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    The city of Kingston has decided to postpone the Spring Street Fest.

    “After consultation with the National Weather Service, and discussion among the Department Heads involved, we have made the decision to cancel the Street Fest for Saturday.  Our rain date is April 14,” said City Manager David Bolling.

    Bolling said that Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross and his staff will be contacting vendors and others involved to let them know and try to get them on board for April 14.

  • Toughbooks get the boot for iPads

    Harriman Police Department is getting more tech savvy with the introduction of iPads in their patrol cars that will enable them to do much more of their work with one tool.

    The iPads will be replacing the aging Toughbooks that officers had in their vehicles.

    “We are going to have one for every officer,” said Police Chief Derek Pacifico.

    “I’ve checked all around and there are agencies in different places across the country who are doing this,” said Pacifico.

  • Woody regrouping after budget panel rejection

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he’s moving forward after his plan to add Earl Nall to the Budget Committee was rejected by the County Commission on Monday.

    “I’ll determine sometime this month what I’ll try to do,” he said.

    His options include nominating someone else or letting a one seat vacancy remain on the committee.

    The vacancy was created due to the unexpected death of Commissioner Steve Kelley.

  • Love, family key in battling rare form of blood cancer

    Everyone needs a mama bear in their corner to lean on when they are at their lowest moments.

    That tireless love and loyalty is just what R.E. Nail got from his spirited wife Reva when he was facing his frightening diagnosis of myelofibrosis, a rare form of blood cancer.

    R.E. Nail said he couldn’t have done it without Reva.

    “There is just no way. They told me up front you have to have a caregiver. She wasn’t just my caregiver; she was my angel,” R.E. Nail said.

  • Man killed in crash into Poplar Creek

    A Lake City man was killed Tuesday morning when a vehicle ran off Poplar Creek Road and became submerged in the water.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol report indicates the victim, 50-year-old Warner Martin, was buckled into the backseat, making extrication difficult.

    The driver of the Mazda 3, Rebecca Vanasse, 26, of Oak Ridge, and her front seat passenger Ethan James Alexander Wilson, 26, of Lake City, were successfully removed from the vehicle.

    Wilson, 26, did not suffer any injuries, but reports said Vanasse suffered unknown injuries.

  • Commission says no to K-14

    The K-14 educational initiative recently unveiled by The Roane Alliance was struck a blow at Monday’s County Commission meeting.

    A resolution endorsing the Roane County Schools’ K-14 plan failed after it was added to the agenda shortly before the meeting.

    Seven Commissioners — James Brummett, Benny East, Randy Ellis, Greg Ferguson, Junior Hendrickson, Mike Hooks and Stan Moore — voted against the measure.

    Voting in favor were Commission Chairman Ron Berry and Commissioners Peggy Collier, Chris Johnson and Carolyn Granger.

  • Shooting suspect in custody

    A juvenile suspect wanted in connection with a shooting that took place at Weigel’s on Gallaher Road in Kingston on March 3 is in custody.

    According to a press release from the Kingston Police Department, the juvenile turned himself in to authorities at the Clinton Police Department in the early hours of March 19.

    The juvenile was then transferred to the Knoxville Juvenile Detention Center, where is he waiting on a hearing.

    Juvenile petitions were taken out for the incident on March 6.


    The Roane County Commission on Monday soundly rejected an attempt by County Executive Ron Woody to appoint Earl Nall to the Commission’s budget committee.

    Nall said he wasn’t surprised at the 10-to-3 vote against his appointment.

    “I knew it was a long shot,” he said.

    A majority of the commissioners expressed their concerns that Nall, a former school board member with data analytics experience, is not an elected member of the Commission.

  • Kingston Street Fest Saturday

    Organizers of Kingston’s Spring Street Fest in Courthouse Square Saturday predict the event will build on the success of October’s Fall Street Fest.

    “It’s springtime, and people are ready to get outdoors,” said Debbie Russell, events coordinator for Kingston Parks and Recreation Department.

    “If the weather holds out, we will probably have more people,” she said.

  • State wants to reunite you with forgotten money

    The Tennessee Department of Treasury Unclaimed Property Division is traveling to events across the state to reunite Tennesseans with their missing money.

    Last fiscal year, the Division returned a record-breaking 43,482 claims, resulting in $48 million in missing money returned to Tennesseans.

    The Unclaimed Property Division is a consumer protection program of the Tennessee Department of Treasury, under the leadership of Treasurer David H. Lillard Jr.

    There is currently more than $819 million waiting to be claimed in Tennessee.