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Today's News

  • UPDATED w/second holdup: Bank of America in Kingston robbed

    Authorities say a man suspected of robbing the Bank of America in Kingston on Tuesday is also believed to have robbed a BB&T Bank in Loudon County less than an hour before. The BB&T robbery occurred at approximately 3:05 p.m. According to the FBI, the suspect handed the teller a note demanding money. He used the same tactic when he robbed the Bank of America on North Kentucky Street at approximately 3:47 p.m.

  • A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
  • Mullins suing county, owes taxes

    If current funding levels remain the same, the winner of this year’s race for road superintendent will inherit a budget of close to $4 million.

    “I think the people deserve a road superintendent who could help watch after their money and make sure the money is spent the proper way,” candidate Brian Mullins said.

    Mullins insists that person is him, despite a paper trail that shows a bankruptcy and thousands of dollars in unpaid county taxes.

  • Mayfield son gets ticket for tire cut

    Tyler Threadgill and Jordan Powell may not attend any more Scottie Mayfield campaign events.

    When they stopped to observe one at the Roane County Courthouse on April 24, Mayfield’s son cut the stem on one of Threadgill’s tires.

    “If this is the kind of campaign they’re going to run, maybe not,” Powell said.  

    Threadgill and Powell are supporters of 3rd District Congressman Chuck Fleischmann. Mayfield is one of three people challenging Fleischmann in the Aug. 2 Republican Primary.

  • Grinding crash involved official’s wife

    Rockwood police are investigating a late March crash that injured two people, one of whom is the wife of a city official.

    Mildred Renee Jolly, 35, and 20-year-old Cody A. Wright, both of Rockwood, were taken to a Knoxville hospital for treatment of injuries sutained in the crash, said Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett.

    Jolly is married to first-term Rockwood City Council member Jason Jolly.

  • Leffew, Foster officially in new city capacities

    Rockwood has a new city judge and a new city attorney, both of whom were sworn in last week.

    Greg Leffew, who was sitting city judge, vacated that seat in order to serve as the city attorney, a position left vacant due to the death of longtime city attorney Elmer Rich in late March.

    “Now you have to come sit at the hot seat,” city recorder Becky Ruppe told Leffew in reference to the seat where Rich once sat at her table in City Council chambers.

  • Kingston to look at beer laws

    Kingston City Council members are thinking about beer.

    Not necessarily a beer — a tall, frosty one, a tasty libation after a long day of local legislating. But rather, beer ordinances. And more specifically, where one can buy said beverage with respect to schools, churches and other civic institutions.

    At a recent session, council members considered the city’s beer ordinance, which requires retail beer sellers to be at least 250 feet, lot line to lot line, from schools, churches, hospitals and certain other institutions.

  • DOE to test warning sirens on Wednesday

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s public warning siren system will be tested May 2 in areas surrounding the department’s Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The sirens will be tested between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. People in these areas during the test will hear a siren for 3-5 minutes.

    The sirens are near DOE’s East Tennessee Technology Park, Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  • Medic experiencing critical blood shortage

    Medic Regional Blood Center is experiencing a critical blood shortage and is struggling to meet the needs of 27 hospitals in East Tennessee and Southeast Kentucky.

    “Collections have been low for us and the need from our area hospitals have been on the rise, said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations. “We are operating on a one-day supply of blood.”

    Donors in Roane County have a number of opportunities to do their part. Blood drives will be:

  • Harriman Happenings: April 30

    Visiting the Early Morning Coffee bunch last Monday was Carl Farmer. We study the Bible at 10 a.m. each Monday at St. Mary’s Baptist Church. The Rev. Jesse Williams is the instructor. Everyone is welcome.

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Charles Salon, who recently passed away in Oak Ridge Methodist hospital. He was a dear friend of Herbert Griffin, and both were members of the Masonic Lodge.