Today's News

  • Ten Mile man charged with sexual battery

    A man’s alleged sexual contact with a 13-year-old has gotten him indicted by the Roane County Grand Jury.

    Tommy Stansberry Smith of 7521 State Highway 304, Ten Mile, is charged with one count of sexual battery.

    Smith, 64, was indicted by the grand jury on Feb. 22. The charge is a Class E felony.

    The indictment said Smith unlawfully, knowingly and feloniously engaged in sexual contact with the victim at a time when he knew or had reason to know the victim did not consent.


  • New VP for RMC parent company Covenant Health

    Larry Kleinman has been named Covenant Health’s executive vice president for human resources.
    Covenant is the parent company of Harriman’s Roane Medical Center.
    Kleinman succeeds the retiring Sam Buscetta.
    He most recently served as senior vice president for global talent management and customer innovation at Kenexa, a Pennsylvania-based company specializing in human resources technology and products.
    Kleinman’s experience in health-care leadership includes serving as chief human resources officer for Providence Health and Services in Seattle.

  • Brewer, Kerley awarded certification

    Two finance officers from Roane County municipalities were among more than 90 to be awarded the Certified Municipal Finance Officers certificate recently in Nashville.
    Kingston’s Carolyn Brewer and Harriman’s Charles Kerley were in the class that included 97 individuals representing 86 cities and one utility district.
    They completed a two-year program that consisted of 11 courses and exams covering eight different topics.
    Brewer and Kerley were awarded their CMFO certification by Justin P. Wilson, Comptroller of the Treasury.

  • Who will pick Rockwood's utilities head?

    Rockwood City Council laid the groundwork last week toward bringing a newly appointed Rockwood Water Sewer and Gas Board and general manager closer to reality.

    The council is set to meet at 7 p.m. today, Monday, in a workshop session to look at applications to fill the general manager position.

    The meeting comes on the heels of council’s initial approval of an ordinance to re-establish the board. The ordinance must meet council approval on second reading before it is enacted.

  • Austin critic in favor of restoring rights

    Former judge Thomas Austin declined to discuss why he feels he’s entitled to his citizenship rights back.  

    “I don’t have any comment about that because my lawyer is handling it for me,” Austin said Friday.

    “He told me not to comment to anybody, so I’m going to listen to my lawyer,” he added. “That’s what I’m paying him for.”

    Austin’s attorney is Browder Williams. He said Austin is seeking to have his rights restored because the law allows him to.

  • Out to Lunch: No better 100th celebration than lunching at Newk’s

    Newk’s, my 100th published “Out to Lunch” adventure, came recommended by folks in the medical field.
    I previously mentioned a surprise interview with Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic nurse practitioner Nancy Dusek, who had injected my hip with “WD-40” (steroid).
    I asked her to recommend another place to have lunch when I went back for a refill four months later. She encouraged me to try Newk’s at the west end of Turkey Creek.
    I drove out Turkey Creek on my way home, eyeballed the café and made a mental note to put it on my prospect list.

  • FORE!

    Kingston resident Jim Smith takes a swing on the green during a recent outing at Southwest Point Golf Course.

  • Training program receives grant

    Roane State Community College’s Advanced Materials Training and Education Center is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
    ORNL recently won a Gordon Battelle Prize for scientific discovery and technology impact.
    As a Gordon Battelle Prize winner, ORNL was given the opportunity to direct a $5,000 education grant to the school (K-12 or higher education) of its choice.

  • Sisterly milestone: Triple nifty at 50

    The Stout triplets are still as close as ever as they approach their 50th birthday.

    Representing three out of 12 siblings (six boys — two of whom are twins — and six girls), Paula Ann Stout Pavlik, Patricia Ann Stout Phillips and Pamela Ann Stout Edmonds will celebrate 50 years of memories with each other on March 12.

    “We’re a very close family,” Edmonds said during one of the sisters’ ritual lunch outings at Gondolier Restaurant in Harriman.

  • Bonuses indicate school board is OK with McGriff

    As the Roane County Board of Education gets ready for a discussion on who will lead the schools in the future, the current leader’s most recent performance bonus indicates board members think she’s done a good job.  

    Director of Schools Toni McGriff received $15,000 out of a possible $15,000 last year.

    It was the highest performance bonus she’s earned since becoming director of schools in 2005.

    The bonuses are based on school board evaluations. A point system determines the amount.