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Today's News

  • Farm Day at Roane State
  • Tennessee goes after cancer fraud

    Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, together with state law enforcement partners in every other state in the nation, have jointly filed a federal lawsuit against four phony cancer charities and their operators.

    The organizations, with strong roots in East Tennessee, allegedly scammed people of more than $187 million.

  • Y-12 Credit Union’s Coppinger honored

    Financial adviser Ellen Coppinger, a Certified Financial Planner at Y-12 Federal Credit Union, registered through CUNA Brokerage Services Inc., has received the 2015 Women of Distinction Award.

    Coppinger received the honor in recognition of her superior performance, value and overall contribution to the financial services industry.

    Women of Distinction is an award presented by CUNA Brokerage Services Inc.

    It recognizes the top female financial advisers throughout the nation within their broker/dealer operation.

  • Out to Lunch: Take your palate international with a short drive to Le Noir

    Readers of my “Out to Lunch” articles know that I always refer to them as adventures.

    “Le Noir – A Southern Belgian Bistro, With an American Touch” in Lenoir City was certainly an enjoyable adventure.

    My wife, Carol, and I invited our Midtown Heights “down-the-road” neighbors, Leroy and Louise Turbyville Shipwash, to enjoy this adventure with us.

  • J.C. Bowen, Alex Patterson sign with Martin Methodist College

    With most high schools in the area finally finished, most student-athletes who had planned on continuing their playing careers into college have already signed.

    On Friday, two more names were added to that list when Rockwood’s J.C. Bowen and Alex Patterson signed bowling scholarships to play for Martin Methodist College.

    “It’s a dream come true for me,” Bowen said.

    Bowen, who started bowling at the age of three, moved to Tennessee last year, but has been bowling competitively for some time.

  • Schools aim for ‘seamless’ transition

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes was one of many people who expressed sadness about the closure of the Michael Dunn Center School.

    “That makes me cry,” he said.

    Mike McElhinney, president and CEO of the Michael Dunn Center, said the school’s closure will impact nine students – seven from Roane County, and two from Morgan County.

    Michael Dunn received money for the Roane County students who attended the school.

  • Michael Dunn graduates last school students

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    It was a bittersweet moment for parents gathering to see their children adorned in caps and gowns at their graduations from Michael Dunn School last week.

    The class is the final group to graduate from the school, which has been educating developmentally disabled children from Roane and surrounding counties for decades.

    “We hate that it is the last but [glad] he can graduate out,” said Rick Gaylor about his son, Cody. “He’s enjoyed it.”

  • 30-cent tax hike over first hurdle

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee finished putting together its proposal for the 2015-16 fiscal year last Thursday.

    It plans to recommend a budget that calls for an increase in the property tax rate.

    “I think it’s a reasonable, rational proposal,” Budget Committee Member Steve Kelley said.

  • Road superintendent’s civil suit dismissed; another on docket

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks dismissed a civil suit against Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson on Friday.

    Capital One Bank was suing Ferguson for $10,704.74 over an unpaid debt.

    Ferguson didn’t appear in court on Friday, though his case was called when Wicks was going over the roll.

    Ferguson said last Thursday that he had already worked the matter out and it was resolved.

    Wicks dismissed the suit with prejudice, which means it cannot be refiled.

  • 9 months later, convicted robber in prison

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Nine months after he was sentenced, Benjamin Heath Clark is now in custody at the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex, a state prison in Pikeville.

    “Clark was moved to BCCX because his sentence dictates he serve his time in a state facility,” state prison spokesman Robert Reburn said last Tuesday, when asked what precipitated Clark’s move to a state prison all of a sudden.

    Clark had been serving his time locally.