Today's News

  • Who's Really Watching?

    Tennessee has some work to do when it comes to monitoring offenders.
    Tennessee Comptroller Justin P. Wilson recently released an audit of the state Board of Parole that found, at a minimum, annual arrest checks were completed on behalf of 82 parolees who had been dead for periods ranging from less than six months to more than 19 years. 
    At worst, officers actually documented contact indicating other dead offenders were still alive.

  • Campaign chill
  • Looseleaf Laureate: Clubs, news outlets face similar challenges

    I recently had my first speaking engagement in Knoxville.
    As I looked around the lunchroom at the Foundry restaurant, the faces of the Northside Kiwanis members who invited me to talk about journalism and Roane County told me we had much in common.
    Many of the members were well past retirement age.
    Nationwide, Kiwanis and many similar service organizations, such as Rotary and Lions clubs, are struggling to repopulate their ranks as older members drift away or die.

  • Coats for the Cold collections to start

    Dennis Ferguson’s annual Coats for the Cold campaign kicks off next week with four collection sites.

    The 18th annual campaign aims to distribute coats to those less fortunate to help keep them warm this winter.

    The public can help by dropping off unused coats and jackets starting Nov. 5 at one of four collection sites:

    • United Community Bank, Kingston

    • Chase Drugs in Physicians Plaza, Midtown

    • Live and Let Live Drugs, Rockwood

  • Cornhole tournament benefits HFD vehicle

    Harriman Fire Department will have a fundraising cornhole tournament at 4 p.m. Nov. 10 across from Harriman’s main fire station at 603 Walden Ave.

    Entry fee is $30 per team; one of every 10 teams will receive a prize.

    No preregistration is necessary; Cornhole Players Association tournament rules will be followed.

  • Civitan supports Ridge View music

    Rockwood Civitan Club President Chris Barton represents the organization in presenting a $100 check to Chelsea Farr of Ridge View Elementary School in support of the Rockwood school’s music program.

  • DAR funds history scholarship

    The Avery Trace Chapter, NSDAR Scholarship Committee, on behalf of the chapter is funding a book scholarship for a Roane State Community College student majoring in history.

    On hand for the $400 scholarship fund presentation are, from left, Honorary Regent Jane McPherson, First Vice Regent Rosemary Alexander, Roane State Foundation Chairwoman Linda Brown, Avery Trace Regent Brenda Hall McDonald and Honorary Regent Joyce Tidwell.

  • Constitution seminar Saturday

    A seminar, “Our Constitution: A Godly Design for Government,” will be presented Nov. 3 in Grace Community Church at 438 W. Race St., Kingston.

    The countywide seminar on the U.S. Constitution will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

    It will be taught by Ray Morgan, a retired U.S. Air Force pilot and ROTC instructor.

    Morgan, an avid student of the U.S. Founding
    Fathers, developed this course on the Constitution as part of the ROTC curriculum at Charleston Southern University.

  • Prayer service, balloon release for drug abuse

    Those who have suffered from drug abuse, as well as those who give thanks that the negative effects of drug abuse haven’t entered into their lives are encouraged to join family and friends of Clayton Smith and the Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition for a special prayer and “Say No to Drugs” balloon release.

    The ninth annual event starts at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Smith’s gravesite at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.

  • Divorces: March 14-June 6, 2012

    Divorces granted March 14-June 6 at the Roane County Courthouse:

    • Nichole Michele Urban vs. Dennis Daniel Urban

    • Eric Bryan Bannon vs. Sarah Elizabeth Giles Bannon

    • Kelly Denise Pridmore Bunch vs. Daniel Eddie Bunch

    • Sammy David Fritts vs. Jacquelyn Gene Fritts

    • Duane Richard Romine vs. Sherry Lynn (Tannenbaum) Romine

    • Lucy Kathryn Creswell Endicott vs. Shane Lee Endicott