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Today's News

  • Plea deal in works for man accused of raping 4-year-old

    A man accused of raping a 4-year-old is close to reaching a plea deal, according to lawyers involved in the case.

    David L. Dodd, 42, was indicted in October 2008 on one count of child rape.

    “We think we’re close in negotiations to settle that,” Dodd attorney Chris Cawood said. “If there is a settlement it will probably be on Monday.”

    Cawood wouldn’t discuss what kind of deal is in the works.

    “I can’t really disclose it now, until we see everything in writing,” he said.

  • Early Dunn director Harris now has home named in her honor

    Michael Dunn Center has grown from its humble beginnings in a small church space to its current location, the number of employees, service recipients and services, all tended under the leadership of former executive director Eileen Harris.

    Michael Dunn Center past and present employees, service recipients and community members recognized that dedication last week by naming one of its service-recipient residents in Harris’ honor.

  • GUEST OPINION:St. Louis case: When is a sign free speech?

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    In declining to review a ruling that invalidated a St. Louis sign ordinance, the U.S. Supreme Court has let stand an opinion that both supports freedom of speech and reinforces the core values of the First Amendment.

    In 2007, Jim Roos had a 360-ft.-square mural posted on the side of an apartment building.

    Its message: “End eminent domain abuse.”

    The city of St. Louis said the sign was too large and ordered Roos to take it down, leading to a court battle.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Facing plain truths about oil prices, and Islam

    Well, here we go again, kind reader, — caught up in the net of nefariousness woven by the big oil companies and their Wall Street speculator/bail-out beneficiary, allies — in a constantly escalating upwards ride in the gasoline price balloon.

    Remember last time, when all the wise talking heads “explained” to us dummkopfs how the price rise was all simply an aspect of the free enterprise system, governed by the law of supply and demand?

  • New hunting, fishing licenses on sale

    The 2012-13 Tennessee hunting and fishing licenses are now on sale. Licenses are available at Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) regional offices, license agents and on the TWRA website, www.tnwildlife.org.

  • Tigers knocked out in semis, 51-42

    Some nights you just don't have it and that was the case Tuesday night as the Rockwood Tigers would see their season come to a close following a 51-42 loss at the hands of Oneida in the Region 2-A Tournament semifinals at Wartburg.

  • Kingston Fossil Plant testing sirens Thursday

    Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant will conduct a brief test of emergency sirens at the plant at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 1.

    The sirens may be loud enough to be heard outside the plant boundaries. This is only a test.

  • Hospital to get new leadership

    STAFF REPORTS
    Roane Medical Center’s longtime administrator won’t see the transfer to the new facility that is being built in Midtown.
    Jim Gann, president and chief administrative officer, will be retiring in May.
    Covenant Health President and CEO Tony Spezia announced that Gaye Jolly, Covenant’s vice president of supply chain management, will be the hospital’s new president and CAO after Gann’s retirement.

  • VW center in Roane

    Volkswagen is going to have a presence in East Roane County.
    A lease agreement between the Roane County Industrial Development Board and VW Credit Inc., was recorded in the Register of Deeds Office on Feb. 21.
    The agreement, according to the memorandum of lease, is for a 400,000-square-foot parts distribution center on 55 acres of land in the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

  • Venue change sought in Houston lawsuit

    The attorney for Pat Brown has asked Circuit Court Judge Amy Hollars to order a change of venue for the upcoming civil trial against Rocky and Leon Houston.
    Brown’s son Mike was on a ride-along with Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones when both men died in a shootout with the Houstons on May 11, 2006.
    Brown is suing the Houstons for $5 million. The case is set for trial April 16 at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.