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Today's News

  • Cleanup may lead to prosperity in Rockwood

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    For the first time in decades, workers are on site at the old Roane Alloys property in the Roane County Industrial Park in Rockwood.

    This time around, however, workers are in the midst of undoing damage the former industry inflicted on the land and an adjoining body of water.

    But officials are confident that the cleaned-up property can again be used to generate jobs in the Tennessee Valley.

    “It will be an attractive site for business and industry,” said Rockwood Mayor James Watts.

  • Star shining brightly for Stan

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    Rockwood’s “star on the mountain” is shining brightly over the city in hopes of a miracle.

    Rockwood Electric Utility turned on the gigantic lighted star atop Mount Roosevelt on Wednesday to remind the public to keep ailing Rockwood City Councilman Stan Wassom in their thoughts and prayers, said Vice Mayor Peggy Evans.

  • Fostering kindness: Payback time sweet on farm

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    After fostering about 200 children over 40 years, Flo Charles admits there have been times she wondered if it was worth it.

    Those doubts may have been a little more frequent after her beloved husband, Clarence, died suddenly early last year.

    She still had four foster children at home, a pretty 137-acre farm to care for, hayfields to mow, cattle to feed and a house that had sustained the kind of abuse that only a small army of children can dish out.

  • Harriman's sweet tooth gets expanded options

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Pattycake Pastries is flourishing — so much so that the owner is adding a doughnut shop.

    The shop will include a variety of pastries and specialty flavored coffees.

    “Pattycake Pastries is expanding for the demand of the community with a doughnuts shop,” said owner Mike Borman.

    The shop will hold a grand opening on Feb. 19 at 9 a.m.

    If it is anything like the Pattycake grand opening last November, expect lines at the door.

  • Lady 'Cats advance to semis

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats took another step toward what they are hoping is a TMSAA East Tennessee Small Division Sectional championship Monday night with a dominating 43-25 victory over Bluff City in the tournament's quarterfinal round.

    While the 18-point margin of victory was impressive, there were some anxious times for Lady 'Cat fans, especially in the early going as the Lady Grizzlies scored 10 of the game's first 12 points and seemed well on their way to an easy victory.

  • Teacher's incest case revisited

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen denied Kevin Spurling’s request for judicial diversion in October 2008.

    Judicial diversion allows a person to go through probation, and upon its successful completion, have the crime they are convicted of erased from their record.

    Spurling is a former school teacher in Knox County. He was indicted in February 2006 for statutory rape and incest. The Roane County victim was his then 14-year-old stepdaughter.

  • Fingerpointing begins on Rose Circle mess

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    South of the River Constable Butch Barding suspects officials may have been playing politics with a junkyard case.

    Roane County accused James and Patricia Woods and Dean and Nola Howard of operating a junkyard at 123 Rose Circle.

    The county filed its complaint against the property owners in July 2006, but the case didn’t get settled until last week.  

  • Napier leads Cherokee to next round

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Cherokee's Jade Napier put on a show Friday night.

    The Lady Jacket point guard scored a game-high 24 points in less than three periods of play to lead Ashley Brackett's squad to a 48-34 victory over Robertsville in the first round of the TMSAA Large School Division Sectional Tournament at Sevierville Middle School.

    Napier and her Lady Jacket teammates put Friday's game away early. Cherokee raced out to an 18-5 lead after six minutes of play with 10 points from Napier leading the way.

  • UPDATE: Police arrest husband in honeymoon murder case

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A man accused of killing his wife while honeymooning in Pigeon Forge is in custody at the Sevier County Jail. Pigeon Forge Police Chief Jack Baldwin said Brian L. Umphrey was captured by Athens police Tuesday afternoon.

    Umphrey, 34, has been charged with first-degree murder. He's accused of killing Cassandra M. Petry of Rockwood. Pigeon Forge police discovered her body in a motel Monday night. Police said Petry, 36, appeared to had been stabbed.

  • Constable race might be moot

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Ten people have picked up petitions to run for constable positions in the August election, according to the Roane County Election Commission Web site.

    Their campaigns could be a waste of time if the county commission follows through with a referendum on constables.