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Today's News

  • Big rain creates big problems

    A deluge of rainfall and thunderstorms over a course of several days last week and through the weekend left the ground saturated and resulted in power outages around the county.
    “Our guys have worked around the clock since Thursday,” said Tony Brown, assistant to Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson.
    “The biggest thing we had was trees falling across power lines and roads.”

    Airport Road, which was already closed because of sliding, suffered more because of the heavy rain.

  • Rocky Houston trial rescheduled

    Rocky Houston has an attorney in his federal criminal case.
    Appointing him one on Monday wasn’t easy, however.
    “If you want an attorney, I will be the one to appoint them,” U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. said.
    “I’m asking for a non-biased judge to appoint my attorney,” Houston responded.
    “I am a non-biased judge,” Shirley said. “Either I appoint you a lawyer, or there isn’t a lawyer appointed for you.”

  • New counsel for Dotson

    Criminal Court Judge Eugene Eblen allowed Joseph Lodato to withdraw as Matthew Dotson’s defense attorney on Tuesday.

    Dotson and his wife, Amanda, are charged with first-degree murder in the death of their 2-year-old son Clifford.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton said Clifford weighed around 12 pounds at the time of his death in May 2012. The sheriff’s office investigator who worked on the case said a preliminary autopsy indicated the toddler died of severe malnutrition.
    Matthew Dotson is out on bond while the case is pending.

  • Look Back: Something From Our Files From the Week of July 10

    25 Years Ago
    Fourteen First American Bank employees at branches in Rockwood, Harriman, Kingston and Spring City received permanent layoff notices due to what a Knoxville bank official called duplication of services after the acquisition of Roane County’s First National Bank. “We can’t afford to do that,” said Robert A. McCabe Jr., First American Bank president. McCabe said officials tried to pick employees with the least seniority and whose job skills were not needed due to refinement in operations.

  • The Garden Gate: Cauliflower’s handy for good health

    Do you like to eat flowers? How about cauliflowers?

    They really are flowers that stopped growing while they were still buds.

    Cauliflowers are very nutritious because they really stopped growing while they were still buds, and the stems leading up to each blossom had already begun to store nutrients for the flowers.

  • Skylar Roxanne Bruneel

    Skylar Roxanne Bruneel was born on May 21 in the U.S. Naval Hospital Bremerton in Bremerton, Wash.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.

    She is the daughter of Scott and Tausha Bruneel.

    Grandparents are Jackie and Jan Hill, Joni Haley and Bob Bruneel.

    Great-grandparents are Hazel McCullough and John and Ruth Birgy.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Isham 50th

    Jerry and Brenda Isham of Rockwood will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 12.

    They were married on July 12, 1963, in South Harriman, with the Rev. Jim Jenkins officiating.

    She graduated from South Harriman High School in 1963, and he attended Roane County High School.

    He worked at the paper mill in Harriman, and the couple owned Jerry’s Boat Sales in Midtown.

    They have three children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

  • Helton-Harris

    Courtney Helton and Bryce Harris, both of Harriman, announce their forthcoming marriage.

    The ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Helton family creek.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of Dale and Joyce Helton of Rockwood.  

    Her grandparents are Helen Willis and the late Ernest Willis, the late, Mary Cordts, the late Donald Grant, and Tony Helton.

    She is employed with The Eye Center.

    The prospective groom is the son of Rick and Kim Harris of Kingston.

  • Alexander Inn renovations to be discussed

    An update on the Guest House/Alexander Inn renovation project will be given during the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association's membership and public meeting on July 11.

    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Midtown Community Center, 102 Robertsville Road.

    Rick Dover, general manager of the Family Pride Corp. and Knox Heritage's Ethiel Garlington, director of preservation field services for the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance, will present the program.

  • GUEST OPINION: Is Congress ready to step up support for a shield law?

    Editor’s note: This column was first published in USA Today on May 21.

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    Suddenly, freedom of the press is very, very popular.

    In the wake of revelations that the Justice Department had subpoenaed the phone records of Associated Press reporters, many members of Congress were quick to share their outrage.

    “The First Amendment is first for a reason,” said Michael Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner. “If the Obama administration is going after reporters’ phone records, they better have a damned good explanation.”