Today's News

  • General Sessions Court: July 23-30, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    July 23 — Ronald C. Dyer, vandalism $1,000-$10,000 amended to vandalism up to $500. Guilty.

    • Carl Thomas Jr., two counts worthless checks up to $500. Dismissed, costs to defendant. Two counts worthless checks up to $500. Guilty.

    • Richard L. Hedgecoth, six counts worthless checks up to $500. Dismissed, costs to defendant.

  • Arrests: Sept. 13-21, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Sept. 13 — Joseph Edward Murphy, 42, 13 Baumgartner Road, Harriman: DUI. Bond $1,000; court date Oct. 29.

    • Reginald David Newman, 45, 518 N. Broadway, Knoxville: public intoxication. Bond $1,000; court date Oct. 22.

    • Jack Henry Smallwood, 30, 569 W. Outer Drive, Oak Ridge: violation of probation. Bond $30,000; court date Oct. 22.

  • GUEST OPINION: Color ban yet another lesson on freedom

    First Amendment Center
    East St. Louis, Ill., has a gang problem.

    It may now have a constitutional problem as well.

    Last week, Mayor Alvin Parks imposed a host of restrictions designed to curtail youth violence in his city. Among the most controversial — and likely unconstitutional — of the new rules is a ban on the wearing of royal blue or bright red clothing by men — regardless of their age. The colors are associated with gangs.

  • Congress has forgotten how to oversee the balance

    Center on Congress
    You’ve likely never heard of William Natcher, which would have been just fine with him.

    Natcher spent four decades in Congress representing the area around Bowling Green, Ky., and for the most part the national press ignored him, just as he ignored them.

    He didn’t have time for burnishing his public image; he was what is known on Capitol Hill as “a work horse, not a show horse.”

  • Medication bin at sheriff’s office keep drugs away from abusers

    Roane Countians no longer have to wait for a drug take-back event to dispose of outdated and unwanted prescriptions or over the counter medicines.

    A Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation collection bin is located at the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    “This joint effort is designed to educate citizens on the importance of appropriate disposal of pharmaceuticals, while increasing the number of locations for them to do so,” TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau said in a prepared statement.

  • Bobcats pick up sweep in TVAA action

    The Tennessee Valley Athletic Association rolled into week six of the season with Oliver Springs again sweeping Kingston, and Harriman winning three of four at Rockwood.

    Kingston at Oliver Springs

  • Two from Roane advance to state tournament

    After being rained out on Monday, the Region 2-A/AA Golf Tournament was held at Wind River Golf Course Wednesday, and the day turned out great for a pair of Roane County golfers, as Kingston’s Savannah Szozda and Amy Langley qualified for next week’s TSSAA Class A/AA State Tournament in Manchester.

  • Roane teams gearing up for stretch run

    It’s October and the race for the playoffs is heating up for Roane County’s five high school football teams.

  • New barracks to be added at Fort Southwest Point

    Plans are under way for reconstruction of an additional barracks at historic Fort Southwest Point.

    The new building will be even larger than the first structure, which is 43-by-17 feet with a 5-foot-deep porch that was built in the early 1990s. The second barracks will measure 62-by-16.

    “We’d like to get the foundation set and logs laid this winter,” said Rick Ross, director of parks and recreation for the City of Kingston.

    In order to make that work, the staff at Fort Southwest Point needs a little help. 

  • Mugshot publisher leaves out own

    The publisher of one of the mugshot tabloids sold in local convenience stores knows what it’s like to have a booking photo taken. 

    In fact, hers has been taken quite a few times — although none have appeared in her publications featuring hundreds of other mugs.

    Mychel Dillard, who publishes Caught Up, doesn’t see anything wrong with that.