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    Another incident involving violence occurred at Roane Academy this week.

    “They called dispatch and said they had an unruly juvenile and wanted some assistance from the sheriff’s office,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    The incident happened Tuesday afternoon.

    According to the E-911 detail sheet, someone by the name of Tammy Proffitt called from Roane Academy and advised that a juvenile was “very violent” and had struck an employee in the head.

  • Kingston looks at 23-cent tax rate increase



    Kingston residents may be looking at a 23-cent property tax hike in the coming fiscal year.

    “I have never supported or proposed a tax increase,” said Kingston City Manager David Bolling Tuesday as he presented the proposed budget during its regular monthly workshop.

  • Farmer to plead guilty to federal firearms charge

    Tyler Farmer has made a deal in his federal firearms case.

    In exchange for pleading guilty to possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has agreed to dismiss a charge of knowingly possessing stolen firearms.

    Both Farmer, of 156 Greystone Way, Kingston, and his attorney have signed the plea deal.

    “The defendant is pleading guilty because the defendant is, in fact, guilty,” the agreement states.

  • Big loan, but no tax hike, in Harriman budget

    Harriman officials’ initial approval of the 2016 budget Tuesday steers the city on a path that includes pay raises for employees, a big loan for paving and borrowing for police cars.

    It’s all without increasing tax revenue.

    The first reading included the new certified rate of $1.2197 per $100 valuation, which should generate the same property tax revenue as previous years.

    “We have worked hard to keep our tax rate the same for the last 12 years,” Mayor Chris Mason said.

  • One bid submitted for greenway’s next phase



    The city of Kingston has received only one bid for the second phase of the Greenway Enhancement project near Ladd Landing.

    The $310,125.26 bid, submitted by Stephen Smith Construction Co. of Knoxville, “was just under budget,” Kingston City Manager David Bolling said during the City Council’s workshop on Tuesday.

  • Storytime starts in Rockwood

    Rockwood Public Library’s 2015-16 free preschool storytime starts Sept. 9.

    Storytime will be from 10:30 to 11 a.m. each Wednesday for ages 18 months to 5 years.

  • Roane Choral rehearsals to start Sept. 14

    Roane Choral Society rehearsals for the upcoming season will begin on Sept. 14.

    Rehearsals are at 7 p.m. each Monday in Room O-128 of the O’Brien Building at Roane State Community College.

    The group is rehearsing for “Gloria and Glad Tidings,” to be presented at 3 p.m. Nov. 21 in South Harriman Baptist Church.

    All members are encouraged to attend the rehearsals and concert. Call 354-0679 for details.


    Fighting fires has always been in David Kirby’s blood.

    But after more than 40 years with the Rockwood Fire Department, the 63-year old Kirby is retiring and ready to start the next stage of his life.

    “This is something I always wanted to do, but 40 years is enough,” Kirby said at a surprise retirement party Friday.

    “It’s time to give the younger ones a chance to have the experience I had.”

  • Pill mill’s ‘Aunt Bea’ sentenced to 280 years in prison

    A woman convicted of running a massive pill mill operation will likely die behind bars.

    Last week, U.S. District Judge Curtis L. Collier sentenced Barbara Lang, also known as Aunt Bea, to 280 years in federal prison.

    Lang was found guilty in January of two counts of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, five counts of maintaining a drug-involved business and 14 counts of structuring financial transactions to evade reporting requirements.

    The verdicts marked the conclusion of a 25-day trial that spanned nearly three months.

  • Retired road superintendent dead at 71

    When it came to bosses, Donna Patterson said Tom Hamby had no equal.

    “He was the best boss I have ever had,” she said.

    Hamby, Roane County’s former road superintendent, passed away on Saturday at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. He was 71.

    “I really am sad that he passed away,” said Patterson, who was Hamby’s secretary. “He’ll be greatly missed by a lot of people.”

    Hamby was appointed road superintendent in May 1999.