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Today's News

  • Sheriff’s race opponent emerges

    Jared Hall, a patrolman with the Rockwood Police Department, is planning to run for Roane County sheriff in 2014.

    “I know a lot of the people in the county — the good guys and all the bad guys,” he said Thursday. “I love most everybody. I don’t think there’s anybody I truly hate.”

    Hall has been with the Rockwood Police Department since January 2012.

    Prior to that, he worked for the Roane County Sheriff’s Office for nine years, reaching the rank of sergeant.

  • Teachers’ pay changes in the works

    Roane County Schools is still in the process of putting together a differentiated pay plan for teachers.

    In June the state Board of Education mandated that school systems put the plans in place.

    “The problem with that, just like all state mandates, is you have to do it estimating what kind of money you’re going to get for raises and that’s hard to do, but we’ll have it ready,” Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

  • Tiger Haven shooter arrested again

    Toby Rhynehart was arrested on Tuesday for failure to appear in court in the Tiger Haven shooting case. His attorney, Donice Butler, called it a misunderstanding.

    “I’m over here (Roane County Courthouse) now trying to figure out what the problem is and work on getting him released,” Butler said Wednesday. “I know he did not intentionally fail to appear.”

    Rhynehart was released from jail Thursday afternoon, according to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    He was indicted in October for reckless endangerment.

  • Lawsuit against Harriman police likely to be dismissed

    The outcome of Wednesday’s trial in Roane County Criminal Court could prove fatal for Ryan Brandon’s federal lawsuit against the city of Harriman and former police officer Jajuan Hamilton.

    Brandon claims he suffered severe injuries when he fell to the pavement after Hamilton used a Taser to subdue him in 2009. He accuses the city and Hamilton of violating his constitutional rights, excessive force and battery.

    A federal judge stayed the lawsuit in 2011 pending the outcome of his criminal case.

  • Retired teachers get treat from Bowers chorus

    Lily Taylor, fourth-grader, sings alongside the rest of the Bowers Elementary Chorus at the Roane County Retired Teachers luncheon at Kingston Community Center last week. The group of fourth- and fifth-graders also recently performed in the Roane State Community College Choral Concert at the Princess Theater.

  • Home burns while family Christmas shops
  • Roane gives 1,500 boxes to Operation Christmas Child

    Roane Countians are making a difference in the lives of more than 1,500 needy children this Christmas with gift-filled shoeboxes.

    Through Operation Christmas Child, Roane County volunteers prepared more than 1,500 shoebox gifts filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

    Although the area collection of the gifts is finished, the shoeboxes’ journey to children has only begun, said a release from Samaritans Purse, which oversees Operation Christian Child.

  • New at North Rockwood

    The Rev. Michael Turner of Georgia has been elected as new pastor of North Rockwood Baptist Church.

    His first Sunday in the pulpit was Nov. 16.

    He and his wife, Arah, have an 18-month-old daughter, Layla.

    Turner succeeds the Rev. Ben Whittenbarger, who retired in August after 30 years as North Rockwood Baptist pastor.

    The church is at 1300 N. Gateway Ave.

  • Service to help those with losses

    Kingston United Methodist Church will have “A Service of Light in the Midst of Darkness,” a special service for those who have experienced loss in the past year.

    The service will start at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 in the church sanctuary at 212 W. Church St.

    “For many of us, Christmas is a difficult time of the year,” said Sue Lynn Johnson, the church’s minister of congregational care. “It is a time focused on family times, remembering both persons and events that have been part of our lives in the in the past.”

  • Neighbors to share memories of Obed

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River host another “Memories of the Obed” program on Dec. 14.

    The program, beginning at 1 p.m., will feature Sonny Human and Judge Mike Davis, long-time residents of the area.

    Memories to be shared include logging in the park area, fishing and hunting, and life in general along the Obed River in years gone by.

    This free program will be in the Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St. in downtown Wartburg.

    The program explores the unique river-related memories of area individuals.