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  • Crash into Kingston mart; overturn stalls I-40 traffic
  • Kingston eyes new fire truck

    Kingston needs a new fire truck.

    Fire Chief Willie Gordon discussed the matter with Kingston City Council members earlier this month at the group’s regular work session.

    He said there had been a need for a new truck for several years, and that the city’s newest truck is a 2005 ladder truck.

    “We try hard, train hard and need this truck,” Gordon said. “It would not benefit me or the firemen, but would give them a tool to work with.

  • Feds helping city smooth out Margrave

    The bridge on Margrave Drive isn’t the only new look coming to Harriman.

    City officials aim to see the street improved with the help of federal funds for roads.

    “We are looking at several phases of the project, but the priority would be beginning on Carter Street at the Roane Street intersection, going down to Margrave and then from Margrave over to Oakdale Hwy.,” said Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms.

  • 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.”