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Today's News

  • Vacation Bible School 2013

    Asbury Chapel United Methodist
    Asbury Chapel United Methodist Church, Rockwood, will kick off its vacation Bible school from 5 to 6 p.m. June 23 with hot dogs and refreshments. Classes will be from 6 to 8 p.m. June 24-26 in the church at 1717 Eureka Road; “Fun Fair” Where God’s World Comes Together” is the theme.

  • Deal reached in development official’s DUI case

    The drunk-driving case of Darrell Williams, the vice president of business development for The Roane Alliance, was resolved Monday in General Sessions Court.

  • Case of mother accused of holding boy for beating put off

    Latoya Brown came to court on Monday hoping to be exonerated of allegations that she held a 10-year-old boy so her son could hit him.
    She left court disappointed.
    Brown’s accusers didn’t show up, and the case was rescheduled to Aug. 19.  
    “It’s irritating,” Brown said. “They’re making me waste gas and time to come over here for something I didn’t even do.” 
    Monday marked the second time the case has been postponed.

  • Musical has the answers

    A family-friendly musical about a girl with a knack for offering advice will open June 22 at Roane State Community College’s O’Brien Theatre on the Roane County campus.
    The Roane State Music Department is producing “Dear Edwina” with stage director Tony Cedeno, choreographer Jennifer Austin, pianist Slade Trammell and drummer Brandi Walls.
    Performances are June 22, 2 and 7 p.m.; June 23, 2 p.m.; June 29, 2 and 7 p.m.; and June 30, 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person at the door.

  • GUEST OPINION: Ban on gruesome images also threat to free speech

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    For those of us who worry about the vitality of free speech in the “land of the free,” the news this week isn’t good.
    On June 10, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a Colorado appeals court decision banning anti-abortion activists from displaying “gruesome images” of mutilated fetuses that might be seen by children.

  • Ken Yager: No need to go far for relaxation

    By KEN YAGER
    12th District State Senator
    There is a state park within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in Tennessee. 
    Several of these state parks are located in the 12th Senatorial District, including Indian Mountain in Jellico, Cove Lake in Caryville, Frozen Head in Wartburg, Norris Dam in Lake City, Cumberland Trail in Caryville and Pickett in Jamestown, as well as the Alvin C. York Historic Park in Pall Mall. 
    In fact, the 12th District may have more state parks located in it than any other.

  • Mounger estate lawsuits expand

    A 1,200-acre lakefront tract in East Roane County is the subject of another lawsuit. The property is owned by the Estate of Katherine Mounger.
    Two of her children — E. Jay Mounger and Katherine Mounger Lasater — are executors of the estate.
    On May 9, 2007, the estate entered into a contract to sell the property to McKenzie Loudon Properties LLC for $15.2 million.

  • Clean Energy grant awarded by governor

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday announced the city of Oak Ridge is receiving $200,000 in Clean Tennessee Energy Grant funding to replace and retrofit existing fluorescent lighting fixtures to LED lighting in the Oak Ridge Municipal Building and the Oak Ridge Civic Center Complex. 

  • Rockwood loses councilman

    Rockwood City Councilman Bill Thompson lost a long battle with cancer Sunday morning.

    He didn’t lose his wit and charm during his health struggles, and he stayed positive during his treatments, rarely missing a Rockwood City Council meeting.
    “Even when he was so sick, he’d say, ‘I’m going to get to feeling better.’” said City Recorder Becky Ruppe.
    Thompson was even positive when he recently attended a finance meeting and was encouraged to return home.

  • Motions hearing delayed in murder case

    A conflict has led to the appointment of a new lawyer for accused murderer Shawn Smoot, reports Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy.

    Smoot is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Brooke Nicole Morris. Her body was found at Blair Road and Old Blair Road on Oct. 15, 2011. Police said she had been shot.
    Last year Assistant Public Defender Walter Johnson was appointed to represent Smoot.
    “The public defender determined their office had a conflict,” Reedy said.