Today's News

  • Lawyer: Agency admits fault

    Chris Buttram had no experience with dike inspection when he arrived at the Kingston Fossil Plant in October 2008.
    “I had heard of them, but I’d never seen one,” he said.
    Despite that inexperience, TVA charged him with writing a key report about the inspection.
    Attorney Jeff Friedman said it was that kind of conduct on the part of TVA that caused the dike to fail two months later.
    “The disaster was a tragedy the likes of which this state and country had never seen,” Friedman said.

  • The Garden Gate: Fruit is salt of the earth and apple of our eye

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Salt is the only rock we eat. It has seasoned our foods for thousands of years and been used in many other ways. It is mentioned in many places in the Bible, and is, as it has always been, a necessary part of our lives.

    Salt has many powers. The interplay of salt and water is essential to life itself, and a proper salt balance is vital to our well being.

  • Presidential hopeful Cain making Roane stop

    The Roane County Tea Party has invited U.S. presidential hopeful Herman Cain to make Roane County a stop along his campaign trail on Oct. 15.  

    The visit is a luncheon stop at Roane State Community College Student Lounge and is sponsored by the Roane County Tea Party as part of their ongoing voter education effort.

    Former police officer and current Roane County Tea Party Co-Chairman Gary Johnston will ride the Cain bus for a few days to assist with logistics and security during some Tennessee stops.

  • Board of Regents to meet at RSCC

    The Tennessee Board of Regents will meet in regular quarterly session at Roane State Community College on Thursday and Friday.

    Committee meetings will begin at 1 p.m. Sept. 22 in the O’Brien Theatre.

    Committees will meet in this order: Tennessee Technology Centers; Academic Policies and Programs; Finance and Business Operations; and Personnel and Compensa-tion.

    The full board will meet on Sept. 23, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

  • Republican Women picnic set

    Roane County Republican Women will have their annual picnic at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at Roane County Park.

    Cost is $5 per person.

    State Rep. Julia Hurley, R-Lenoir City, is the featured speaker.

    Call Barbara Sanders at 376-7105 for more information.

  • Henry Center fun fit for a king — or a queen

    Preschoolers at The Henry Center recently celebrated a Royal Gala in honor of the tiny princes and princesses the center serves.

    The gala was a kickoff to what is hoped to be an exciting year of adventures for the 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds.

    The day began with a royal parade, followed by songs, dance, fun, games and special “palace portions” of  juice, fruit and treats.

  • 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.


    Gary L. Nance Jr., theft up to $500. Guilty.

    Dexter Alan Birmley, theft up to $500. Guilty. Theft up to $500, dismissed.

    Bobby L. Martin, evading arrest. Dismissed. Theft of merchandise shoplifting, resist stop, arrest, search involving weapon and possession unlawful drug paraphernalia uses and activities. Guilty.

  • Arrests

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Sept. 8 — Elizabeth Marie Walker, 32, 166 Manly Drive, Kingston: violation of probation and failure to appear. No bond; court date Oct. 31.

    • Charles Daniel Webb, 46, 186 Evans Heights, Rockwood: $890 purge. No bond or court date listed.

    • Steven Ameen Womack, 26, 312 Furnace Ave., Rockwood: Failure to appear Aug. 22, 2011 for assault. No bond; court date Oct. 31.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse July 29:

    From Darlene T. Chamlee Executor, Evan L. Turnbill Executor, Juanita V. Williams Estate, Dollie Juanita V. Williams Estate, Dollie Juanita Williams Estate, Dollie Juanita Voiles Turnbill Williams, Darlene T. Chamlee and Evan L. Turnbill to Darlene T. Chamlee and Evan L. Turnbill by deed, Dist. 1, 3.64 acres, Poland Hollow Road, $0.

    From Whitney Collette Julian Murrell to Homer Julian by quit-claim deed, Dist. 5, Squairs Addition, Lot 5, $0.

  • Rider-Matheson

    Kathy L. Rider and Clifton David Matheson announce their forthcoming marriage.

    The ceremony will be at 5 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Matheson home. A reception will follow.

    Invitations will be sent to individuals to join the couple on their special day.

    The bride elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Rider of Fruithurst, Ala.