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Today's News

  • Out to Lunch by Bethel Poston: Plaid Apron off beaten path with offbeat entrées

    Readers know my wife, Carol, and I sometimes like to find “off-the-main-road” places to visit for our lunch adventures.

    The Plaid Apron Café, in the Sequoyah Hills neighborhood of Knoxville, certainly qualifies. Locals will remember the location as the former Blackbird Café.

    We lived in Knoxville when I attended University of Tennessee and recently worked in Knoxville for 10 years. I never knew there were commercial businesses in Sequoyah Hills.

  • Alliance report: Roane has ‘whole lot to be proud of’

    The Roane Alliance’s 2011 annual report shows that Roane County continued to be cushioned from the worst of the economic downturn with “a whole lot to be proud of and plenty to be thankful for.”

    “The year 2011 began with high hopes and great expectations at the prospect of finally seeing the backside of the global economic downturn that had hung on way too long,” said Leslie Henderson, The Alliance president and CEO. “As the year went on, though, it became clear that this recovery was not going to be a quick and easy one.”

  • Rockwood dept. head on leave

    Rockwood Public Works Director Tom Pierce is on administrative leave without pay while city officials look into some credit card charges that auditors said warranted further investigation.

    Mayor James Watts said Pierce was placed on leave Friday after officials learned of the credit card charges in a preliminary meeting with auditors to work on completion of the 2011 fiscal year audit.

  • Attorney says school board has power to sell old buildings

    The Roane County Board of Education passed a resolution last year asking for the County Commission’s permission to sell the Walnut Hill Elementary School building and use the proceeds to make improvements at other facilities in the school system.

    According to school board attorney Charles Cagle, permission to sell the building is not needed. Based on that opinion, the board rescinded the resolution last Thursday and plans to move forward with the sell of Walnut Hill.   

  • Luke Brandon 1925-2012: Rockwood guitarist’s death silences a lifetime of music

    Rockwood native and celebrated musician Luther Brandon lived a lifetime filled with music.

    The 87-year-old musician, who mostly played guitar, died Wednesday in Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.

    He’d spent his lifetime making music with entertainers from Archie Campbell to Vince Gill, often going on the road with the biggest names.

  • New ruling may affect Kingston sewer grant plans

    By Mike Gibson
    Kingston’s plans to use leftover grant funds from the Gallaher Road sewer project to fix other sewer line issues may have snagged due to policy changes, Kingston City Council members learned at the monthly February council session last
    week.

  • GOP Women to hear about Sharia Law

    Ann Zelenik, executive director of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition, will be speaking at the Roane County Republican Women dinner at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in Kingston Community Center.

    The public is welcome to attend; the cost of the soup dinner with dessert is $5. Zelenick’s presentation will start at 7 p.m.

  • Arrests: Jan. 31-Feb. 15

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Jan. 31 — Oliver William Butler, 63, 1201 Eureka Road, Rockwood: two counts domestic, bail with conditions 12 hour hold. Total bond $20,000; court date March 26.

    • Brent Everette Carroll, 31, 197 Phillips Hollow Road, Harriman: driving on revoked/suspended license. Bond $1,000; court date April 9.

  • General Sessions Court: Jan. 23, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Jan. 23 — Stacy R. Wicks/Duggan, probation violation. Guilty.

    • Brandon L. Phillips, probation violation. Guilty.

    • Paul B. Peck, probation violation. Guilty.

    • Tammy E. Jenkins, probation violation. Guilty.

    • Larry J. Ward, probation violation. Guilty.

    • Johnny M. Hall, probation violation. Guilty.

  • Raiders edge out Tigers, 69-67

    The Roane State men’s basketball team finished out the 2011-2012 home season on a high note, coming from 11 points behind midway through the second half and pulling out a 69-67 win over Chattanooga State and earning their 20th win in the process.