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Today's News

  • 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.

  • The Garden Gate: Patriotism paraded in fireworks and nature

    At the time of the Declaration of Independence of this country, John Adams and several of his associates called for fireworks to express their jubilation ― and we have used them in this way ever since.

    July is a celebration month. There is Independence Day on July 4 as the birthday of our nation as an independent democracy. In France, the commemoration of the taking of the Bastille on July 14 is observed as a turning point in the 18th-century French Revolution. And we celebrate summer vacations and our gardens.

  • Ramsey-Slaven

    Robert Ramsey of Rockwood announces the engagement and forthcoming marriage of his daughter, Denise Ramsey, to Jerry Slaven Jr.

    He is the son of Linda Slaven and the late Jerry Slaven of Rockwood.

    The ceremony will be on Aug. 2 in If I Be Lifted Up Church, Rockwood. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.

    All relatives and friends of the couple are invited to attend.

    The bride-elect is also the daughter of the late Nora Ramsey of Rockwood.

  • Harlem Shane Scarbro

    Harlem Shane Scarbro was born at 3:22 p.m. May 4 in Parkwest Medical Center, Knoxville.

    He weighed 4 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 18 1/2 inches long.

    He is the son of Hannah Davis and Shane Scarbro of Harriman.

    Grandparents are Dorothy Guy of Rockwood, and Jean Scarbro of Harriman.

    Great-grandparents are Betty Steele and Josephine Duncan.

  • Josiah Hayden Kieth Miller

    Josiah Hayden Kieth Miller turned 11 years old on June 9.

    He celebrated on June 5 with a Laser Tag party with 30 friends and a Pokemon party.

    He is the son of Holly Culleton and Ben Miller.

    Grandparents are Len and Gina Jackson of Harriman, Pastor Randy and Vicki Miller of Iowa, and Chuck and Billie Beach of Oliver Springs.

    Josiah has a brother and best buddy, Zackary.

  • Five generations join McKinney for celebration of his 90th birthday

    V. David McKinney of Rockwood celebrated his 90th birthday recently with five generations of his family.

    The family includes, front row from left, daughters Pat Belcher and Shirley Anderson; and back row, Louise and David McKinney, grandson David Belcher, great-granddaughter Brittany Belcher holding great-great-grandson Braylon, great-granddaughter Kayla Belcher holding great-great-grandson Blaine, and granddaughter Trisha Hastner.

  • GUEST OPINION: Expect fireworks over Hobby Lobby decision

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    We celebrated the nation’s 237th birthday on this July 4th holiday weekend with fireworks of all kinds and colors, but there are some ongoing pyrotechnics around First Amendment issues from religious liberty to free speech.

  • Roane County E-911: June Dispatches
  • Arrests: June 25-July 1, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    June 25 — Kerry Duane Langley, 43, 235 Sycamore Drive, Harriman: failure to appear. Bond $1,000; court date July 28.

    June 26 — Nakeeia Andrea Braithwaite, 27, 404 Necher Ave., Staten Island, N.Y.: simple possession or casual exchange, possession of drug paraphernalia, identity theft, counterfeiting. Total bond $25,000; court date Aug. 18.

  • Property transfers: Feb. 18-24, 2014

    Feb. 18 ― From Gerald R. Hamilton and Kim Hamilton to Gerald R. Hamilton by quit-claim deed, Dist. 1, Ponderosa subdivision, Lot 6, $0.

    • From Robert Dogul and Sharon Dogul to Chester Douglas by warranty deed, Dist. 2, Rarity Ridge, Lot 324, Phase 5, $4,000.

    • From Joel E. Jordan, Georgia K. Gruszka and Joseph W. Branham to Green Tree Servicing LLC by trustee’s deed, Dist. 1, 0.36 acres, Happy Top Road, $37,503.89.