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  • More grand jury indictments

    The Roane County grand jury returned an indictment in a tree-clipper beating case last week.

    Suspect Joshua Vance Morgan is charged with aggravated burglary and aggravated assault in the Feb. 8 incident.

  • Henry governor’s new chief of staff

    Kingston’s Jim Henry is Gov. Bill Haslam’s new chief of staff, the governor announced this week.

    His appointment makes it the second time in consecutive governors that a Roane Countian has served as a Tennessee governor’s right-hand man.
    David Cooley, formerly of Rockwood, was deputy to former governor Phil Bredesen.

    In 2002, Jim Henry was a candidate in the Republican primary against Bredesen.

    Then-U.S. Rep. Van Hilleary won the primary, but lost to Bredesen.

  • Turning 100 on the 4th

    Roane County’s very own Yankee Doodle Dandy turns 100 on July 4.

    “Jean” Genevieve Forrester – at 4 feet, 10 inches and about 100 pounds – may look frail, but she’s a firecracker, according to family members who are gathering to celebrate her big day.

    Jean lives with her son Stanley Forrester and his wife, Barbara, on Poplar Creek Road.

    Barbara said Jean’s other son, Kenneth in Connecticut, came up with the idea last December.

    “Hey, we need to plan a big party,” he told the family.

  • Development behind flooding?

    Tuesday afternoon’s torrential rains put a scare in one Midtown family.

    Lucille Inman said her granddaughter’s backyard on Keylon Drive resembled a raging river when the downpour came through.

    “It was rolling,” Inman said about the water.

    An outbuilding in the backyard was partially submerged, and Inman’s granddaughter said a picnic table was covered by water during the rains.

    “We’re used to it flooding, just not this heavily,” Makaylia Bailes said.

  • McFarland’s judge bid back before ... judges

    Tom McFarland’s quest to become a judge took him to Knoxville on Wednesday. He appeared before the Tennessee Court of Appeals to argue why his lawsuit contesting the results of last year’s election for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge should go forward.

    Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood tossed it out of Roane County Chancery Court last fall.

  • Swan Pond cemetery indictment

    The man authorities believe is responsible for vandalizing the Swan Pond Baptist Church cemetery was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last week.

    Kevin Delaney Limburg, 1812 James Ferry Road, Kingston, is charged with theft of property from $10,000 to $60,000 and vandalism from $1,000 to $10,000.

    Limburg was arrested on March 17 for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of a schedule VI drug and evading arrest. He was the prime suspect in the cemetery vandalism, but he wasn’t charged at the time.

  • Another former Houston tract sold

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity has sold another piece of land that once belonged to the Houston brothers.

    Habitat acquired the land through a donation from Cleveland attorney James F. Logan in 2012.

    Habitat Vice President Jim Smith said earlier this year that his organization was uncomfortable keeping the land.

    Brothers Rocky and Leon Houston have a history of clashes with law enforcement and public officials.

    They once vowed to defend the land with their lives.

  • 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.