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Today's News

  • Avery Elise Fritz

    Avery Elise Fritz celebrated her ninth birthday Feb. 1 with friends and family at Tataru’s gymnastics in West Knoxville.

    She is the daughter of Matt and Angie Thomas Fritz of Kingston.

    Grandparents are Jim and Becky Moates Thomas of Kingston and Ernest
    and Cynthia Fritz of Harrison.

    Great-grandmothers are Betty Pratt of Urbana, Ohio, and Madeline Moates of Rockwood.

    Avery has a 6-year-old sister, Braxton Olivia.

  • Ellen Rebecca ‘Ellie’ Layne

    Ellen “Ellie” Rebecca Layne celebrated her fourth birthday Feb. 11 with a My Little Pony party.

    She is the daughter of Joe and Missy Layne of Kingston.

    Grandparents are Don and Becky Layne of Rockwood and Bob and Aggie Wilkerson of Lenoir City.

    Ellie has an older sister, Annabeth.

  • Have a heart for organ donation

    The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Driver Services Division, including the office in Rockwood, is participating in special February promotions to raise public awareness about organ and tissue donation.

    “The Department of Safety and Homeland Security encourages Tennesseans to give the gift of life by joining the state’s organ and tissue donor registry while applying for or renewing a driver license,” said Tennessee Deputy Commissioner of Driver Services Lori Bullard.

  • The Garden Gate: Need help? Garden to the rescue!

    By Ellen Probert Williamson, Columnist
    In a world preoccupied with wars, disasters and violence, it is hardly surprising that we are concerned with security and defense in our private lives and feel a kinship with our medieval ancestors who built fortified castles and forts and surround themselves with moats, palisades and armed defenders.

    This trend pervades so much of our present thinking that it is not surprising, and perhaps only to be expected, that even the garden comes into its share. Defensive gardening is a new thing.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 15

    25 Years Ago
    The long history of the Oliver Springs calaboose came to an end when Board of Aldermen decided to abandon the steel-bar jail cells and convert the space to a concrete “holding tank.” The calaboose, or jail cell, was built shortly after the town was incorporated and is replete with stories and memories. Former occupants swear it was a deterrent to crime because anyone held there resolved to never repeat his one experience.

    10 Years Ago

  • General Sessions Court: Jan. 9-23, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Jan. 9 — Eugene Bartholow, DUI first offense amended to reckless driving. Guilty.

    • Bradley W. Denton, schedule VI drugs attempt and failure to appear misdemeanor. Guilty.

    • Matthew Ellison, probation violation. Guilty.

    • Lance D. Hickman, vandalism up to $500. Dismissed, cost to defendant.

  • Property Transfers: Jan. 12-30, 2012

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Jan. 12-30:

    From J.W. Amburgey Jr. Trustee, J.W. Amburgey Jr. Revocable Living Trust and J.W. Amburgey Jr. Trust to Deborah A. Dillener and Jeffry L. Dillener by warranty deed, Dist. 3, Peninsula Road, $23,000.

    From Genella B. Amburgey Trustee, Genella B. Amburgey Revocable Living Trust, and Genella B. Amburgey Trust to Deborah A. Dillener and Jeffry L. Dillener by warranty deed, Dist. 3, Peninsula Road, $23,000.

  • Arrests: Feb. 8-9, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Feb. 8 — Timothy Wayne Sanders, 41, 124 Rhonda Way, Rockwood: failure to appear. Bond $3,500; court date April 9.

    • Patricia Lynn Shore, 27, 109 Dereck St., Rockwood: two counts violation of probation. Total bond $60,000; court date April 2.

    • Douglas Keith Swafford, 34, 677 Riggs Chapel Road, Harriman: violation of probation. Bond $10,000; court date Feb. 13.

  • Marriage licenses: Jan. 13-Feb. 1, 2012

    Marriage licenses granted at the Roane County Courthouse from Jan. 13-Feb. 1:

    Efrain Cardenas Gamboa to Tabitha Jane Pemberton Ostermayer

    Wallace Edgar Teague to Lisa May Eatmon

    Richard Edward Glass to Mona Fay Williams

    Philip Jonathan Averill to Paula Joyce Davis Johnson

    Michael Allen Fickey to Holly Melissa Howell

    Jerry Allen Penticuff to Cordelia Dena Holt

    Joshua Curtis Dunlap to Stephanie Annette Laudermilk Thomas

  • Births: Jan. 23-29, 2012

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:
    Jan. 23 — Taylor and Joe Lee Cunningham III, Rockwood. A boy, Joe Lee IV, 7 pounds, 7 ounces. Siblings: Triston Lee. Grandparents: Joe Cunningham Jr.; Karen “Mimi” Cunningham.

    Jan. 25 — Kayla Cisson and Lee Sexton, Rockwood. A boy, Kysen Darry, 8 pounds, 4 ounces. Siblings: Jayden, Mikayla, Chelsea and Byron. Grandparents: Mitford Sexton and Mildred Sexton; Ronnie and Lesa Cisson.