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Today's News

  • Tyler Farmer indicted by feds

    William Tyler Farmer is no longer just facing criminal charges in state court.

    Last week, a federal grand jury in Chattanooga returned a two-count indictment against him for being a convicted felon in possession of firearms and for receiving stolen firearms.

    Farmer is a Kingston resident. His address is listed as 156 Greystone Way.

    The federal charges stem from a June 12 traffic stop in Meigs County.

    Decatur Police Officer Billy Long stopped Farmer on Hwy. 58 on suspicion of DUI.

  • Bait car too good for man to pass by, deputies say

    A Morgan County man is accused of stealing a car that was set alongside Interstate 40 as bait in the investigation of a rash of car thefts.

    Bernard Wayne Cook, 40, 140 Adams Court, Morgan County, is charged with theft over $1,000 but less than $10,000.

    “There is 20 that have been stolen all together as far west as Cookeville,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    In addition to Roane, Cumberland and Loudon counties have experienced such thefts along I-40.

  • Out to Lunch: No. 200 calls for a special visit to Miss Lilly’s Café

    It’s hard to believe this is my 200th “Out to Lunch” article.

    The first, on Junior’s Restaurant in Rockwood, was published on March 17, 2008.

    We invited longtime Kingston friends, Cliff and Sue Nunley, to join us on this special adventure to the “quiet side of the Smokies.”

    The Nunleys have hiked most of the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains and spent a few nights in Mount Leconte Lodge. We knew they would be good guides, and probably had eaten at several places in Townsend.

  • Diversity topic for employers

    Corporations spend billions of dollars to attract and manage diversity.

    Roane County Employers Association will delve into the topic during its July 14 meeting.

    Jennifer Henry, president of the Oak Ridge Human Resources Association, will discuss “Diversity: Strength Lies in Differences, Not in Similarities” during the meeting from noon to 1 p.m.

    The meeting will be in the ground floor cafeteria of the Dunbar Building on the main campus of Roane State Community College between Harriman and Rockwood.

  • Rockwood officials honor Cliftons, McCrearys

    Rockwood celebrated two businesses recently by honoring the commitment the owners made to the community.

    David Clifton, formerly of David Clifton Chevrolet, and his family, including wife Pat, were touched by the recognition at the start of last week’s Rockwood City Council meeting.

    “It has truly been an honor to represent General Motors for the city of Rockwood all these years,” David Clifton said.

    Also recognized were Steve and Earl McCreary, who owned McCreary Auto Parts, or the Rockwood NAPA.

  • Taking a look back at spring signees in Roane County

    Through the first six — nearly seven — months, 2015 has been kind to the athletes of Roane County.

    Midway and Oliver Springs have promoted former OSMS head coach Larry Green and former Green Waves defensive coordinator Ryen Minton to head coaching roles.

    After TSSAA violations resulted in Harriman boys basketball being stripped of spring basketball (on top of losing a coach) the Blue Devils have finally secured a new lead man in former West Carroll coach Shay Shannon.

  • Q&A: Meet new Harriman boys head coach Shay Shannon

    Editor’s note: The following is a transcription from an interview sports editor Bradley Stringfield did with the new Harriman boys basketball head coach Shay Shannon.

    Q: So, how did all of this come about?

  • Roane’s Buck Toms celebrates big birthday

    For 60 years, Camp Buck Toms has been open for Scouts eager to earn a variety of merit badges or just a visit to enjoy the camaraderie and the great outdoors.

    “This is the 60th anniversary this year,” according to Ralph Moates, camp director.

    Attendance to the summer camps continues to grow.

    “At the end of this summer, we’ll have over 2,000 which sets a record for us,” said Moates.

    Last year, they had about 1,800 campers, some who cover a lot of road to get there.

  • Hole in wall makes sheriff’s point

    The holding rooms for inmates at the Roane County Courthouse continue to cause headaches for sheriff’s officials.

    On Monday, a deputy reported finding a fist-sized hole in the wall between the men and women’s restrooms.

    “I was informed of it a couple of hours after everything had happened,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said Thursday. “Anytime you have that number of inmates coming over and one officer trying to watch all of them, it’s impossible to keep your eye on every one of them.”

  • Gunmaker’s request approved

    The Roane County Board of Zoning Appeals approved a special-use permit that will allow Donald Welch to assemble and ship firearms from his property on Upper Jones Road, which is in the eastern part of the county near Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    Welch told the board Wednesday the permit is one of the requirements to get his Type 7 federal firearms license.

    He plans to operate a business assembling and shipping firearms from his property. He said the business will have a low profile.