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Today's News

  • General Sessions Court: April 14-17, 2014

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

    April 14 — Jeramie K. Clayton, simple possession/casual exchange: guilty; amended to possession unlawful drug paraphernalia uses and activities.

    • Whitney A. Brackins, two counts probation violation: guilty.

    • Nicholas J. Hawn, probation violation: guilty.

  • Arrests: Aug. 21-25, 2014

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

    Aug. 21 — Shella Ann Epling, 54, 299 Hobson Road, Kingston: DUI. Bond $1,000; court date Oct. 27.

    • Charles Nicholas Lee, 22, 132 Lee Road, Harriman: domestic assault. Bond $1,000; court date Oct. 20.

    • Kenny Lee Ariks, 29, 2618 Kingston Hwy., Kingston: driving on revoked/suspended license. Bond $2,000; court date Nov. 3.

  • Borrowed robes for Pemberton

    New Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton has yet to be fitted for a robe, but don’t expect him to take the bench this week without the traditional judge’s garb.

    “I’ve been so busy, but I’m going to wear my father-in-law’s until I have time,” he said.

    Pemberton’s father-in-law is retired judge James “Buddy” Scott. They can share the robe now after Pemberton’s swearing-in on Sunday.

    “I’m really looking forward to it,” Pemberton said, about serving as judge.

  • Sincerely sworn, despite omission

    District 4 Roane County Commissioner Steve Kelley’s oath of office on Sunday was a little different than others during the swearing-in ceremony at the courthouse.

    Kelley, an atheist, only uttered “So help me,” where others ended their oaths with “So help me God.”

    “It’s just tradition,” Kelley said. “It doesn’t mean anything, because people swear to God and lie all the time.”

  • Stewart sidelined for now

    For a short time, Sarah Stewart appeared to be one of the officials taking office this week.

    Voting totals handed out on election night showed her winning the race for Roane County circuit court clerk by about 200 votes. Unbeknownst at the time, those totals didn’t include all the votes cast in the Aug. 7 election.

  • Hooray for cotton candy
  • Rockwood going after run-down homes

    Residents in Rockwood have issued a call to deal with dilapidated buildings.

    Rockwood officials have responded with a stronger stance, going to court on a case-by-case basis to get something done.

    First on the list is 526 W. Rockwood St., known as the Valentine House.

    “This is long overdue,” said Councilman Mike Freeman. “This house is an eyesore and is a dangerous place.”

  • GUEST OPINION: Why it matters to let creeps have their say

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES

    First Amendment Center

    Nothing does more to erode public support for the First Amendment than public stunts deliberately designed to offend people of faith.

    Think Fred Phelps and his minions waving hateful signs outside churches during military funerals. Or Terry Jones shouting, “Islam is of the Devil,” and setting fire to the Quran.

  • GLIMPSES: About THOSE liberals

    By MARK BANKER

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column.

    1) None of us sees the past or present with absolute clarity.

    2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values.

    3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

  • Waterfowl seasons set

     

    The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission passed an amended proclamation that sets a split statewide waterfowl season for 2014-15.

    The action came at the commission’s August meeting which concluded Friday afternoon at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center.