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Today's News

  • State taking applications for historic preservation grants

    The Tennessee Historical Commission is accepting grant applications for historic preservation projects for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

    About $200,000 is expected to be available for grants.

    Funding decisions will be made when the exact amount of the federal allocation is known. This normally occurs by December but could be as late as August 2014.

  • Marriage licenses: May 2-14, 2013

    Marriage licenses granted at the Roane County Courthouse:
    May 2 — Christopher Robert Strianese, 33, to Heather Grace Schellhase, 27.

    May 3 — Donny Ray Wilson, 29, to Grace Nicole Stephens, 26.

    • Eric Bryan Little, 40, to Jennifer Lynn Little Walden, 37.

    • Wesley Jackson Snow, 31, to Kimberly Marie Ellis, 29.

    May 6 — Nicky Lee Nichols, 45, to Rejeanne Parks Coleman, 54.

  • RMS takes two from Cherokee

     

    Two county rivals took the floor Monday evening as Cherokee hosted Rockwood in the first of their two meetings this season.

    Both games would be close throughout, but in the end it would be the visiting Tigers and Lady Tigers leaving Rockwood with a sweep.

  • Campbell up for Titans Coach of the Week award

    Last week was a good week for Midway head coach Joe Campbell and the Green Wave as they upset Greenback on the road, 38-21. With that win, Campbell has now been nominated for the Tennessee Titans Coach of the Week award.

  • Jim Henry’s a Good Guy for the second time

    Tennessee Department of Children’s Service’s Commissioner Jim Henry has been singled out for special recognition by the Tennessee Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee.
    Each year, the group honors men who have demonstrated their support of women with its Good Guy Awards.
    Kingston’s Henry, a 2005 Good Guy Award winner, has been tapped again.

  • Ten Mile man charged with attempted murder

    The Roane County grand jury added a charge of attempted first-degree murder against Daniel Phillip Thompson, a Ten Mile man accused of severely beating his girlfriend.
    The grand jury also indicted Thompson for aggravated assault and especially aggravated kidnapping when it met last month.
    Thompson’s alleged crimes occurred between July 12-17.
    Tiffany McDavid told Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Murphy that Thompson began beating her because he thought she was unfaithful.   

  • Randolph pleads not guilty

    Accused robber Mark Andrew Randolph pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in U.S. District Court last week.
    Randolph faces five counts of robbery, five counts of using a firearm during a crime and one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
    The court appointed attorney Jonathan Moffatt to represent him in the case.
    Randolph is accused of robbing a Shell Favorite Market in Sweetwater, a Subway in Lenoir City, a Subway in Knoxville, a Sonic in Knoxville and Rocky Top Market on Bluff Road in Kingston.

  • Kingston to consider policy to regulate cold-pill sales

    Kingston City Council plans to discuss an ordinance at its Tuesday workshop that would regulate the sale of ephedrine- and pseudoephedrine-related products within the city limits.
    Cold and allergy-relief medications that contain ephedrine and pseudoephedrine can be used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine.
    “I’m still for trying to get a prescription requirement for pseudoephedrine,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

  • BIG RED DEBUT

    Rockwood Fire Department welcomed its new Sutphen G-2 pumper truck earlier this month. Community supporters turned  out for the unveiling. “This is a $410,000 investment for Rockwood,” Mayor James Watts said.

    Rockwood Assistant Fire Chief Matt Crabtree, center, holds a teary-eyed Fire Chief Mike Wertz as the new fire truck rolled into town. Wertz was overwhelmed with the support he had been given by the city of Rockwood. The new truck will replace another vehicle in the department’s aging fleet.

  • Authorities still focused on killing

    Another Roane County grand jury session has come and gone, and still no one has been charged in the 2012 shooting death of Russel Charles Blevins.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton said the case remains under investigation.
    “We’ve definitely not forgotten about it,” he said.
    According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, family members found Blevins, 85, dead of multiple gunshot wounds in his home at 138 Hart Orchard Road, Kingston, on Aug. 12, 2012.