Today's News

  • Woods suicide after unemployment loss

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham and chief appraiser Melvin Moore testified against J.T. Woods at an unemployment hearing the day before Woods committed suicide outside of Kirkham’s home.
    According to records released in the case by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Kirkham filed an appeal against the payment of benefits to Woods on May 10.  
    The hearing was held in Knoxville on May 30. An appeals tribunal reviewed the record in the case and determined Woods should not have received unemployment benefits.

  • They’ve been working on the railroad
  • National Guard ups bonus ante

    The Tennessee Army National Guard this week announced a new bonus policy that went into effect June 5.
    This policy has five different tiers of bonuses ranging from $5,000 all the way up to $15,000 for new enlistees.
    According to Lt. Col. Andy Easterly, Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion Commander, the incentives are designed to provide unit commanders the ability to fill critical positions in their units, further enhancing overall readiness.

  • Sights from this past weekend
  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of June 13

    25 Years Ago
    Ron Coleman became Roane County’s first black elected official when he won his bid for one of three seats on Harriman City Council. Coleman, the top vote-getter in the council race, was named the city’s vice mayor. He said he believes his successful bid for public office was a step in the right direction — that people are trying to change things and start working together and judging people more on their personality than whether they are black or white.

    10 Years Ago

  • Mr. & Mrs. Overall

    Rachel Trent and Aaron Overall were married April 7 at The Park in New Orleans.

    One hundred and fifty guests attended. The groom’s brother’s Chet’s band played for the reception.

    The bride is a graduate of Midway High School and East Tennessee State University. She is a registered nurse with Fort Loudoun Medical Center, Lenoir City.

  • Thomas-Bennett

    Rachel Nicole Thomas of Rockwood and Joseph Carl Bennett of Murfreesboro announce their forthcoming marriage.

    The ceremony will be on June 16 in Nashville.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of David and Susan Thomas of Rockwood.

    Her grandparents are Esther Griffin and the late Albert Griffin, and Barbara Thomas and the late Virgil Thomas.

    The prospective groom is the son of David and Sharon Bennett of Murfreesboro.

  • Willis-Glenn

    Brandy Dawn Willis and Thomas Jackson Glenn announce their forthcoming marriage.

    The ceremony will be at 4 p.m. June 30 in Piney Baptist Church in Oakdale. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. in Grand Vista Bay Clubhouse, Rockwood.

    All relatives and friends of the couple are invited to attend.

  • Property Transfers: March 30-April 4, 2012

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse March 30-April 4:

    From Eather West, Carolyn Roberts and Wayne Roberts to Carolyn Roberts and Angela Bailey by quit-claim deed, Dist. 2, Old Harriman Hwy., $50.

    From Mary Lea Byrd Sullivan and Robert S. Sullivan to Robert E. Smith and Donna L. Smith by warranty deed, Dist. 1, 4.186 acres, Heidle Road, $220,000.

  • Arrests: May 23-June 5, 2012

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

    May  23 — Lacey Diann Hicks, 23, 3631 Sweetwater-Vonore Road, Sweetwater, two counts failure to appear and second violation of probation. No bond; court dates June 25 and July 30.

    • Christopher Leona Townsend, 22, 115 Fergueson Lane Lot 15, Kingston: theft $500 but less $1,000. Bond $1,000; court date June 25.