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Today's News

  • General Sessions Court: Feb. 28-March 3, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Feb. 28 — Davis L. Kring, financial respon• Glen Alexander Allen, speeding: dismissed on cost and traffic school.

    • Danielle N. Kinser, light law motor vehicle, registration law, financial responsibility law: dismissed. Seat belt 18 and older: guilty.

    • Natasha Pennington, financial responsibility law: dismissed.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: A report from McGlothin-Largen Park

    NOTE: In a note to last week’s column, we reviewed the list of candidates in the upcoming election and pointed out that at least five of the candidates are cousins of the late senator Howard Henry Baker, Jr., namely Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen; County Executive candidate Mike Farmer; County Commissioner Bobby Collier; County Commissioner Carolyn Collier Granger; and County Trustee Wilma Eblen. We then stated that “there may be one other,” but we are sure of these five.

  • Kingston Football Camp
  • TWFC to hold special meeting

     

    A special called meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC) will be held via conference call on Friday, Aug. 1 at 11 a.m. (CDT). 

    The only item on the agenda is in regard to Proclamation 14-10 (early migratory bird hunting seasons).

  • Four from Roane named TSWA All-State

     

    Four Roane County softball players have been named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) Class A All-State Team.

    The quartet includes Midway’s Kallie Sohm and three players from Oliver Springs, Courtney Jones along with the sister duo of Emily and Rachel Griffith. 

  • Man who lost family in wreck shot

    A Roane County man is in stable condition after being shot Monday morning.

    The victim was Joshua Brown, according to authorities.

    Bobby Lee Murray Jr., 53, of Old Elverton Road, in Harriman, is accused of shooting Brown with a shotgun.

    “We are trying to determine what happened. We have conflicting stories,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    Stockton said Brown had injuries to the back and right side, but they weren’t life-threatening.

  • Diabetes doesn’t stop 10-year-old

    Lauren Thompson is like most girls her age — a social butterfly.

    The 10-year-old, however, works more diligently than most her age to maintain her health.

    She has to.

    She has Type 1 diabetes.

    Lauren’s mother, Patricia Pair, knew something was wrong with her daughter when she was 3 years old. But she never imagined she’d hear a diabetes diagnosis from doctors.

    “It was such a shock, because what you thought was a healthy 3-year-old now had a pancreas about to quit,” said Pair.

  • Mom: 9-year-old OK to drive

    An Oliver Springs woman was charged with reckless endangerment after allowing her 9-year-old son drive the family’s Lincoln Town Car on area roads.

    Rebecca Laree Cochran, 32, 159 Old Hen Valley Road, was taken into custody after admitting to allowing her son drive.

    Police said a complainant who notified 911 said the vehicle was traveling on Old Hen Valley Road and had turned up toward 157 Old Hen Valley Road.

  • Back-to-school on a budget

    If you are a parent, chances are you are planning the dreaded shopping excursions for clothes and school supplies.

    If you’re a first-timer or simply need a back-to-school refresher course, here are a few suggestions that can help you save time, money and sanity:

  • GUEST OPINION: Disgusting, yes, but ‘cannibal’s’ thoughts are free

    By CLAY CALVERT

    First Amendment Center

    Cyberspace, perhaps due to the false sense of anonymity it provides, is awash in verbal vomit, offensive diatribes and morbid musings.

    But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the sordid speech in question always falls outside the confines of the First Amendment safeguard of free expression. That was made abundantly clear recently.