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Today's News

  • Rockwood school’s 50th celebrated Saturday

    Ridge View Elementary was a state-of-the-art school when it opened 50 years ago.

    Instead of traditional walls, it had partitions that could be taken down so classes could participate in some studies — such as music — together.

    Later additions to the school included a open-style building which surrounding classroom pods could see into.

    “It was a new concept in education,” said Rockwood High School Principal Alan Reed.

  • Parents win bond motion

    The parents of murder suspect Shawn Smoot will get back the $250,000 cash bond they put up to secure his release from the Roane County Jail.

    Chris and Jane Smoot filed a motion in Roane County Criminal Court requesting a return of the funds.

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen granted the motion on Tuesday.

    The attorney for the parents was directed to draw up an order for Eblen to sign.

    The District Attorney General’s Office had opposed the motion and sought forfeiture of the bond.

  • Operation REACH needs more help

    The program which helps make Christmas a little merrier for Roane County children and their families is struggling to make this year’s fundraising goal.

    Operation REACH, which stands for Roane Enriches Another Child’s Holiday, has been taking area school children shopping for Christmas gifts for their families since it was formed 39 years ago.

  • Smoot’s parents want back hefty bond

    The parents of accused murderer Shawn Smoot want back the $250,000 they put up to secure his release from jail.

    In a motion filed in Roane County Criminal Court, Chris and Jane Smoot are asking Judge E. Eugene Eblen to relieve them as sureties on the quarter-million-dollar bond.

    “Upon said ruling, sureties would request that the court order that all funds posted with the Roane County Criminal Court Clerk be returned to them,” the motion said.

    The District Attorney General’s Office is opposing the motion.

  • Several area fires strike over holiday

    A Harriman family woke up earlier than expected Friday morning.

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said his department received a call about a fire at 106 School St. around 2 a.m. Friday. Three children and two adults were able to make it safely out of the home.

    “They have a real reason to be thankful,” Goss said.

    The fire started when items were left on the floor furnace and caught on fire.

    “The father of the family tried to extinguish the fire as much as he could,” Goss said.

  • Kingston PD spreads holiday cheer

    Thanksgiving was saved for a lot of Roane County families thanks to this year’s annual Hands of Mercy food bank and Kingston Police Department food drive.

    A steady stream of cars made their way to Kingston City Park Wednesday to pick up their box filled with all the trappings to make a Thanksgiving meal for their family.

    “I appreciate it a lot. It really helps,” said Barbara Mobley.

    For many, it’s been a tough year.

  • Forum to help women with negotiating

    A University of Tennessee expert will discuss "The Basics of Negotiation for Women" during a free forum on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 3:30 p.m. at the college's Oak Ridge campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave.

    The forum, presented by the Social Science, Business and Education Division, will be held in room 107 in the new Goff Health Sciences and Technology Building. The public is invited.

    Mary Mahoney, assistant director of recruiting, University of Tennessee Career Services, is speaker.

  • Election commission refuses to pay for paving

    Roane County Rescue Squad building on Hwy. 58 could serve as the Fairview voting precinct in future elections. The gravel parking lot and gravel road leading up to the building would need to be paved for that to happen.

    “The Election Commission has decided that once they get it in the shape where people can get up and down the hill and the lot out there is paved, we’re going to use it as a voting precinct,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said.

  • Harriman attorney faces additional disciplinary action

    The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility has filed another petition for discipline against Harriman attorney Donice Butler. This one is over comments she made to the Roane County News in April, when she alleged the hearing panel members that ruled in her previous disciplinary case were bought off by the board.

    “Ms. Butler’s statements were made with reckless disregard for truth or falsity in that she had no evidence that any type of compensation was paid to the hearing panel members in exchange for a favorable ruling,” the petition said.

  • Crematory owner indicted for drugs

    A woman facing charges in Morgan County over a pet crematorium now faces legal trouble in Roane County.

    Cameo Andrea Farr was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on Oct. 20 for sale and delivery of a Schedule II drug.