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Today's News

  • Jackets spoil Panthers homecoming, 17-0

    By NICK WILLIAMS

    Roane Newspapers

  • Alert issued for child taken by non-custodial mother

    The Roane County Sheriff's Office and TBI are seeking information on a missing child.

    According to a missing child poster on the TBI website, 3-year-old Frank Williams Qualls was last seen on Aug. 31 with his non-custodial mother, Amy Barber-McDonough. She failed to appear in court that day, according to the poster.

    “An attachment was issued to pick the child up,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “They went to Amy's house in Anderson County, and they had already left.”

  • TOPS at weight loss

    Ken Laswell and Nancy Barnard Martin share a common denominator in their constant battle to maintain a healthy body weight.
    Both are former truck drivers — a sedentary profession that often leads to obesity, diabetes and other health-related issues.

  • Protesting Y-12 nun attends hearing

    Fallout from the security breach at the Y-12 National Security Complex reached Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
    The House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations discussed the matter during a hearing titled “DOE’s Nuclear Weapons Complex: Challenges to Safety, Security and Taxpayer Stewardship.”
    “By all accounts, contractor and site managers’ failures at Y-12 allowed one of the most serious security breakdowns in the history of the weapons complex,” Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns, R-Florida, said.

  • Bank robbery suspect indicted

    The man suspected of robbing the Bank of America in Kingston has been indicted in federal court for allegedly robbing two banks in another state.
    A federal grand jury for the Southern District of Indiana returned a two-count indictment against Billy Joe Dugard last month.
    The indictment accuses him of robbing Scott County Bank in Scottsburg, Ind., on April 24 and a PNC Bank in Pekin, Ind., on April 30.
    He faces a maximum of 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

  • Harriman man charged with child rape

    A Harriman man is in custody at the Roane County Jail charged with rape of a child.
    John P. Little, 36, was taken into custody Sunday, Sept. 9.
    His bond is $75,000, and he has an initial court date of Sept. 24.
    Harriman Police records said the complaintant said her 9-year-old daughter had been sexually assaulted by Little.
    The family was referred to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Knoxville, for a forensic physical exam.
     

  • Riverboat dock may be safety issue

    By MIKE GIBSON
    mgibson@roanecounty.com
    Though the fate of the old Watts Bar Belle Riverboat dock is still uncertain, chances are good its component parts will be integrated into the new dock being constructed at Ladd Park.
    Kingston Council members considered the dock at the Sept. 4 council work session.
    The Watts Bar Belle Riverboat was a dinner-on-the-river enterprise that closed and left town due to financial problems.
    It left in its wake a walking dock built for riverboat customers to come on board.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Writer gives perfect day what it deserves

    Sunday.
    I hope you didn’t miss it.
    It was a perfect day.
    At sunrise, the temperature was somewhere in the mid-50s,
    As I went out for breakfast in Chattanooga with a delightful group of people, a light jacket was a necessary part of my wardrobe.
    Later, with just a few clouds in the sky and little humidity, the sunlight took on that clear, special quality you don’t often see in the often hazy Tennessee Valley.

  • See, buy scenes of 58 Landing

    Kingston Public Library will host a photographic exhibit and sale, “58 Landing: Through the Lens,” from Sept. 15-Oct. 15 during regular library hours.

    The exhibit features photographs taken by photographer Terry Futrell at the 58 Landing Park in Kingston and includes colorful sunsets over the lake as well as action shots of ducks and gulls.

    The exhibited photographs may be purchased by the public, with all proceeds benefiting the library.

  • Donation gives instructors Kindle Fire tablets

    Stella Muse,  a former teacher and Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center resident, and the center’s administrator-in-training Trina Webb, seated, are thanked by Kathy Kleinsmith, practical nursing coordinator at Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman, for Harriman Care’s donation of Kindle Fire tablets to be used by faculty members.

    Webb, a member of the technology center’s practical nursing  advisory board, noticed students utilizing the tablets for their textbooks and realized that the instructors were still using regular textbooks.