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Today's News

  • Avoid these common credit mistakes

    Credit cards are almost a necessity during the holiday season. If you purchase gifts online, book air travel or reserve a rental car, you will need to use a credit card.
    It is important to remember that the responsible use of credit cards has a significant impact on your credit score and your ability to get favorable rates when securing a loan for a home or automobile.
    CredAbility shares common credit card mistakes consumers make.

  • The Garden Gate: Wreaths encircle ancient traditions

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Evergreen and holly wreaths are everywhere during the holiday season, but all kinds of wreaths adorn our houses the rest of the year.

    They include wreaths of grapevine, straw, dried flowers and herbs, ribbon bows and lace ruffles. Even such unlikely materials as pretzels and macaroni make their appearance, not to mention straw hats wreathed with blossoms and ribbons.

    One wonders whether the residents of all those houses realize what an ancient tradition they are following.

  • THP to conduct license checks in Roane Co.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting driver license roadside safety checkpoints from 9 to 10 p.m. during the week of Dec. 11 on Hwy. 27 at the Morgan County line.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Oct. 24 — Larry M. Viles, failure to appear/misdemeanor. Dismissed, cost to defendant. Probation violation. Guilty.

    • Stephen P. Brackett, probation violation. Dismissed. Probation violation. Guilty.

    • Kenneth L. Wetterlund, capias for failure to appear court date. Dismissed.

    • Amber Helton, probation violation. Dismissed.

  • Arrests

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Nov. 20 — Anthony Brock Crowe, 25, 111 Browns Road, Gray: serving time.

    • John Toban Halburnt, 29, 939 Windrock Road, Oliver Springs: attachment. Bond $1,500; court date Dec. 9.

    • Andrew Alan Leach, 25, 103 Paint Rock Road, Kingston: fraudulent use of debit card, theft $500 or less and failure to appear. Total bond $10,000; court date Dec. 19.

  • Births: Nov. 11-18

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:

    Nov. 11
    — Melanie Fitzgerald and Sam Seiber, Oliver Springs. A boy, Kyler Gage, 7 pounds, 1 ounce. Grandparents: Benny and Kathy Seiber; Rick and Julie Burgess.

    • Farren Davis and Joshua Johnson, Rockwood. A boy, Elijah Carter, 7 pounds, 13 ounces. Siblings: Breanna and Mikah. Grandparents: Jennie and John Farmer; Robbie Griffith; Anita Barrow; Lois Maddox.

  • November 2011 dispatches
  • Abigail Grace ‘Abby’ Ariks

    Abigail Grace “Abby” Ariks was born at 9:53 a.m. Nov. 2 in Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Knoxville.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

    She is the daughter of Chris and Jessica Ariks of Kingston.

    Grandparents are Ron and Rhonda Nickell and the late Angelia Ariks, all of Kingston, and Johnny Ariks of Decatur.

    Great-grandparents are Reva Nickell and Lonnie Johnson of Kingston, Sue Johnson of Harriman, and the late Nancy Edmonds of Pennington Gap, Va.

  • Henry Center kids ask: Orange you a Vol?

    The Henry Center had two Orange and White Days during football season to show support for Coach Derek Dooley and the University of Tennessee Volunteers.

  • State looking to honor those who protect heritage

    The Tennessee Historical Commission has extended the nomination deadline to Dec. 31 for its Certificate of Merit Awards.

    The award is designed to honor individuals or groups who worked to preserve Tennessee’s cultural heritage during 2011.