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  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: We remember the snows of yesteryear

    Before beginning our lament about the Arctic-like conditions of the past several days, we must admit that we have enjoyed one opportunity it has presented, i. e. the opportunity to do our W.C. Fields impression of his line from “The Fatal Glass of Beer.”

    Few, if any of our younger readers will recognize the name W.C. Fields, but a few members of old geezerdom will recall this once very famous name. He began his life as an entertainer with an act as a comic juggler on the old vaudeville circuit, and moved onward and upward into films and radio.

  • Woman charged in robbery

    Rockwood police charged Stephanie Lynn Foland and two others in an alleged robbery that occurred last month. Foland, 25, was arrested on Monday.

    Foland was a passenger in a car that was involved in a police shooting on Feb. 9.

    Her boyfriend, Christopher Lee Powers, allegedly rammed Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes’ patrol car, which prompted Mayes to fire several shots into the windshield.

    Powers was shot multiple times, but Foland avoided being hit.

    She said Mayes pulled up and started shooting without cause.

  • This might sound cold, but ....

    Dear Winter,

    It’s over.

    I’m breaking up with you.

    It’s not you. It’s me.

    Wait! No. I have to tell you the truth.

    It’s YOU.

    I have tried and tried to be understanding. I don’t complain about your insensitivity. I have defended you and your reckless behavior ad nauseam to my friends, family and co-workers.

    But it has to stop.

  • DAV van purchased

    Disabled American Veterans Post 86 received a new van last month for its program to transport veterans for treatment at Veterans Administration medical facilities in Murfreesboro and Nashville.

    Coordinator John Maliskey had been working since last year to get funds together. He said it was a broader effort.

    “The community support was so overwhelming that it almost took your breath away,” Maliskey said. For instance, $6,000 was raised during a road block in Kingston.

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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."