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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Capitol Christmas tree from OS for second year in a row

    It’s a tree-peat — make that repeat — for the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture.

    For the second consecutive year, a tree from the grounds of UTIA’s Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center has been chosen to be the Christmas tree for the Tennessee State Capitol.

    The approximately 75-foot-tall Norway spruce, which was planted on the grounds of the Center’s Cumberland Forest, was felled on Nov. 20.

  • ‘True grit’ keeps Central going for 50 years

    Central Auto Parts and Supplies celebrates 50 years this year.

    The store has sold brand name auto parts for more than half a century.

    “I guess we’re one of the oldest continuing running businesses in Roane County,” said owner Glenn Reynolds.

    What’s enabled them to stay open as small privately owned businesses seem to come and go?

    “It is true grit, I guess would be the word,” Reynolds said. “I have had a lot of obstacles in the way.”

  • Leadership Roane alumni, members meet in park event

    Leadership Roane County Alumni board of directors recently had a social at Roane County Park to introduce members of the class of 2015 to prior graduates.

    The event also gave members of previous classes an opportunity to reconnect with each other.

    The class of 2015 marks the 30th year for Leadership Roane County.

    More than 350 leaders in the county have participated in the program.

  • McKinney marks 50 years at OR post office

    Arkie McKinney started his career as a part-time flexible clerk Post Office Department.

    McKinney was recognized last week in front of his peers and family for his 50 years of service by Oak Ridge Postmaster Clay Hendren at the Main Post Office at 301 S. Tulane Ave.

    “It’s not often we celebrate an employee who has served the Postal Service for 50 years,” said Hendren.

  • Fort Southwest Point Christmas candlelight tour set for Dec. 14

    Kingston’s Fort Southwest Point will host a Christmas candlelight tour and reception next weekend.

    The tour and reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13.

    The public is welcome to visit and experience the sights, sounds and flavors common to the people of the 18th century.

    Guests will be greeted at the visitors center for the candlelight tour of the fort.

    Beeswax candles will light the walkway, and bagpipe music will set the tone.

    Special attention will be given to recreate an atmosphere of the past during the event.

  • 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.