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Today's News

  • UPDATE: Suspect, victim identified in shooting, standoff

    A shooting and hours-long standoff with law-enforcement officials on Saturday ended early in the evening without further incident.

    Roane County sheriff's deputies have taken Alex Gambrill, a former Lenoir City and TVA police officer, into custody.

    Gambrill is accused of shooting his former wife, Jenny Gambrill, during the incident that began at 142 Bridges Drive between Harriman and Oliver Springs.

    Jenny Gambrill was rushed to a trauma center and was reportedly in stable condition Saturday night, Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

  • HAVING A BALL!

    For most women, playing league basketball at Rockwood Community Center is something fun to do on Sunday.

    But for one, it is something to mark off her bucket list.

    “I always wanted to play ball in high school,” Delores Galyon said. “More than anything.”

    But her parents wouldn’t let her.

    “They were old-fashioned,” she said. “They didn’t play, so they didn’t understand how important it was to me.”

    The 65-year-old Kingston grandmother is finally realizing her dream.

  • ‘And next year, I’m back to win!’

    Olivia O’Shell may have never used the word “juvenilia.”

    But it’s highly likely she’ll ever forget how to spell it.

    That’s because it’s the word that took down the Kingston Elementary spelling champ in last weekend’s Southern Appalachian Regional Spelling Bee in Knoxville.

    “I just couldn’t picture it in my head,” said Olivia, who took home third place in the regional competition.

    “Everything was getting to me.”

  • Some recalled Blue Bell treats kept at Roane

    Blue Bell Creameries, a Texas company that has a distribution center in Roane County, is dealing with a product recall because of its links to a listeriosis outbreak.

    “The products were distributed throughout our distribution centers,” Blue Bell spokeswoman Jenny Van Dorf said earlier this week.

    Those distribution centers included the one in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park on Pawnook Farm Road in East Roane County.

  • Unidentified Kingston officer fires shot

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been alerted to an incident in which an unidentified Kingston police officer fired his weapon while in pursuit of a man wanted in Florida.

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam is conducting an internal investigation into the March 13 incident, a release from the District Attorney General’s Office said.

    According to the District Attorney General’s Office, Chad Stallard was a passenger in a car that was stopped for speeding.

  • Mom enters guilty plea in death of 5-year-old

    A Spring City woman pled guilty to the facilitation of first degree felony murder in the August 2013 death of her son, 5-year-old Landon Robbins.

    Jessica Robbins also pled guilty to aggravated child abuse.

    She entered her pleas on March

    17.

    The mother was originally charged in September 2013 with felony first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse after her son was found unresponsive in the home, according to reports.

  • State House ‘pre-meetings’ in secret, grow commonplace

    By ERIK SCHELZIG and LUCAS L. JOHNSON II • Associated Press

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee House committees are increasingly gathering in cramped, tucked-away conference rooms in the legislative office complex to hold secret “pre-meetings” to discuss pending legislation.

    The public isn’t informed or invited.

    No public notice is given for the time or location of the meetings held at odd hours by at least 10 of the 15 standing committees in the House.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: All hail the new Caesars of Rome!
  • Chamber gears up for Career Day

    More than 500 high school juniors will attend the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s seventh annual High School Career Day on April 2.

    The students will be taught about a wide range of career opportunities from representatives of about 50 businesses within and near Roane County.

    The event provides a critical link between the classroom and the workplace by allowing students to explore various career options so that they can make informed educational and career choices.

  • Kindergarten, pre-K registration coming up

    Roane County Schools’ registration for kindergarten and prekindergarten for the 2015-16 school year will take place next month.

    Registration will take place at the elementary schools from 2 to 5:30 p.m. April 16, and from 7:30 to 11 a.m. April 17.

    Parents should register students for the 2015-16 school year at the school in their district.

    Kindergarten students must be 5 on or before Aug. 15; pre-K students must be 4 on or before Aug. 15.