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  • ‘SPRING’ FLING
  • County officials honor big Rockwood milestone

    As the city of Rockwood prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary, the Roane County Commission paid homage last week by passing a resolution in honor of the milestone.

    “I was around when the city turned 100,” Commissioner/Rockwood resident Darryl Meadows said. “Never thought I’d see it turn 150.”

    The resolution passed unanimously. Rockwood City Councilman Dudley Evans accepted it on behalf of the city.

    “We are having our celebration March 10 and 11 in Rockwood,” Evans said.

  • Meth stashed in Bible case

    Rockwood police reported confiscating 15 grams of crystal methamphetamine during a Feb. 13 traffic stop. The female driver, identified as Jennifer L. Watson, is facing charges in the case.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Blake Norman spotted a Mercury Mariner traveling north on Highway 27 with an expired temporary tag. Norman stopped the vehicle at Walmart.

  • Park additions to be touted with ‘grand reopening’

    Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park has been through quite a transformation in the last year and the city is celebrating it with a “grand reopening” from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday.

    “We are hoping to have many kids come and play on the new playground,” said Rebecca Schwepfinger, Harriman special events and public relations coordinator.

    Parks and Recreation Director Allen Hickman is excited to show off the new additions to the park, including new playground equipment that was installed last year and the recently repaired fishing dock.

  • ‘Voyager’s’ Kes barred from driving

    Former “Star Trek: Voyager” actress Jennifer Lien’s recent run-in with police resulted in guilty pleas last week. In December she was charged with DUI and simple assault.

    According to the warrant, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Wes Stooksbury spotted Lien driving erratically on Hwy. 70 in a gold Buick.

    “I did detect an odor on her person believed to be associated with an alcoholic beverage,” the warrant said. “I asked again if she had been drinking and she stated she was drunk.”

  • Mason ponders exec bid

    Former Harriman mayor Chris Mason picked up a petition to run for county executive last Wednesday.

    “Anybody that knows me knows that I’ve always been interested in this office,” Mason said. “Right now I’ve picked up a petition and just really investigating the possibility of running and studying all the issues that the county is facing right now.”

    The county executive’s job is currently held by Ron Woody.

  • Woman accused of shoplifting, hurting cashier

    A cashier at the Rockwood IGA was allegedly assaulted by a shoplifter on Tuesday.

    “Once on scene I saw a woman sitting on the floor with blood on her hands that I identified as being Angelyn Selby,” Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall wrote in his report. “Several IGA employees were standing around her watching her.”

    Hall said he also noticed IGA employee Glenda Bostin, who appeared to be bleeding from a minor cut on her head.

  • Grant opens up dental care

    A $150,000 grant from Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee means many adults without dental insurance will have access to dental care.

    Mid-East Community Action Agency, which operates in Roane and Loudon counties, has been awarded the second phase of a grant from the foundation to implement Healthy Smiles for Adults, which will use a voucher system to provide access to dental care in the area.

    “We are going to be doing a lot of dental services in the county this year,” said Dina Jackson, executive director of the Roane County United Way.

  • Hole found in leak policy

    The Kingston Water Board is considering changes to the policy regarding how the utility charges customers for water leaks.

    The city offers insurance for leaks through Serveline up to a loss of $2,500. Customers who do not choose to participate in the insurance program are responsible for paying the bill if a leak occurs.

    City Manager David Bolling presented the City Council with a case that involved a leak of more than $5,000. The customer had insurance protection for $2,500 of the loss but was concerned about how to cover the rest of the bill.

  • Police say man rammed ex’s car, ran

    Kingston police arrested a Harriman man for aggravated domestic assault, hit and run and leaving the scene of an accident on Tuesday.

    Matthew Adam Honeycutt, 30, is accused of intentionally rear-ending his ex-girlfriend April Washam’s Kia Soul with the front of his Chevy Camaro near Bunch Marine.

    Kingston Patrolman Adam A. Alkishawi reported he met with Washam near Bunch where she detailed how Honeycutt had met her at Walgreens, where they began arguing in the parking lot before she got in her Kia to leave.