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Today's News

  • Sequestration has county impact

    Automatic federal spending cuts known as the sequester could impact county coffers.

    “The sequestration has held up our DOE (Department of Energy) in-lieu-of-tax payments,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody told the budget committee last week. “It’s almost $1 million.”

    Woody said he believes the county will still get the money, but it could be less than expected.

    “I think it could be cut some, but I don’t think they will do away with the whole thing,” he said.

  • Ever wonder how sheriff’s office works?

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for an upcoming citizens academy. Participants will meet every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 4 through May 30. Topics include drug investigations, patrol, corrections and the judicial system.

    A graduation ceremony for participants will be held.  

    Lt. Rick Baker decribed the academy as a condensed version of what people go through when they’re training to become police officers.

  • Account set up to help Fowlkes

    It’s an emotional and financial roller coaster when a loved one is severly ill.

    That’s what Nancy Weatherly Fowlkes, a 1991 Roane County High School graduate and a former Roane County resident, and her family are now enduring.

    Fowlkes’ friend, Marcia Childs, said Fowlkes is in need of a liver transplant and is hospitalized in Memphis after becoming extremely ill late last year.

  • Redmon-Bullard

    Beverly and Kevin Foster, Harriman, and Mike Redmon, Kingston, announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Mikaela Morgan Redmon, to Jonathan Michael Bullard.

    He is the son of James and Kelley Bullard of Harriman.

    The ceremony will be on March 30 at Grand Vista Bay, Rockwood.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Margaret L. Hacker of Harriman and the late Auriel Graydon Hacker, and Clayton and Nell Redmon of Oakdale.

    She is employed with Cardiology Associates of East Tennessee.

  • Murder trial a go April 3 — maybe

    The Ralph O’Neal murder trial is on the docket for the current Roane County Criminal Court term, but prosecutor Bill Reedy isn’t overly optimistic.  

    “At this point, it’s a yes, but you got to understand that this case involves multiple people who are in federal custody,” he said. “Getting these people back from the feds for trial purposes is like trying to orchestrate the thing (sequester) that’s going on in Congress right now.”  

  • Houston wants jury pool of 500

    His work may not be elegant, but Rocky Houston has been moving forward with self-representation in his federal firearms case.

    He has filed several handwritten motions with the U.S. District Court in Knoxville. He wants to enlarge the jury pool, recuse U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr., and suppress video evidence in the case.

    A federal grand jury indicted Houston in January on 14 counts of being a felon in possession of firearms. He faces up to 140 years in prison.

  • Vic King joins school board

    It took a change of the playbook, but now it’s official.

    Former Roane County High School football coach Vic King is a Roane County Board of Education member.

    On Monday, the Roane County Commission approved King filling the remainder of the seat of Marjorie Earick of District 5/6, who was elected to a four-year term last August.

    Earick recently decided to step down because of her husband’s illness.

  • The Garden Gate: Bright-faced flowers prove spring’s not far away

    The rollicking operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan are full of songs which often come to mind. One that’s especially timely now begins, “Oh, the flowers that bloom in spring, tra la ...”

    The crocus — which blooms sometimes even in a snowstorm — is usually the first to remind us that spring is really on the way. There are countless legends in Greek mythology about the crocus involving many of the gods and goddesses of ancient times.

  • Roane women sought for YWCA tribute

    YWCA Knoxville is accepting nominations of Roane County women to be considered for the annual YWCA Tribute to Women.

    The event salutes women who are role models in their fields, both professionally and in a volunteer capacity, as East Tennessee’s foremost acknowledgment and appreciation of women’s contributions.

    Eighteen finalists will be announced in June and invited to a reception in their honor at the YWCA.  

  • Two housefires, two dogs saved

    Harriman Fire Department stayed busy last weekend, assisting Midtown Volunteer Fire Department on a house fire around 5:30 a.m. Saturday and working a second house fire in West Hills in Harriman on Sunday.

    When Harriman firefighters arrived at the scene at 212 Ben Henry Road, in Midtown’s service area, the fire was raging.

    “The roof had already collapsed in,” said Capt. Preston Hamby.

    Hamby and firefighter Jeff Cunningham saved two family pets in the Midtown fire.