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  • Under-the-sea professors pass on stories to kids

    Fourth- and fifth-graders at Ridge View Elementary School were mesmerized by the undersea views projected on the walls of their auditorium on Wednesday.

    They were just as absorbed with the stories shared by Roane State professors Bruce Cantrell and Jessica Fain, who — at 73 days — broke the world record for time spent living under the sea.

    “I’ve always wanted to see the coral reef and schools of fish in person,” said fourth-grader Belle Webb.

  • Drug kingpin released from jail

    Pill ring leader John Wesley Goss has been released pending sentencing. His attorney made the request last month because Goss has Stage 4 cancer and has an expected three months to live.

    Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan granted the request on Tuesday, which allowed Goss to leave the Knox County Jail and return to his parents home at 511 W. Rockwood St. in Rockwood.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office did not oppose the release.

  • Experiment could save addicts

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips once thought steel bars and barbed wire was the solution to crime. That’s not the case now.

    “Fifteen years ago, I thought I could lock everybody up and save the world, and that’s not the answer,” Phillips told the Roane County Commission’s Sheriff’s Liaison Committee this week. “Now, if you got to lock somebody up that’s fine, but if we can help them, we need to help them.”

  • School cancelled Thursday

    School is cancelled in Roane County on Thursday. Director of School Gary Aytes announced the decision a few minutes ago. 

  • School decision by 5:30 a.m. Thursday if bad weather hits

    The National Weather Service in Morristown has issued a winter storm watch for March 5 in Roane County.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said early Wednesday afternoon that no decision had been made thus far about canceling school for Thursday, but he and other officials are monitoring the weather situation.

    "We will definitely make a decision by 5:30 in the morning," Aytes said. "We've already determined we're not waiting any later than 5:30 the morning of, but hopefully we'll be able to make a decision tonight."

  • Oak Ridge DOE manager dead at age 58

    U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office Manager Larry Kelly died on Feb. 26. He was 58.

    “Words cannot describe the sadness we feel with the passing of Larry,” said Kevin Hall, the office’s deputy manager.

    “The loss of our leader is heavy on our hearts, but it is the loss of a friend that leaves an emptiness that will be difficult to endure. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Rubenia, and daughter, Kristyn.”

  • Dems to elect new leaders at Roane County Convention

    The Roane County Democratic Party will elect new leaders during a county leadership convention at noon March 21 in Rockwood City Hall at 110 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    The convention is open to any bona fide Democrat who lives in Roane County.

    Roane County Democrats will elect a new chairman, vice chairman, secretary and treasurer of the county executive committee for a two-year term.

    Members will also discuss the Democratic Party’s agenda and events for 2015.

  • Rockwood author lights ‘Fires’

    Smoke from Small Fires is a fictitious memoir set in rural East Tennessee and written by a Rockwood author.

    In it, happily off-tilt characters, bizarre events and a gamut of emotions stack up like a collage layered thick with compelling details.

    Anne Powers is a lifelong fine artist who became “the accidental writer.”

    Riven from her studio by circumstance with only a laptop for company, bits of word and story ended up layered like collage into a highly visual writing style.

  • From ashes to home, Goddards regroup

    Jerry and Sherron Goddard are still getting used to their new home on Cemetery Lane.

    “Strange,” Jerry said about his surroundings.

    The structure is in the same location where the Goddards have lived together for more than 30 years. Their original home was destroyed in a fire in December 2013. Instead of moving, the Goddards decided to rebuild. They moved into the new home last fall.

    Sherron echoed her husband’s sentiments about the place.

  • County commissioner charged with DUI

    What started as a seat-belt infraction ended up as a trip to jail for District 2 County Commissioner Greg Ferguson.

    He was arrested on Monday in Midtown on charges of driving under the influence.

    “I don’t know the circumstances,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “The captain of the patrol division called and told me that THP had arrested one of our commissioners.”

    According to the warrant, Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Alexander Evans stopped Ferguson for a seat-belt violation.