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Today's News

  • Vandy tips ease time-change disruption

    Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 9, bringing more sunshine in the evenings at the price of an hour of sleep. Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Center specialist Dr. Kelly Brown says a little extra planning can alleviate that groggy feeling that often accompanies the time change.

    “You wouldn’t think moving clocks an hour would make much of a difference, but it really can. Especially for night owls and people with underlying sleep disorders, it can be a tough transition,” Brown said.

  • Midway Middle students build, compete with working robots

    Engines hummed faintly at the cafeteria of Midway Middle School Tuesday as a fleet of tiny vehicles prepared to pick up  “toxic” waste.

    Three teams of students in the EXCEL after-school program there were trying out robotics products they had built.

    “They are developing vehicles to handle dangerous substances,” said instructor Mike Beard, a retired chemical engineer.

    In this case, the “dangerous” products were simple plastic containers.

  • Qualls signs with Kentucky Christian

     

    Midway’s Zack Qualls has been dreaming of playing college football ever since he put on the pads. Now his dream is coming true as the Green Wave senior recently signed scholarship papers with Kentucky Christian College.

  • Season ends for Roane State

     

    The 2013-14 season came to an end for the Roane State Raiders, but not before Randy Nesbit’s squad put a scare into No. 13 ranked Southwest Tennessee in the quarterfinals of the TCCAA Region VII Tournament being played at Roane State.

  • Qualls signs with Kentucky Christian

    Midway’s Zack Qualls has been dreaming of playing college football ever since he put on the pads. Now his dream is coming true as the Green Wave senior recently signed scholarship papers with Kentucky Christian College.
    “I’m very excited,” Qualls said after his signing ceremony last Friday. “It’s been my dream to play college football since I was six years old playing youth league and now I’m getting the chance.
    “I really like the atmosphere at Kentucky Christian. They’ve been looking at me and a lot of my friends at Midway. I’m hoping some of them can come with me.”

  • FIVE YEARS IN PRISON

    From staff reports

    Leon Houston was sentenced on Tuesday to five years in prison for threatening to kill the attorney who successfully defended him against first-degree murder charges in 2010.

    “He is truly a dangerous person,” said U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves when he handed down the sentence at the federal courthouse in Knoxville.

    “He has no remorse or respect for human life,” the judge continued. “He only respects his own twisted sense of justice.”

  • VA clinic set to open today

    The new Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Rockwood is scheduled to open today – Wednesday, according to a press release from the Department of Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.

    The clinic is in the old Kroger shopping center, now called the Shoppes of Walden Ridge.

    The VA said a grand opening ceremony for the new clinic is scheduled for April 16.

  • Vaulting catching on at Winding Creek

    A graceful rider bravely mounts a large horse at cantor, moving beautifully in gymnastic feats most would find difficult on solid ground.

    The fluid moves come more easily with practice, which is exactly what the young women of Volunteer Vaulting Club are doing at Winding Creek Stables on Poplar Springs Road near Kingston.

    “The first time I tried it out, I decided to come back and do a few lessons,” said Emily Ziegler of Wartburg.

    “I’ve been hooked ever since.”

  • Convicted sex offender charged with child rape

    A convicted sex offender faces new accusations.

    Christopher John Clark, 49, was indicted last month on three counts of child rape.

    Court records list Clark’s address as 304 Cade Road, Kingston. He was arrested at his home on Feb. 21.

    The grand jury indicted Clark on Feb. 18.

    The indictment said his alleged crimes occurred between Jan. 1-Oct. 16, 2013.

    Child rape is a Class A felony.

    Clark is classified as a violent sex offender on the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry.

  • Smoot murder trial postponed

    Shawn Smoot’s first-degree murder trial scheduled for March 25 in Roane County Criminal Court has been postponed.

    Defense attorney Bob Vogel’s request for a continuance was granted on Monday.

    “We have received within the last month a significant amount of new discovery material from the state,” Vogel said. “Those materials have to be gone through.”

    Prosecutor Bill Reedy objected to the continuance.