Today's News

  • New CASA volunteers take oaths of office

    Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks, far left, administers the oath of office to new Court-Appointed Special Advocates volunteers, from second left, Kyle Little, Jasmine Askins and Andrea Beatty.

    CASA volunteers are appointed by the juvenile courts to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children.

    More volunteers are needed.

    Call 717-4186 or visit www.casaninth.org for details.

  • Ladd among Dogwood debs

    Lauren Elizabeth Ladd of Kingston is among the 44 young women from throughout East Tennessee who will be presented during the Dogwood Ball.

    The 51st annual ball of the East Tennessee Presentation Society will be on April 20 in Knoxville Coliseum.

    Ladd, a graduate of Roane County High School, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Zane Ladd of Kingston.

    She attends the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

  • Take in spring’s beauty on the rails

    Roane County’s Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will have narrated one-hour spring colors trips and a Murder Mystery dinner train this month.

    The spring colors trips will depart at 11 a.m., 1  and 3 p.m. on April 6 and 20. Tickets are $19 for adults, $15 for ages 3-12.  

    Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling the museum at 865-241-2140.

    During the rides, a short narrative will describe the historic Manhattan Project and the historical significance of the railroad serving it.

  • Big plans under way for Kendrick’s 100th

    Ida Kendrick will celebrate her 100th birthday on May 28.

    She plans to celebrate with her daughter, Joyce Lemons of Rockwood, and her nieces and nephews.

    They plan to honor her big day with a special luncheon in Rockwood Street Grill in downtown Rockwood.

    Kendrick is the only surviving child from a family of 11 children.

    She was born in President Woodrow Wilson’s first administration.

  • Arrests: Jan. 24-30, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Jan. 24 — Jana Kay Barron, 23, 700 Bates St., Rockwood: violation of probation. Bond $2,500; court date March 4.

    • Melissa Ann Branson, 46, 604 N. Chamberlin Ave., Rockwood: possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond $1,000; court date March 4.

    • Charlene Farren Davis, 25, 103 Walnut St., Harriman: violation of probation. Bond $10,000; court date March 4.

  • Sheriff’s office looking for a few good men

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office will be accepting applications for reserve deputies in April.

    “It’s an extensive training, but it’s rewarding as well,” Lt. Rick Baker said about the reserve deputy program.

    “A lot of people always want to get involved and be an officer and never was afforded the opportunity. Here we’re going to broaden the horizons and see if we can bring on a few reserve deputies.”

    • Reserve deputies must meet the following requirements:

  • Copeland’s 40-year belated welcome home

    Harriman’s Bill Copeland felt firsthand the anger and vitriol slung at American soldiers because of the country’s most unpopular war.

    Copeland, who served two tours in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War, came face to face with angry protesters when he was at an airport in California. After landing there on a military plane, he and others were going to a civilian plane.

    “There were protesters lining the streets to spit on us,” Copeland remembered. “They called us baby killers and everything else.

  • Rockwood utilities suing to get customers to pay bills

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas wants to get paid.

    The utility has filed several civil actions in Roane County General Sessions Court over unpaid bills.  

    Those being sued are Ricky and Joyce Luffman ($997.55), Mike Fuller ($1,331.19), Green Global Resources LLC ($4,713.16), James C. “Junior” McCullough ($1,575.66), Thomas Golliher ($912.36), Joshua Brent Forrester ($925.82) and Geno Reid ($920.04).

    The cases are all scheduled to be heard June 14 in General Sessions Court.

  • Six of seven busted for meth bound over to grand jury

    Six of the seven people charged in a January meth bust have had their cases bound over to the grand jury.

    Randella Lachelle Coffey, Ashley Michelle Crabtree, Christopher Ryan Jenkins, Nancy Dean Johnson, Samuel Brock Johnson, Tiffany Maryia Johnson and Christopher Lee Powers are all charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, vandalism, child abuse and simple possession.

    Nancy Dean Johnson is the lone defendant not bound over.

  • Daughter sues dad’s accused shooter

    A woman accused of killing her live-in boyfriend is being sued for $1 million in connection with his death.

    Tammy Ellen Rosado is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of James Ronald Cobb.

    His daughter, Ashley Marie Griffith, is seeking $1 million in damages from Rosado in the lawsuit filed March 22 in Roane County Circuit Court.