Today's News

  • Public defender dies

    The Ninth Judicial District’s first public defender died Wednesday after taking a dramatic turn for the worst with a serious infection.

    Joe Walker, who was appointed Roane County’s first public defender almost 25 years ago, had the position ever since, including after a 1991 accident which left both him and his son Andrew without use of their limbs.

    “He had an unwavering commitment to the public and to us, really,” said Assistant Public Defender Walter Johnson, who worked for Walker since 1992.

  • ‘In God We Trust’ issue to come to commission vote

    The “In God We Trust” resolution appears headed for a vote at the July 14 Roane County Commission meeting.

    Sponsor Randy Ellis didn’t indicate a willingness to pull the resolution until the Aug. 11 meeting, which is after the election.

    “I don’t think we need to,” Ellis contended. “It’s not a political issue, so there’s no use to pull it.”

    Election Day is Aug. 7.

    Early voting is from July 18 to Aug. 2.

  • Stockton not coasting

    A month before the start of early voting, Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said he plans to stump hard in his quest for a third term.

    “We want to win, but we don’t underestimate our opponent by no means,” he said. “We take everyone serious that’s on the ballot.”

    Stockton faces Rockwood Police Department Patrolman Jared Hall in the race for sheriff. Both men were invited to participate in a forum hosted by the Roane County Tea Party on Thursday at the Kingston Community Center. The forum started after press time.

  • ‘Smart’ device school policy change expands

    A revised policy that will allow high school students to use tablets and smartphones during the school day was approved by the Roane County Board of Education on second reading this month.

    “It’s going to be great,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “It gives students more ownership of their environment and their education.”

  • Live band noise still too much

    There’s a clamor about noise again in the city of Kingston.

    The furor is coming from the same place that spurred a 2012 effort to tweak city noise ordinances.

  • No complaints about lights out

    Harriman officials have heard no complaints about street lights that were turned off on Ruritan Road.

    Officials had the fixtures covered with tape that keeps them from coming on at dark.

    “I hadn’t heard any complaints or feedback,” said Mayor Chris Mason.

    “I can’t tell any difference,” said Councilman J.D. Sampson, who proposed removal of the lights to save utility costs.

    Officials plan on keeping the tape up for a while.

  • Chilhowee Street apartment fire
  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: U.S. mustn’t meddle in Moslem muddle

    Erudite reader, you have no doubt read or heard at some length of the outrage recently perpetrated in the African nation of Nigeria where hundreds of schoolgirls were forcibly abducted from their schools by the armed Islamist terrorist group called Boko Haram.

  • General Sessions Court: Feb. 7-10, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Feb. 7 — Larry L. Worley, seat belt 18 and older: dismissed.

    • Garry J. Turpin, registration expired, financial responsibility law: dismissed.

    • Michael J. Albin, speeding: dismissed on cost and traffic school.

    • Thomas L. Carter, drivers to exercise due care: dismissed on cost and traffic school. Failure to yield right of way: dismissed.

  • Property transfers: Feb. 10-14, 2014

    Property deed transfers in Roane County:
    Feb. 10 ― From Gwendolyn J. Smith to Gwendolyn J. Smith and Freeman Smith by quit-claim deed, Dist. 3, Kingston, Lot 1, $0.

    • From Gwen Hyder Smith and Gwendolyn J. Smith to Gwen Hyder Smith, Gwendolyn J. Smith and Freeman Smith by quit-claim deed, Dist. 1, 2 tracts, $0.

    • From Arnold M. Weiss and Charles W. Ratledge to Bank of America by trustee’s deed, 2 tracts, $50,700.