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Today's News

  • Two wrecks; one fatal

    A Rockwood woman extricated from an accident Thursday evening died Monday at University of Tennessee Medical Center.

    Margaret M. Slaven was taken off life support Monday afternoon.

    Her husband, Kenneth Slaven, is still in the hospital.

    The driver of the other vehicle, Rae M. Green, also of Rockwood, was also injured.

    According to a report by Rockwood Patrolman Charles P. Haubrich, the accident happened at the intersection of Molyneux Street and Belle Avenue around 9:45 p.m.

  • County employee bonuses pondered

    Talk about raises continues to come up in discussions about Roane County’s proposed budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year.  

    “Do we have any type of wiggle room for a one-time bonus?” Commissioner Randy Ellis asked during a budget committee meeting last week.

    New County Executive Ron Woody recommended that the commission get a budget passed first and look at giving raises or bonuses later.  

  • Naked workers arrested

    Two men who were fired from Tiger Haven were arrested recently after they reportedly ran around the big cat sanctuary naked.

    Samuel Jordan Adams and Jake Edward Loftis were both charged with vandalism and public indecency.

    According to the warrants, Adams and Loftis lived at Tiger Haven in a trailer.

    The warrants said both were fired on Sept. 16.

    “After being fired, they began to drink beer,” the warrants state.

  • $50 buys a place in history at old courthouse fundraiser

    The Roane County Heritage Commission will hold its seventh gala in honor of the Historic Roane County Courthouse Saturday, Oct. 2.
    A social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the building, with the program at 8 p.m. on the lawn.
    The honored guest for this year’s gala will be Frank V. Williams III, chancellor of Roane County, who is being recognized for his pivotal role in the preservation of the historic Roane County Courthouse.  

  • IMPRESSIONS: Groan ... sometimes Teglas humor tough to bear

    I’m no big game hunter.

    Friends will tell you the most shooting I’ve ever done is with a camera.

    I can honestly lay claim to fame for getting a big deer.

    I got my one and only six-pointer on Memorial Day weekend in 2005.

    As not to embellish (and to keep myself out of a TWRA inquisition on why I was hunting out of season), I will come clean and remind you that the buck picked me out and chose to commit suicide on the front end of my old green Jeep Cherokee.

  • Protectors of history deserve help, support

    We are pleased to see that Chancellor Frank V. Williams III is the guest of honor at the Roane County Heritage Commission’s gala to help fund needed repairs at the Old Roane County Courthouse.

    Williams and the group of other residents who rallied to save the old building from demolition a few decades ago deserve more credit than they are ever likely to receive.

    Not only is the old courthouse of architectural importance, but it also, as the storehouse of important records from the past, is a treasure trove linking us to those who came before.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers in Roane County from July 31-Aug. 9:

    From Household Financial Center Inc. to John P. Maliskey by warranty deed, Dist. 1, city of Harriman, Lots 102 and PT104, $67,000.

    From Greg Leffew, Leon M. Moore and Etta M. Moore to Kenyon Mee by trustee’s deed, Dist. 1, Parrish Isham, Lots 28 and 29, $9,000.

    From Jot E. Raymond and Brenda Raymond to Linda Sue Mullinax by quit-claim deed, Dist. 1, Gamble, Lots 13, 14, 15 and 16, $0.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Sept. 29

    25 Years Ago
    A 1949 model pumper was Kingston’s first fire truck, the only unit the city had for 15 years. After a new unit was purchased, city employees eventually restored the 1949 pumper as a showpiece in area parades and other events.

    10 Years Ago

  • Births

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:

    July 19 — Shanda and Travis Diggs, Kingston. A girl, Hannah Kate, 9 pounds, 11 ounces. Siblings: Landon and Kinsley. Grandparents: Keith and Carolyn Harper; Caroline Diggs.

    July 20 — Nicole Jenkins and Ronnie Ferguson, Rockwood. A girl, Brooklyn Raylee, 6 pounds, 7 ounces. Siblings: Katie and Sadie. Grandparents: Billy Ray and Peggy Jenkins; John Ferguson.

  • CASA volunteer training under way

    Abused and neglected children need support, and CASA trains volunteers to lend a hand.

    CASA — or Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children — has volunteers from all walks of life.

    Each volunteer takes a 30-hour training class that prepares them to advocate for children in the court system.

    “We are looking for people who care about children and want to make a difference in their lives,” said Peggy Severance, CASA of the Ninth Judicial District program coordinator.