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Today's News

  • County gets credit-rating boost

    Standard & Poor’s has slightly upgraded Roane County’s bond rating from AA- to AA.

    “We view the county’s management conditions as strong, with good financial practices,” the ratings service said.

    The bond ratings are sort of a credit rating for governments. An AA rating means the county has a “very strong capacity to meet financial commitments,” according to the agency.

  • July 8 voter registration deadline

    Tuesday is the last day to register to vote for the Aug. 7 election. Contested races include sheriff, county executive, circuit court clerk and 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said people can register at the election commission office until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The office is on the first floor of the courthouse in Kingston.

    “We’ve had sort of an increase here at the end of people trying to get registered,” Holiway said.

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  • Rockwood city councilman dies

    Rockwood City Councilman William Pete Wright, 80, died Tuesday after struggling with health issues.

    Wright, who had missed some recent Rockwood City Council meetings for medical tests, had fallen at one point because of a dizzy spell.

    “He had some medical problems, and really we were concerned about it,” said Mayor James Watts.

    Wright had seemed to be improving, but Watts said his heart problems proved to be too much.

  • Retired educator dies in wreck

    A retired Roane County educator known for her love of music was killed in a car wreck Tuesday afternoon.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Margie Wadlington, 83, was a passenger in a 2011 Buick driven by her husband, George Wadlington.

    He was attempting to make a turn onto Smalley Lane from Hwy. 58.

    A 2005 Audi driven by Zuniga Rafael Gonzalez struck the Buick broadside, causing it to strike a 2001 Honda that was attempting to make a right turn onto Hwy. 58 from Smalley Lane.

  • Grilling accidents can be prevented

    As the weather becomes even warmer, many outdoor cooking enthusiasts will pull their grills from winter hibernation. Some will be sorry they did.

    While most people use their grills to prepare delicious food without incident, according to the Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System, the state has averaged 30 fire incidents involving open-fired grills per year for the past five years.

  • Marty Miles: Didn’t know about $9,250 fine

    An Oct. 27, 2009, order issued by the Tennessee Ethics Commission says that Marty Miles was fined $9,250 for failing to timely file a disclosure of interest statement when he was a Kingston city councilman.

    Miles said this week that he’d never seen or heard of such an order.

    “I’m not going to argue with the order, but it says there was a hearing, and I wasn’t a part of that hearing,” he said. “I can assure you that I didn’t get anything on this.”

  • Murder charge dropped

    The inability to locate a key witness led to a drastic move in the Ralph O’Neal murder case on Monday.

    “We would ask that you allow us to enter a dismissal,” Assistant District Attorney General Alyson Kennedy told Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen.

    Eblen, who appeared surprised, granted the request.

    “We have no objection,” O’Neal attorney Bob Vogel said.

    And with that, the case was over.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Sen. Howard Baker’s Roane roots ran very deep

    As the unofficial keeper of the family genealogy, since the death of Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr., we have been contacted by more than one mutual cousin seeking information clarifying the exact nature of Howard’s relationship to the caller, which we have been glad to provide.

    On reflection, it struck us that since there are literally hundreds of relatives of the late senator in the readership of this paper,
    it might be a good thing to give a brief history of this relationship to them and so many other Roane Countians.

  • Give blood Friday in Harriman

    Summer months are difficult for several businesses — and the same is true for Medic Regional Blood Center, the community blood provider.

    The organization struggles to reach the daily quota of donors necessary to adequately supply hospitals, said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations.

    “Families are busier than usual with kids out of school and planning vacations,” she said. “However, there’s more activities in our area which, unfortunately, can lead to accidents where blood is needed.”