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Today's News

  • Out to Lunch: Have your doughnut with your meal at Wendell’s Diner

    I wrote an “Out To Lunch” article on Wendell’s Market & Deli in Oakdale in February 2009. It was a visit my wife, Carol, and I really enjoyed.

    When I saw the Roane County News article announcing the Feb. 3 opening of Wendell’s Diner in Midtown, I was pleased. It’s now the closest restaurant to my house.

    This second operation for Wendell and Debbie Ruppe is in the former location of Good Ole Days Diner at 2807 Roane State Hwy.

  • Harriman Happenings: March 31

    Last Sunday, St. Mary’s Baptist Church was guest to Lanes Chapel AME Zion Church in Niota to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the church’s pastor and his wife. They are the Rev. J.D. and Alice Howell.

    The Rev. Jesse Williams delivered the message and the celebration choir provided the music.

    This was a great service. Congratulations to Pastor and Mrs. J.D. Howell, and God bless you always.

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Eugene Williams, who recently passed away.

  • Lots of opportunities to give blood

    Medic Regional Blood Center is once again trying to sweeten the pot to attract donors to various blood drive locations.

    Donors who give blood between April 1-May 1 will automatically be entered to win a trip for two to Memphis in May’s World Championship BBQ Cook-Off.

    “This will be the fourth year we’ve giving this trip away to one lucky donor, and we always receive great feedback from the winners,” said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations.

  • Easter Egg Hunts 2014
  • Arrests: Feb. 1-7, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Feb. 1 — Donald Henry Cannon, 38, 116 Clark Road, Rockwood: domestic assault. Bond $1,000; court date March 3.

    • Harold Eugene Andrews, 47, 670 Hassler Mill Road, Harriman: sex-offender registration offenses. Bond $2,000; court date March 3.

    • Angela Violet Cochran, 49, 604 Hassler Mill Road, Harriman: driving on revoked/suspended license. Bond $1,200; court date March 3.

  • Does judge hopeful live in district?

    Charles Holiway has a lot of duties for the upcoming election.

    Investigating the residency of candidates isn’t one of them, however.

    “That’s not our responsibility,” said Holiway, who serves as Roane County’s administrator of elections.

    “It’s the candidate’s responsibility to say that they meet all the qualifications or requirements, such as age, residency, and all that.”

    Mike Pemberton, a candidate for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge, said he meets residency requirement.

  • Iowa fugitive nabbed, teen runaway found

    Roane County sheriff’s deputies apprehended an Iowa fugitive and discovered an underage runaway in his company on Thursday.

    The fugitive, 25-year-old William Theodore Nicely Jr. of Batavia, Iowa, and the 15-year-old girl were found at a trailer at 132 Eblen Cave Road.

    Nicely was wanted for sexual assault in the third degree with full extradition, according to sheriff reports.

    “We don’t know why they came to Roane County,” Roane County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim Hawn said.

  • Election 2014: Candidates and potential hopefuls
  • Gallaher manslaughter trial postponed

    Eric Gallaher’s voluntary manslaughter trial scheduled for Tuesday in Roane County Criminal Court has been postponed.

    “He’s a little disappointed,” defense attorney Donice Butler said. “He wants it over with.”

    The state recently secured the services of an expert witness in the case, and the parties said that’s the reason for the delay.

  • Sheriff’s office preparing for spring citizens academy

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is planning a citizens academy this spring.

    The group will meet from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. each Thursday from April 17-May 29. The final meeting will include a graduation ceremony.

    “The academy is a community-oriented policing program promoting a better relationship between the sheriff’s office and the community it serves,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

    There is no cost to attend.