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Today's News

  • Cobb accused of assault

    State Rep. Jim Cobb, whose district includes the southwest portion of Rockwood, is accused of assault. A Rhea County grand jury returned an indictment on Cobb this week.

    He’s accused of assault against victim Wanda Sue Goins on Aug. 2, Election Day. Cobb lost in the primary that day to rival Ron Travis. 

    Rhea County Sheriff Office officials declined to comment for this story and refused to provide any public records. 

  • Former Harriman judge dies

    A fixture in Harriman died Wednesday.

    Clyde Collins was a Harriman city judge for many years and a Roane County commissioner from Sept. 1, 1986, until Aug. 31, 1994. Typically energetic and charming, the distinguished World War II veteran had been ill recently. 

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said Collins was a family friend and respected member of the community.

    “When you look around Harriman, he’s done a lot of good things,” Mason said. “He’s always wanted to help people.”

  • RSCC celebrates health grant

    Hilda Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor, got a birds-eye view of how Roane State will use its portion of $12.57 million in grant funds from the RX-Tennessee grant.

    The funds were awarded to a consortium led by Roane State and including the Tennessee Board of Regents’ community colleges and Tennessee Technology Centers.

    “This was a competitive process. This was a national competition and, of course, your state, this campus, came out ahead. I’m very pleased to be here today to make this announcement,” Solis said.

  • Monday receptions honor retiring RSCC president

    The public is welcome to attend retirement receptions for Roane State Community College President Gary Goff.

    Two receptions will be on Oct. 8 — one at the main campus in Roane County campus and one at the Oak Ridge campus.

    The reception at the Roane County campus will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the administrative area of the Dunbar Building (second floor, near the president’s office).

    The reception at the Oak Ridge campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave., will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Manly Art Gallery.

  • Cafeterias awarded the bronze

    Ten school cafeterias in the Roane County system have been awarded bronze honors in the Healthier U.S. School Challenge.

    The challenge is a voluntary certification initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.  

  • St. Andrew’s project aims to give kids a smile

    “Hoping to give a child a smile when that child really doesn’t have much to smile about” is how Dianne Beha described a recent outreach project of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Harriman.

    “Filling their little arms with a warm stuffed animal gives hope and love to them when it is needed,” added Beha, president of the church’s Episcopal Churchwomen.

    Hundreds of stuffed animals — ranging from whimsical to hand stitched — were purchased and brought to the church over several weeks.

  • Oak Ridge church selling to developers

    The 250-member congregation of Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church voted last week to accept the offer by developers Blanchard and Calhoun to sell the church.  

    This clears the way to include the church property in a planned retail development at Illinois Avenue and Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    “The voting that occurred following the Sunday worship service was conducted in accordance with the bylaws of the church,” said David Savoie, president of the Board of Trustees.

  • General Sessions Court: July 23-30, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    July 23 — Ronald C. Dyer, vandalism $1,000-$10,000 amended to vandalism up to $500. Guilty.

    • Carl Thomas Jr., two counts worthless checks up to $500. Dismissed, costs to defendant. Two counts worthless checks up to $500. Guilty.

    • Richard L. Hedgecoth, six counts worthless checks up to $500. Dismissed, costs to defendant.

  • Arrests: Sept. 13-21, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Sept. 13 — Joseph Edward Murphy, 42, 13 Baumgartner Road, Harriman: DUI. Bond $1,000; court date Oct. 29.

    • Reginald David Newman, 45, 518 N. Broadway, Knoxville: public intoxication. Bond $1,000; court date Oct. 22.

    • Jack Henry Smallwood, 30, 569 W. Outer Drive, Oak Ridge: violation of probation. Bond $30,000; court date Oct. 22.

  • GUEST OPINION: Color ban yet another lesson on freedom

    By DAVID L. HUDSON Jr.
    First Amendment Center
    East St. Louis, Ill., has a gang problem.

    It may now have a constitutional problem as well.

    Last week, Mayor Alvin Parks imposed a host of restrictions designed to curtail youth violence in his city. Among the most controversial — and likely unconstitutional — of the new rules is a ban on the wearing of royal blue or bright red clothing by men — regardless of their age. The colors are associated with gangs.