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Today's News

  • Property Transfers: March 30-April 4, 2012

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse March 30-April 4:

    From Eather West, Carolyn Roberts and Wayne Roberts to Carolyn Roberts and Angela Bailey by quit-claim deed, Dist. 2, Old Harriman Hwy., $50.

    From Mary Lea Byrd Sullivan and Robert S. Sullivan to Robert E. Smith and Donna L. Smith by warranty deed, Dist. 1, 4.186 acres, Heidle Road, $220,000.

  • Arrests: May 23-June 5, 2012

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

    May  23 — Lacey Diann Hicks, 23, 3631 Sweetwater-Vonore Road, Sweetwater, two counts failure to appear and second violation of probation. No bond; court dates June 25 and July 30.

    • Christopher Leona Townsend, 22, 115 Fergueson Lane Lot 15, Kingston: theft $500 but less $1,000. Bond $1,000; court date June 25.

  • Marriage licenses: Feb. 23-April 30, 2012

    Marriage licenses granted at the Roane County Courthouse from Feb. 23-April 30:

    Christopher Wade York to Kristen Lacey Worthington

    Anthony Antonio Patterson to Wendy Jane Ingram

    Travis Anthony Best to Suzanne Melody Powell

    Chadwick Wayne Lane to Angie Lynn Day Lane

    Brian David Summers to Melinda Jo Clower Reese

    Jonathan Edward Johnson to Jessica Leann Cook Phillips

    Benjamin Anthony Hankey to Patricia Noella Ann Macon

  • Births: Feb. 10-March 14, 2012

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

    Feb. 9 — Shelia and Terry Collins, Harriman. A boy, Waylon Ray, 6 pounds, 12 oz. Siblings: Tanner and Dakota. Grandparents: David and Peggy Kirby; Bill and Marilyn Collins.

    Feb. 10
    — Elizabeth Ann and Jimmie B. Tharpe, Harriman. A boy, Brian Cameron. Siblings: Nicholus Blaze and Jayan Christian. Grandparents: Trisha Woods and Jim Woods; Randy and Shirley Walker.

  • Divorces: Nov. 16, 2011-March 8, 2012

    Divorces granted Nov. 16, 2011, to March 8 at the Roane County Courthouse:

    Ashley Diane (Brown) Rose vs. Gregory Lewis Rose

    Steven Cory Hines vs. Christie Mariea Wright Hines

    Amanda Corinne Hinds vs. William David Hinds

    Michael Lyndon Parrott vs. Joyce Ann Roach

    Amanda Michelle Shoemaker Wicks vs. David Paul Wicks

    George Michael Sparks vs. Barbara Jo (Lawrence) Sparks

    Amy R. Russell vs. Steven E. Russell

  • The Garden Gate: Make sure your yuccas aren’t yucky

    We marked the time of Pentecost on May 27.

    Pentecost is considered by many people to be the birthday of the Christian church. In reality, it is even earlier than Christianity itself.

    It was one of the great pilgrimage feasts of ancient Israel. It is often referred to in Scripture as the Feast of Weeks, which occurs seven weeks, a week of weeks after the Passover.

    In its earliest form, it was a harvest festival celebrating God’s goodness made manifest.

  • Fire department needs your help

    As the sign outside West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department’s station 1 indicates, the department is seeking volunteers to help in its mission to provide fire and emergency services to those in the West Roane County region.

    Those wishing to help may stop by the station on Pumphouse Road in Rockwood and talk with Fire Chief Charlie Redwine about the department’s needs.

    The station may also be contacted by phone at 354-8201.

  • Free specialty tag supports music education

    The Memphis Rock’n’Soul Museum has a special offer for Tennessee residents that costs nothing but will provide an  annual revenue stream toward music education.

    The museum has been working diligently to reach a goal of 1,000 pre-sold “music-themed” specialty Tennessee license plates, with annual revenue from these plates going to music education in Tennessee.

  • Cuban Missile Crisis exhibit open in Oak Ridge museum

    For 14 days in October 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis was the closest the world came to a thermonuclear war.

    This historic event is detailed in a photographic timeline, Fallout Shelter and the Cold War Home dioramas with artifacts included in the “Cuban Missile Crisis: When the Cold War Got Hot” exhibition open through Sept. 3 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

  • GUEST OPINION: Reflections on the toppling of the Berlin Wall

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Monuments to freedom and liberty generally come as things — marble statues, carved granite slabs — that are meant to last for the ages.

    But on June 12, let’s pause to remember a monument noteworthy because it no longer exists: the Berlin Wall. As we do, let’s also recall and celebrate the monumental words spoken 25 years ago that helped spur its destruction.