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  • Making learning special

    A few lucky sixth grade Cherokee Middle School students were the recipients of student dictionaries from the East Roane County Ruritan Club.

    "It is part of our charter to do community service," Clint Miller, foundation promotion chair, said. "We like to help people when we can."

    They donated 25 in their first time taking part in the dictionary project.

  • GUILTY

    A person doesn’t need to have a gun in hand to be in possession.

    Rocky Houston found that out this week when a federal jury found him guilty of a federal weapons charge.

    “The law recognizes two kinds of possession: actual possession and constructive possession,” U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves instructed jurors on Wednesday. “Either one of these, if proved by the government, is enough to convict.”

    That’s exactly what the jury did — finding Houston guilty of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.

  • Daycare just for school workers

    Roane County Schools plans to study the feasibility of running a daycare service for faculty and staff at Kingston Elementary School.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes brought the recommendation to the Board of Education earlier this month.

    It was approved unanimously.

    “It will be done through the BASP (Before and After School Program),” Aytes said. “All this would do is give us the permission to go ahead and do the study this summer and bring back to the board a proposal as we see that this is feasible to do.”

  • Kids club gets game consoles

    Harriman police are going to put seized computers and game consoles to good use.

    The technology, which was seized after investigations by the department’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit, will be donated to the Roane County Boys & Girls Club.

    “I think it is great. They are in need of technology,” Mayor Chris Mason said.

    The donated items included 10 desktops, three laptops and three Xbox game consoles.

  • Siteworx suit against county dismissed

    Siteworx LLC’s lawsuit against Roane County has been dismissed.

    “It can be appealed, but it’s over for right now,” Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland said.

    The lawsuit was filed in Roane County Chancery Court on April 24, 2008. McFarland said it was dismissed for failure to prosecute.

    In addition to the county, Henson Construction Services Inc., Clay Williams & Associates Inc. and Western Surety Co. were also defendants in the lawsuit.

  • Kingston attends to matters of play

    Kingston City Council members attended to matters of play at their March 13 council session.

    The play came in the form of reports on various park projects. Council learned that preliminary plans for a revamped Gertrude Porter Park — the recreational facility recently deeded to the city by Roane County Commission — are now on file at City Hall. City Manager David Bolling said the effort to apply for a state Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant to pay for planned revisions is going “pretty well.” The grant application has to be submitted in April.

  • Harriman officials cast eye toward city’s future during visioning process

    Harriman residents get to let their voices be heard in what they want for the city by 2035.

    Harriman City Council began its longterm visioning process Tuesday, and the intent is to invite the members of the community to a four-hour work session one Saturday in the future to share their feedback on what they’d like to see the city like in the future.

  • Chattanooga gains from Kingston man’s leadership

    The Chattanooga area has gained from the leadership of a Kingston man.

    Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Chattanooga District was recently named district of the year after traffic fatalities dropped significantly last year — despite high-volume traffic and lots of road construction.

    THP Chattanooga District Captain Jessie Brooks, who took over last year but still lives in Kingston, praised his employees for their work ethic.

  • Fire calls keep officials busy

    A Kingston family lost its home in a Monday morning fire at 1109 Old N. Kentucky St.

    “It looks like it started in the front portion of the home,” said Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon. “This guy lost everything in the house.”

    Gordon said nobody was home when the fire was called in at 4:45 a.m.  The home is owned by James King.

    Other recent Roane County fires includes a empty structure at 1765 Eureka Road last week.

  • Gallaher released after bond reduced

    Eric Gallaher was released from the Roane County Jail on March 14 after the bond in his drug case was reduced from $100,000 to $25,000.

    Gallaher, 33, was arrested last month after being indicted for allegedly selling cocaine in a school zone.

    Defense attorney Donice Butler filed a motion to reduce his bond. She said $100,000 was excessive and not necessary.