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  • Ren Fair gears up for 2015 season

    The East Tennessee Renaissance Festival held its first open audition last Saturday.

    More are scheduled.

    Numerous potential performers came out to demonstrate their talent for the 2015 Faire which is scheduled for May 16-17, 23-25 and 30-31 in Harriman.

    “This was a way for us to get back into it,” Barrie Paulson said.

    All are encouraged to attend the next open audition.

    Experience or costumes are not necessary but are helpful, according to the festival Facebook page.

  • Bank robber set to plead guilty

    It doesn’t look like Kingston resident Bryan Scott Samples will contest his latest bank robbery charge.

    An arraignment and change of plea hearing is set for Feb. 18 at the federal courthouse in Knoxville.

    At the hearing, Samples is expected to plead guilty to robbing the Y-12 Federal Credit Union on Clinton Highway.

    An information charging Samples with the robbery and a notice of facts was filed in federal court on Jan. 29.

    “These are the facts submitted for purposes of defendant’s guilty plea,” the notice said.

  • Roane County crash proves fatal for Oakdale man

    Elmer E. Solomon, a 79-year-old Oakdale man, was killed in a Friday afternoon two-vehicle crash in Roane County.

    Trooper Matt Armes investigated the crash for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

    Solomon was a passenger in a 2008 Nissan VSL driven by 77-year-old Merley E. Tilson, also of Oakdale.

    According to the report, the Nissan was traveling east on Hwy. 61.

    The other vehicle involved was a 2002 Chevrolet KTA driven by 74-year-old Samuel D. Norman of Harriman.

  • Harriman wants annexation suit dismissal

    An attorney for Harriman has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit which claims the city’s 1959 annexation of South Harriman — and those since — should be void.

    Attorney Gerald Largen, who also writes a column for the Roane County News, filed the suit late last year.

    In a response filed late last month, attorney Michael S. Kelley said Largen had waited 50 years to respond to the South Harriman annexation.

  • Sheriff: Call before using drug bin

    People looking to discard unwanted medication in the Roane County Sheriff’s Office drug collection bin should call ahead first.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton said his office started locking the bin after someone put in needles, which are not accepted.

    “We have to make sure we don’t have any needles put in there, so when they clean it out they don’t get stuck with them,” Stockton said. “You don’t want to get stuck with a dirty needle.”

  • Valentine crafts and cupcakes

    Rockwood United Methodist held their first Valentine's Party for the community Saturday.
    With a free warm lunch provided by the church children were also able to decorate cupcakes and make valentine crafts. The community event all came together due to the idea of Jenna Dickson, 11.
    The church had been brainstorming ideas of different ways for the community to get involved with the church.

  • GUEST OPINION: Experts give 2014 a barely passing grade of C-minus


    Center on Congress

    For the second straight year, a group of academic experts who were asked to evaluate Congress’s performance gave the institution a barely passing grade of C-minus.

    “This is a dismal assessment,” said Indiana University political scientist Edward G. Carmines, director of Research for the Center on Congress at Indiana University.

    The C-minus grade for 2014 is the same mediocre mark the institution earned in 2013.

  • Roane deputy involved in shooting

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes was involved in a shooting Monday night.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton said the incident occurred at westbound Exit 340 on Interstate 40.

    “There was a pursuit,” Stockton said. “The pursuit got off westbound. There was a wreck. The officer got out of the car to approach the vehicle. The vehicle tried to get away and come at the officer and the officer opened fire.”


    Lifestar airlifted two people to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville for treatment for injuries sustained in a head-on collision Friday afternoon on Hwy. 61 near Harriman. Lifestar landed at the Hwy. 27/61 split north of Harriman to load the patients, who were taken to the helicopter from the crash site at the former Scandlyn Lumber Co. Neither the identities of the victims nor the extent of their injuries had been released by press time. Multiple emergency services agencies responded to the crash, which is under investgation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

  • Smoot getting another attorney — again

    Stanley Barnett and Shawn Smoot were allowed to sever their attorney-client relationship on Friday.

    Smoot said he was unhappy with Barnett’s services and no longer wanted his representation.

    Barnett, in turn, said the relationship had become adversarial, and he could not continue to serve as Smoot’s defense attorney.

    “Under these circumstances, the court is probably going to have to relieve you as counsel,” Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen told Barnett during a hearing at the Loudon County Courthouse.