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Today's News

  • The Garden Gate: Ice cream once grew, but it’s not what you think

    Considering the widespread and still-growing interested in gardening, it is not surprising how often the dividing lines between herbs, flowers and weeds become somewhat blurred.

    Some of the plants considered to be the worst weeds turn out to be the most valuable of medicinal herbs, and some of the prettiest of the old-fashioned flowers our grandmothers carefully tended in their gardens turn out now to be classified as weeds.

    It all depends on just what angle you are looking from and what you call it.

  • Arrests: Aug. 11-14, 2014

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

    Aug. 11 — Gregory McClain Anderson, 34, 302 Ayers Drive, Harriman: violation of probation. Bond $2,000; court date Sept. 22.

    • Ernest Paul Bright, 32, 720 Elm St., Rockwood: violation of probation (after-trial mittimus). No bond listed; court date July 28.

    • Darrell Glenn Goddard, 60, 147 Pine Ridge Road, Harriman: aggravated assault. Bond $2,500; court date Sept. 29.

  • General Sessions Court: April 9-11, 2014

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

    April 9 — Terrance Hall, financial responsibility law: dismissed

    Kara Massengale, speeding: guilty; traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Ashley Chessor, speeding, driver license address required within 10 days: guilty; traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Marvin C. Johnson, financial responsibility law, light law-motor vehicle: dismissed.

  • Piñata Pride: Ferrante crafts colorful party centerpieces

    Festive colors and fun-filled parties aren’t complete without a centerpiece.

    For Lania Ferrante, a piñata was the focal point of a party in her native Costa Rica.

    She’s trying to encourage Roane Countians to also enjoy the party item.

    “That is the main attraction at any party, adults and little kids,” said Ferrante.

    In her Kingston home, Ferrante makes elaborate piñatas for parties in the area.

    It’s catching on, but she said using piñatas is really still a novelty here.

  • Smoot murder trial delayed until next year

    Another trial date was set for Shawn Smoot at last week’s Criminal Court docket sounding.

    Smoot, 42, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Brooke Nicole Morris.

    Her body was found at the intersection of Blair Road and Old Blair Road on Oct. 15, 2011. Police said she had been shot.

    The case is scheduled for trial on March 24-26, 2015.

    Smoot is on his fourth court-appointed attorney.

  • Smoot murder trial delayed until next year

    Another trial date was set for Shawn Smoot at last week’s Criminal Court docket sounding.

    Smoot, 42, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Brooke Nicole Morris.

    Her body was found at the intersection of Blair Road and Old Blair Road on Oct. 15, 2011. Police said she had been shot.

    The case is scheduled for trial on March 24-26, 2015.

    Smoot is on his fourth court-appointed attorney.

  • Tornado gets Roane federal disaster funds

    Roane County officials hope to use federal disaster aid to cover some of the costs of getting rid of all the trees that were downed when an EF 0-rated tornado hit the area in June.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced a disaster declaration for Tennessee last week.

    “We’ll end up getting some money from it,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “We don’t know how much it will be yet.”

  • Tip leads to drug arrests at hotel

    An anonymous call led to a drug bust at the Rodeway Inn in Harriman Friday night.

    Tony Frogg, 543 Baumgartner Road, Harriman, is facing charges in the incident.

    According to the warrant, Harriman police were dispatched to the hotel around 10 p.m. about a possible meth lab.

    “The caller was anonymous and could not give a room number,” the warrant sad.

    “The caller advised that a Tony Frogg was in the room and had warrants. Central (dispatch) did confirm three warrants in hand for Tony Frogg.”

  • Yager bill eliminates balloon debt

    The next time Roane County has a major construction project to undertake, it won’t be able to delay making principal payments like it did on the new jail.

    The county now has a policy in place to prevent such delays. But even if it didn’t, state law might not allow it.

    The Anti-Kicking the Can Act that went into effect on July 1 requires local governments to get approval from the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office before issuing balloon indebtedness.

    The bill was sponsored by state Sen. Ken Yager, a Roane County resident.

  • That’s a whole lot of hole