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Today's News

  • Scholarship aims to assist female veterinary students

    East Tennessee Foundation is administrating the Candace Mast Veterinary Scholarship, established to assist female students studying veterinary medicine.

    Graduating college seniors, current veterinary students, or returning adult students seeking a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at either the University of Tennessee or Lincoln Memorial University are eligible to apply.

    Scholarship applications, detailed descriptions, and eligibility criteria for 2015 will be available at www.easttennesseefoundation.org on Dec. 1.

  • Arrests: Sept. 19-23, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Sept. 19 — William Matthew Clark, 27, 3360 W. Wolf Valley Road, Clinton: driving on revoked/suspended license. Bond $2,500; court date Nov. 17.

    • Angela Gail Hale, 35, 632 Hathburn Drive, Rockwood: aggravated burglary, theft $10,000 but less than $60,000. Total bond $23,000; court date Oct. 27.

  • Property transfers: May 5-13, 2014

    Property deed transfers in Roane County:

    May 5 — From Edward Gallaher and Madie G. Gallaher to Roger Lynn Gallaher by quit-claim deed, Dist. 3, 19.58 acres, Lawnville Road, $0.

    • From Barry Gregory to Steve E. Osborne and Hilda J. Osborne by warranty deed, Dist. 5, adjacent Molyneux/Smith, $35,000.

    • From J. Rod Gimbel to Glenda J. White and Gregory D. White by warranty deed, Dist. 4, South Fork subdivision, Lot 3, $5,000.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Supreme Ct. action on Atty. Gen. disappoints

    As a brief preamble to this week’s piece, we would remind old readers, and inform newer readers, that we received our bachelor of laws degree from the College of Law at the University of Tennessee in the winter of 1958, which will soon be 56 years ago, and we have been observing the Supreme Court of the state since our first appearance before that tribunal early in 1959. 

  • Moonwalker joining undersea professors

    Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon, will be among the guests appearing this fall on Classroom Under the Sea, an online show hosted by two Roane State Community College educators living underwater for 73 days.

    He and another astronaut will talk about training under the sea for space missions.

    Roane State biology professor Bruce Cantrell and adjunct professor Jessica Fain will live and work in an underwater habitat from Oct. 3-Dec. 15. 

  • Schools spending details sought

    The School Liaison Committee — made up of Roane County commissioners and school board members — met several times before this year’s budget process got underway.

    Not once during those meetings did commissioners request a written plan on funding issues, Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

    But they want one now, according to Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

  • Despite issues, jail likely to get state’s OK

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips expressed confidence the Roane County Jail will be certified by the Tennessee Corrections Institute later this year.

    The jail was inspected on July 29. A re-inspection occurred earlier this month after overcrowding issues were noted in the initial inspection.

    “Everything that we’re doing is within the Tennessee Corrections Institute guidelines,” Phillips said. “The only thing that they showed us deficient in is the overcrowding of the female unit. That’s it.”

  • Candidates seem surprised by forum

    Two candidate forums have been scheduled in the city of Rockwood next month. The timing has one hopeful scratching her head.

    The Rockwood Merchants Association forum is scheduled for Oct. 9 at the Rockwood Event Center.

    Rockwood 2000 is hosting a forum on Oct. 7 at Rockwood City Hall.

    “I don’t understand why Rockwood 2000 is doing that,” Rockwood mayoral candidate Peggy Evans said. “To me, they’re trying to circumvent the one on Oct. 9.”

  • Kingston man pleads on drug charges

    Kingston Police Department’s drug fund will get a boost, thanks to a Kingston man.

    Tyler Farmer, 26, pleaded guilty in his drug case last week.

    Farmer was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on June 18, 2012, on three counts of selling schedule II drugs in a school zone.

    Thanks to a deal with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty to two counts of sale of schedule III and received two years’ probation.

    The other count was dismissed.

  • Girl Scouts moving forward