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Today's News

  • Meadows managed bank not a problem for trustee

    The Roane County Trustee’s Office can continue to do business with United Community Bank after Darryl Meadows becomes a county commissioner on Sept. 1. That’s the opinion of Greg Leffew, who will become the county attorney on that same day. 

    The trustee’s office banks with United Community Bank, where Meadows serves as the branch manager. 

  • Guy ‘good hearted,’ mom says

    Loved ones of Miranda Guy will remember more than her tragic death.

    “She wasn’t a bad person,” said her mother, Tammy Guy Edwards.

    “She was a good-hearted person.”

    Guy, 28, who was shot and killed during an altercation with law enforcement, is said to have pointed a gun at her own head before pointing it at law enforcement on Tuesday afternoon.

    She was a burglary suspect who had fled from police in a white pickup before stopping at 314 Fairchild St. and fleeing inside.

  • Miller vs. Evans for mayor in Rockwood

    From staff reports

    One of Rockwood’s most outspoken City Council members and a former mayor will be facing off in November for the city’s top elected position.

    Mike “Brillo” Miller filed papers Tuesday to reclaim the seat he vacated in 2009 due to Rockwood term limits.

    He will be challenged by Peggy Evans, a first-term City Council member who, until recently, sat as the city’s vice mayor.

  • South Roane firefighters battle Laurel Bluff blaze
  • Community honors ‘good man’ judge upon his retirement

    Circuit Court Judge Russell E. Simmons Jr. is retiring at the end of the month.

    On Tuesday, colleagues, attorneys, friends and family paid homage to his 24 years on the bench during a reception at the Old Roane County Courthouse.

    “He has a lot of friends in this community and in the 9th Judicial District,” said Darla Watson, Simmons’ administrative assistant. “It’s phenomenal the friendship that’s being shown and turned out for him for his retirement.”

  • Judge’s race again headed to courtroom

    Tom McFarland filed a complaint in Roane County Chancery Court on Wednesday contesting the Aug. 7 election.

    McFarland ran for circuit court judge of the 9th Judicial District and was defeated by Mike Pemberton.

    Pemberton, the Roane County Election Commission and Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins are named as defendants in the complaint.

    McFarland is asking that the election be voided. Pemberton said he hadn’t seen the complaint, but wasn’t surprised one was filed.

  • Waterfowl seasons set

     

    The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission passed an amended proclamation that sets a split statewide waterfowl season for 2014-15.

    The action came at the commission’s August meeting which concluded Friday afternoon at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center.

  • Lady Tigers pick up four wins in tourney

     

    The Rockwood Lady soccer team had a busy three days starting Thursday playing four games during that span at the 2014 Berean Christian Blood:Water Invitational at Victor Ashe Park in Knoxville.

    The long weekend proved fruitful for Wes Ford’s squad, as the Lady Tigers went 4-0 to run their season mark to 6-1.

  • Rockwood’s Sherrie Hyle tops at MMC

    Sherrie Hyle, certified nursing assistant on the 5 West pulmonary unit at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, was named MMCer of the Month for July.

    “It was very unexpected,” said Hyle, who lives in Rockwood.

    “I am very thankful to my co-workers for recognizing me, but I have to say there is a lot of team work on 5 West,” she added.

    Hyle has been with Methodist Medical Center since 2012.

  • After 40 years and lots of children, Whaley calls it a career

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    For 40 years, Kay Whaley has cared for area children, starting in her home and expanding to neighboring buildings.

    “It has been rewarding through the years. There has been challenges,” said Whaley, owner and operator of Kay’s Kiddy Land near Kingston.

    Whaley is now in the latter days of her child-care career. She told parents in April that she plans to close her doors for retirement in October.