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  • No injuries in bus collision with teen

    A teen driver crashed into a Roane County school bus Thursday afternoon.

    None of the 26 students who were on the bus suffered injuries, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, which investigated the crash.

    It happened on Dogwood Drive around 4 p.m. According to the report, 18-year-old Derek A. Bailey of Kingston was traveling north in a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero when he crossed the centerline and struck the school bus.

  • Rockwood firefighters take up teaching

    Rockwood Fire Department is investing in training its employees.

    Many of them recently went to different instructor schools, so the training should pay off with future savings in the department.

    “Some of this is stuff we are required to do every year or every other year, and we have been having to outsource it to get somebody to come in here and do the training for us,” said Rockwood Fire Chief Matt Crabtree.

  • Eight years’ probation sentence of man pleading to child neglect

    Multiple “roadblocks” hampered the prosecution of a Kingston man who was indicted in 2015 on four counts of aggravated child abuse.

    The case against Dakota Cain Lamping ended on Friday when he pleaded guilty to an amended charge of attempted aggravated child neglect.

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced him to eight years of state probation. He was also fined $150 and ordered to pay the court costs. The remaining charges were dismissed.

  • Robbery suspect in custody

    A man is now in custody after a robbery at the Rocky Top gas station at 102 N. Roane St. in downtown Harriman early Sunday morning.

    Harriman police reported the clerk told them a man reached over and took cash from the open register while he was making a purchase. A brief struggle took place between the suspect and clerk before the suspect left the store with the money.

  • Harriman considers public safety director

    Harriman is considering creating a public safety director position to oversee both police and fire.

    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms said he felt this would be the best time to try such a proposal because of the employees the city has on staff.

    “If I didn’t think we had the right people in place right now I wouldn’t be talking about this,” said Helms.

    Councilman Lonnie Wright agreed with the quality of the city’s staff.

  • Kingston FY18 won’t have tax, water increase

    The city of Kingston is not looking at a tax increase, or a water rate increase for the 2017-18 fiscal year, according to a draft of the budget offered by City Manager David Bolling last week during a work session.

    “For the second year in a row, I’m pleased to present you with a general fund budget that requires no tax increase,” Bolling stated in an accompanying memo.

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  • Garden vandalized at Riverfront Park

    The Harriman Garden Club found a sorry sight at the garden they have at David Webb’s Riverfront Park.

    Someone vandalized the garden that the members devote so much time to. A bird bath bowl, the tops of concrete benches, stepping stones and flowers were all removed from the garden.

    “This is the third year in a row we have been vandalized. The first time they stole a beautiful bird bath,” said club member Pat Ramsey. “It just makes you mad.”

  • Gertude Porter Park could cost contractor

    Delays on the Gertrude Porter Park project have the potential to cost the contractor, too.

    Kingston City Manager David Bolling updated City Council members during the group’s recent work session, reporting on a recent meeting with state officials and the project’s contractor, Southeast Contractors.

  • Rockwood’s Blake wins at Lake Cumberland tourney

    Rockwood’s Derrick Blake accomplished one of his biggest dreams when he joined the ranks of other big time fishermen this year.

    Blake made $10,000 recently with a 33rd place finish in the Fishing League Worldwide tournament on Lake Cumberland in Kentucky the weekend of April 6.

    “This year is my rookie year on the professional level,” said Blake.