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Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Joe H. Walker – A profile in courage

    (NOTE: Last week’s column concerning Sen. Howard H. Baker, Jr. ‘s, Roane County roots and kinsmen was reinforced as we reviewed the list of candidates in the upcoming election. At least five of the candidates are cousins of the late senator. First is Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen; then County Executive candidate Mike Farmer; County Commissioner Bobby Collier; County Commissioner Carolyn Collier Granger; and County Trustee Wilma Eblen. There may be one other, but we are sure of these five. As we said in the caption, his Roane roots ran very deep.)

  • ‘God We Trust’ plaque approved

    The words “In God We Trust” will soon be affixed to both sides of the Roane County Courthouse.

    Commissioners amended a resolution on Monday to put the phrase over the north and south entrances to the building.

    “It’s on all of our currency, and a lot of courthouses across the country and the state of Tennessee,” Commissioner Ray Cantrell said. “Why not here?”

  • Hiccup on mixed-drink revenue could give city coffers hangover

    City coffers will be taking a hit after a decision to start enforcing the payment of a city portion of mixed drinks taxes to the local school systems.

    “For years, many local governments were not sharing that tax or did not know they were supposed to share that tax with the school system,” said state Sen. Ken Yager.

  • Stationery rebuts McFarland denial in judicial race

    A letter recently sent to the city of Rockwood requesting Mike Pemberton’s utility bills arrived in a Tom McFarland law firm envelope.

    Pemberton and McFarland face each other in the race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

    The letter was signed by Willis Hall, a former McFarland client, who challenged the Roane County Election Commission’s decision to put Pemberton on the ballot.

    Pemberton and his supporters contend the envelope is proof McFarland was behind the effort.

  • RSCC teacher readies for undersea class

    Roane State Community College biology professor Bruce Cantrell will finally have a chance to teach Roane State students about living and working under the sea. And he’ll do it while he lives and works under the sea.

    Cantrell and faculty member Jessica Fain will live and teach from an underwater habitat for 72 days this fall. While they live in a space the size of a college dorm room submerged about 25 feet, Cantrell and Fain will host weekly shows titled Classroom Under the Sea.

  • STUDY ABROAD?

    A grant awarded by the Tennessee Board of Regents helped Roane State Community College students participate in study abroad programs this spring.

    Access and Diversity grants are awarded by the Tennessee Board of Regents to projects promoting diversity, enhancing inclusiveness, and strengthening the presence of underrepresented groups on campuses statewide.

  • League of Women Voters plan Roane candidate forum

    In carrying out its mission of encouraging informed and active participation in government and in preparation for the Aug. 7 Roane County General Election, the Oak Ridge League of Woman Voters will have a candidate forum next week.

    The forum, at 7 p.m. July 22 in the City Room, A111, on the Oak Ridge campus of Roane State Community College at 701 Briarcliff Ave., is free and open to the public.

  • Roane’s new Rotary leaders for 2014-15

    The Rotary Clubs of Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood recently installed their new officers for the 2014-15 Rotary year.

    Installed during a joint meeting last month in Roane Medical Center’s Roane Rotary Room were new Presidents Holly Tucker of Harriman, Terry Stevens Sr. of Kingston and Eddie Bilbrey of Rockwood.

    The officers were installed by Bobby Davis, a Kingston Rotary Club member and past district governor of Rotary District 6780.

  • Arrests: July 11-13, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    July 11 — Alan L. Armentrout, 53, 820 Joiner Hollow Road, Rockwood: domestic assault. Bond $1,000; court date Aug. 18.

    • Jeffrey Todd Schultz, 40, 518 Matt Edmond Road, Harriman: violation of probation. Bond $30,000; court date Sept. 15.

  • Foster parents sought in Roane County area

    For those looking to make a difference in the lives of children, becoming a foster parent provides a rewarding opportunity to help a child in need.

    Youth Villages is currently in need of caring adults in the Roane County area to open their hearts and homes to children who have suffered abuse, neglect or abandonment.

    These children need families who will care for them until they can return to their birth families or an adoptive family is found for them.