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Today's News

  • ‘Hoops for Hope’ aids Child Advocacy Center

    Roane Countians have an opportunity to step up and make a difference in the lives of children who have been the victims of severe physical abuse and/or sexual abuse.

    Kids First Child Advocacy Center will have a fundraising dinner and auction on May 7 to enable it to provide free services to victims of child abuse living in Roane, Loudon, Morgan and Meigs counties.

    This year’s theme, “Hoops for Hope” is inspired by guest speaker Holly Warlick, head basketball coach of the University of Tennessee’s Lady Volunteers.

  • Practical gardening skills to be taught at spring workshop

    “Practical Skills for the Backyard Garden” will be the focus of Roane County Master Gardeners’ spring gardening workshop.

    The Master Gardeners and Roane County University of Tennessee Extension will host their annual spring workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 15 for adults in the community.

    This year’s workshop will focus on providing practical skills that the average homeowner can use in a backyard garden.

    The cost is $25 and includes supplies and lunch.

  • Kingston Lions Club pancakes a bargain, still at $5 for adults

    In spring, thoughts turn to daffodils, tulips, forsythia — and pancakes.

    To satisfy the sweet tooth, the Kingston Lions Club has scheduled its annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. March 29 in Kingston Church of Christ’s family center.

    The cost is the same as last year: $5 for adults, $2 for children younger than 12.

    The menu will again include pancakes, bacon, sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee.

  • Bell ringers to be cited on Friday

    The Salvation Army Roane and Morgan Counties Service Unit will honor those who gave of their time and efforts to serve as volunteer bell ringers during the holiday season.

    The volunteer appreciation event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. March 7 in the conference room of Roane County Rescue Squad at 2735 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Refreshments will be served.

    Those attending are asked to observe posted parking restrictions.

  • Arrests: Oct. 25-Nov. 3, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Oct. 25 — Mitchell Wayne Peddicord, 35, 1864 Dry Hill Road, Rockwood: failure to appear. Bond $2,500; court date Nov. 18.

    • Patricia Lynn Roberts, no age or address given: driving on revoked/suspended license, spill possession or casual exchange. Total bond $2,000; court date Dec. 2.

  • Leon Houston sentenced to five years in prison

    Leon Houston was sentenced on Tuesday to five years in prison for threatening to kill Cleveland attorney James Logan, who successfully defended him against first-degree murder charges in 2010.

    “He is truly a dangerous person,” said U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves when he handed down the sentence at the federal courthouse in Knoxville.

    “He has no remorse or respect for human life,” the judge continued. “He only respects his own twisted sense of justice.”

  • Lady Patriots come up short in title game

     

    The Mount Pisgah Lady Patriots were hoping to win the Tennessee Athletics Association of Christian Schools (TAACS) Class A State Championship Saturday, but the Lady Patriots had to settle for second place as Fairview Christian Academy took home the title with a 43-32 victory.

  • Investigation underway into Friday death

    Roane County authorities were looking into the death of a 76-year-old man on Friday. Fred Cooper was found unresponsive in his yard at 112 Leffew Drive south of Rockwood. “Hard to tell anything right now,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said about the investigation, which was being handled at press time by Sheriff’s Detective Greg Scalf and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

  • Baker heads up Wellington Place

    Wellington Place of Kingston has welcomed Michelle Baker as the facility’s new executive director.

    Baker comes to Wellington Place of Kingston from Wellington Place of Cleveland, where she serviced as community liaison for the Assisted Living and Memory Care communities.

    She also worked in skilled nursing administration at NHC.

    “I truly love working with senior adults,” Baker said. “I honestly cannot think of anything else that I would love doing.”

  • OUT to LUNCH: Offbeat toppings fit the bill at Oak Ridge’s Pizza Inn

    Readers may remember that I head up the Oak Ridge High School reunion committee for the classes of 1954-56. It’s time to begin planning for our reunion event on June 12 during the Secret City Festival.

    Jan Harlan, our treasurer, lived two houses from mine when we were in grade school. She recommended we have our lunch meeting at the Pizza Inn, 2501 Oak Ridge Turnpike, across from the new Kroger construction site.

    Old timers will remember the site on the corner where Lizz’s Market used to be, and Lizz’s Liquor Store is now next door.