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  • Hazari wows at reading program
  • Rocky sentence? Not max

    Rocky Houston didn’t receive the maximum punishment on Thursday, but he came close.

    The sentencing guidelines on his federal conviction ranged from seven to nine years in prison.

    U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves went with the top of the guidelines and sentenced Houston to nine years.

    “This man is dangerous and you should protect the public for as long as you can,” Assistant U.S. Attorney David Jennings said, when arguing why Houston deserved nine years.

  • 3 towns vote on wine in groceries

    Wine sales might be making their way to grocery stores in Kingston, Harriman and Oak Ridge.

    It’s among isues that may be decided at the Nov. 4 election, and if it passes, in 2016, customers can grab a bottle of wine while they get a loaf of bread.

    State Sen. Ken Yager discussed wine sales in a presentation to Harriman City Council recently.

    “I voted against the bill. I have a concern about the effect on small business, i.e. the package stores,” he said. “But it passed. It is the law.”

  • Campground taser battle brings police

    A Chattanooga man reportedly told police that his girlfriend tasered him in the genitals over the weekend. Police couldn’t determine a primary aggressor and arrested both John Wesley Shingleton and Sonia Gayle Greene.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, the incident occurred at the Crosseyed Cricket campground on June 20.

  • Three face separate sex crime charges

    Brian Lee Bruno, a 21-year-old Knoxville man, is charged with two counts of statutory rape in Roane County Criminal Court.

    Statutory rape is a Class E felony, which is the lowest on the felony scale in Tennessee. Bruno was indicted by the grand jury on June 17. He turned himself in the next day, according to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    The alleged crimes occurred between May 1, 2012 and June 1, 2012. The indictment said the alleged victim was four years younger than Bruno at the time.

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  • Industrious Kingston duo save thousands of dollars for city

    How many Kingston City Council members does it take to change a light bulb?

    Just one, as long as he has a little help from a couple members of the public works department.

    Councilmember Don White took matters in hand recently when he and City Works Director Tim Clark and a city mechanic fixed a cluster of lights that had stopped working at the Gallaher Road exit off Interstate 40.

  • Largen turns attention from restaurant to Harriman city

    Roane County attorney Gerald Largen sued Ruby Tuesdays over use of his property that fronts the South Harriman restaurant.

    That culminated in the dismissal of the case and sale of the strip to the business for $175,000 earlier this year.

    Now Largen is taking on the city of Harriman.

    In a letter earlier this year, Largen contends the city has made it impossible to use his lot on Childs Road and fronting Hwy. 27 across from Harriman McDonald’s.

  • No comeback for Rockwood parks director

    Jody Mioduski is officially out as Rockwood park and recreation director.

    Mayor James Watts handed out a letter detailing his reasons for firing Mioduski just prior to the resolution being re-read to let Mioduski go on Monday.

    “I feel like the city needs a change, and I have recommended that change,” Watts said. “It is completely within the jurisdiction of the mayor to request such change.”

    This time, Rockwood City Council had discussion prior to voting on a resolution to oust Mioduski.

  • Same-sex divorce a groundbreaker

    What happens when two men married in another state seek a divorce in Tennessee — a state that doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage? That question could be answered in Roane County Circuit Court.

    Frederick Michael Borman filed for divorce from Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman on March 21.