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Today's News

  • Roane Walks to start

    Roane Walks, an eight-week fitness program aimed at sparking friendly competition in the community, will kick off Feb. 1.

    Two- to eight-member teams of walkers are forming for the kickoff event at noon at the pavilion of Kingston City Park.

    Teams will compete to see who can log the most miles walking, jogging or biking.

    “Teams will keep track of their miles, which will be posted in various locations throughout the county,” said Justin Thomas, Roane County Family and Consumer Sciences Extension agent.

  • Arrests: Jan. 4-7, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Jan. 4 —  Laquan Bernard Barber, 28, 103 Gates Drive, Oak Ridge: domestic assault. Bond $1,250; court date March 18.

    • Ernest Paul Bright, 30, 720 Elm Ave., Rockwood: two counts violation of probation, two counts possession without prescription. Total bond $8,000; court date Feb. 4.

    • Jennifer Nicole Clemons, 22, 116 Martin Road, Harriman: Knox County hold.

  • General Sessions Court: Oct. 29, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Oct. 29 — Stephanie E. Fritts, probation violation. Guilty.

    • Amanda F. Boles, probation violation. Guilty.

    • Ricky F. Andrews, driving while license suspended, two counts failure to appear misdemeanor. Guilty.

    • Tanya L. Fredrick, probation violation. Guilty.

  • GUEST OPINION: Recognizing a civil rights landmark

    By DAVID L. HUDSON Jr.
    First Amendment Center
    Fifty years ago — on Jan. 14, 1963 — the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a Virginia law that was being used to quash the work of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

    The court ruled in NAACP v. Button that the First Amendment protected the group’s efforts to solicit plaintiffs to challenge segregation policies.

    The state of Virginia had passed a law expanding the definition of the improper solicitation of legal or professional business.

  • Former congressman laments divisions

    Ordinarily, the start of a new Congress is a time for optimism.

    Fresh faces and a purposeful spirit combine to get Congress off to a hope-filled start.

    Yet Capitol Hill right now is far from optimistic. That’s because last year’s session, with its distressing end by the edge of the fiscal cliff, left the new Congress confronting head on all the challenges that should have been resolved but weren’t: getting spending and the deficit under control, spurring economic growth, and reforming the tax code.

  • Kingston may extend new greenways

    Kingston City Council learned that the State of Tennessee doesn’t give refunds; but that the city can make up for any lost revenue with $280,000 in spare pocket change.

    At the Jan. 8 session, council voted on the long-delayed fate of Greenway D, the unfunded portion of the Ladd Landing Greenway, even as the rest of the project nears completion.

    The last of the project’s four greenways, D was cut out of the construction when the initial funding proved to be too little to cover the entire project cost.

  • Methmakers keep local law enforcement busy

    Seven people are facing child abuse and drug charges after numerous items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine were found Friday at 100 Oaks Apartments at 900 E. Wheeler St., Rockwood.

    “Deputies made contact with Christopher Lee Powers, who was holding a fixed-blade knife, in apartment 204,” the Roane County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. “Deputies observed Christopher Ryan Jenkins running toward a bathroom in the apartment carrying a glass container.”

  • Sandhill crane festival set for this weekend

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be among organizations set to host the 2013 Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival to be held on Jan. 19-20 at the Hiwassee Refuge and in the community of Birchwood. This will be the 22nd anniversary for the event which will run from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day.

  • Lady 'Cats suffer first district loss, 44-42

    If you were at John Jackson Memorial Gym in Coalfield Friday night you received your money’s worth as the Coalfield Lady Jackets used a furious rally to stun the seventh ranked Lady ‘Cats of Oliver Springs then the Coalfield boys held off a late charge from Oliver Springs to snap a three-game district losing streak.

  • Lady Patriots fall, 68-48

    In a girls only affair, the Mt. Pisgah Christian Academy Lady Patriots were overpowered by Olivia Johnson and Hixson’s Berean Academy Lady Eagles, 68-48.