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Today's News

  • Tiegs guilty of lesser offense

    Registered sex offender James Allan Tiegs was found guilty of a lesser included offense during his trial in Roane County Criminal Court last week.
    Tiegs, 51, was charged with aggravated sexual battery.

    The jury instead found him guilty of misdemeanor assault. 
    “You always want the result that you argue before the jury,” prosecutor Bill Reedy said. “They just saw it differently than we did, but I don’t ever take issue with the jury’s verdict. They do their job.”

  • Local photographer goes wild

    Nothing is more peaceful for Rhonda McClure than capturing the magnificence of nature with a camera.
    “Everything about photography appeals to me,” said McClure, a Kingston resident.  “It is all I do with my spare time. It opens up the world. It lets you see the creation God has made that is so special that people miss.”

    She was recognized for her skill when her photo of a stretching buck was selected to be in the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency’s publication of their 2013-14 Tennessee wildlife calendar.

  • Ash spill mediation gets more time

    Another request for additional time to mediate in TVA ash spill litigation has been granted by Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan.
    A dike failure early on Dec. 22, 2008, at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant released more than 5 million cubic yards of ash into the environment.
    Last August, Varlan determined TVA caused the disaster. The litigation includes more than 60 cases and involves more than 800 plaintiffs. Varlan ordered the sides to mediate last November.

  • Burglars in need of snack

    Kingston police arrested two people on July 24 for an alleged break-in at the city’s community center.  
    “They entered the fence area and broke into the concession stand at the pool,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said. “My third-shift guys caught them red-handed.”  
    The suspects are 19-year-old Jesse Aldape Jr. and 18-year-old Malik Gallaher. Both were charged with burglary.
    The report on the incident said police observed two males with flashlights inside the food shed.

  • Roane Tea Party members protest President Obama in Chattanooga

    Roane County Tea Party Co-Chairman Gary Johnston said he and other members of his organization planned to protest President Barack Obama’s visit to Chattanooga this week.
    “We’re just a few miles from our exit,” Johnston said via cell phone Tuesday. “There’s lots of security down here. I’m passing state police car after state police car, so it looks like they’re going to have lots of security.” 
    The president was scheduled to tour an Amazon fulfillment center. His speech was scheduled after press time.

  • Climb with a ranger at Obed’s Lilly Bridge

    Those who have wanted to try rock climbing have a free opportunity to do it this weekend, during Obed Wild and Scenic River’s Climb-With-a-Ranger program.

    Those wishing to participate should meet at Lilly Bridge at 11 a.m. Aug. 3.

    All climbing gear will be provided.

    Those participating are asked to bring drinking water and wear study footwear.

    Depending on interests and ability levels, participants will travel to one of several different climbing areas around the park.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of July 31

    25 Years Ago

  • Crumby’s pen takes national DAR honors

    Amanda B. Crumby of Roane County’s Avery Trace DAR Chapter was recently awarded third place nationally for a pen she crafted that was entered in the Daughters of the American Revolution’s American Heritage  craft contest.

    She received a certificate citing her achievement, making the pen from wood from an original beam of the historic Roane County Courthouse, from the DAR American Heritage Committee the area of crafts-miscellaneous.

  • School supplies, clothes tax free this weekend

    Tennesseans have been enjoying $8 million to $10 million in tax savings annually since the state implemented its annual Sales Tax Holidays in 2006.

    The next Sales Tax Holiday will be from 12:01 a.m. Aug. 2 through 11:59 p.m. Aug. 4.

    During this time, Tennesseans can enjoy tax-free purchases on certain clothing, school and art supplies and computers.

    Tax-free items include clothing with a price of $100 or less per item, school and school art supplies with a price of $100 or less per item and computers with a price of $1,500 or less.

  • The Garden Gate: The tiger in your garden casts a blaze of splendor

    Flowers are just like people.

    They come in different sizes, colors, proportions, habitats, preferences and histories, and they have a venerable past. Of all the different lilies there are, the ones we call tiger lilies are demanding our attention.

    Have you realized that so-called tiger lilies have spots, not stripes?

    They are the subject for nearly as much poetry and fantasy as Madonna lilies. We notice such quotations as “When lilies turned to tigers, blaze.”