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  • Roane County heads to Nashville
  • Kingston ponders adjusting beer sale distance regulation

    For the second time this year the issue of beer sales in Kingston has come before the city council.

    At a workshop last Tuesday, March 5, council heard from Judd Garbett, a representative of Rocky Top Markets. Garbett said that he would like the council to approve a permit for selling beer at the Rocky Top Market on First Street in Kingston.

    He said the business was hoping to increase fuel sales by adding beer to the store’s retail offerings.

  • Task force silent on letter from civil rights group

    The chairman of a task force responsible for making recommendations on a statewide judicial redistricting plan declined to comment on a recent letter he received from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

    “That is something that I would not want to speak on,” Telford E. Forgety said last week.

    Forgety is chancellor in the Fourth and Fifth Judicial Districts and he also serves as chairman of the state’s Advisory Task Force on Composition of Judicial Districts.

  • County says goodbye to former Roane County Commissioner Jerry Goddard

    Former Roane County Commissioner Jerry Goddard passed away last Thursday. He was 72.

    “Jerry Goddard was a friend and mentor to me,” Commission Chairman Randy Ellis said.

    “Jerry loved his community and Roane County.”

    Goddard spent 20 years on the Roane County Commission.

    His tenure ended in 2014 when he didn’t seek re-election.

    “He was a real good commissioner, very dedicated,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Lang-Peters named RCN manager

    From staff reports

    Neva Lang-Peters has been named general manager of the Roane County News.

    Lang-Peters will also serve as general manager of Landmark Community Newspaper’s Tennessee newspaper group, which includes the Roane County News, LaFollette Press and the Morgan County News.

    “I’m very proud to be working with the dedicated professionals in the Tennessee papers. I’m looking forward to continuing our tradition of providing the best source of local news to our communities.” Lang-Peters said.

  • Michael Dunn sets new CEO

    Amid cheers and applause, the Michael Dunn Center on Friday announced that Michaele Butler will serve as the organization’s next president.

    The announcement was made by current president Mike McElhinney in a meeting that included administrators, staffers and clients.

    “I don’t know anyone who has more passion for our mission than Michaele Butler,” McElhinney said.

    Butler has a wide breadth of experience with people that have disabilities as well as wide experience with all the different departments, he said.

  • Midway Lady Waves win first round of state tournament
  • Oak Ridge man accused of having marijuana stash

    An Oak Ridge man is facing charges after he was allegedly found with more than 9 ounces of marijuana during a traffic stop in Rockwood around midnight, Feb. 28.

    Police said Reginald Osborne also had nearly $1,900 in cash on him.

    According to the report, Rockwood patrolman Chris Marney pulled Osborne over after he failed to come to a complete stop at an intersection.

  • Man dodges bullets

    Registered sex offender and former lawyer Kent Booher was shot at Wednesday morning. Not hitting him was the only regret expressed by the alleged shooter.

    “I wish I would have hit him,” Linda Flanagan was reportedly overheard saying following the incident.

    Flanagan, 58, is charged with attempted first degree murder, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

    The Roane County News reached out to Flanagan to get her side of the story.

    “No comment,” she said.

  • Body found in Morgan wooded area

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton was hopeful human remains found in Morgan County this week might provide a break in some missing persons cases he’s been trying to crack.

    The potential break didn’t materialize, however.

    “A preliminary examination of the remains by a University of Tennessee Pathology team indicated they belong to a Caucasian male,” the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

    Stockton is trying to find two women – Karen Beard and Cheryl Payne.