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  • New bail bond co. approved

    Another bonding company has been given permission to do business in the 9th Judicial District.

    Steven Brent Massengale, doing business as Hill’s Bonding Co., filed a petition last year to write criminal bonds in the district.

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen turned down the petition, stating Hill’s Bonding was “the next bonding company in line to be considered for approval, however, the court is not considering the approval of any more bonding companies at this time.”

  • Summer arts camp
  • Kingston man may face federal charges

    Kingston resident William Tyler Farmer could be facing federal charges.

    According to a Meigs County arrest warrant, drugs and guns were found in a vehicle Farmer was driving on June 12.

    The drugs included pills and steroids.

    He was charged with manufacturing, delivery, sale and possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a weapon, DUI and possession of a handgun while under the influence.

    He’s scheduled to appear in Meigs County General Sessions Court on Thursday.

  • Lawsuit filed in fatal accident

    The widow of an Oakdale man who died in a car crash on Hwy. 61 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Roane County Circuit Court against the former state trooper accused of hitting him.

    Sandra J. Solomon is accusing Samuel Dean Norman of causing the crash that killed her husband, Elmer Solomon.

    She’s seeking $750,000 in compensatory damages and $230,000 in punitive damages.

    Kingston attorney Pat Cooley filed the lawsuit on her behalf this month.

  • Governor to be in Rockwood Friday

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will be at Rockwood’s Tom Fuller Park on Friday to announce a Tennessee Department of Transportation Enhancement grant.

    The announcement is expected to be made around 9:15 a.m.

    The details of the grant award have been embargoed until Friday, according to TDOT officials.

    However, Rockwood has previously applied for grant funds to make recreational improvements at Tom Fuller Park, including trails and other ammenities.

    City officials had a public hearing for the enhancement grant application last fall.

  • Poem-a-day work ethic pays off for Roane State professor

    For Ralph Monday, work is play.

    He maintains a big garden, teaches a full load at Roane State Community College, is renovating a house, and, on top of all that, sits down every day to meet the self-issued challenge of producing at least one poem a day.

    His efforts have paid off. Monday’s new book of poetry, “Empty Houses and American Renditions,” is just out and getting strong reviews.

  • Leadership class contributes to cause
  • Prepping for school
  • GLIMPSES: More thoughts on Insure Tennessee

    By MARK BANKER

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column:

    1) None of us see the past or present with absolute clarity; 2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

  • GUEST OPINION: Why run for public office?

    I spend a fair amount of time talking to students and other young people about Congress and politics in general, and I’ve noticed something.

    It used to be that I’d regularly get asked how one runs for office.

    Nowadays, I rarely do.