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Today's News

  • Bullying alleged in lawsuit

    A mother who claims her son was subjected to repeated bullying and name calling at Walnut Hill Elementary School has filed a $5-million lawsuit against Roane County.
    Former Walnut Hill principal Kevin Ayers, Director of Schools Toni McGriff, all 10 members of the Board of Education and County Executive Ron Woody are named as defendants. 
    “This is a case that needs to be brought to the public’s attention,” Kingston attorney Gary McDonald said.

  • Pain clinic makes its case

    Proponents of a proposed pain management facility called Roane County Interventional Pain Management say the facility would not be like the pain pill mills that are often in the news.
    Instead, while prescription pain relief may be used at times, other methods — including physical therapy and interventional pain management procedures — also would be used.

  • Noisy brakes irk residents

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Kingston City Council passed by a six-to-one vote on first reading an ordinance regulating the use of so-called “jake brakes” — the Jacobs engine compression braking systems, usually employed on large trucks — within city limits.
    The law would enable local police to stop truckers and make sure that they were in compliance with federal laws for the brakes.
    The police would not have such powers on the interstate.

  • The Garden Gate: ‘Super trees’ deserving of the title

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    One of the oldest living species of plants in the world is the gingko tree, which has flourished unchanged for nearly 200 million years, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth during the Mezozoic period. For this reason it is often referred to as a living fossil.

    Botanists researching the ancient evolution of plants through their fossil remains have discovered gingko trees were to be found in many parts of the world in prehistoric
    times.

  • THP to conduct sobriety check in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 10 to 11 p.m. Nov. 20 on Hwy. 58 at the Tennessee River bridge in Roane County.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by intoxicated drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by intoxicated drivers.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these sobriety checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing DUI laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

  • Marriage licenses: October 2011

    Marriage licenses granted at the Roane County Courthouse in October:

    Alexander Earle Garvey to Haley Nicole Moore

    Kristopher Dean Carroll to Lora Ashley Rowland

    Sean Cornelius Douglas to Peyton LeRae Jones

    Chase James Guinn to Laura Paulus

    Richard Presley Gallaher Jr. to Joyce Ann Fickey

    Anthony Scott Whitlock to Angela Renee Foland

    Brandon Lawrence Grant to Amy Nicole Lewis Jones

    Sammy Lynn Johnson to LaTonya Lynn Walden

  • Births: Oct. 20-Nov. 9

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:

    Oct. 20 — Heather Butler and Andrew Leach, Kingston. A boy, Kole Anderson, 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Sibling: Mackenzie. Grandparents: Steve and Cindy Henry; Thomas and Julie Branson.

    Oct. 21 — LaTosha and Rex Jackson, Oliver Springs. A girl, Joliann Raylen, 7 pounds, 6 ounces. Siblings: Kaylee and Brooke. Grandparents: Michael and Teresa Adcock; Jeff and Jan Jackson; Rexanne and Byron Dell.

  • General Sessions Court

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

    Oct. 3 — William B. Daniels, two counts probation violation. Guilty.

    • Penny Samples, probation violation. Guilty.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Oct. 24-26:

    From Angela Boyd, Mary Ann Wooten and Billy Gene Wooten to Federal National Mortgage Association by trustee’s deed, Dist. 1, Spencer Drive, $0.

    From Clarence E. Robinson Jr., Brenda Sue Robinson Noe and C.E. Robinson Jr. to William G. Davidson and Linda J. Davidson by warranty deed, Dist. 1, 0.67 acre, adjacent Davidson/McCormick, $14,000.

  • Divorces: July 7-Oct. 31

    Divorces granted July 7-Aug. 31 at the Roane County Courthouse:

    John Edward Farmer vs. Jennie Charlene (Luffman) Farmer

    Cynthia Ann Newport Mel-ton vs. Ronald Edward Melton

    Jeremy Randall Cagle vs. Kristina Rachelle Cagle

    Katherine Elizabeth (Manis) Bishop vs. Charles Shaun Bishop

    Chester R. Edwards vs. Kimberly A. Edwards

    Latisha Dawnise Roberts vs. Aaron James Beeler

    Tonia Marea Morris vs. Keith Allen Morris Sr.