Today's News

  • Out to Lunch: Hang out at Sami's, a friendly Knox corner café

    By Bethel Poston
    “Sami’s Café is just like a small-town corner café where you visit with friends and enjoy good food,” Dean Carroll told me when I visited his table during this “Out to Lunch” adventure.

    Dean owns Coachman Clothiers in Knoxville’s Franklin Square, just a few doors away from Sami’s. He tried to convince me the sandwich he was enjoying was called the “Coachman Club.”

  • Williams new Alliance VP of development

    Darrell Williams has been named vice president of business development at The Roane Alliance.

    “Williams has been with the Alliance for nearly two years providing great service to our Chamber members, while working hard to recruit new industry and retail businesses to town,” said Leslie Henderson, President and CEO of The Alliance. “In this new slot, he will begin to use those skills to also help direct our recruiting and sales programs to help the team at the Alliance become even more efficient and effective.”

  • Jan. seminar to address government contracting

    The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services will present a Jan. 12 program designed to introduce the business owner or manager to the diversity of government purchasing.

    Paul Middlebrooks, marketing consultant for UT’s Center for Industrial Services, Procurement Technical Assistance Center, will lead the program, which will be from 9 a.m. to noon in Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Nov. 21-30:

    From David H. Jones and Robert Leslie Mohney to Michael S. Ritchie and Patricia A. Ritchie by trustee’s deed, Dist. 4, Idle Oaks, Lot 8, $610,500.

    From Richard Dalrymple and Diane Dalrymple to Ernest Pinto and Dora Pinto by warranty deed, Dist. 4, 1.815 acres, Pattie Gap Road, $190,000.

  • General Sessions Court

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

    Nov. 14 — Jeffery A. Mathieu, theft up to $500 and indecent exposure. Guilty.

    • Sonya Harrison, domestic assault. Dismissed, cost to defendant.

    • Clint Joseph Rogers, schedule II drugs: cocaine/meth. Dismissed.

    • Timothy Bennett, simple possession/casual exchange. Dismissed.

  • Arrests

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

    Dec. 20
    — Artaveus Demetriece Dawson, 27, 911 Clifty St., Harriman: resisting arrest, evading arrest, driving on revoked/suspended license, theft $500 or less, three counts violation of probation. Total bond $20,000; court date Feb. 13, 2012.

    • Nathan Drew Jago, 2715 Kingston Hwy., Kingston: failure to appear. Bond $2,000; court date Jan. 30, 2012.

  • Pursuit ends with arrest of man who tried to run over Oak Ridge officer

    A 27-year-old man who allegedly tried to run over an Oak Ridge police officer was arrested on Dec. 20.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Oak Ridge police were in pursuit of a Mazda 626, but lost track of the vehicle near the Kingston city limits.

    A sheriff’s deputy noticed the vehicle while on patrol in Midtown.

    “Oak Ridge advised they had charges on the driver for trying to run over one of their officers,” the report said.

  • Woman gets dose of pepper spray

    Rockwood police used pepper spray on a woman on Dec. 18 for not complying with orders, according to a report.

    Jena Lynn Davidson, 30, was charged with DUI, violation of implied consent law, resisting arrest and evading arrest. The report said she also had an outstanding warrant for violation of probation.

    The report said Davidson was hiding in some woods when she was ordered to show her hands.

  • Alleged huffer nabbed after leading chase

    A Knoxville man who reportedly led Rockwood police on a chase on Dec. 21 is facing several charges.

    Taylor Lee Helton, of 1651 Chenoweth Road, Knoxville, was charged with evading arrest, DUI, reckless endangerment, driving on a revoked license, aggravated assault on a police officer and inhaling aerosol.

    Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said the officers involved in the pursuit were OK.


    Rockwood police said they had to use a TASER to get a 24-year-old man to comply with commands on Dec. 19.

  • Scam artists claim to be utility workers

    If someone approaches your home proposing to do in-home energy evaluations for a price don’t necessarily believe it’s a good deal.

    Officials from Volunteer Energy Cooperative recently received information from a
    neighboring utility that its customers had been visited by scam artists claiming to be evaluators.

    “The victims have reported that two men have been going door-to-door asking to conduct energy audits and promising to save the residents money on their utility bills. Victims report the scammers are very per-