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Today's News

  • Updated: Morgan named in paternity suit

    An Illinois woman has filed a paternity suit against Property Assessor David Morgan in Roane County Circuit Court.

    Melissa Everts contends Morgan is the father of her 16-year-old son. The suit included a Jan. 15, 2003, parentage testing report.

  • Lucky break on broken neck

    Athletic trainers and emergency personnel know that when a player suffers a neck injury, the best thing to do is immobilize the neck first.
    That knowledge may have saved the life of Roane County High School sophomore Seth Haynes Friday night.
    Haynes suffered a broken neck during the game at Sequoyah High School in Monroe County.

    He has since gone through successful surgery at University of Tennessee Medical Center.
    While the injury is career-ending in terms of football, things could have been a lot worse.

  • Tiger Haven shooter indicted

    Toby Rhynehart said he’s looking forward to proving he is innocent of allegations that he shot at Tiger Haven in May.
    He’ll get that chance because the Roane County grand jury indicted him on a charge of reckless endangerment on Monday.
    “I’m going to prove my innocence,” Rhynehart said Tuesday. “I think I can prove it with no problem.”

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael Self arrested Rhynehart on May 14 after responding to Tiger Haven on a shots-fired call.

  • AG: Ryans wrong to serve dual roles

    The issue of Jim Ryans serving on the Roane County Board of Public Utilities and the Roane County Election Commission became moot locally when he resigned from the utilities board in July 2012.
    Before he stepped down, state officials had sought an opinion on the matter from Tennessee Attorney General Robert E. Cooper Jr.
    Cooper finally issued one last week.
    “A member of the Roane County Election Commission may not serve as a member of the Roane County Board of Public Utilities,” the opinion said.

  • BANG! You’re not dead

    Some Roane County Sheriff’s officers were doing more than just knocking on doors last week.
    Some of them learned what is considered a safer new technique in high-risk situations for breaking down doors.
    They used a device called the WallBanger, which merges a battering ram with explosives.

    The device allows for a faster, more successful forced entry, giving potentially hostile suspects less time to react and arm themselves.

  • Jackson promotes Harriman

    Dina Jackson has a unique viewpoint of the gradually changing face of Harriman’s downtown from her office at the visitora center next to the historic Princess Theatre.
    Jackson moved her office there late this summer so that the center, which is paid for with a Tennessee Department of Transportation enhancement grant, will be open throughout the week.
    “It also helps if people want to come and talk about the buildings downtown,” Jackson said.

  • State’s new intellectual disabilities department riddled with problems

    The Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, formerly headed by Kingston’s Jim Henry, must remedy serious problems, state auditors reported.
    Those problems involve service recipient safety practices, service delivery system and information system implementation efforts, according to a report released Tuesday by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office.

  • Ishman has credentials for inspector job

    In reading my backlog of Roane County News papers following our return from vacation in Florida and the Caribbean, I noticed comments by Rockwood Councilwoman Peggy Evans in a Sept. 27 article written by Cindy Simpson.
    In reading other issues to date, I did not see that anyone took issue with Evans’ unsubstantiated comments regarding Harold Ishman’s qualification as part-time building inspector for the city of Rockwood.

  • GUEST OPINION: Schools should spend less time on Halloween

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    Inside the First Amendment
    Principal Orlando Taylor believed he was doing the right thing last week when he sent a letter home announcing to parents that Halloween celebrations will be banned this year at Inglewood Elementary School.
    But Taylor underestimated how many parents in Towamencin Township, Pennsylvania are emotionally attached to the annual parties and parades featuring goblins, witches and ghosts.
    Outraged parents denounced the ban, calling it everything from ridiculous to un-American.

  • Adkisson-Stockstill

    Tim Adkisson and Tina Adkisson announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Tasha Lee-Ann Adkisson, to Michael Lee Stockstill.

    He is the son of Michael and Carol Stockstill.

    The ceremony will be in December at Whitestone Country Inn, Kingston.