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Today's News

  • Harriman woman to be sentenced in Alcoa theft

    Kathy Ann Winters, a 58-year-old Harriman woman, has an Oct. 7 court date before U.S. District Judge Pamela L. Reeves.

    Winters is scheduled to be sentenced that day for embezzling. She pleaded guilty in federal court last month.

    Winters was federal projects administrative assistant for Alcoa City Schools and treasurer for the East Tennessee Attendance Supervisors Association and Tennessee Attendance Supervisors Steering Committee.

  • Mourning mom wants to help others with loss

    On Aug. 2 2011, a seemingly healthy 21-year-old man never awakened, dying in his sleep from an undetected heart defect.

    Melissa Childs isn’t over the loss of her son, Josh Humphreys, and she doesn’t know if she ever will. She does know something that helped her, and she wants to share that blessing in Roane County.

    She wants to start a local chapter of Listening Hearts, a support group for bereaved mothers.

    “These ladies have helped me tremendously,” she said. “Even if I can help one person, that is my goal.”

  • Look Before You Lock — it may save a child’s life

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services is reminding licensed child care providers across the state that are approved to transport children of the licensing rules and preventative measures to keep children safe when transporting them during summer months.

    In doing so, DHS licensing staff will be making extra visits to monitor child care agencies.

    DHS is also encouraging parents and caregivers to “Look Before You Lock” car doors upon exit so that children are not left in the sweltering heat of a locked vehicle.

  • County gets credit-rating boost

    Standard & Poor’s has slightly upgraded Roane County’s bond rating from AA- to AA.

    “We view the county’s management conditions as strong, with good financial practices,” the ratings service said.

    The bond ratings are sort of a credit rating for governments. An AA rating means the county has a “very strong capacity to meet financial commitments,” according to the agency.

  • July 8 voter registration deadline

    Tuesday is the last day to register to vote for the Aug. 7 election. Contested races include sheriff, county executive, circuit court clerk and 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said people can register at the election commission office until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The office is on the first floor of the courthouse in Kingston.

    “We’ve had sort of an increase here at the end of people trying to get registered,” Holiway said.

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  • Rockwood city councilman dies

    Rockwood City Councilman William Pete Wright, 80, died Tuesday after struggling with health issues.

    Wright, who had missed some recent Rockwood City Council meetings for medical tests, had fallen at one point because of a dizzy spell.

    “He had some medical problems, and really we were concerned about it,” said Mayor James Watts.

    Wright had seemed to be improving, but Watts said his heart problems proved to be too much.

  • Retired educator dies in wreck

    A retired Roane County educator known for her love of music was killed in a car wreck Tuesday afternoon.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Margie Wadlington, 83, was a passenger in a 2011 Buick driven by her husband, George Wadlington.

    He was attempting to make a turn onto Smalley Lane from Hwy. 58.

    A 2005 Audi driven by Zuniga Rafael Gonzalez struck the Buick broadside, causing it to strike a 2001 Honda that was attempting to make a right turn onto Hwy. 58 from Smalley Lane.

  • Grilling accidents can be prevented

    As the weather becomes even warmer, many outdoor cooking enthusiasts will pull their grills from winter hibernation. Some will be sorry they did.

    While most people use their grills to prepare delicious food without incident, according to the Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System, the state has averaged 30 fire incidents involving open-fired grills per year for the past five years.

  • Marty Miles: Didn’t know about $9,250 fine

    An Oct. 27, 2009, order issued by the Tennessee Ethics Commission says that Marty Miles was fined $9,250 for failing to timely file a disclosure of interest statement when he was a Kingston city councilman.

    Miles said this week that he’d never seen or heard of such an order.

    “I’m not going to argue with the order, but it says there was a hearing, and I wasn’t a part of that hearing,” he said. “I can assure you that I didn’t get anything on this.”