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Today's News

  • Pay court fees, or lose your license

    As circuit court clerk, Kim Nelson doesn’t have the power to hold someone in contempt of court or put them in jail for not paying fines or court costs.

    She does, however, have a tool at her disposal that could get people’s attention.

    In 2011, Gov. Bill Haslam signed Public Chapter No. 504. According to Amanda Hughes with the Administra-

  • Pierce matter spurs change

    A lot has changed with Rockwood finances since the discovery that former public works director Tom Pierce made thousands in credit card purchases using city cards.

    Pierce was indicted last month for theft, unauthorized use of a credit card and official misconduct.

    “I think as long as the city continues to abide by the changes we’ve made, we should be in a position that no future council or mayor will have to go through a situation like this,” Mayor James Watts said.

  • Ex-exec’s son wants name of informant

    Tyler Farmer is demanding to know the identity of the confidential informant in his drug case.

    His attorney, John McFarland, filed a motion “requiring the state to disclose the name, address and telephone number of the informant who provided information to the investigating officers and participated in controlled drug buys that is the basis of this indictment.”

  • Oh, the Things You’ll See!
  • Free workshops aimed at those starting business

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce and the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Roane State Community College are offering three free workshops for those who are considering or have recently started  their own business.  

    All workshops will be from 1 to 3 p.m. in The Roane Alliance at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.
    The first workshop, “Small Business Start-up,” will be on March 7.

    It is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment or are at the beginning stages of starting a business.

  • Meetings discuss DOE worker issues

    Cold War Patriots has organized two town hall meetings on March 7 to inform the community on issues that may affect current and former workers of Y-12, K-25 and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

    The meetings will be at 2 and 6 p.m. in the American Museum of Science and Energy at 300 S. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge.

  • OUT to LUNCH: How sweet it is! Lunchtime goodness at Tupelo Honey Café

    Today’s “Out To Lunch” adventure was at Knoxville’s Tupelo Honey Café.

    It’s at Market Square at Union and adjoins the Historic Oliver Hotel, built in 1876.

    The fact this article is published the day after I spent a week in Tupelo, Miss., at the Furniture Market is coincidental.

    The café’s name is a reference to the Tupelo honey used as a sweetener in many of its recipes. A bottle is on every table.

  • Mason takes first in swimming competition

    By CHIP FISCHER

    Special to the News

    Masonic Temples are erected for the Freemasons.  Perhaps USA Swimming should consider erecting one for Jake Mason.

  • Colquitt signs with Carson-Newman

    Kingston Trae Colquitt has always wanted to play college football and now the Yellow Jacket senior will be getting his chance as he signed scholarship papers last week with Carson-Newman College.

  • THURSDAY MORNING BEER BASH

    Authorities divert traffic to other lanes Thursday morning after a beer truck left Interstate 40 and came down onto Kentucky Street.
    Trooper Rodney Redmon said the driver, who was from Knoxville, was talking when he was taken by emergency personnel to University of Tennessee Medical Center.
    Redmon said it was not clear yet why the accident occurred, but the driver was traveling westbound on I-40 when he left the roadway, striking first the safety cables in the median before going between the two interstate bridges and landing on the city street.