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Today's News

  • Man sentenced in armed robbery spree

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Mark Andrew Randolph got the sentence he agreed to in his federal robbery case: 32 years.

    In the plea agreement he signed in April, Randolph admitted to using a firearm to rob several East Tennessee businesses in September 2013, including the Rocky Top Market on Bluff Road in Kingston.

  • Roane Treasures: Meet the Class of 2014

    Lieselotte “Lotte” O’Brien

    Lieselotte “Lotte” O’Brien was born in Weiler, Germany, on July 7, 1925. Lotte is better known as Mama Mia.

    Lotte met her late husband, William, in Germany after World War II. He was a baker in the Army and was stationed in Augsburg, Germany, where Lotte was a waitress in the mess hall.

    They married in Germany and moved to New York in June 1950. While in New York, Lotte taught herself English and gained experience in the restaurant industry. The couple moved to Kingston in 1969.

  • The many hats of ‘Brillo’ Miller

    Rockwood Mayor-elect Mike “Brillo” Miller said he doesn’t foresee city business overlapping with the goings-on of the county school system.

    Miller, who works for Rockwood Electric Utility, is in the midst of another four-year term on the Roane County Board of Education. He will take over as city mayor on Dec. 1.

    “It’s not a city school system,” Miller said. “It’s a county school system, so it will have no bearing on it whatsoever.”

  • Judge race contest not over

    Kingston lawyer Tom McFarland isn’t done contesting the Aug. 7 election.

    He’s appealing Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood’s decision to throw out his lawsuit that sought to have Mike Pemberton’s win in the 9th Judicial District circuit court judge race voided.

    McFarland filed the notice of appeal on Nov. 5.

    Pemberton and McFarland were the only candidates in the judge’s race. Pemberton received 343 more votes than McFarland in the four-county district.

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  • Interstate Spa looked at for prostitution

    Law enforcement investigating prostitution and possible human trafficking descended at the Interstate Spa off of South Gateway Avenue Wednesday.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Rockwood Police Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office officials and Homeland Security Investigations were among those that swooped down at the establishment.

    Because of the ongoing investigation, police didn’t have much to say early on.

  • Lady Bobcats, Lady Jackets earn big wins

     

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats and Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets picked up a pair of impressive road wins on Thursday.

    The Lady Jackets visited nearby Lenoir City and knocked off the Lady Panthers, 45-42.

  • Midway picks up split at Monterey

     The Midway Lady Waves and Lady Waves traveled to Monterey last week and split a pair of games with the Wildcats and Lady ’Cats.

    The Lady Waves took the floor first and ran their season record to 3-0 with a 49-30 victory.

  • OSMS picks up wins over Rockwood

     

    Thursday night was a good night for the Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats and Lady 'Cats as both teams picked up wins over visiting Rockwood.

    In the girls game, points were hard to come by as Oliver Springs won a defensive slugfest, 21-16.

  • Sound off about K-12 standards on state website

    The state has created a website where Tennesseans can review and comment on current K-12 academic standards.

    The website, unveiled by Gov. Bill Haslam, is https://apps.tn.gov/tcas.

    Academic standards set grade-specific goals that define what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of a given grade or course.

    There are more than 1,100 for English language arts and more than 900 for mathematics in Tennessee.