Today's News

  • Largen turns attention from restaurant to Harriman city

    Roane County attorney Gerald Largen sued Ruby Tuesdays over use of his property that fronts the South Harriman restaurant.

    That culminated in the dismissal of the case and sale of the strip to the business for $175,000 earlier this year.

    Now Largen is taking on the city of Harriman.

    In a letter earlier this year, Largen contends the city has made it impossible to use his lot on Childs Road and fronting Hwy. 27 across from Harriman McDonald’s.

  • No comeback for Rockwood parks director

    Jody Mioduski is officially out as Rockwood park and recreation director.

    Mayor James Watts handed out a letter detailing his reasons for firing Mioduski just prior to the resolution being re-read to let Mioduski go on Monday.

    “I feel like the city needs a change, and I have recommended that change,” Watts said. “It is completely within the jurisdiction of the mayor to request such change.”

    This time, Rockwood City Council had discussion prior to voting on a resolution to oust Mioduski.

  • Same-sex divorce a groundbreaker

    What happens when two men married in another state seek a divorce in Tennessee — a state that doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage? That question could be answered in Roane County Circuit Court.

    Frederick Michael Borman filed for divorce from Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman on March 21.

  • Rocky’s sentence to come from brother’s judge

    When Rocky Houston is sentenced in federal court, his fate will be determined by the same judge who sentenced his brother.

    Houston attorney Michael McGovern contended U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves should recuse himself from the sentencing because of what he was exposed to during the trials and sentencing of Leon Houston, who is Rocky Houston’s older brother.

    The judge disagreed.

    “Houston’s motion has no factual support and no legal merit,” Reeves said in his order of denial.

  • Southern dining for all tastes here

    If you like the food from Robert DeBinder’s kitchen, you have to give credit to his grandmother.

    As a small boy in Knoxville, he stood on chairs at Gloria Jean Everett’s side in the kitchen, watching and helping her prepare specialties like chicken and dumplings, country-style steak and other family favorites.

    The mother of five’s home later became the default mealtime gathering place for those children and their grandchildren, including DeBinder.

  • General Sessions Court: Feb. 20-21, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Feb. 20
    — Christopher T. Lopez, speeding: dismissed on cost and traffic school.

    • Wayne T. Fross, obedience to any required traffic device: guilty; traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Albert W. Grant, obedience to any required traffic device: guilty; traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Eugene Davidson, seat belt 18 and older: guilty; traffic ticket paid in full.

  • Arrests: June 20-21, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    June 20 — Clark Chambers, 22, 214 Cates Road, Rockwood: theft $500 but less than $1,000. No bond or court date listed.

    • Randal Dale Chambers, 53, 214 Cates Road, Rockwood: attachment. No bond or court date listed.

    • Deborah Sue Pellom, 50, 140 Orchard Road, Kingston: two counts theft $500 or less, aggravated burglary. Total bond $4,500; court date July 21.

  • Births: May 8-June 11, 2014

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:
    May 8 — Brandy and Matthew Hunter, Oliver Springs. A girl, Ivory Rosemarie, 9 pounds, 1 ounce. Grandparents: Peggy Silvey; James Silvey; Teresa Jenkins, Randall Campbell; Victoria Toomey.

    May 9 —Aubrey Bentz, Kingston. A girl, Autum Gracelynn, 9 pounds, 0 ounces. Grandparents: Teresa Davis; Michael Bentz.

  • County executive hopefuls to take part in forum

    Roane County Republican Women will continue its series of forums this week when the group hears from candidates for county executive.

    Incumbent Ron Woody and challenger Mike Farmer will participate in the forum, which begins at 7 p.m. June 26 in Michael Dunn Center at 629 Gallaher Road, Kingston.

    Candidates for public defender and Roane County Commission Districts 4, 5, 6 and 7 will also take part in the forum.

    The moderator will introduce those involved in the forum, explain the ground rules and introduce the candidates.