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Today's News

  • County raises still in budget, just smaller

    The Roane County Budget Committee considered recommending a 3-percent raise for employees, but opted for a 1.5-percent increase in its final proposal.

    Register of Deeds Sharon Brackett said she’s not surprised the proposed raise got reduced.

    “The employees are always the last people that they take care of,” she said. “Sorry to say, but it’s the truth.”

    Brackett was first elected register of deeds in 2006. Prior to that, she was an employee in the office.

  • Two couples, man, charged in burglaries

    Police made headway in a number of burglary cases in recent days.

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office arrested two suspects on Wednesday — Amanda Ileen Brown and Jesse Lee Duncan.

    Both are charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property from $10,000 to $60,000.

    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said suspected stolen items were recovered, including guns, knives, coins and jewelry. Phillips was tight-lipped about the details surrounding the arrests because the investigation is ongoing.

  • GLIMPSES by Mark Banker

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column:
    1) None of us see the past or present with absolute clarity; 2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Carter 60th

    Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Carter will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on June 4.

    Mr. Carter and the former Jean Phillips were married on June 4, 1955, in the Frost Bottom community of Oliver Springs.

    He is retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and she is retired from ORNL Federal Credit Union.

    The couple has two children, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

  • Military Matters: Hali B. Morris

    U.S. Army Pfc. Hali B. Morris recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    A 2012 graduate of Midway High School, she is the daughter of Jennifer L. Morris of Cleveland and Clay G. Morris of Kingston.

    Her grandfather is Garvin A. Morris of Lenoir City.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, and physical fitness.

  • Military Matters: Mersadies K.L. Pass

    U.S. Air Force Airman Mersadies K.L. Pass recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    She is the daughter of Scott and Amanda S. Pass of Rockwood.

    Her uncle is Randy C. Pass of Kingston.

    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • GUEST OPINION: Enjoy TN state parks on Trails Day

    By KEN YAGER
    State Senator, 12th District
    School is out and summer is in.  

    There is nowhere better to enjoy summer activities than Tennessee’s beautiful state parks.  

    A state park is within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in Tennessee.  

  • Out to Lunch: Second visit to 2 Chef’s too good to pass up

    “Alice Sweeney and Barbara Carmack Plemons asked me today why you haven’t written about 2 Chef’s Deli in Kingston.”

    My wife, Carol, confronted me with those words after she had returned from playing cards with one of her bridge groups that includes Alice and Barbara.

    “They eat there often and say the food is really good,” Carol added, even though she knew I had written about 2 Chef’s some time ago.

  • Not too Shabby at White Owl: New digs, better parking for Kingston boutique

    The Shabby White Owl Boutique & Gift Shop has a new home in a shared space with Rosemary’s Florist, Kingston.

    It’s a big undertaking for Annette Leamon, who opened her shop of popular women’s clothing, handbags and accessories last year.

    “I just wanted to try something different in the area,” said Leamon. “There are so many great vendors out there with very updated and trendy clothes. I just go to them and pick out what is cute and trendy.”

  • Looking for work? Job fair may have the right fit for you

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce will have a job fair from 3 to 7 p.m. June 17 to recruit employees for area businesses and industries.

    The event at Roane State Exposition Center will allow employers to meet job seekers face to face and have the opportunity to receive résumés and completed job applications, schedule interviews, and have applications on file from job seekers.