Today's News

  • Arrests: July 28-29, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    July 28 — Rodney Lynn Galyon, 42, 166 Dogtown Road, Ten Mile: attachment. Bond $1,500; court date Aug. 27.

    • Brian D. Gann, 27, 413 Carter Ave., Harriman: three attachments. Total bond $4,630; no court date listed.

    • Jennifer Leigh Loy, 31, 116 Taylor Road, Oak Ridge: DUI, legend drugs possession without prescription. Total bond $3,000; court date Aug. 11.

  • Property transfers: March 7-14, 2014

    Property deed transfers in Roane County:
    March 7 — From Gary L. McDonald Sr. and Brenda Hall McDonald to Jonathan Boshears by warranty deed, Dist. 1, Gary Lloyd McDonald Sr. subdivision, Lot 2, $62,500.

    • From Brad Lee Griffin and Brad L. Griffin to Joann Elizabeth Griffin by quit-claim deed, Dist. 2, Poplar Grove Estates, Unit 2, Lot 9, $0.

    • From Dogwood Land Co. LLC to William David Matlock and Blake Angelee Matlock by warranty deed, Dist. 3, Dogwood Shores, Unit 3, Lots 35, 37 and 18, $7,500.

  • Saturday concert to benefit Mason Scholarship Fund

    Proceeds from a concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 will benefit the Tony Mason Scholarship Fund.

    The concert in the Princess Theatre, Harriman, includes Archie Bell, Clifford Curry, Kathy Hill and Boys’ Night Out.

    Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at Rocky Top General Store or Harriman Jewelry Exchange.

    Tickets will also be available at the box of-

    fice the night of the concert until they are sold out.

    The scholarship pays tribute to Mason, a Harriman resident who succumbed to cancer eight years ago.

  • 4-H members stay busy in spring, summer

    Roane County 4-H Club members have been busy throughout the spring and summer months.

    Five 4-H members — Vaughn Parks, Joe Huckabey and Kayla Haney of Oliver Springs High School, and Christina Long and Stephanie Long, both of Rockwood High School — recently attended 4-H Congress in Nashville.

    They were given many opportunities to learn more about state government and become familiar with the state capital.

    The students sat in on a legislative session, met with state Sen. Ken Yager and state Rep. Kent Calfee and toured Nashville.

  • ETSU offers master’s in digital marketing

    East Tennessee State University’s College of Business and Technology will begin offering a master’s degree in digital marketing program in the fall semester.

    The degree will focus on the field of marketing in the digital environment.

    Coursework will be current, relevant and completely online.

    “With the growing, ever-changing, fast-paced online atmosphere, marketing has significantly changed and will continue to do so,” said Kelly Price-Rhea, program coordinator.

  • Cherokee Interact cited

    Cherokee Middle School Interact Club faculty sponsor Gordon Pickrell, center, represents the club in accepting Rotary International President Ron Burton Presidential Citation for the 2013-14 school year from Kingston Rotary Club President Suzanne Horsfall, left, and Interact Rotary sponsor Deborah Alexander-Davis.

    Only two Interact Clubs in the Eastern portion of Tennessee received the honor.

    To qualify for the award, Interact Club members were required to conduct at least one international service project and work in the community to help others.

  • New PBS call-in show aims to help students’ math skills

    East Tennessee PBS continues its mission of education with a new program that is geared toward helping students improve their math skills.

    “Mathline” is a live call-in show during which host Ernie Roberts provides callers with answers to their math problems.

    The 30-minute show, premiering at 6 p.m. Aug. 11, will be broadcast at 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday on East Tennessee PBS.

    During the show, Roberts answers relevant questions with a Common Core influence, helping facilitate a deeper understanding of learning mathematical concepts.

  • Alexander bus stops, senator not on it

    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s campaign bus stopped in Kingston Wednesday, but he wasn’t on it.

    According to his “Little Plaid Blog” detailing his campaign stops, Alexander had to return to Washington, D.C., to vote against President Barack Obama’s funding request for the immigration crisis on the Mexico border.

    “He still has not proposed a serious plan to secure the border and deal with the influx of unaccompanied minors entering our country,” Alexander said in a prepared statement.

  • Open Rockwood council seat filled ­— until election

    Rockwood City Council has a new member.

    Samuel H. Seat Jr., the operator of Juniors Restaurant in downtown Rockwood, was appointed to the position. Mayor James Watts said Seat expressed interest in the opening.

    “I just feel honored to be here. I hope I do a good job. I’m really interested in seeing growth,” said Seat.

    He said he invested everything he has into Rockwood and wants to see it thrive.

    Seat is taking the place of the late Pete Wright, who died July 1 after a long illness.

  • Tom Pierce case continued until August

    No progress was made in the case of a former Rockwood official accused of using city funds for private purchases of items — including weapons.

    Former Rockwood Public Works director Tom Pierce was at his status hearing on July 21, but it was continued until Aug. 15.

    Cases not resolved this term will be scheduled at that time for the next term, which will start in November.

    Pierce is accused of buying guns, ammunition, clothing, cameras and photography equipment on the city’s dime between 2009 and 2012.