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Today's News

  • Disappearing sign makes reappearance

    The Ponderosa subdivision sign is no longer roaming the range.
    The heavy, wooden sign, which has been a landmark along Bluff Road for several decades, had been missing since July.
    It returned Saturday, according to resident Sydney Woodlee, who originally collected the money for the sign from her neighbors about 40 years ago.
    “My husband went out about 7 or 8 Saturday morning,” she said. “He called and said, ‘Guess what?’”
    Vandals took the sign once before and returned it. No one seems to know where it goes.

  • New food pantry aims to keep pets in homes

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    csimpson@roanecounty.com
    Roane County pet owners suffering financially will soon have a little help.
    Second Chance K-9 Rescue members have decided to start a food pantry for pet food and are now collecting donations.
    Ann Baker and her daughter, Madison, came up with the idea.
    “A lot of people, on account of the economy ... have had to surrender their pet. We want to do something to keep them out of the shelter,” Baker said.

  • Schools' scores lower, but ....

    The lowest scores you have ever seen.
    Parents of Roane County Schools students can expect to see that when the state report card is released later this year, according to Director of Schools Toni McGriff.
    She attributed the pending gloom to changes in how student achievement is measured by the state.
    The standards have increased.      
    “It doesn’t mean the children know less,” McGriff told Board of Education members last week.

  • Driving Miss Sadie: Katrina refugees in Rockwood go home

    Bruce and Diana Knobloch had their flights booked for their August trip to New Orleans for the annual Satchmo Festival honoring Louis Armstrong.
    But their August trip to the Crescent City took a turn of its own before they could get up in the air.
    It started with a late July phone call to the Roane County United Way office where Diana is director.
    The call was from “Miss Sadie” Butler, a 94-year-old who, with her son, Joe, landed in Rockwood as one of the last fugitives evacuated from Hurricane Katrina.

  • Marriage Licenses

    Marriage licenses granted at the Roane County Courthouse July 1-30:
    William Aaron Hedgecoth to Stacy Faye Lynn McFarland
    Michael Morris Clendaniel to Susan Marie Gibson
    Rodrigo Nogueira Fass to Tracey Lynn Gardner
    Timothy John Gould to Melanie Renee Childers
    Ted Kasper Kaplon to Miranda Hope Powe
    Michael Wade Hardin to Mae Ann Rivers Shillings
    Caleb Brian Strayer to Dessie Rachelle Hagler
    Michael Paul Gilbert to Rebekah Kay McClure
    Darren Caleb Payne to Kimberly Allison Freels

  • Divorces

    Divorces granted April 23-June 25 at the Roane County Courthouse:
    Jason Lee Stout vs. Shara Roberts Stout
    Richard Everett Wood vs. Angela Denise Wood
    Linda Ruth Langley Bartlett vs. Steven Ray Bartlett
    Tina K. Roach vs. William N. Roach
    Gennina Mary Turnbill vs. James Jay Turnbill
    Helen Diane Cooper James vs. William Howard James
    Robert S. Tapley vs. Antoinette J. Trammell Tapley
    Travis D. Hawn vs. Angela Hensley Hawn
    Zack Dixon Jr. vs. Sandra Elizabeth Griffith Dixon

  • Births

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:
    July 9 — Rebecca Ausburn and Jeffery Raymond, Harriman. A girl, Addyson Kinley, 7 pounds, 8 ounces. Sibling: Kabryn. Grandparents: Chris and Debbie Ausburn.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.
    Herbert L. Jones, possession of burglary tools Aug. 11, 2009. Bound over Jan. 25.
    Christopher L. Brock, driving on revoked license July 18, 2009. Dismissed Jan. 25, cost to defendant.
    David Sizemore, driving on revoked license Aug. 10, 2009. Guilty plea Jan. 25, convicted.
    Janice Tollett, assault Aug. 16, 2009. Bound over Jan. 25.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers in Roane County from June 16-25:
    From Brock & Scott PLLC, Brock and Scott PLLC, Manh Nguyen, Tammy Nguyen, Victor Hoang, Sam Chi and Chi Chun Su to Branch Banking & Trust Co. and Branch Banking and Trust Co. by trustee’s deed, Dist. 3, Rarity Ridge, Lot 485, Phase 5, $40,000.
    From Nationwide Trustee Services Inc. and Stevie J. Jackson to Federal National Mortgage Association by trustee’s deed, Dist. 3, Riverbend Estates, Lots PT77 and PT78, $0.

  • Roane County E-911 July Dispatches