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Today's News

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 14

    25 Years Ago

  • Tea Party to hear from Farmer, Woody Thursday

    Roane County is scheduled to pay nearly $2 million in interest on the $2.5 million it borrowed for the Plateau Partnership Park.

    The county borrowed $1.750 million for the project in 2007. The first principal payment on that debt won’t be made until 2016.

    In 2010, the county borrowed another $750,000. The first principal payment on that debt isn’t scheduled to be made until 2025.

    Both deals were put together during the tenure of former Roane County executive Mike Farmer.

  • Land Bank to be League luncheon topic

    Charlie Jernigan, chairman of the Oak Ridge Land Bank Corp. board of directors, will be the guest speaker at Oak Ridge League of Women Voters’ upcoming Lunch With the League.

    The meeting starts at noon May 20 in Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    No reservations are necessary. Box lunches will be available for $8 on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 11:30 a.m., or those attending may bring their own meal. Coffee and tea are provided.

  • Morgan-Grizzard

    Randy and Becky Morgan of Oliver Springs announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Megan Ann Morgan, to Michael Brett Grizzard.

    He is the son of Mike Grizzard and Lisa Grizzard, both of Harriman.

    The ceremony will be at 4 p.m. June 7 in Big Emory Baptist Church, Harriman. Invitations have been sent.

    A reception will follow in the church’s reception hall.

  • Arrests: April 26-May 2, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    April 26 — Timothy John Austin, 30, 407 N. Chamberlain Ave., Rockwood: contempt of court. Bond $5,000; court date May 19.

    • Amanda Grace Collins, 34, 430 Tedder St., Rockwood: domestic assault. Bond $1,000; court date June 16.

    • Clinton Douglas Day, 20, 112 Ponders Gap, Ten Mile: driving on revoked/suspended license. Bond $1,000; court date June 30.

  • ‘My Water Path’ author to speak

    Roane County author Timothy Joseph will speak about his new book, “My Water Path,” and the art of writing during Kingston Public Library’s “Thursday Night at the Library.”

    The event begins at 6 p.m. May 22.

    Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served.

    Advance copies of “My Water Path,” scheduled for a June release, will be available for purchase along with copies of some of Joseph’s previous works.

  • GUEST OPINION: Donald Sterling and more lessons in free speech

     

    What’s left to say about the ugly, racist views of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and the vocal reactions to his comments?

    Well, from a First Amendment free expression perspective, several things — some of which may well resonate even longer than Sterling’s repugnant remarks and the lifetime ban imposed on him by Adam Silver, commissioner of the National Basketball Association.

  • TVA monies allocated for pool filtration, welcome signs

    Not much is left of the $43 million TVA set aside to help Roane County recover from the 2008 ash spill.

    But last week, the foundation overseeing the spending approved the allocation of about $33,000 for Rockwood and Oliver Springs.

    Rockwood’s request was for $8,195 to go toward improving the filtration system at the municipal swimming pool.

  • Rape charge filed by police in Kingston

    Kingston police charged a 23-year-old man with rape over the weekend. 

    Bradley Aaron Allison also faces three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and reckless endangerment. 

    According to the police report, three juveniles told police that Allison provided them with alcohol and pills. 

    The report also said that one of the juveniles told police Allison made her get into the back of his car. That’s where the alleged rape occurred. 

  • Pemberton on ballot in 9th’s four counties

    The Roane County Election Commission’s decision to certify circuit court judge candidate Mike Pemberton means he’ll be on the ballot in all four counties. 

    “Roane County certified him, and that’s the home county where his petition originated, so yes, he’ll be on our ballot,” Loudon County Administrator of Elections Susan Harrison said.