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Today's News

  • Kingston keeps Sugarman, adds Brown, Byrkit to council

    Incumbent Norm Sugarman held onto his Kingston City Council seat, and another familiar face is returning to the council.

    Tony Brown, who has served two previous terms on the council, received the high total of 244 votes.

    That will make him vice mayor in July.

     He was elected and served as vice mayor under Jim Henry in 1977 and, after taking a break, was elected again in 1993.

    Brown has also served as county elections administrator and is also over Roane County Park as a county employee.

  • TDOT edict sparks flag battle in Oliver Springs

    A staple of the Memorial Day holiday in Oliver Springs will be no more.

    The Disabled American Veterans chapter in Oliver Springs was planning to keep the 31 American flags up until after Flag Day but was told by Tennessee Department of Transportation officials to take them down — permanently.

    Omer Cox, an Oliver Springs alderman and commander of the DAV chapter, said he talked to TDOT engineer Bud Slaton.

    “He said it was unsafe,  and we’re not allowed to have flags or signs in the medians,” Cox said.

  • General Sessions Court

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

    Misty D. Walden, violation of probation Feb. 1. Guilty as charged Feb. 28, convicted.

    Justin Wayne Phillips, violation of probation Aug. 16. Guilty as charged Feb. 14, convicted.

    Misty D. Walden, probation violation Jan. 31. Guilty as charged Feb. 28, convicted.

    Jeffrey W. Hinds, driving on suspended license Dec. 13, 2009. Dismissed Feb. 14, cost to defendant.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers in Roane County from April 26-29:

    From Citimortgage Inc. to Brian Allen Eads by warranty deed, Dist. 5, Squairs Addition, Lot 18, $20,500.

    From Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. and Freddie Mac to William Thomas Campbell and Melissa Ann Campbell by warranty deed, Dist. 3, Scenic Hill Estates, Lot 46, $179,900.

    From Kimberly A. Nickell and Kimberly A. Cornell to Joey T. Nickell by quit-claim deed, Union Chapel Road, $50.

  • Roane County E-911 May dispatches
  • Ten graduate from Rockwood First Baptist’s Preschool

    Rockwood First Baptist Church’s Preschool celebrated its 10th annual graduation ceremony last month with 10 children graduating.

    All 18 children in the program participated in the commencement activities.

  • Municipal Election Precinct-by-Precinct Results
  • City Councils and Mayors to serve Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood as of July 1
  • Tennessee Scholars: Chamber cites 123 graduating Roane seniors

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Roane County Schools, recognized 123 graduating seniors as Tennessee Scholars during a breakfast ceremony last month.

    The number of Tennessee Scholars for 2011 was nearly 50 percent more than last year.

    “This increase is a clear sign that the Tennessee Scholars program is having a very positive influence on the county’s students’ academic goals and accomplishments,” said Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist for The Roane Alliance.

  • Lottery scholarships now available in summer

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law earlier this week to allow students to use the Hope Scholarship for summer courses.

    “The Hope scholarships retain the best and brightest students in the state, and working to ensure we have a highly-trained and educated workforce is the most important step we can take to attracting high quality jobs to Tennessee,” Haslam said.