, which includes a sealer that will help pre-

  • Kingston dress code a no go

    Earlier this summer, Kingston city officials raised the issue of a revised dress code — or, more specifically, a personal appearance code.
    And then they sank it.
    City Manager Jim Pinkerton brought the topic before the city council in July as part of potential changes to the dress and appearance part of Kingston’s personnel manual.

  • Bottle bubbles at Rockwood meth lab site

    A Rockwood man was arrested Thursday morning when authorities learned about a fully operational methamphetamine lab in a rented home near the Rockwood Community Center.
    David Lynn Trentham, 34, son of the person renting the home at 308 Davis St., was taken into custody at the scene.
    “We got information for the last couple weeks of a strong smell coming from the residence,” said Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett.

  • House may be white no more

    Roane County’s white house could have a new look under Ron Woody’s administration.
    “I would love for somebody to donate us another color paint, so we can at least try to match the brick on the jail,” he said.
    Woody takes over as Roane County executive on Sept. 1. He defeated incumbent Mike Farmer in the August election.
    The white house serves as an office for codes enforcement and zoning. It is adjacent to the new jail on Third Street in Kingston.