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Today's News

  • General Sessions Court: April 27-May 7, 2012

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

    April 27 — Billie J. Freels, obedience to any required traffic control device. Dismissed, safety class.

    • Thurston E. Keathley, hunt/fish/trap/no license or stamp. Dismissed.

    • Ray C. Boles, hunt/fish/trap/no license or stamp. Dismissed, cost to state.

  • Property Transfers: April 9-26, 2012

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse April 9-26:

    From Donna Allbaugh Executor, Daisy H. Chitwood Estate, Daisy Chitwood Estate, Betty Diana McKissack, Diana McKissack, Terry W. Chitwood, Donna Allbaugh, Donna Moore, Debra Ledbetter and William Chitwood Estate to James Ledbetter and Debra Ledbetter by deed, Dist. 5, Pinnoak Pointe, Lot 108, Phase 3, $0.

  • The Garden Gate: Washington, Jefferson grew more than a country

    George Washington’s writings are a good source of information about colonial gardens.

    Whenever his services to his country or to his community permitted, Washington took great pleasure in developing the agricultural possibilities of his estate at Mount Vernon and in beautifying the grounds.

  • Library boasting new hours, Saturday children’s program

    Kingston Public Library will operate under new hours beginning July 1.

    The library’s new hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, said library director Steve Jacks.

    The library’s present hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

    “Also beginning July 1, the very popular Wednesday children’s program will be expanded to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.,” Jacks added.

  • SIZZLER AHEAD

    Brace yourself.

    If you thought last weekend was hot, you’ll likely have a new perspective before this weekend is over.

    The National Weather Service is expecting a record-breaking heat wave to build up late this week and  temperatures above  100 degrees to be with us through early next week.

    Meteorologists issued a special weather statement warning that record high temperatures could be reached Thursday through Sunday.

    The culprit is a strong high-pressure system.

  • Starvation arraignment delayed

    A Roane County couple accused of starving their toddler son didn’t appear for arraignment Monday.

    Instead, Matthew and Amanda Dotson, who are in protective custody at Roane County Jail, are to appear on July 13 on their first-degree murder charges.

    District Attorney Russell Johnson said several factors made it difficult to have their arraignment on its original date.

    “We had over 100 indictments (this grand jury). I don’t know how many got arraigned Monday. It was just a numbers issue,” Johnson said.

  • Dixie Youth AA Tournament

     

    Rockwood’s Aaron Crabtree takes a swing during Dixie Youth AA Tournament action over the weekend at Rockwood. Roane County teams will participate in Dixie Youth tournaments this weekend in Caryville, Spring City, Kingston and Sweetwater.

  • Animal shelter needs donations, too

    Every penny is a plus at the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    Director John Griffin said that’s why the shelter welcomes donations from the community and holds fundraisers throughout the year.

    “Our budget covers a lot of needs, but anything else we can get helps,” he said.

    The department’s budget even includes a line item for donations.

    “Any donations we get, we truly appreciate,” Griffin said.

  • Solar safety in school zones

    Roane County Schools is hoping solar-powered speed-zone lights will save money.

    In May, the Board of Education voted to install four of the lights at the new Dyllis Springs Elementary School. More could be installed at other schools if the savings is clear.

    Board Member Wade McCullough asked maintenance director Robert Jones if he had any record on the reliability of the solar-powered speed-zone lights.

    Jones answered no.

  • Calfee would move on Tiger Haven

    Republican state representative candidate Kent Calfee is vowing to move legislation in Nashville for the Roane County Commission if elected.

    “If they ask me to, I will,” he said.

    District 32 state Rep. Julia Hurley, Calfee’s opponent in the Aug. 2 Republican primary, said it’s misleading to make those kind of declarations.

    “Saying you’re going to do something and being able to do it are two different things,” she said.