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Today's News

  • 2-year-old’s death under investigation

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office was looking into circumstances surrounding the death of a 2-year-old boy last week.  

    An autopsy was performed last Friday. No further details were available at press time.  

    “We’re still waiting on some stuff,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “I know it’s still an open case.”

    Stockton said investigators were planning to interview the parents.
     

  • Cowboy rides through Roane on national disease awareness trek

    A solitary cowboy meandered into Roane County last week as part of a cross-country trek to raise awareness for rare disorders of the immune system called Guillain-Barré syndrome and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy.

    Johnny Warnshuis’ mother Sally is one of only a very few people to be diagnosed with the disorders. She’s recovering in Redding, Calif., after her diagnosis two and a half years ago.

  • Rockwood to talk utility finances today

    More talk about a refinancing and loan package for the Rockwood sewer system is planned during Rockwood City Council’s special-called meeting at 6 p.m. today, Monday.

    The estimated $3.2 million plan includes funding a $1.2 million project under a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation grant and refinancing of some of the existing debt.

    Morgan Keegan representative Scott Gibson will report his findings on a city bond rating and what he thinks the loan interest rates will be.

  • Man thought his wife was cheating, shot into vehicle

    A Philadelphia man who suspected his wife of cheating is facing a felony vandalism charge, reports Roane County Sheriff’s Office detective Greg Scalf.

    According to an incident report, Ricky L. Ford confessed to firing his SKS rifle into another man’s unoccupied Jeep 18 times.

    Ford, the report said, believed his wife was having an affair with the man.

    “Mr. Ford was served with an order of protection and has vandalism charges pending for the damage to the vehicle,” the report said.

  • 'Round Rockwood: May 7

    I have been thinking about how hope can bring much joy and happiness into our life.

    If we hope for the best, then most often our hopes will come true.

    It sometimes brings us showers of blessings, just when we need them most. A visit from a friend we haven’t seen in months, like just yesterday, when my friend Anna Lou Calkins came for a brief visit, taking time out of her busy day to see me.

    A nice lady I had hoped would surely stop by if she could find me here
    at Victorian Square. She did.

  • Harriman Happenings: May 7

    Alma Kilgo Moore recently passed away in Centinela Medical Center in Inglewood, Calif.

    Service was held for her at Panuel Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a faithful member.

    Alma was a resident of Harriman, so they had a service for her here at Evans Mortuary on Tuesday, May 1. The Roane County Community Chorus provided the music, and Margie Moore sang a solo. The Rev. James Guthrie gave the eulogy.

  • Reichle honored for prose

    Donna Reichle of Kingston was honored during a writing contest in conjunction with the recent Tennessee Mountain Writers annual conference.  

    Reichle received second-place recognition in the Inspirational category for “The Infusion Room.”

    Conference workshop leaders were Joseph Bathanti, fiction; Doris Gove, writing for young people; Katy Koontz, editing; Karen McElmurray, nonfiction; and Rita Quillen, poetry.

    Nashville essayist and novelist Lorraine Lopez was the banquet speaker.

  • Kingston’s Bloom honored by alma mater

    The College of Engineering at Tennessee Technological University recently honored  Aleisa Cummins Bloom as the 2012 Technologist of Distinction.

    Bloom, of Kingston, is a graduate of Tennessee Tech. She was honored during this year’s Engineers Week at the Cooke-ville-based university.

    Bloom is a group leader for sustainability and technology deployment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Environmental Sciences Division.

  • Network of contacts a strength of Roane State’s AMTEC

    When the phone stopped ringing, Mark Boody knew hard times were coming.

    Boody had his own home-remodeling business. In good years, he would get 20 calls a month, give 10 estimates and land five projects.

    Then, the economic downturn hit, and the housing market weakened.

    The calls dropped to three or four a month. The projects slumped to one a month.

  • ORNL safety concerns removed

    U.S. Department of Energy cleanup contractor Safety and Ecology Corp. recently removed four structures as part of the Building 3026 C/D Hot Cells Project.

    The structures, which once processed radioisotopes, have been a safety concern for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory since the building’s outer structure was removed in 2010.