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  • More to come on greenway

    The gates are open and the ribbons are cut.

    So what’s next for the Ladd Greenway?

    We’ll know soon, after Kingston City Manager David Bolling gets word back from Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    But there are plans aplenty, for both the short term and the long haul, as local officials seek to make the greenway a fully realized, full-service park.

  • Serving those who sacrificed

    Roane County native Matt Cofer has one of the most important jobs in the U.S. Armed Services.

    He is responsible for honoring our military serviceman who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

    The 2013 Rockwood High School graduate is a member of an elite unit stationed at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, formerly Fort Myer, Va., home of Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

  • Cyclist killed in crash

    Dr. Verne Ephram Gilbert was an avid bicyclist. Sunday afternoon Gilbert died doing what he loved.

    Gilbert was out riding his bicycle when he was involved in an accident with a small sport-utility vehicle.

    Gilbert, who lived in Oak Ridge, died as a result of his injuries. He was 85.

    “He was in great shape and was pursuing his love of cycling, when he was struck by a car,” Gilbert’s obituary said.

  • BELIEVE in MIRACLES

    Baby Kayden Christopher crawls determinedly toward his grandmother and namesake Kay Christopher, a triumphant smile transforming his face as he reaches her.

    The squirming boy is feeling much better now that he has been off chemotherapy for weeks.

    When his family took him for his regular visit to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital earlier this month, they were joyfully stunned by the news the cancer cells in his brain tumor are gone.

    “Nobody expected for the cancer to be gone,” said Matt Christopher, Kayden’s father.

  • County supports gas tax

    Gov. Bill Haslam’s gas tax plan got a unanimous endorsement from the Roane County Commission last week.

    A resolution expressing support for the plan passed the Commission 15-0.

    “It looks like it’s going to be a very good thing for our state,” Commissioner David Bell said.

    Last month Haslam introduced the IMPROVE Act – Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy.

    It proposes to increase the state tax on gas 7 cents per gallon and on diesel 12 cents per gallon.

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  • Rockwood makes marijuana arrests

    Rockwood police reported finding marijuana, a digital scale and other drug paraphernalia earlier this month. Interim Police Chief Bill Stinnett said two 18-year-olds and two juveniles are facing charges in the incident.

    According to the warrant, officer Brandon Smith observed a gray Saturn traveling at a high rate of speed.

    “I lost visual of the car,” the warrant said. “I found the car moments later at 736 Clymersville Road.”

  • Midway student arrested

    A Midway High School senior was taken into custody late Thursday afternoon for allegedly threatening to “shoot up the school.”

    A Roane County Sheriff’s Office warrant identified the 18-year-old as Houston Knight of 935 Laurel Bluff Road, Kingston.

    A joint statement released by Sheriff Jack Stockton and District Attorney General Russell Johnson said Knight was arrested “in connection with an online posting allegedly making a false report of a threat” to the high school in the South of the River area of Roane County.

  • ONE HIGH SCHOOL: Site to be determined

    It took three tries, but the Roane County Board of Education was able to garner enough support to move forward on a future plan for its high schools. By a 7-3 vote Thursday night, the school board approved the scenario that calls for building one new high school.

    The county’s current five high schools – Harriman, Midway, Oliver Springs, Roane County High and Rockwood – would all close under the plan. The new school, which would have a
    freshman academy or freshman wing, would be the only high school in the county.

  • Roane mourns history buff Parker

    Prominent Kingston community member Rachel Rose Parker died Thursday.

    She was 96.

    The wife of the late J.C. “Babe” Parker, who was a Kingston banker and longtime county historian, she shared her husband’s passion for history.

    She served on the Roane County Heritage Commission and playing a role in restoring the old Roane County Courthouse.

    Parker, a member of the Avery Trace Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, once ran for mayor of Kingston. She also served on the Kingston Regional Planning Commission.