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Today's News

  • McFarland not letting go

    Tom McFarland’s position wasn’t swayed by the Roane County Election Commission’s unanimous decision to put Mike Pemberton on the ballot for the August election.

    “It still doesn’t change the fact that Mike Pemberton doesn’t live in the district,” McFarland contended.

    McFarland and Pemberton face each other in this year’s race for 9th Judicial District Circuit Court judge.

  • Accused killer on the lam?

    At press time Thursday, accused murderer Shawn Smoot was still at large.

    “We don’t know where he is, but everybody is on the look out for him,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    Johnson said that includes the U.S. Marshals Service.

    A warrant has been out for Smoot’s arrest for more than a week after Roane County Criminal Court Judge Eugene Eblen signed an April 23 order revoking his bond.

    Prosecutors moved for the revocation after Smoot was charged with DUI in McMinn County.

  • Official’s tax status puts seat in jeopardy

    It’s been a tough couple of years for Harriman City Councilman J.D. Sampson.

    According to the Tennessee Trustee’s website, Sampson still has not paid his 2012 or 2013 property taxes and personal property taxes of $7,890.

    “I guess I’m going to have to close down. I can’t seem to get any jobs,” said Sampson, who runs Sampson Group, a maintenance and custodial service.

    He said he recently bid on work at a variety of companies, but he’s not heard back yet.

  • TCAP incentives offered

    Roane County students started state TCAP testing Tuesday.

    With the pressure upon them, one middle school wanted to celebrate with a pep rally.

    Cherokee Middle School students created TCAP banners, performed skits, had Minute-

    To-Win-It-style games and group relay races.

    “We have students who really get really stressed out about TCAP’s,” said Amber Henderson, a seventh-grade math teacher. “The pep rally is a time for the kids to forget about the stress and just have some fun.”

  • TVA recreation area cuts power usage

    A unique demonstration project set among the campers and anglers at Melton Hill Dam Sustainable Recreation Area is delivering on its promise of energy efficiency, water conservation and renewable generation for the Tennessee Valley Authority.

    TVA blended a concentrated mix of sustainable technologies and conservation concepts into the existing infrastructure of the popular 92-acre lakeside recreation area west of Knoxville. The project opened on Earth Day 2011.

  • Man says he shot at SUV that tried to run him over

    A Harriman man was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment for allegedly shooting at two people traveling in a Lincoln Navigator Tuesday night.

    According to the report, Michael Ray Shipley told Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Mitch Grigsby he fired after the vehicle attempted to run him over.

    “Mr. Shipley alleged that the vehicle’s mirror had struck him on the arm, but I observed no obvious marks on Mr. Shipley’s person to corroborate his statement,” the report said.

  • Rockwood baccalaureate set May 13

    The Rockwood High School baccalaureate service for the 2014 graduating class will begin at 6 p.m. May 13 in Rockwood United Methodist Church.

    The church is at 801 N. Kingston Ave.

    A trio of graduates will provide special music.

    The Rev. Don Ferguson will be the keynote speaker.

    He is interim pastor of Rockwood and Asbury Chapel United Methodist churches.

    The service is conducted annually by the Rockwood Ministerial Association.

  • Fribourg helps mark Holocaust Memorial Day

    Katelyn Overton is among the Rockwood First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) members who welcomed special guest speaker Henry Fribourg in honor of Holocaust Memorial Day on April 27.

    Fribourg escaped as a child with his immediate family and fled the Nazi occupation before being granted asylum in the United States. His grandparents and many extended family were killed.

    Fribourg shared his families’ story in honor of remembering the 11 million people who were killed during the Nazi’s “Final Solution.”

  • Arrests: April 7-17, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    April 7 — James Gordon Edwards, 31, 118 Johnson Road, Oak Ridge: court/hold only. No bond listed; court date April 8.

    • Melissa Dyan Thornton, 33, 4216 New River Hwy., Briceville: court/hold only. No bond listed; court date April 8.

  • Tennessee Scholars: 129 Roane high school seniors cited

    The Roane County Chamber, in partnership with the Roane County Schools, recognized a record number of 129 graduating seniors as Tennessee Scholars at a breakfast awards ceremony on April 23.

    “The Tennessee Scholars program gives you a foundation to build upon to create a successful career,” said Wade Creswell, The Roane Alliance president.