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Today's News

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Oct. 3-14:

    From J.P. Sellers, Kathleen Phillips and Jerry Phillips to Bank of New York Mellon by trustee’s deed, Dist. 2, 0.414 acre, Johnson Road, $0.

    From Barry L. Gardner to Richard K. Bailey and Stephanie G. Bailey by warranty deed, Brahman Road, $375,000.

    From Garvin Clay Morris to Sarah E. Stewart by quit-claim deed, Dist. 4, Providence Place Unit 2, Lot 20, $50.

  • Arrests

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

    Nov. 5 — Eric Wayne Goldberg, 23, Kingston: DUI. Bond $1,000; court date Dec. 19.

    • Susan Ashley Hatfield, 26, 67611 Chatham Circle, Knoxville: resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Total bond $1,000; court date Dec. 19.

    • Bradley David Manis, 41, 417 Clifty St., Harriman: no charge listed. No bond or court date listed.

  • Trip to Va. Creeper Trail worth the effort

    Whitetop Mountain. 
    A bicycle.
    Those in the know will realize these are references to the Virginia Creeper Trail — 34 miles of bike path between Damascus and Abingdon in the Old Dominion state.
     I’m hurtling downhill toward a slick, frost-covered, wooden trestle. One application of the brakes or a single moment of imbalance while crossing it and the consequences could be dire.
    Sounds like it could be a metaphor for my life, but let’s not go there.

  • State electronic library getting some billboard time

    The Tennessee Electronic Library has launched a statewide billboard campaign to raise awareness about the services it offers to Tennesseans.
    The campaign includes 20 billboards stretching from Memphis to the Tri-Cities.
    TEL is an online resource with more than 400,000 reference materials, journals, essays, podcasts, videos and e-books.
    It provides free test preparation, family history materials and access to Tennessee’s metropolitan newspapers and the World Book Encyclopedia.

  • Grant funding getting harder to come by

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    There’s no better money than free money.
    That was the sentiment expressed by Kingston Mayor Troy Beets, and avidly seconded by members of Kingston City Council, upon hearing a report from the city’s grant coordinator Steve Jacks at an October work session.

  • Wallace put ‘family’ in family practice

    The mountains and lakes are what drew Dr. Marty Wallace to establish her family medicine practice in Harriman in 1993.
    She is retiring on Dec. 2, so now she might have time to enjoy them.
    “I hate to go. It is just so hard to tell the patients,” Wallace said. “A lot of them are just coming in squalling.”
    Insurance companies’ control of the medical profession, mounting paperwork and rising overhead are all behind her decision to hang up her stethoscope.

  • Bad drugs: Stores put on notice

    Synthetic drugs are becoming a problem in Roane County, officials report. The drugs have names like bath salts, K-2, spice, potpourri and plant food.
    According to the District Attorney General’s Office, the drugs act as a stimulant on the central nervous system and can result in increased blood pressure and increased heart rate, which can cause severe chest pain, heart attacks or even strokes.
    Authorities plan to crack down on businesses that sell the drugs.

  • Something you really should budget for

    The major winter holidays — Thanksgiving and Christmas — are fast approaching.

    Those of us with enough — enough to eat, enough to pay our bills — tend to think of these holidays with a mixture of warmth and delight.

    Those who are struggling are likely to have a much dimmer view. While some of us are planning special meals or shopping splurges, they may not have enough to eat, or money enough to heat their homes — that is, if they have homes.

    We seem to have gotten better about budgeting for ourselves as a society.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Two E. Tenn. productions: Landry book and stack cake

    While the efflorescence of spring in East Tennessee is beyond compare, the glories of autumn are not far behind in colourful beauty.

    To our eye, the leaves this year have been outstanding. This natural beauty is just one factor, however, that makes us among earth’s luckiest creatures.

    Other factors include the culture of our people — our customs, our traditions, our character. One of these traditions is our food and drink.

  • TVAA prepares for title games

    The Tennessee Valley Athletic Association (TVAA) finished their first regular season Saturday and the 24-team league is bracing for their championships games this Saturday.

    The balance of the league was evident in the final records.