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Today's News

  • Rockwood loses councilman

    Rockwood City Councilman Bill Thompson lost a long battle with cancer Sunday morning.

    He didn’t lose his wit and charm during his health struggles, and he stayed positive during his treatments, rarely missing a Rockwood City Council meeting.
    “Even when he was so sick, he’d say, ‘I’m going to get to feeling better.’” said City Recorder Becky Ruppe.
    Thompson was even positive when he recently attended a finance meeting and was encouraged to return home.

  • Motions hearing delayed in murder case

    A conflict has led to the appointment of a new lawyer for accused murderer Shawn Smoot, reports Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy.

    Smoot is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Brooke Nicole Morris. Her body was found at Blair Road and Old Blair Road on Oct. 15, 2011. Police said she had been shot.
    Last year Assistant Public Defender Walter Johnson was appointed to represent Smoot.
    “The public defender determined their office had a conflict,” Reedy said.

  • ‘No!’ said to tax hike

    Should residents have to pay more in property taxes to make up for a Roane County Schools shortfall caused by cuts in state funding?
    The county’s budget committee answered that question with a resounding “no” on Monday, voting to keep the county’s property tax rate at $2.18 per $100 valuation for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

  • Cousin county needs help from severe flooding

    Roane County, West Va., was devastated by flooding last week. More than 100 homes were damaged or destroyed.
    Roane Countians in Tennessee are collecting cash donations or Walmart gift cards to assist those Roane Countians in rebuilding their lives.
    Donation drop-off areas are as follows:
    • Harriman: Ellis Surplus and Salvage at 301 Roane St.
    • Kingston: Roane County Courthouse, County Executives Office.
    • Oliver Springs: James Brummett Insurance, 104 Kingston Ave.

  • Starved child hearing put off

    A motion hearing for Matthew Dotson has been rescheduled for next month.
    Dotson and his wife, Amanda, are charged with first-degree murder. They allegedly starved their 2-year-old son, Clifford, to death.
    Matthew Dotson’s attorney, Joseph Lodato of Knoxville, filed a motion to withdraw from the case because of his client’s “failure to fulfill contractual obligations,” the motion said.
    Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said Lodato appeared in court on Monday, but Matthew Dotson was a no-show.

  • Brayden Andrew Burney

    Brayden Andrew Burney turned 5 years old on June 9.

    He celebrated on June 8 with a Woody and Buzz “Toy Story” party with relatives and friends.

    He is the son of Melissa and Scott Burney of Harriman.

    Grandparents are Linda Utley Banks of Harriman, and Troy and Annette Burney of Oliver Springs.

    Great-grandparents are the late Melvin and Lola Utley, the late Sarah and Junior Burney, and the late Etoy and O.T. McDaniel.

    Brayden has a 3-year-old brother, Shawn Alexander Burney.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files for the Week of June 19

    25 Years Ago

  • Mr. & Mrs. Kelly 50th

    Larry and Sue Kelly will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 29.

    They will be honored with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. June 29 in Union Chapel Baptist Church at 2734 Lawnville Road, Kingston.

    The couple requests no gifts.

    The Kellys were married on June 29, 1963, in Union Chapel Baptist Church, Kingston, with the Rev. L.D. Noland officiating.

    They have a daughter and son-in-law, Kim Kelly Crowder and Jeff Crowder.

    There are four granddaughters, Alyson, Emily, Anna and Ella Crowder.

  • Library, United Way to promote literacy with puppet shows, stories

    Kingston Public Library will host Roane County United Way’s Day of Action on June 21 to promote literacy in imaginative, fun ways.

    The free event from 9 a.m. to noon in the library at 1004 Bradford Way, will include puppet shows, storytime and prizes.

    Activities start with a 4-H bug program at 9. Puppet shows at 9:30 and 10:30 will focus on sun and stranger safety, and the United Way’s storytime at 10 will be “Love You Forever.”

  • Holocaust survivor to speak at library

    Kingston Public Library and Roane Writers Group will present “A Hidden Child” on June 20 as part of the Thursdays at the Library program.

    Sonja DuBois, who was born in the Netherlands and became an orphan at 22 months, will share her experiences during and after the Holocaust.

    The free program will begin at 6 p.m. in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    A reception will follow.Call 376-9005 for details.