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Today's News

  • The Garden Gate: Yucca, aloe still magical and mysterious wonders

    Have you noticed how many gardens are featuring the tall, heavily blossom-laden stalks of yuccas?

    Perhaps you don’t call them yuccas. You may know them by one of their many aliases: Spanish bayonet, desert candle, moon candle, Adam’s needle, manihot, cassava or manioc.

  • Saturday’s Day in Park with Artists

    Arts Council of Roane County will have A Day in the Park with Artists from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 29 in Roane County Park pavilion 2.

    The event is a celebration of the arts with  area artists, fine crafters and performers.

    Public admission is free; refreshments will be available.

    Email artscouncilofroanecounty@gmail.com for details or booth reservations.
     

  • Uselton-Dearman

    Keith and Penelope Uselton of Kingston announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Anna Lauren, to James Robert Dearman.

    He is the son of Jim and Carol Dearman of Madison, Ala.

    The ceremony will be July 14 at Ruby Nashville.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Edward and Laura Uselton, and Bobby Hickman of Lynnville and the late Mary Ann Hickman.

    She is a 2009 graduate of Roane County High School and a 2013 graduate of Lipscomb University with a major in English.

  • Newly appointed police chief has big plans for Rockwood lawmen

    Danny Wright may not be sworn in as Rockwood’s new police chief until July 1, but he already has a lot in mind for the department.

    He recently met with the city’s officers and gave them some idea of what is to come.

    He explained what he has planned to Rockwood City Council recently as well.

    “It is not a job; it is not an occupation,” Wright said of police work.

    “It is a profession.”

  • Austin-Parsons

    Ashley Elizabeth Austin and Matthew Craig Parsons, both of Harriman, announce their forthcoming marriage.

    The ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 on the beach in Destin, Fla.

    The bride-elect’s parents are Tommy Austin (father), Deni Milburn (mother), Jennifer Austin (stepmother) and Bill Milburn (stepfather).

    Her grandparents are the late Carl and Alva Austin and the late Ruby Smythe. Her stepgrandparents are Jane and Frank Venable.

    The prospective groom is the son of Steve and Connie Parsons of Kingston.

  • THP to conduct sobriety checks in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct sobriety roadside safety checkpoints in the next couple of weeks in Roane County.

    Both checkpoints will be on Hwy. 384 (Patton Lane) at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    The first checkpoint will be conducted on the week of June 28.

    Drivers can expect the second checkpoint on the week of July 5.

    Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of June 26

    25 Years Ago

  • Two indicted on child rape charges

    Martin Lee Thomas, 66, faces five counts of child rape.

    He was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on June 18.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Vianney Del Toro arrested Thomas at his home on Saturday.

    According to the indictment, the alleged rapes occurred between Jan. 1, 2009, and April 1, 2012.

    The alleged victim was younger than 13 years old.

    Jail and court records listed Thomas’ address as 241 Harvey Road, Kingston.

    He was granted a medical furlough on Monday.

  • Update: Violent sex offender captured

    Registered sex offender Charles Daniel Mullins was captured Wednesday night. Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Mullins was arrested at a home on Unaka Street in Harriman.

    "We just kind of cornered him in and he didn't have anywhere to go," Stockton said. "We arrested him without incident."

  • Hoopin’ it up at summer camp