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Today's News

  • Military Matters: Sydney Parks

    U.S. Army Pvt. Sydney Parks recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    A 2014 graduate of Roane County High School, Kingston, she is the daughter of Wes Parks and stepdaughter of Kim Park of Kingston.

    During the nine weeks of training, Parks stu-died the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

  • Military Matters: Katherine Turek

    U.S. Army Pvt. Katherine Turek recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    Daughter of Clint Turek of Dayton and Teresa and Bill Shewbrooks of Rockwood, she is a 2014 graduate of Rockwood High School.

    During the nine weeks of training, Turek stu-died the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

  • Stubbs to mark 90th

    All relatives and friends are invited to the 90th birthday celebration for Neva King Webster Stubbs.

    The celebration will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 4 in Caney Ford Baptist Church’s life center, Midtown.

    Birthday cards will be appreciated.

  • Nalls-Langley

    Donald and Susan Nalls of Oak Ridge announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jennifer Lauren Nalls, to David Branson Langley.

    He is the son of Russell and Paula Langley of Kingston.

    The ceremony will be at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at The Lighthouse, Knoxville. A reception will follow at The Lighthouse.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Theresa Nalls and the late Donald Nalls, and Clair and Ann Schwob.

    A graduate of Maryville College with a degree in psychology, she is presently pursuing a degree in nursing.

  • Arrests: Sept. 15-18, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Sept. 15 — Allen Clay Hall, 33, 953 Unaka St., Harriman: aggravated assault. Bond $2,500; court date Dec. 8.

    • Liman Kan, 62, 112 Westview Lane, Oak Ridge: domestic assault. Bond $1,000; court date Oct. 6.

    • Samuel Lynn Propes, 52, 531 Crescent St., Harriman: public intoxication. Bond $850; court date Oct. 27.

  • General Sessions Court: April 28-May 5, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    April 28 — Dustin A. Hamil, obedience to any required traffic control device, improper lane change, improper passing (no-passing zone), resist stop arrest search involving weapon, evading arrest of death or injury-vehicle involved, aggravated assault upon officer or any first responder, five counts reckless endangerment-vehicle, aggravated assault, disorderly conduct: bound over.

  • Amendment details to be outlined at GOP women’s picnic

    Four amendments to be on the Nov. 4 ballot will be discussed during the Roane County Republican Women’s annual picnic.

    The picnic will be on Sept. 25 at Roane County Park shed 2 at 3515 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served starting at 5 p.m.; the Roane County Republican Women will provide desserts and side dishes.

    Cost is $7.50 per person.

    Republican legislators have been invited to speak on the amendments.

  • Shadrich Jones family to dedicate grave marker

    The family of Shadrich Jones will commemorate his service in the War of 1812 with a military service and gravestone dedication this weekend.

    “We do not know if he had a proper funeral and are pretty sure he didn’t have a military funeral,” said Pat Pierce-Goss of Harriman, one of Jones’ descendants.

    Family and guests are asked to arrive at Weidemann Hotel in Deer Lodge between 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. Sept. 27 to be shuttled to the grave site off Meister Hills Road in Deer Lodge, Morgan County.

  • Open Meetings Violation Spotlight

    For democracy to work, it requires an engaged, well-informed public. And that is why open govenment, or sunshine laws, are in place so citizens can see and participate in the workings of their government.

    Tennessee Coalition for Open Government and its director, Deborah Fisher, work to educate the public — and sometimes government entities — on these laws. It also spotlights abuses and works with the public to help correct them.

  • GUEST OPINION: Social media no longer ‘toys’ of free expression

    By GENE POLICINSKI

    First Amendment Center

    Time to take social media out of the freedom of expression “toy box.”

    Serious issues and serious work now abound in this relatively young method by which we not only exchange information, but also to rally to causes and hold public officials accountable.

    Just a few years ago, scarcely a few percent of Americans turned to Twitter, Facebook and the like for real news and issues. The medium was dismissed as the stuff of gossip, personal notes and largely meaningless personal snapshots.