Today's News

  • Murder mystery in Rockwood?

    The body of Janice Pugh Tollett of Rockwood was found outside her mother’s home at 404 Tedder St. Sunday.

    “They found her lying back there behind the house,” said Ralph Hedrick, her cousin. “Nobody knows how she got back there. You can tell there had been a lot of movement. There was mud on the cars. She was lying in a mud hole.”

    Hedrick said an autopsy is being done on Tollett, whose home was across the street from where she was found.

  • DAG backs off smurf turf war

    Even though city ordinances banning the sale of pseudoephedrine without a prescription have been deemed illegal, one proponent believes the amount of attention drawn to the issue could be beneficial.

    “I am hopeful that the number of localities that have passed such ordinances will have brought enough attention to the legislature to ensure that they take some sort of affirmative action on the issue,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

  • Students can now register at RSCC

    Registration is under way for the spring 2014 semester at Roane State Community College.

    Students need to be aware when they register that the college has a Jan. 6 fee deadline.

    Students who have registered must pay their fees by Jan. 6 at 4:30 p.m. to keep their class schedules for spring semester.

    Students can pay fees at www.roanestate.edu. They need to log in to RaiderNet and click “Your Account” to get started.

    Students can pay by phone using major credit or debit cards. The number is 882-4515.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Dec. 18

    25 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Are you savvy on the lesser-known first Christmas gifts?

    We give a great emphasis — and sometimes much money — to the giving of gifts at Christmastime.

    We sometimes become so involved that we completely forget that we are commemorating the presenting of gifts by the Magi to the Christ Child.

  • Zackary Culleton

    Zackary Culleton turned 6 years old on Dec. 5.

    He celebrated on Dec. 8 with a panda party attended by 30 relatives and friends in Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

    He is the son of Holly Culleton and Shawn Culleton.

    Grandparents are Len and Gina Jackson of Harriman, and Connie and Dave Pulk of Knoxville.

    Billie and Chuck Beach of Oliver Springs are described by Zackary’s Grandmother Jackson as his “almost grandparents.”

    Zackary has a 10-year-old brother and best friend, Josiah.

  • Robbins turns 101 and still going strong

    Addie “Mac” Robbins turned 101 years old on Dec. 1.

    She celebrated her birthday Thanksgiving weekend with family at Jamestowne Assisted Living, Kingston.

  • Fiction, poetry workshops set for January Jumpstart

    Tennessee Mountain Writers are planning fiction- and poetry-writing workshops for January Jumpstart XIV on Jan. 10-12 in Best Western Morristown Conference Center.

    J.T. Ellison, a bestselling author of 10 critically acclaimed novels, will lead the fiction workshop.

    The poetry workshop will be conducted by award-winning poet and quilter Jane Hicks.

    January Jumpstart will open with an informal evening social hour on Friday.

    Workshop sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

  • ‘Nutcracker’ helps animal shelter

    The cast of Roane County’s 2013 “The Nutcracker” and public donations yielded 1.5 tons of food for the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    “The Nutcracker” 2013 cast alone donated 1,470 pounds of pet food during the annual food drive.

    Top donors included cast members Jensen Peacock, with 310 pounds, and Savannah Ellis, with 190 pounds.

    Arts in Motion owner Jennifer Austin, an animal lover herself, initiated the pet food drive years ago.

    It has become a traditional part of “The Nutcracker.”

  • Military Matters: Mark A. Jones

    U.S. Air Force Airman Mark A. Jones recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

    Son of Roy Jones of Oliver Springs, he is a 2007 graduate of Mount Pisgah Christian Academy, Oliver Springs.

    Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in 2011 from Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville.

    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.