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  • ‘HAARRRYY!’

    A Roane County family’s little princess met Prince Charming last week.

    Prince Harry of Great Britain took the hand of 4-year-old Emma Hixson outside Edinburgh Castle in Scotland and left her speechless.

    “She was a little starstruck and didn’t talk to him,” said grandmother Rachel Hayes of Kingston. She “just smiled sweetly.”

    Emma lives in Scotland with her parents, Elijah and Katie Hixson, and little brother Haddon.

  • New way to dispose of drugs introduced

    The Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition has a new tool in the prevention of prescription drug use.

    The group was introduced to Dispose RX, a new drug-neutralizing powder, at their monthly meeting at their Kingston office last week.

    Ann Hamlin from Dispose RX in North Carolina demonstrated the powder that, when added to the bottle with water, is an “effective and convenient and inexpensive method of drug disposal that does not enable removal for illicit use.”

  • TWRA in touch during Tiger Haven incident

    An officer with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency was in contact with local law enforcement the night Roane County E-911 received a report about a lion running on the side of the road near Tiger Haven, according to attorney Tracey E. Boyers.

    Deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office looked into the incident, which was reported on Jan. 5 around 9:45 p.m.

    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said they determined there was no lion on the loose.

  • Banned alleged shoplifter back in store

    A shoplifting suspect was allegedly back in Walmart three days after being accused of stealing a computer from the store.

    According to a police report, Walmart loss prevention officer Joey Foster told Rockwood detective Dwayne Gray on Valentine’s Day that Garrett Gielissen was in the store on Feb. 10. Foster told Gray that he confronted Gielissen in the customer service area.

  • ‘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.