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Today's News

  • Mayor candidates won’t ditch airport

    Rockwood Municipal Airport is a cause Peggy Evans has championed in her five years as a city official ― and she continues to carry the banner in her mayoral campaign.

    “I support that airport 100 percent ― and I have for years,” Evans confirmed last Tuesday during Rockwood 2000’s forum. “That is one of the best drawing points Rockwood has, and we have to utilize it.”

    While her opponent, Mike “Brillo” Miller, doesn’t necessarily share her passion, he said the city can’t simply walk away and cut its losses.

  • Court costs fall to McFarland in Pemberton lawsuit loss

    Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood has divulged his reason for dismissing Tom McFarland’s election lawsuit.

    Word came down of his intention to toss the lawsuit shortly after a hearing on Sept. 30, but the order with those details wasn’t filed until last week.

    McFarland sued Mike Pemberton, the Roane County Election Commission and Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins in Roane County Chancery Court on Aug. 20.

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  • Ms. Lillie still serving after 50 years

    She’s a beloved part of Kingston Food City’s staff.

    Ninety-year-old Lillie Herrell still bags groceries at the large regional grocery chain, and she’s been part of the business for decades.

    “It was the White Store when I started,” said Lillie Herrell.

    Herrell said she started working for the grocery chain back in 1963.

    She said the White Store used to be located where the Roane County Jail is today. The grocery chain later became Food City and eventually moved to Ladd Landing where it now sits.

  • DA pushes to revoke bond of rape suspect

    The District Attorney General’s Office will attempt to revoke rape suspect John Paul Little’s bond over his recent arrest on drug charges.

    Harriman police arrested Little on Sept. 9, 2012 on charges of child rape. He was released from jail in March after posting a $25,000 property bond. He remained free until Oct. 8 when he was arrested along with six other people after police allegedly detected an odor commonly associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine emanating from his Harriman home. A subsequent search revealed three active one-pot meth labs.

  • Police arrest man for posing as police officer

    A man previously charged with criminal impersonation for posing as a police officer last week is now charged on a warrant for false imprisonment in connection to the incident.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to 2755 Sugar Grove Valley Road on Monday and took James Alvin Bolden Jr., 43, into custody.

    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said in talking with the district attorney general’s office it was determined Bolden should have been charged with false imprisonment as well. Phillips said Bolden had already made bond.

  • Hooks’ cousin talks about her local ties

    Saturday Night Live comic actress Jan Hooks, who died last week from throat cancer, has Roane County ties.

    “It was a very, very sad day,” said Linda Campbell Swafford, her first cousin from Harriman.

    Hooks parodied notable figures like Tammy Faye Bakker, former first lady and eventual former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and even former first lady Nancy Reagan. She was in the cast from 1986 to 1991 with Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey, Chris Farley, Dennis Miller and Mike Myers.

    “She was just so, so good,” Swafford said.

  • Early voting underway again

    Early voting for the Nov. 4 election begins this week in Tennessee.

    Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins are encouraging Tennesseans to take advantage of the convenience of early voting, which will continue through Oct. 30.

  • Oliver Springs: Don’t close our school

    No decisions have been made to close any Roane County schools, according to officials.

    That didn’t stop a large group of Oliver Springs High School supporters from showing up at Monday’s Roane County Commission meeting.

    “As you can tell, we’ve come out in force,” Oliver Springs resident Glen Haney said. The show of support was because of rumors that Oliver Springs High School may be closed.

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