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  • GUEST OPINION - Lobbyists: Power concentrated in few influential hands


    Center on Congress

    Lobbyists are not all-powerful. They don’t win every battle. But they do win most.

    Because of its power to influence public affairs, the press has long been known as “the Fourth Estate.” But I think the media may have been displaced. These days, it’s lobbyists who seem to carry the most clout in Washington.

  • County can do little in Tiger Haven dispute



    Tiger Haven neighbor Toby Rhynehart has been persistent about showing up at Roane County Commission meetings to complain about the big cat sanctuary.

    “I still think it’s a shame that we’ve had to put up with Tiger Haven, all the noise and smell that we’ve had to put up with,” Rhynehart told commissioners during the public comment portion of last week’s meeting.

  • You’ll shoot your eye out ...

    Photo 1; Caleb Wright, center, plays main character Ralphie in Roane State Playmakers’ take on A Christmas Story. Conard Belitz, right, playing Flick, and Schwartz, left, played by Luke Taylor.

  • Rosado murder trial continued



    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen granted a defense motion to delay Tammy Rosado’s second degree murder trial. It was scheduled to begin on Tuesday.

    “We’re going to have to continue the case,” Eblen said.

    Rosado is charged in the death of James Ronald Cobb. He died at the University of Tennessee Medical Center on April 7, 2012, days after he was allegedly shot by Rosado at the couple’s Kingston home.

  • Schools to select architect to look at consolidation



    The Roane County Board of Education will hold a special-called meeting on Tuesday “regarding selection of architects.”

    The school system is in the midst of a financial crisis and has been looking at consolidation.

    Four architect firms — Michael Brady Inc., Red Chair Architects, Cope Associates and The Lewis Group — met with the school board during a workshop last month.

  • Bruner clients still must show



    Some of suspended defense attorney Spence Bruner’s clients could face arrest if they don’t show up for court next month.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said Bruner’s cases were originally set for Nov. 5.

    “He had about 17 cases set,” Johnson said. “Only two clients showed.”

    Johnson said the two clients that did show were given new attorneys. The other 15 have been issued summonses to appear in court Dec. 15.

  • Interstate spa, others, under law enforcement’s radar



    Interstate Spa, on South Gateway Avenue in Rockwood, was one of several locations searched during a sting operation Wednesday afternoon looking into possible sites of prostitution.

    It’s not clear why Interstate Spa was specifically pinpointed, but it was the second time in a little over a year that the same location was searched.

  • Kingston works fire last Tuesday



    Kingston Firefighters fought a fire last Tuesday afternoon at a home at 737 Montview Ave.

    Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon said there was a lot of damage to the upstairs of the home because of the Nov. 11 blaze.

    “It started in the hallway and rolled into the bedroom,” said Gordon.

    The fire, which firefighters responded to around 3:45 p.m. to Tuesday, has been ruled an accidental electrical fire.

  • Man sentenced in armed robbery spree



    Mark Andrew Randolph got the sentence he agreed to in his federal robbery case: 32 years.

    In the plea agreement he signed in April, Randolph admitted to using a firearm to rob several East Tennessee businesses in September 2013, including the Rocky Top Market on Bluff Road in Kingston.

  • Roane Treasures: Meet the Class of 2014

    Lieselotte “Lotte” O’Brien

    Lieselotte “Lotte” O’Brien was born in Weiler, Germany, on July 7, 1925. Lotte is better known as Mama Mia.

    Lotte met her late husband, William, in Germany after World War II. He was a baker in the Army and was stationed in Augsburg, Germany, where Lotte was a waitress in the mess hall.

    They married in Germany and moved to New York in June 1950. While in New York, Lotte taught herself English and gained experience in the restaurant industry. The couple moved to Kingston in 1969.