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Today's News

  • Final warmup for Lady Blue Devils
  • Lady Jackets ousted in opener
  • GLIMPSES: Hindsight often blinding, too

    By MARK BANKER

    Residents of Roane County in 2017 who face the challenge of funding a public-school system for our posterity without bankrupting ourselves should be mindful of an old proverb: “The nearer the past, the more uncertain its lessons.”

    While we have a long past to learn from, many of us personally experienced the history most relevant to our current school debate. I, for example, attended public schools in Kingston from 1957-69.

  • Jim Smith up for Rockwood city judge post

    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller will be recommending hometown attorney Jim Smith as the new city judge.

    “I think he’ll do a great job,” said Miller.

    Rockwood City Council will meet in special called session 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, to consider Smith, who will replace outgoing judge Mark Foster. It’s the only item on the agenda.

    Smith, a Rockwood native, has had a downtown law office for many years.

    He was the 1966 valedictorian of Rockwood High School.

  • Man gets 18 years for child rape, sex crimes

    A Kingston man is going to prison for 18 years after pleading guilty to sex crimes in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday.

    Bob Lee Babineau was charged with two counts of child rape and seven counts of aggravated sexual battery. He reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to two of the aggravated sexual battery counts. The rest of the charges were dismissed.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said Babineau gave a confession, in which he described in graphic details his crimes.

  • Police say Knox man pointed a gun at his girlfriend

    Kingston police filed an attempted first-degree murder charge against a Knoxville man last week.

    According to the report on the incident, Chester Lynn McHaffie allegedly pointed a gun at his girlfriend’s face and pulled the trigger multiple times. The gun did not fire.

    Roger Murray reportedly witnessed the incident and told police McHaffie “was trying to kill” the girlfriend.

  • Radiation detected in old TVA pipes

    A report about some radioactive pipes is what prompted District Attorney General Russell Johnson’s trip to the Kingston Fossil Plant last Wednesday.

    The pipes are the property of TVA, which operates the fossil plant.  

    “This is very old piping once used to move bottom ash,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said. “It was demolished as part of the conversion to dry handling. It was cleaned and waiting to be scrapped. TVA processors, as part of their function, checked the pipes for radioactivity.”

  • Jim Smith up for Rockwood city judge post

    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller will be recommending hometown attorney Jim Smith as the new city judge.

    “I think he’ll do a great job,” said Miller.

    Rockwood City Council will meet in special called session 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, to consider Smith, who will replace outgoing judge Mark Foster. It’s the only item on the agenda.

    Smith, a Rockwood native, has had a downtown law office for many years.

    He was the 1966 valedictorian of Rockwood High School.

  • Put on your ‘Q’ to help homeless

    Taste the best barbecue chicken and ribs Roane County has to offer and support a good cause on Saturday, Aug. 19.

    Family Promise of Roane County is holding its second annual bluegrass and barbecue cook-off at shed 2 at Roane County Park. Tasters Alley opens from 3 to 5 p.m. giving visitors a chance to try their favorites.  Meals are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and younger.

    Six judges will decide the best of the best in barbecue chicken and ribs, and customers can vote for the people’s choice for the best homemade sauce.

  • HAIR today; gone for SCHOOL

    GOOSE LINDSAY/Roane Newspapers

    Michael Kerns enjoys the free haircut he received from Stephanie Oakes at Cliff Barber Shop in Harriman. Cliff Barber Shop offered free haircuts in conjunction with Tthe start of school in Roane County.