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Today's News

  • Arrests: March 1-3, 2012

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

    March 1 — Debra Kaye Bryant, 54, 929 Bazel Road, Harriman: violation of probation. Bond $10,000, court date April 16.

    • Chad Ray Burgess, 34, Harriman: criminal impersonation. Bond $500; court date March 26.

    • Herman Howard, 51, 226 Paint Rock Valley Road, Kingston: criminal. No bond; court date April 13.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Michael D. Charles

    The Chief of Chaplains of the U.S. Army has selected Col. Michael D. Charles as XVIII Airborne Corps Chaplain of the Army.

    Charles, son of Flo Charles of Kingston and the late Clarence G. Charles, was selected from a field of 100 other Army Chaplains for the position.

    The “Change of Stole” will take place on June 8 at Fort Bragg, N.C., where Charles begins his new position.

  • Crabtree-McConkey

    Jimmy and Lisa Crabtree of Rockwood announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Elizabeth Nicole Crabtree, to Robbie Scott McConkey.

    He is the son of Gary McConkey and Marsha Hoskins of Knoxville.

    The ceremony will be at 1 p.m. March 24 in North Rockwood Baptist Church.

    The bride-elect is an optician with Eye Center of Oak Ridge.

    The prospective groom is a lab technician with Tetra Recycling in Knoxville.

  • Peyton Crawford Witter

    Peyton Crawford Witter celebrated his fifth birthday Feb. 25 with a Star Wars Lego cake and a glow-bowling party.

    He is the son of Jacob and Melissa Witter of Rockwood.

    Grandparents are Molly and Jim Crawford of Napoleon, Ohio, and Debbie Witter of Leesburg, Fla.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of March 14

    25 Years Ago
    Roane County Commissioners voted unanimously to transfer the land commonly known as the Old Roane County Airport, or the Palm Beach site, from the county to Roane State Community College. The land is a prime site for construction of the college’s livestock pavilion/exposition center.

    10 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Are you going green for holiday?

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    According to census reports, several million Americans are of Irish descent. But every year in March we all, whatever our own ethnic heritage may be, become enthusiastically Irish. Everything flaunts the color green, and shamrocks become the flower of the month.

    St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. Legend has it that the good saint used the trifoliate leaves of the shamrock to illustrate his sermons about the Trinity.

  • GUEST OPINION:Diversity of conscience treasured here

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Award-winning author John M. Barry has done it again.

    In two previous best-selling books, The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History and Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America, Barry not only told the gripping stories of two critical historical events, but he also helped shape public policy on issues of vital importance to the United States and the world.

  • Nuts & Bolts Terri Likens Editor: A lesson: School board tries to slip one by

    It was decades ago, but I still remember Jim Hightower’s public affairs reporting class at Western Kentucky University.

    The school had a top-rated journalism program and its teachers — and many of its students — took the subject matter seriously.

    We learned about open records and open meetings law – generally called Sunshine Laws, because they help shed light on the actions and dealings of our government officials.

  • Harriman United Methodist’s Lenten luncheon

     

    Edna McNamer and Betty Davidson fill their plates at Harriman United Methodist’s Lenten luncheon last week. The church offers weekly services during the Lenten season, and lunch is served afterward. The Rev. Jeff Jenkins preached during the service. West Hills Presbyterian Church provided the music, and Trenton Street Baptist Church provided the meal.
     

  • Dodd gets time in child rape

    A man accused of raping a 4-year-old won’t go to trial, but he could be in the Tennessee Department of Correction’s custody for up to six years.

    David Dodd, 42, was indicted in October 2008 on one count of rape of a child but agreed to a lesser plea of attempted aggravated sexual battery last week.

    The recommended punishment written on the plea agreement is six years in prison, with Dodd reporting to custody on April 9.