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Today's News

  • UT honoring Roane County’s Jim and Pat Henry

    Jim Henry, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, and his wife, Pat, travel the state championing the cause of children and families at risk.

    The Kingston couple meet with Children’s Services employees and service providers, sharing their experiences as parents of a child with disabilities.

    The University of Tennessee at Knoxville College of Social Work will honor the Henrys for their work and advocacy March 25 with the 2014 Sen. Douglas Henry Award for Service to Children and Families at Risk.

  • Cole Thomas Tedder

    Cole Thomas Tedder celebrated his fifth birthday on March 3 at Tri-City Bowling Lanes with family and friends.

    He is the son of Marty and Robin Tedder of Harriman.

    Grandparents are Ernest and Barbara Tedder, and Charles and Becky Lamance, all of Harriman.

    Cole has a 10-year-old brother, Jace Simeon Tedder.

  • Arrests: Dec. 22, 2013-Jan. 2, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Dec. 22 —  William Nicholas Prince, 26, 4102 Mountain Vista Road, Knoxville: theft $500 but less than $1,000; court date Feb. 24.

    • Justin Eric Ybarra, 28, 241 Bullard Ford Road, Harriman: two counts failure to appear. Total bond $5,000; court dates Feb. 24 and Feb. 10.

  • Go, speedracer!

    Cassandra Dothard went a step further than just giving out a simple extra credit assignment.

    Instead she gave her sixth grade science students an opportunity to build a small vehicle with whatever they had handy and over the course of two days last week tested them for how far they could travel down an incline and across the hall.

    “They could use anything they wanted as long as it was eight inches by eight inches. They had to design it so it would go the farthest without being pushed.

  • GUEST OPINION: Celebrating two First Amendment landmarks

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    No one I know sent flowers or candy, but on March 9 we all had cause to celebrate the anniversaries of two very different First Amendment landmark moments.

    Sixty years ago, on March 9, 1954, CBS’ Edward R. Murrow hosted an episode of the prime-time television program “See It Now,” in which he successfully exposed Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s mean-spirited and shoddy tactics in pursuing alleged communists in the U.S. government.

  • Mayfield endorses Fleischmann for 3rd

    Scottie Mayfield has endorsed Chuck Fleischmann’s re-election campaign, and been named honorary chairman of the campaign.

    Mayfield is the president emeritus at Mayfield Dairy Farms, and was the runner-up in the 2012 Republican primary between Congressman Fleischmann, himself, and Weston Wamp.

  • Wamp raises $300,000 in nine weeks, says Mayfield shunned him on grudge

    Weston Wamp announced recently that his campaign for Congress has raised $300,000 in just nine weeks thanks to the support of voters and business leaders in the 3rd District.

    “I am grateful to the hundreds of people in the Third District who have invested their hard-earned money in sending me to Washington to have impact on their behalf,” said Wamp. “From farmers to CEOs, disappointment with our do-nothing congressman is widespread. We have no doubt that we will fully fund our campaign to bring Congress back home.”

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA vs. ROCKY JOE HOUSTON

    Defense attorney Michael McGovern didn’t contest two of the three elements in the federal government’s case against Rocky Houston:

    One, Houston is a convicted felon; and two, the firearms the government alleges Houston was in possession of traveled in interstate commerce.

    McGovern, however, argued vigorously against the third element —the allegation that his client possessed firearms.

  • No guns for neighbor of Tiger Haven

    One of the conditions of Toby Rhynehart’s bond is he’s not allowed to possess a firearm.

    That’s unsettling for a man who lives next door to Tiger Haven, a large-cat sanctuary that houses tigers, lions, leopards and cougars in East Roane County.

    “You hear them roar at 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning,” Rhynehart said. “You don’t know if they’re out or in. You hope they’re in.”

  • Driver tells authorities he was trying to outrun demons

    John Watson Helvey, 45, was charged with DUI and evading arrest on March 13.

    “Mr. Helvey stated he was being chased by demons and was running for his life,” the Roane County Sheriff’s Office report said.

    The report said Helvey passed a deputy at a high rate of speed on Interstate 40, and didn’t stop when the deputy activated his emergency equipment.

    “The vehicle passed several vehicles in the emergency lane at a high rate of speed in an attempt to get away,” the report said.