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Today's News

  • General Sessions Court: May 3-9, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    May 3 — Orville E. Wann, speeding, seat belt 18 and older. Dismissed.

    • Corey M. Wilson, speeding, seat belt 18 and older. Guilty.

    • Deborah L. Wolfe, speeding. Dismissed on cost and traffic school.

  • Seven from Roane to be presented at Teen Board

    The Teen Board of Knoxville has invited seven Roane Countians to be presented during the 52nd annual Teen Board Presentation Dance on Aug. 4 in Knoxville Civic Coliseum.

    Teens are presented during the annual black-tie event as a reward for completing hours of service to civic and welfare projects for charitable organizations in their community.

    Presentees include:

    HARRIMAN

    • Tymber Bodine, daughter of Rob Bodine and Tracy Clem. She attends Harriman High School.

  • Significant Achievement for Alexander-Davis

    Rotary International President Kaylan Bannerje, center, and District 6780 Governor Frank Rothermel present the prestigious RI Significant Achievement Award to Deborah Alexander-Davis, president of Kingston Rotary Club, in recognition of the club’s exemplary efforts in support of The Children’s Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley.

    The award recognizes Rotary Clubs for performing service projects that address critical community needs.

    Only one Significant Achievement Award can be awarded in each district each year.

  • Oak Grove Cemetery cleans up after storm

    Last Thursday’s wind storm that blew through Rockwood also affected Oak Grove Cemetery.

    “The officers and employees of Oak Grove Cemetery wish to assure everyone that all efforts are being made to clean up the grounds,” said Harold D. Holloway, the cemetery’s office and grounds manager.

    “The damage was extensive, as floral arrangements were blown away and trees were downed,” he added.

    “We appreciate your patience as we continue our work to restore the peaceful setting of Oak Grove.”

  • The Garden Gate: Keep cool in July’s heat

    July is usually a hot month, but this July so far has been the hottest one on record. Our air conditioners have been running full time — and we have been complaining full time, too.

    But have you considered what uncounted generations before us did to beat the heat before air conditioning was invented?

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of July 11

    25 Years Ago
    Officials studied possible ramifications of an error in a city charter amendment voted on in the Kingston city election. The amendment would change the dates for municipal elections. According to city attorney Sandy McPherson, the typographical error was made in drafting the proposed charter change in the form of a question. The date was correct in the bill that was sent to Nashville.

    10 Years Ago

  • GUEST OPINION: A victory for free speech from court

    A late June Supreme Court decision in United States v. Alvarez is a victory for free speech and common sense.

    The Supreme Court in a 6-to-3 vote struck down the Stolen Valor Act, which made it a crime to falsely claim military honors. The Court concluded that the act violated the First Amendment by criminalizing lies without a showing of fraud or other criminal conduct.

  • Man with Parkinson’s to hike mountain

    A former Roane County man hasn’t let Parkinson’s disease slow him down.

    In August, he plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with Team Fox of the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

    Roger Long said his main focus is raising money for the foundation started by Fox, the actor known for the starring role in the movie Back to the Future,

    Fox also suffers from Parkinson’s disease.

    Long wants to show others how the disease can be largely overcome.

  • VA hospital push gains steam

    Advocates for a VA hospital in the Roane Medical Center in downtown Harriman have gotten the federal government’s attention, including Congressman Jeff Miller, the chair of the House committee on Veterans Affairs committee.

    He is joining Congressman Chuck Fleischmann and Congressman Scott DesJarlais in Roane County on Friday for a tour of the medical center, which will be vacant once Covenant Health moves into a new facility in Midtown.  

  • Smoot waives arraignment

    Shawn Smoot waived arraignment in his first-degree murder case on Monday.

    Assistant Public Defender Walter Johnson was appointed to represent him.

    Smoot is accused of killing 23-year-old Brooke Morris. Her body was found at Blair Road and Old Blair Road last October.

    The Roane County grand jury indicted Smoot for her death last month.

    “I really don’t know anything about it,” Johnson said about the case “I just got appointed here about 30 minutes ago.”

    Johnson said Smoot has pleaded not guilty.