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  • Heroes praised for rescuing woman in fire

    Mary Quirarte knows she is lucky to be alive, and she also knows who to thank.

    The Rockwood resident was injured in a still unexplainable car fire earlier this year, and says she is “so grateful for the gift of my life.”

    She was able to personally thank those responsible last week at the regular monthly meeting of the Kingston City Council.

  • Deputies discover fugitive is wanted in Texas for DWI

    A woman wanted in Texas since 2007 was arrested in Roane County on Wednesday. Beth Alison McDonald was charged with being a fugitive from justice.

    According to an incident report, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective John Mayes received information from Mount Pisgah Christian Academy about a student who had not been in school for three days.

    “During this time the father of the child showed up at the school and stated that he did not want the mother of the child picking up the child due to the fact that she was a fugitive,” the report said.

  • Kingston Lions host annual 5k fundraiser

    Runners and walkers are encouraged to participate in the Kingston Lions Club Moonlight for Sight 5K run and challenge walk to be held at Fort Southwest Point on Saturday Oct. 1.

    Runners can enjoy a cool run along the side of Watts Bar Lake on a relatively flat course.

    Walkers will tackle a mile loop around Fort Southwest Point that does have a few hills. Walkers are challenged to see how many loops they can complete in the one hour time limit. Medallions will be awarded based on laps completed and all walkers will get a medal.

  • Harriman seniors may get new digs

    Staff reports

    The Harriman Industrial Development board will consider the final approval of the issuance of bonds to finance the acquisition and rehabilitation of Harriman Gardens Apartments at a special called meeting tonight (Monday.)

    Bonds in the amount not to exceed $9 million will be issued. Raymond James and Associates, Inc. will be underwriting the bonds used for the acquisition and rehabilitation of the apartments by LHP Capital, LLC of Knoxville..

    The IDB will also consider approval of a 20 year tax reduction that will support the project.

  • Deputy bitten by inmate at intake

    An inmate at the Roane County Jail allegedly bit a sheriff’s deputy last month. Matthew Raymond Ellison was charged with criminal exposure of another to a disease in the incident.

    According to the warrant filed by Deputy Ethen Collins, Ellison was brought to the jail by Harriman police on Aug. 28. He was placed in a restraint chair because he reportedly told Harriman police he wanted to harm himself.

  • Historical Society honors educator

    Friends, former students and colleagues gathered to honor Richard Davis, a longtime Oliver Springs Elementary School educator and charter member of the Oliver Springs Historical Society.

    Members of the community lined up at the Society’s newly renovated building Saturday, Sept. 10, to shake Davis’ hand, take photos and to recall stories from the past.

    Davis touched many lives in his 36 years of teaching history and being active in the community, according to Emma Mattox.

    “He was a great teacher,” she said.

  • Historical Society continues to improve Abston building

    The Oliver Springs Historical Society continues to make progress at its headquarters building located at the intersection of Winter’s Gap Road and Roane Street in downtown Oliver Springs.

    “There’s some fabulous history here,” said state Rep. Kent Calfee, who was at the building for an event honoring Richard Davis, an Oliver Springs educator and charter member of the Historical Society.

  • Elderwatch hosts program about Medicare, assistance

    Roane County ElderWatch is sponsoring a free program to provide an overview of Medicare, how to access assistance programs such as the Low Income Subsidy and Medicare Savings Plans, and a question and answer session with a panel of local experts.

    The program will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at Kingston First Baptist Church, 215 N. Kentucky St. To pre-register call 354-0450.

  • Correctional officer dies in wreck

    A Harriman man who worked as a correctional officer at the Morgan County Correctional Complex died following a motorcycle crash in Harriman on Tuesday.

    It happened in front of the Family Dollar on South Roane Street around 4:30 p.m.

    According to Harriman police, Kevin Bagwell was riding a motorcycle when he was hit by a car driven by LaCleeta J. Wright.

  • A Faithful History

    A lot has changed in Roane County since 1826, but one thing has remained the same and that’s the love Swan Pond United Methodist Church has for the community for the past 190 years.

    “It’s amazing because the church is isolated up here. People don’t even know it’s here,” lay leader Mike Hill said of the church that is nestled in the woods off Swan Pond Road. “But it’s a good church. We’ve always had real good preachers.