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Today's News

  • Longtime Knights of Pythias members cited

    Rockwood’s Oak Leaf Lodge 49, Knights of Pythias, recently honored life members, including new 50-year life members Dean Woodall and Robert Brock, with a dinner event.

    Also honored were three life members with more than 60 years' membership: Luther True, 67-year member; J. Polk Cooley, 64-year member; and James Fickey, 61-year member.

    The Fraternal Order Knights of Pythais is celebrating its 150-year anniversary this year, and Oak Leaf Lodge is marking its 126th year.

  • Arrests: June 10-16, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    June 10 — Christopher Shane Brown, 26, 207 Oak Ave., Rockwood (also listed as 203 Ruritan Road, Harriman): manufacture/deliver/sell controlled substance. Bond $45,000; court date Aug. 18.

  • Births: Oct. 28-Nov. 26, 2013

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:
    Oct. 28 — Kayla and Christopher Pierce, Kingston. A girl, Alisa Louise Lynette, 7 pounds, 1 ounce. Sibling: Brennan. Grandparents: Lena Honeycutt; David Malosh; Wayne Honeycutt; Jeannie Pierce; Rodney Pierce.

    Nov. 1 — Kelly Meredith and Michael Burton, Oliver Springs. A boy, Ke’son Alexander, 6 pounds, 0 ounces. Siblings: Madison and Lacy. Grandparents: Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Ward; the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard Burton.

  • General Sessions Court: Feb. 3-7, 2014

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

    Feb. 3 — William James, DUI first offense: guilty.

    • William Tyler James Jr., DUI first offense: dismissed.

    • Brad L. Martin, probation violation: guilty.

    • Justin Eric Ybarra, failure to appear: dismissed. Driving while license revoked second or subsequent offense: bound over.

  • GUEST OPINION: In Tennessee, religious freedom trumps fears

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    After four years of protests, lawsuits, vandalism, arson and a bomb threat, American Muslims in Murfreesboro can finally celebrate the power of religious freedom to triumph over hate and fear — at least in the courts.

    This month, the U.S. Supreme Court put an end to a lawsuit filed in 2010 challenging the permit issued by Rutherford County for construction of an Islamic Center near the city of Murfreesboro.

  • Poke is back as Harriman’s pick

    After a one-year hiatus, the Polk Salad Festival returned to Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park on Saturday.

    The plant’s name is typically spelled “poke,” Harriman follows the spelling used in “Polk Salad Annie,” sung by Elvis Presley.

    Dian Sutton said 2014 was a good year for picking poke, and she and others made sure plenty was available for festival-goers.

    “All the money from our poke dinner goes to local veterans programs,” Sutton said.   

  • POLICE BLOTTER: Coke-fueled paranoia, road rage on interstate

    A Dandridge man faces criminal charges in Roane County General Sessions Court for during a June 8 alleged road-rage incident on Interstate 40. Jefferson Douglas Wyrosdick, 66, is charged with felony aggravated assault, felony reckless endangerment and possession of a firearm during commission of a dangerous felony.

  • Property transfers: Jan. 27-Feb. 7, 2014

    Property deed transfers in Roane County:

    Jan. 27 — From Rachel H. Vann and Robert G. Vann to James L. Wood by warranty deed, Dist. 2, Holtsinger Heirs property, Lots 17 and PT18, $155,000.

    Jan. 30 — From Shapiro & Kirsch LLP, Shapiro and Kirsch LLP, Wendy A. Broome and Joseph Broome to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. by trustee’s deed, Dist. 4, Henley Point, Lot 10, $0.

  • General Sessions Court: Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Jan. 28 — Payden Mergen, public intoxication: dismissed; cost to defendant.

    • Eddie Hoover, possession unlawful drug paraphernalia attempt: guilty.

    • Zachary Farmer, possession unlawful drug paraphernalia attempt, simple possession/casual exchange: guilty.

    • Benjamin E. Belhadj, speeding: guilty; traffic ticket paid in full.

  • Arrests: June 4-9, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    June 4 — Abigail Victoria Summerall, 27, 307 N. Hewitt Ave., Rockwood: violation of probation. Bond $10,000; court date July 21.

    June 5 — Ahmad Safah Al Jarahani, 41, 311 Cedar Park Circle, LaVergne: reckless driving, driving on revoked/suspended license. Total bond $3,000; court date July 14.