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Today's News

  • Bank robber pleads guilty

    Billy Joe Dugard has pleaded guilty to robbing five banks, including one in Kingston.

    He’s scheduled to be sentenced in U.S. District Court in New Albany, Ind., on May 31.

    In exchange for confessing to the crimes, federal prosecutors are recommending a sentence of 10 years in prison.

    “If the court accepts this plea agreement, defendant will be sentenced to 120 months imprisonment, and the amount of the fine and the amount of supervised release will be left to the discretion of the court,” the plea agreement said.

  • Harriman officials aim to fill up once-bustling medical facilities

    Harriman officials and area veterans dream big for a VA hospital in the former Roane Medical Center facility downtown.

    Officials also want to see the downtown buildings that once held medical facilities along Devonia Street taken out of city ownership and utilized.

    It’s something Councilman J.D. Sampson championed recently, talking about giving it to developers for residential projects.

    Mayor Chris Mason said they’ll be tackling the project head on this spring.

  • Newer, bigger jail now over capacity

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said he plans to send each commissioner a letter about overcrowding issues at the jail.

    The certified capacity is 174. At 4:34 p.m. on Feb. 25, Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said the inmate capacity was 233.

    He said it was 240 when he got to work that morning.

    “Every pod we’ve got has somebody sleeping on the floor,” Phillips said.

    There was 63 inmates in the women’s pod, which Phillips said is certified to hold 32.

  • 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.