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Today's News

  • Natural gas rates up for Rockwood

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas is looking at a new rate structure for gas customers. That means an increase for its customers when bills come out this week.

    Public accountant Daniel Peterson presented his recommendation to the utility board to adopt a new methodology to address the difference between the price of gas and the actual revenue the utility makes.

  • County may help vets buy new van

    Roane County leaders could provide some help to Disabled American Veterans Post 86’s effort to get a new van. The county’s Non-Profit Committee met Monday and voted to donate $5,000 to the cause.

    “It was all positive,” Commissioner Darryl Meadows said, about the discussion that took place before the vote.

  • Ministry combines women, art

    On a typical Sunday at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Kingston a large crowd gathers to worship and the sound of gospel music can be heard.

    But on Mondays, there is a different tune.

    A group of about 12 women meet for the Bethel Arts Ministry, or as they like to call it — BAM — and work on different art pieces each week.

    Along with working on art projects “we also tell what’s going on in our lives and gossip,” Cathy McDowell said.

  • Imprisoned Houston brothers work on appeals while serving their time in Kentucky facilities

    After losing at the trial level, the Houston brothers are seeking relief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, where their federal convictions are being challenged.

    Leon Houston, 55, was convicted in November 2013 for using a telephone communication to threaten to kill Cleveland attorney James Logan.

    U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves sentenced him to the maximum five years in March.

    The 6th Circuit covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office must file a brief in the case by Dec. 22.

  • Man charged after naked child found wandering

    A Harriman man has been charged with child abuse and neglect involving a youngster age 6 or younger.

    Jack Chesser III, 20, was taken into custody after a Roane County Sheriff Deputy responded to Chesser’s home because of a call to 911 regarding a young child walking outside the residence naked and following around a dog.

    “The complainant stated they had been there for almost 45 minutes and no adults had come outside for the child,” said an incident report from the Roane County Sheriff Office.

  • Midway High takes care of soldier alumni

    Thirteen Midway High School graduates serving in the armed forces will be getting care packages from their alma mater.

    The  special deliveries were a labor of love from students of each first period class at Midway High School.

    “It is just really good to be helping out somebody, especially that we know,” said Daxia Shultz.

    “We do a service project every year, and this is one we thought would be good for all the service members we have here,” said teacher Whitney Moore. She said they have 17 more boxes to do in the spring.

  • Former resident judging bull riding

    Former Roane Countian George Carathers has gone from riding the bulls to judging the bull riding technique of others.

    He was just 19 when the rodeo snagged him.

    “I found a practice pen where cowboys go to practice riding bulls and was hooked after the first one,” Carathers said. He was riding competitively soon after.

  • Collections scam targeting VEC

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative is warning its ratepayers that callers claiming to be with the cooperative’s collections department are scam artists. Businesses have reported receiving calls from individuals who say their power will be disconnected if they do not pay immediately by purchasing a cash card.

    “VEC does not make these types of collections calls,” stressed Robert McCarty, VEC communications coordinator. “Customers should be advised to call law enforcement immediately.”

  • DOUGH for DOUGH

    Nothing makes the heart warmer than giving to a worthy cause.

    Except maybe if you are rewarded with the soft warmth of fresh bread baked by Dyllis Springs Elementary School third-grader Molly Duggins.

    Molly was inspired to bake bread to raise money after she saw a mailer sent from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital featuring a girl named Brooklyn.

    She decided to raise money to help St. Jude’s help children with serious ailments.

  • Starved-child dad on third lawyer

    The father accused of starving his 2-year-old son to death is now on his third attorney.

    A. Philip Lomonaco of Knoxville filed a notice with the court last week that he’s now serving as the attorney for Matthew Dotson. Dotson’s previous attorney, Kent Booher, was suspended by the Tennessee Supreme Court in October for pleading guilty to two counts of statutory rape in Loudon County Criminal Court.

    Booher took over as Dotson’s attorney after Joseph Lodato was allowed to withdraw from the case in July 2013.