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Today's News

  • Rockwood man gets 15 years on feds gun charge

    Selling firearms to a pawn shop resulted in a lengthy prison sentence for a Rockwood man.

    Timothy Wayne Sanders, 44, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Harry S. Mattice Jr. on March 13.

    Sanders was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 6, 2013, on two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

    He was scheduled to stand trial on Nov. 4, 2014, but just prior to jury selection, he changed his mind and pleaded guilty to the charges.

  • Another Dollar General for Kingston

    A new Dollar General Store is on the verge of opening in Kingston — at 764 Gallaher Road.

    The parking lot is paved, the sign is up and workers were putting up shelves inside the store on Monday.

    “They are getting close to being finished, and had hoped to be open by the end of the month, but I don’t know if they will make that,” Kingston City Manager David Bolling said.

    The opening of the new store will give Kingston two Dollar General locations.

  • Road project to open possibilities in other counties

    Officials kicked off a $62 million project to four-lane a 3.4 mile stretch of Hwy. 27 from Roane into Morgan County.

    Tennessee Department of Transportation officials said the first phase will go to State Route 328 in Morgan County. A second phase will continue the four-laning to Wartburg.

    “It is just a win-win situation,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston. “We are hoping there will be lots of spin-off from this project,” said State Sen. Ken Yager.

  • Ex-wife on mend; former cop held

    Dispatchers could hear a woman screaming and what sounded like gunshots on the other end of a Saturday 911 call that led to an hours-long standoff with police.

    Jeremy Alexander Gambrell, 41, 321 Dyllis Road, has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault after an incident in which he is accused of shooting his ex-wife multiple times in the chest outside her home at 142 Bridges Drive.

    Gambrell, a former Lenoir City and TVA law-enforcement officer, was still listed in custody at the Roane County Jail as of Tuesday morning.

  • Almost $25 million collected in county property taxes for year

    Property-tax-collecting season went well for Roane County.

    Trustee Wilma Eblen said the total levy for the 2014-15 fiscal year was $27.607 million. Of that amount, $2.676 million remains unpaid.

    County budget director Kaley Walker said the unpaid amount shouldn’t put the county in a financial bind, because each year officials take into account that not all the tax money will be paid on time.

    “We don’t plan on getting it all,” she said. “We figure a collection rate of about 93 percent of what’s levied.”

  • Bazel Road house fire out; brush fire up to 500 acres

    Firefighters from throughout Roane County have worked most of Tuesday afternoon to extinguish a brush fire that's affecting up to 500 acres and spread into neighboring Morgan County.

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss confirmed late Tuesday afternoon that a related house fire in the city's Bazel Road area has been extinguished.

    Goss said the fire, which spread up around Ridgewood in Morgan County, is now believed to be contained. Firefighters from Kingston left at around 5 p.m.

    Personnel from Harriman remained on the scene into the evening.

  • Soccer leads Haba to Olympic Development Program

    It wasn’t too long ago the idea of someone in Roane County having dreams of playing soccer would’ve seen far from a reality.

    However, for MacKenzie Haba, it has been just that, a dream, and a dream that she is currently living.

    “I guess I’m just trying to think for my future,” MacKenzie, who was recently selected to be a member of the Tennessee Olympic Development Program soccer team, said.

    “I’m getting ready for it, and I need to work on it.”

  • Roane schools eligible for UCOR grants

    URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC, known as UCOR, is accepting proposals from area schools for educational grants with a specific goal of enabling new instructional methods in science, technology, engineering and math.

    UCOR Education Mini-Grants will be awarded directly to teachers and schools for specific projects.

    Schools in Roane, Anderson, Loudon, Knox and Morgan counties are eligible to submit proposals.

  • OUT to LUNCH: No more flu, no more ice, and a revisit to New China Palace

    I hope that some previous readers have noticed the absence of my “Out to Lunch” articles in the Roane County News since the first of the year.
    Although my wife, Carol, and I had flu shots, we got a new version of the flu after Christmas.
    For a few weeks, we didn’t care if the sun shined. I also lost my appetite for a long time after surviving the flu bug.
    Then snow and ice prevented us from driving in and out of our house on top of Midtown Heights. No mail or newspapers for several days a couple of times.

  • TVA partners with Midway, Dyllis Springs