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Today's News

  • Cawood jabs at board in book

    Kingston attorney Chris Cawood has made a living documenting his feuds with authorities.

    His latest work focuses on the state Board of Professional Responsibility, which oversees the ethical conduct of attorneys for the Tennessee Supreme Court.

    Not surprisingly, Cawood has some rather unflattering things to say about the board in his new book, “The Board of Unprofessional Irresponsibility.”

    “I think a lot of lawyers will enjoy it quietly,” Cawood said Tuesday.

  • Upheaval continues in Rockwood

    Rockwood Water, Wastewater and Natural Gas Board will soon be short another leader.

    Interim general manager Willard Mead, who had previously been the assistant manager for six years, announced his resignation Monday to the surprise of the Rockwood City Council.

    The announcement came in special- called session to discuss the budget and two resolutions concerning borrowing and grant funds for sewer projects.

    “No good news,” Mayor James Watts said after Mead had handed him a slip of paper with his resignation letter.

  • Messy Helen tossed in jail

    Over the years Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland has filed dozens of complaints against people for having too much junk on their property.

    They usually don’t reach the point of the person going to jail.

    However, that wasn’t the case with 60-year-old Helen Hayes.

    McFarland said Chancellor Frank V. Williams III found her in contempt of court and ordered her jailed for failing to comply with an order to clean up her property at 1812 Bluff Road.     

  • Throw up your hands (or just throw up?)

    The water department mess in Rockwood has gotten messier — and just when we thought the city council there had turned the corner.
    Here’s a quick summary:
    After some members of the city council focused attention on municipal utility director Rod King, he filed suit against some of those same people, accusing them of meeting illegally to discuss his fate.
    Last week, the council approved a $75,000 settlement with King, contingent on his resignation. In between, there has been much finger pointing, teeth gnashing and even plenty of back biting.

  • Impressions: Next time he feels roly-poly, it won’t involve layers

    The heat is on.
    Literally.
    Last weekend’s frosts convinced me to switch the HVAC system at the office over from “cool” to “heat.”
    I’m betting you did likewise at your home.
    Of course, I judiciously nudged the thermostats down a gnat’s eyelash under 65 Sunday morning — no need in running the heat when I was the only soul on my side of the building.
    While I’m a cool weather fan, many of my colleagues are not.

  • Honoring Roane County’s vets

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    csimpson@roanecounty.com
    A slight movement of his hand was all Melvin Page could muster as his badly injured body was taken off a battlefield in Vietnam in January 1968.
    “When they came in to get me, they done had me in a body bag,” Page said. “My hand just moved, and they saw my hand. They were zipping it up.”
    Page was injured multiple times while serving in Vietnam, but the injuries he suffered Jan. 4, 1968, were the last.

  • HONORING ROANE COUNTY VETERANS: 'Twenty-one was old age in Vietnam'

    A slight movement of his hand was all Melvin Page could muster as his badly injured body was taken off a battlefield in Vietnam in January 1968.

    “When they came in to get me, they done had me in a body bag,” Page said. “My hand just moved, and they saw my hand. They were zipping it up.”

    Page was injured multiple times while serving in Vietnam, but the injuries he suffered Jan. 4, 1968, were the last.

  • HONORING ROANE COUNTY VETERANS: 'I've been very lucky all my life'

    “I’ve been very lucky all my life,” United States Air Force veteran Joseph Boyd said.


    After Boyd, now 90, was shot down in by the Germans during the Invasion of Salerno in World War II when he was only 23, he treaded the Mediterranean Sea for approximately 24 hours before being rescued.


    While the Germans were invading Italy, Staff Sgt. Boyd and seven other P-38 pilots in the 1st Fighter Group were flying patrol over the Mediterranean.

  • HONOR ROANE COUNTY VETERANS: 'I was trying to stay alive and trying to kill the enemy'

    Marine Corps veteran Tom Pemberton, 86, of Rockwood lost his arm during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.


    Pemberton, 19 at the time, was a staff sergeant attached with the 6th Marine division.


    The primary objective of their mission was to take control of the airport on the island of Okinawa, more than 300 miles off the coast of Japan, so they could use it to easily invade Japan.

  • McPherson-Cooley

    John and Charlotte McPherson of Harriman announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lindsay Ann McPherson, to Jeremiah Matthew Cooley.

    He is the son of Mark and Bonnie Cooley of Oliver Springs.

    The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 20 in Harriman Baptist Tabernacle. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.

    All relatives and friends of the couple are invited to attend.