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  • Mess lands woman behind bars

    Litigation over a property littered with debris landed an elderly Roane County woman in jail.

    Helen Hayes was arrested on an attachment issued in the case.

    Hayes, 67, owns property at 1812 Bluff Road. In 2015, the Roane County Commission voted to have County Attorney Greg Leffew file a lawsuit against her in Chancery Court for “continually allowing conditions of overgrown vegetation/accumulated debris,” on her property.

    According to court records, Hayes was ordered to bring her property into compliance and failed to do so.

  • REACH $60,000 away from goal

    Time is again drawing near for Operation REACH.

    REACH, an acronym for Roane Enriches Another Child’s Holiday, takes around 500 needy children Christmas shopping and then off to Rockwood High School to wrap their new gifts.

    This year’s event will be Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9.

    “They spend about $225 a piece for them and their families,” said Randy Ellis, REACH president.

    For many it’s the only time the children will get to shop like this for items like toys and other items.

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  • Kingston taking Watch program to social media

    The Kingston Police Department is undertaking an innovative program that will use social media to support various “watch” programs and improve communication with the community.

    The effort will add value to the department’s Neighborhood Watch, Elder Watch, Business Watch and Church Watch programs, said Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam.

    “I don’t know of any other department combining these four programs online,” he said.

  • Harriman, Kingston shafted?

    Budget Committee nominations usually pass with no opposition. That wasn’t the case at Monday’s Roane County Commission meeting, however.

    The resolution nominating Commissioners Carolyn Granger, James Brummett, Steve Kelley and Darryl Meadows to the committee passed by a razor thin 8-7 vote.

    “Everybody wants somebody from their district, but there’s not enough districts to go around,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Woody is chairman of the budget committee and makes the nominations that Commission approves.

  • 500 pounds of spuds up for grabs

    What better side for your Thanksgiving turkey than a buttery serving of mashed potatoes?

    Floyd Lawson and his Bria-Shannel Committee are once again giving away 100 five-pound bags to those in need.

    “This Tuesday, Nov. 21, we’ll be giving away our yearly potatoes at Riverfront Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,” said Lawson.

    This is the third year that they’ve given out the tasty spuds near the holidays.

    “You can eat if you have potatoes. There are so many ways you can make them,” he said.

  • State gives OS thumbs up on sewer rehabs

    Oliver Springs wastewater plant operators have addressed some of the changes recommended when the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation visited the facility in August.

    “I told them I’m glad they came down because they showed us deficiencies,” Town Administrator Chris Mason said. “We changed the way we are doing business up there.”

    Mason said the $4.5 million upgrade to the plant should be completed by December.

    “Pretty much it is a brand new sewer plant,” Mason said.

  • Turkey Day coming early for Kingston OES

    Kingston 405 Order of the Eastern Star is finalizing

    plans for its annual turkey dinner.

    The dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 18 in Union Lodge Hall on Spring Street, Kingston.

    Cost is $8 for smoked turkey, green beans, whole-kernel corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, slaw, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, pumpkin or pecan pie and tea, coffee or water.

  • Rockwood police K-9 suited with body armor

    Rockwood Police Department’s K-9 Shadow has received a bullet- and stab-protective vest, thanks to a charitable donation from the nonprofit Vested Interest in K9s Inc.

    K-9 Shadow’s vest is sponsored by VIK9s through the Amazon Smile donor percentage purchases program and embroidered with the sentiment, “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s Inc.”

    Vested Interest in K9s Inc. is a 501c3 charity in East Taunton, Mass.

  • Grinding crash claims life of Kingston man

    A Kingston man was killed in a single-vehicle car crash Friday night on Gallaher Road.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

    According to the report, Austin Jergen Owens was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed in a 2012 Chrysler 300. He left the right side of the road and struck an embankment.

    “The vehicle then went airborne and struck a tree,” the report said.

    Another driver called 911 around 9:40 p.m. to report the crash.