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Today's News

  • Bruce Pearl to speak at old courthouse fundraiser

    Former University of Tennessee head basketball coach Bruce Pearl will speak at a fundraiser to benefit the historic Roane County Courthouse.

    Pearl, who was named head coach of the Auburn Tigers last week, will be at the Princess Theatre in Harriman April 19.

    Pianist and Roane County native Dr. Eric Littleton will perform at 6:30 p.m. with Pearl taking the stage at 7.

    Tickets are $30.

    “Our goal this year is to renovate rooms in the courthouse and hopefully renovate the cupola (the top of the courthouse),” said Stephanie Wright.

  • Tennesseans to receive $2.8 million in refunds from e-book agreement

    Tennesseans will begin receiving account credits or checks this week in a partial agreement resolving an e-book price-fixing lawsuit brought by Attorney General Bob Cooper and attorneys general from 32 other states.

    The lawsuit, calling for $166 million nationwide payment, was brought three years ago against Apple Inc. and five of the six largest e-book publishers in the country. Those e-book publishers are Hachette Book Group Inc., HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Simon & Schuster Inc., Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC, d/b/a Macmillan, and Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

  • Farm storage, facility loans expanded

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has expansion of the Farm Storage and Facility Loan program, which provides low-interest financing to producers.

    The enhanced program includes 22 new categories of eligible equipment for fruit and vegetable producers, and makes it easier for farmers and ranchers around the country to finance the equipment they need to grow and expand.

  • Parole granted again for Davis, Manson follower

    Charles Manson follower and Roane County High School graduate Bruce Davis has again been granted parole.

    The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Board of Parole Hearings issued the grant on March 12.

    Davis remains incarcerated because the parole board’s decision is subject to a 120-day review period.

    The governor of California can reverse the board’s decision and keep him behind bars.

    Davis, 71, is no stranger to the review process.

  • Bunch signs off on 2nd federal plea

    Rufena Jean Bunch has signed a plea agreement for the second time in her federal robbery case.

    The first one was signed on Nov. 4, 2013. She agreed to plead guilty to aiding and abetting Hobbs Act robbery and aiding and abetting the use of a firearm during a crime of violence. However, she reneged on that agreement when Knoxville attorney Bruce Poston was retained to represent her.

    Bunch, 26, signed another plea agreement on March 2.

  • GUEST OPINION: No one wins in today’s religious freedom climate

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    In recent months, legislators in more than a dozen states — from Hawaii to Georgia — have attempted to enact laws they describe as necessary to protect religious freedom.

    Some are broad “religious freedom restoration acts” very similar to laws already on the books in many states.

    Others are amendments to existing laws aimed at allowing businesses to deny wedding services to gay couples on religious grounds.

  • Countywide cleanup four times a year

    Eight thousand pounds of trash, including a boat, were collected during the Great American Cleanup event throughout Roane County last week.

    “There are supposed to be 80 people countywide picking up trash today. We have different groups plus a lot of individuals,” said Dennis Ferguson, head of the Roane County Highway Department.

    “We are planning to have one four times a year. We thought this was a good way to kick off spring.”

    Sail Away Homes and Land employees regularly help cleanup the area of Hwy. 58 and Caney Creek Road.

  • Beets joins regional board

    Though he is already the city’s highest-ranking elected official, Kingston Mayor Troy Beets received a promotion of sorts this month.

    Beets was recently elected chairman of the board that oversees the East Tennessee Human Resources Agency, more commonly known as ETHRA, and its sister organization, the East Tennessee Development District.

  • TVA looks at long-term energy plan

    TVA today, March 26, will discuss progress in updating TVA’s long-range energy resources plan and more than 1,100 comments received from the public.

    “We are developing scenarios of things we cannot change, such as shifts in the economy or new regulations, and strategies for responding to them with the things we can control,” said Gary Brinkworth, program manager for the 2015 Integrated Resource Plan. “The next step will be testing these assumptions.”

  • Rockwood scores a perfect audit

    What a difference a year makes.

    Rockwood’s financial audit, once a source of controversy among city leaders, didn’t just make a turnaround.

    The auditors announced that they found nothing to report on the internal control and compliance portion of the audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.

    “I can tell you there are no findings,” auditor Richard Hill said Monday. “There were no material weaknesses, no material instances of noncompliance.