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Today's News

  • Take in spring’s beauty on the rails

    Roane County’s Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will have narrated one-hour spring colors trips and a Murder Mystery dinner train this month.

    The spring colors trips will depart at 11 a.m., 1  and 3 p.m. on April 6 and 20. Tickets are $19 for adults, $15 for ages 3-12.  

    Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling the museum at 865-241-2140.

    During the rides, a short narrative will describe the historic Manhattan Project and the historical significance of the railroad serving it.

  • Big plans under way for Kendrick’s 100th

    Ida Kendrick will celebrate her 100th birthday on May 28.

    She plans to celebrate with her daughter, Joyce Lemons of Rockwood, and her nieces and nephews.

    They plan to honor her big day with a special luncheon in Rockwood Street Grill in downtown Rockwood.

    Kendrick is the only surviving child from a family of 11 children.

    She was born in President Woodrow Wilson’s first administration.

  • Arrests: Jan. 24-30, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Jan. 24 — Jana Kay Barron, 23, 700 Bates St., Rockwood: violation of probation. Bond $2,500; court date March 4.

    • Melissa Ann Branson, 46, 604 N. Chamberlin Ave., Rockwood: possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond $1,000; court date March 4.

    • Charlene Farren Davis, 25, 103 Walnut St., Harriman: violation of probation. Bond $10,000; court date March 4.

  • Sheriff’s office looking for a few good men

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office will be accepting applications for reserve deputies in April.

    “It’s an extensive training, but it’s rewarding as well,” Lt. Rick Baker said about the reserve deputy program.

    “A lot of people always want to get involved and be an officer and never was afforded the opportunity. Here we’re going to broaden the horizons and see if we can bring on a few reserve deputies.”

    • Reserve deputies must meet the following requirements:

  • Copeland’s 40-year belated welcome home

    Harriman’s Bill Copeland felt firsthand the anger and vitriol slung at American soldiers because of the country’s most unpopular war.

    Copeland, who served two tours in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War, came face to face with angry protesters when he was at an airport in California. After landing there on a military plane, he and others were going to a civilian plane.

    “There were protesters lining the streets to spit on us,” Copeland remembered. “They called us baby killers and everything else.

  • Rockwood utilities suing to get customers to pay bills

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas wants to get paid.

    The utility has filed several civil actions in Roane County General Sessions Court over unpaid bills.  

    Those being sued are Ricky and Joyce Luffman ($997.55), Mike Fuller ($1,331.19), Green Global Resources LLC ($4,713.16), James C. “Junior” McCullough ($1,575.66), Thomas Golliher ($912.36), Joshua Brent Forrester ($925.82) and Geno Reid ($920.04).

    The cases are all scheduled to be heard June 14 in General Sessions Court.

  • Six of seven busted for meth bound over to grand jury

    Six of the seven people charged in a January meth bust have had their cases bound over to the grand jury.

    Randella Lachelle Coffey, Ashley Michelle Crabtree, Christopher Ryan Jenkins, Nancy Dean Johnson, Samuel Brock Johnson, Tiffany Maryia Johnson and Christopher Lee Powers are all charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, vandalism, child abuse and simple possession.

    Nancy Dean Johnson is the lone defendant not bound over.

  • Daughter sues dad’s accused shooter

    A woman accused of killing her live-in boyfriend is being sued for $1 million in connection with his death.

    Tammy Ellen Rosado is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of James Ronald Cobb.

    His daughter, Ashley Marie Griffith, is seeking $1 million in damages from Rosado in the lawsuit filed March 22 in Roane County Circuit Court.

  • Seventh Heaven: Supremes classic keeps OS’s Arthur hangin’ on

    Oliver Springs country crooner Janelle Arthur is proving the third time truly is a charm.

    Arthur, who has twice before tried out for FOX’s popular “American Idol” talent-show-type series, has sung her way to the Top 7 on this year’s show.

    “She’s done really well,” said Kingston’s Martha McReynolds. “The song she did last night (Wednesday), she’s getting rave reviews online.”

  • Call soon to make reservations for Chamber banquet

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s annual business awards banquet, set for April 19 in Whitestone Country Inn, looks to be a popular event for both sponsors and attendees.

    “The Chamber’s annual awards banquet at Whitestone has always been considered the social event of the spring,” said Chamber President Leslie Henderson, “but this year we’ve already sold more than a quarter of the tickets already — and we haven’t even sent out the invitations yet.”