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  • Water aerobics draws followers

    Outside of the normal swimming lessons and children beating the summer heat, the Rockwood Community Center pool has another group of regulars.

    Four days a week, a group of 15-20 women gather in the pool to work on their fitness.

    It’s hard to tell they are exercising, however, with the amount of laughter and fun being had.

    The free, low-impact aerobics class has been around for years in Rockwood.

    One member said she’s been attending for more than 15 years.

    The class meets Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

  • McFarland challenge before appeals court

    Tom McFarland’s appeal of his election loss is scheduled to be argued before the Tennessee Court of Appeals in Knoxville today — Wednesday.

    Mike Pemberton defeated McFarland in the race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge on Aug. 7, 2014.

    McFarland sued Pemberton, the Roane County Election Commission and Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins in Roane County Chancery Court after his loss.

  • Indictment in child abuse case

    A 3-year-old child allegedly suffered a fractured skull and fractured jaw at the hands of a 21-year-old Kingston man last fall.

    The alleged perpetrator, Dakota Cain Lamping, was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last week on four counts of aggravated child abuse.

    Kingston Police Detective Keith Kile said Lamping took the child to Roane Medical Center on Oct. 11, claiming she was injured falling down steps.

  • Troop 101 celebrating 75th year

    Generations of young men have gone through the ranks of Kingston’s Boy Scouts Troop 101.

    In fact, fathers, sons and now grandsons have participated, first as scouts and later as scoutmasters or assistant scoutmasters in the troop’s 75-year history.

    “This is a great troop because it stays active,” said Ted Dailey.

    He and his wife, Laura, are perfect examples of the generational connections the troop has,

  • Kimble Chase pulls for a cause

    Rockwood’s Kimble Chase collected about 1,400 pounds of food for local food banks.

    The effort was part of Kimble Chase’s participation in parent company Gerresheimer’s Week.

    In addition to the local food collection, the company will be making a monetary donation to Second Harvest Food Bank.

    “We wanted something all inclusive that everyone could participate in,” said Heather Hagensee, human resource manager at Kimble Chase.

  • GUEST OPINION: Outsiders and insiders needed in Congress

    By LEE HAMILTON

    Center on Congress

    Insiders in Congress put in long, tedious hours on the minutiae of developing legislation. Outsiders mostly use Congress as a platform to build a following beyond their own constituency. Both types are needed to make the system work.

    Members of Congress get categorized in all sorts of ways. They’re liberal or conservative; Republican or Democrat; interested in domestic affairs or specialists in foreign policy.

  • New drug laws start July 1

    By State Sen. KEN YAGER

    Prescription drug abuse in Tennessee is a serious health epidemic, but our state legislature has continued to make progress in our efforts to curb it. As of July 1, three new laws will be enacted to tackle the problem, including one bill that I sponsored which tightens the requirements for medical directors and owners of pain management clinics.

  • Jim Henry named governor's chief of staff

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Jim Henry of Kingston as his new chief of staff.

    Henry currently serves as commissioner of the Department of Children’s Services and replaces Mark Cate who announced his departure last month.

  • Roane, Oak Ridge pay similar salaries to teachers starting out

    Teacher pay was a topic during this year’s budget process.

    Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry brought it up during a meeting between the budget committee and school officials.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said 82 percent of the school budget goes toward salaries.

    Berry then referenced Tennessee Education Association numbers that show the starting salary for a teacher in Roane County is $35,825.

    He compared that to Oak Ridge City Schools, where the starting salary for a teacher is $36,407, according to the TEA.

  • Pine Ridge Road crossing to close for repairs on June 30

    Travelers who cross the Pine Ridge Road railroad crossing aren’t happy with the condition of the bumpy tracks after the railroad made repairs at the location.

    There is now a sign up saying the crossing will be closed June 30 for repairs.

    “The last inspection performed at this location was June 18, 2015, and the information we have received from the NS Railroad Maintenance of Way Department is that the crossing will be completely reworked/replaced by July 15,” said Mark Nagi, spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Transportation.