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Today's News

  • Rockwood water, sewer rates going up

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Rockwood water and sewer customers will feel a bigger pinch in their wallets.

    Rockwood City Council approved, on 5-2 vote, the second and final reading of a request from Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas to hike sewer rates from 150 percent to 160 percent of the total water bill.

    “I think you need to think twice on this,” said Rockwood resident Roberta Dennis, who approached Council about the matter.

  • Public defender now in Kingston

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The 9th Judicial District Public Defender’s Office has moved from Harriman to Kingston.

    “It’s just more convenient — and it makes more sense to have it closer to the courthouse,” Public Defender Kim Nelson said.

    The new address is at 1013 Brentwood Way, Kingston. The new phone number is 376-4040.

    Nelson starts her eight-year term as public defender today – Monday.

  • United Way sets $400,000 campaign goal this year

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Roane County United Way kicked off this year’s fundraising drive with a breakfast bash at Michael Dunn Center and recognizing some of the many partners the organization works with.

    This year’s fundraising goal is $400,000, and the campaign is until the end of November.

    “Roane County United Way takes the guessing out of giving,” director Dina Jackson told a roomful of people Thursday morning.

  • Brrrrrr ... Blue Bell stocks ice cream to the rafters in massive freezer

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The biggest part of Blue Bell Creameries Roane County expansion is its massive freezer.

    Company officials said that part of the building is around 10,000 square feet.

    “As you can see, we have ice cream that runs all the way up to the rafters,” said Chad Staten, Blue Bell’s branch manager in Nashville.

  • On first day of third term, sheriff says he’ll run again

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The opponent was different this year, but the result was the same for Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    He will start his third four-year term today – Monday – after another decisive election victory.

    “It’s an honor to serve as sheriff of this county,” Stockton said. “I hope to serve this four years the same way I served the last two terms.”

  • Midtown Elementary takes on bullying

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Midtown Elementary School is tackling the bullying issue using a well-known national program.

    They’ve implemented the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, which was developed by Dan Olweus.

    “We want the community to be aware we are doing something about bullying,” said principal Kim Inman.

  • Rolex among items taken in Kingston heist last week

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A Seymour man was allegedly robbed in Kingston last Wednesday morning.

    Madison Rhea Bolden, 18, Darian Blake Julian, 22, Chad Ray Burgess, 36, and Carrie Michelle Watson, 21, have all been charged with aggravated robbery in the incident, in which property valued at $12,681 was allegedly taken from 23-year-old Asa Crawford.

    The property included Rolex and Nixon watches valued at $11,250.

  • 100-plus pills in woman’s purse

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A Rockwood woman arrested at Walmart last month had more than 100 prescription pills in her purse, according to police.

    Jessica Faith Martin, 27, was charged with manufacture, sell or delivery of a controlled substance, possession without a prescription, theft of property and criminal trespassing.

    According to the arrest warrant, police were dispatched to Walmart on Aug. 14 regarding shoplifting.

  • Free talk focuses on East Tenn. English

    “East Tennessee English,” a free brown-bag lecture by Paul Reed, will take place at noon Sept. 10 in East Tennessee History Center at 601 S. Gay St., Knoxville.

    Those participating are asked to bring a brown-bag lunch for the program. Soft drinks will be available.

    Most natives of Appalachia are aware that their speech is different from that of others, but they may not understand exactly why and how.

    Reed will explain the variations and contributing factors and how their rich linguistic system is

  • New rule mandates giving consumers access to auto, motorcycle recall details

    Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper wants Tennesseans to be aware that they will now have access to vehicle recall information under a new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rule.

    The new rule requires automakers and motorcycle manufacturers to provide vehicle specific recall information for consumers on the NHTSA’s SaferCar website – www.safercar.gov.

    It was recently determined as many as 30 percent of recalled vehicles do not receive the necessary repairs, according to NTHSA research, which leave many drivers at risk.