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Today's News

  • Bar gets off police trouble list

    The Grill & Pub is in compliance with the agreement it entered into in September, according to a letter Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton wrote to county Beer Board Chairman Copper Bacon last month.
    A man was killed in the Grill & Pub’s parking lot on July 23.
    Less than two weeks later, County Attorney Tom McFarland filed a petition to revoke the establishment’s beer permit.
    The petition said there had been “voluminous 911 calls regarding violence, drug activity, and/or other criminal acts” at the bar.

  • Police news: Delays, fake names and viruses

    The Milford Barnett murder trial has been continued again.
    Barnett, 54, is accused of killing his mother, Pearl Barnett, in April 2007. His trial had been scheduled to start on Tuesday.
    Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said it was continued because the pathologist who worked on the case is now in Phoenix, and they had trouble getting him here. 

  • Cain calls it quits on presidential aspirations

    The only presidential candidate to visit Roane County has bowed out of the race for the GOP nomination.
    Citing a whirlwind of accusations that have followed him lately, Herman Cain announced on Saturday in Atlanta that he was suspending his campaign. The announcement came after an Atlanta woman went public with what was called a 13-year affair with Cain.
    “He made it very intriguing,” Ginger White told Fox 5 News Atlanta. “It was fun.”

  • Avoid these common credit mistakes

    Credit cards are almost a necessity during the holiday season. If you purchase gifts online, book air travel or reserve a rental car, you will need to use a credit card.
    It is important to remember that the responsible use of credit cards has a significant impact on your credit score and your ability to get favorable rates when securing a loan for a home or automobile.
    CredAbility shares common credit card mistakes consumers make.

  • The Garden Gate: Wreaths encircle ancient traditions

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Evergreen and holly wreaths are everywhere during the holiday season, but all kinds of wreaths adorn our houses the rest of the year.

    They include wreaths of grapevine, straw, dried flowers and herbs, ribbon bows and lace ruffles. Even such unlikely materials as pretzels and macaroni make their appearance, not to mention straw hats wreathed with blossoms and ribbons.

    One wonders whether the residents of all those houses realize what an ancient tradition they are following.

  • THP to conduct license checks in Roane Co.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting driver license roadside safety checkpoints from 9 to 10 p.m. during the week of Dec. 11 on Hwy. 27 at the Morgan County line.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Oct. 24 — Larry M. Viles, failure to appear/misdemeanor. Dismissed, cost to defendant. Probation violation. Guilty.

    • Stephen P. Brackett, probation violation. Dismissed. Probation violation. Guilty.

    • Kenneth L. Wetterlund, capias for failure to appear court date. Dismissed.

    • Amber Helton, probation violation. Dismissed.

  • Arrests

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Nov. 20 — Anthony Brock Crowe, 25, 111 Browns Road, Gray: serving time.

    • John Toban Halburnt, 29, 939 Windrock Road, Oliver Springs: attachment. Bond $1,500; court date Dec. 9.

    • Andrew Alan Leach, 25, 103 Paint Rock Road, Kingston: fraudulent use of debit card, theft $500 or less and failure to appear. Total bond $10,000; court date Dec. 19.

  • Births: Nov. 11-18

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:

    Nov. 11
    — Melanie Fitzgerald and Sam Seiber, Oliver Springs. A boy, Kyler Gage, 7 pounds, 1 ounce. Grandparents: Benny and Kathy Seiber; Rick and Julie Burgess.

    • Farren Davis and Joshua Johnson, Rockwood. A boy, Elijah Carter, 7 pounds, 13 ounces. Siblings: Breanna and Mikah. Grandparents: Jennie and John Farmer; Robbie Griffith; Anita Barrow; Lois Maddox.

  • November 2011 dispatches