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Today's News

  • OFF the CUFF: Rep. Fincher, we deserve to hear from you

    I was incensed when I saw the headline Saturday afternoon.

    “GOP staffer posts, apologizes,” it said. “Obama daughters showed no class at turkey pardon.”

    How disgusting, I thought. Who would go after children? No class, indeed.

    Then I read the article and became outraged. Not only was this a staffer, this was a communications director.

    An experienced communications director. And the part that made me angriest: her employer was one of Tennessee’s own.

  • Weekend fire forces family out

    A Harriman family is staying with family after a Sunday afternoon fire damaged their house.

    Nobody was home at 122 Coffee Lane when the fire started.

    “It appears to have started in the basement. Right now, we are seeing it as an accidental fire,” said Fire Chief Brad Goss.

    Harriman Fire Department and Harriman Police Department responded to another fire Monday evening, but it was out by the time emergency personnel arrived at 1005 Old Roane St.

    Goss said it was a stove fire and the residents were able to put out on their own.

  • Roane State duo’s next undersea class Thursday

    The devastation of coral reefs will be the topic of the next episode of “Classroom Under the Sea,” an online lecture series hosted by two educators living underwater for more than two months.

    The live program starts at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4.

    Viewers can watch live at roanestate.edu/classroomunderthesea and on youtube.com/classroomunderthesea.

    Roane State Community College biology professor Bruce Cantrell and adjunct professor Jessica Fain are living and working in an underwater habitat for 73 days.

  • Pedestrian struck in Rockwood

    A man was injured when struck while walking across Gateway Avenue Saturday evening.

    Dennis Lee Dyle, 42, 705 Elm Ave., was flown by helicopter to University of Tennessee Medical Center.

    According to Rockwood police reports, Dyle was crossing from the east to the west side of Gateway Avenue when he walked into the path of a vehicle driven by 91-year-old Lloyd Douglas Lockhart, also of Rockwood.

  • Tim Neal, Kingston’s new mayor, takes reins

    Tim Neal had several things to feel proud about on Monday.

    Chief among them was being sworn in as the new mayor for the city of Kingston.

    “It’s an honor,” he said.

    The swearing-in ceremony took place at City Hall. Council members Randy Childs, Sarah Humphreys and Don White were also sworn in. Neal, Childs, Humphreys and White were all winners in the city’s Nov. 4 election.

  • Rockwood school’s 50th celebrated Saturday

    Ridge View Elementary was a state-of-the-art school when it opened 50 years ago.

    Instead of traditional walls, it had partitions that could be taken down so classes could participate in some studies — such as music — together.

    Later additions to the school included a open-style building which surrounding classroom pods could see into.

    “It was a new concept in education,” said Rockwood High School Principal Alan Reed.

  • Parents win bond motion

    The parents of murder suspect Shawn Smoot will get back the $250,000 cash bond they put up to secure his release from the Roane County Jail.

    Chris and Jane Smoot filed a motion in Roane County Criminal Court requesting a return of the funds.

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen granted the motion on Tuesday.

    The attorney for the parents was directed to draw up an order for Eblen to sign.

    The District Attorney General’s Office had opposed the motion and sought forfeiture of the bond.

  • Operation REACH needs more help

    The program which helps make Christmas a little merrier for Roane County children and their families is struggling to make this year’s fundraising goal.

    Operation REACH, which stands for Roane Enriches Another Child’s Holiday, has been taking area school children shopping for Christmas gifts for their families since it was formed 39 years ago.

  • Smoot’s parents want back hefty bond

    The parents of accused murderer Shawn Smoot want back the $250,000 they put up to secure his release from jail.

    In a motion filed in Roane County Criminal Court, Chris and Jane Smoot are asking Judge E. Eugene Eblen to relieve them as sureties on the quarter-million-dollar bond.

    “Upon said ruling, sureties would request that the court order that all funds posted with the Roane County Criminal Court Clerk be returned to them,” the motion said.

    The District Attorney General’s Office is opposing the motion.

  • Several area fires strike over holiday

    A Harriman family woke up earlier than expected Friday morning.

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said his department received a call about a fire at 106 School St. around 2 a.m. Friday. Three children and two adults were able to make it safely out of the home.

    “They have a real reason to be thankful,” Goss said.

    The fire started when items were left on the floor furnace and caught on fire.

    “The father of the family tried to extinguish the fire as much as he could,” Goss said.