Today's News

  • VA clinic set to open today

    The new Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Rockwood is scheduled to open today – Wednesday, according to a press release from the Department of Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.

    The clinic is in the old Kroger shopping center, now called the Shoppes of Walden Ridge.

    The VA said a grand opening ceremony for the new clinic is scheduled for April 16.

  • Vaulting catching on at Winding Creek

    A graceful rider bravely mounts a large horse at cantor, moving beautifully in gymnastic feats most would find difficult on solid ground.

    The fluid moves come more easily with practice, which is exactly what the young women of Volunteer Vaulting Club are doing at Winding Creek Stables on Poplar Springs Road near Kingston.

    “The first time I tried it out, I decided to come back and do a few lessons,” said Emily Ziegler of Wartburg.

    “I’ve been hooked ever since.”

  • Convicted sex offender charged with child rape

    A convicted sex offender faces new accusations.

    Christopher John Clark, 49, was indicted last month on three counts of child rape.

    Court records list Clark’s address as 304 Cade Road, Kingston. He was arrested at his home on Feb. 21.

    The grand jury indicted Clark on Feb. 18.

    The indictment said his alleged crimes occurred between Jan. 1-Oct. 16, 2013.

    Child rape is a Class A felony.

    Clark is classified as a violent sex offender on the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry.

  • Smoot murder trial postponed

    Shawn Smoot’s first-degree murder trial scheduled for March 25 in Roane County Criminal Court has been postponed.

    Defense attorney Bob Vogel’s request for a continuance was granted on Monday.

    “We have received within the last month a significant amount of new discovery material from the state,” Vogel said. “Those materials have to be gone through.”

    Prosecutor Bill Reedy objected to the continuance.

  • No foul play suspected in man’s death

    Foul play isn’t suspected in the death of Fred Cooper, according to Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    Cooper, 76, was found unresponsive in his yard at 112 Leffew Drive south of Rockwood on Friday.

    The sheriff’s office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation responded to the scene.

    “After reviewing the preliminary autopsy report, it looks like it’s probably natural causes,” Stockton said.

    The case remains under investigation.

  • The Garden Gate: We’re in the salad days — as were our ancestors

    Physicians in the 15th century had never heard of vitamins.

    They were, nonetheless, on the right track when they recommended salads as part of a healthful diet and suggested goutweed as an additional ingredient for preventative measures.

    The word “salad” dates back to the days of Caesar, when the Romans sprinkled “sal” (salt) on their salads. Long before, however, people were eating salads — or salad-type foods.

    Though its beginnings are unknown, lettuce is an ancient herbal plant.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of March 5

    25 Years Ago

  • Flowers, dinner for Ruby Julian’s 96th

    Ruby Julian celebrated her 96th birthday on Feb. 21.

    She was honored with flowers and a dinner on Feb. 23 in Walnut Hill Baptist Church.

    Julian is the wife of the late Homer Julian of Harriman.

    She is the mother of Homer Julian Jr. and Tom Julian and his wife, Pat.

    She has four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

  • ‘Hoops for Hope’ aids Child Advocacy Center

    Roane Countians have an opportunity to step up and make a difference in the lives of children who have been the victims of severe physical abuse and/or sexual abuse.

    Kids First Child Advocacy Center will have a fundraising dinner and auction on May 7 to enable it to provide free services to victims of child abuse living in Roane, Loudon, Morgan and Meigs counties.

    This year’s theme, “Hoops for Hope” is inspired by guest speaker Holly Warlick, head basketball coach of the University of Tennessee’s Lady Volunteers.

  • Practical gardening skills to be taught at spring workshop

    “Practical Skills for the Backyard Garden” will be the focus of Roane County Master Gardeners’ spring gardening workshop.

    The Master Gardeners and Roane County University of Tennessee Extension will host their annual spring workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 15 for adults in the community.

    This year’s workshop will focus on providing practical skills that the average homeowner can use in a backyard garden.

    The cost is $25 and includes supplies and lunch.