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  • Kingston run-in with the law literal, ends in DUI charge

    A Kingston patrol car was damaged in a crash off the Interstate 40 Exit 352 ramp.

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said a driver traveling the wrong way up the exit ramp late Saturday night struck the patrol car driven by Nate Wilson.

    Washam said Amanda Rochelle Endsley, 25, of Kingston, was almost to the interstate and would have been traveling east in the westbound lanes if she’d not hit the crusier.

    “I hate we lost a car in it, but I’m glad she didn’t make it to the interstate,” Washam said.

  • Help feed others at holiday

    Hundreds of people who might otherwise go hungry enjoy the traditional fare of Thanksgiving thanks to the efforts of Kingston Police Department and Hands of Mercy Food Bank.

    “It is a whole lot of work, but it is all worth it,” said Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam.

    This year, 800 Roane County families will be fed thanks to the annual food drive, which is in its sixth year.

    On Wednesday, Nov. 26, cars will line up along Hwy. 70 as they make their way to Kingston City Park, where the food is distributed.

  • Nov. 4 election certified
  • GUEST OPINION - Lobbyists: Power concentrated in few influential hands

    By LEE HAMILTON

    Center on Congress

    Lobbyists are not all-powerful. They don’t win every battle. But they do win most.

    Because of its power to influence public affairs, the press has long been known as “the Fourth Estate.” But I think the media may have been displaced. These days, it’s lobbyists who seem to carry the most clout in Washington.

  • County can do little in Tiger Haven dispute

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Tiger Haven neighbor Toby Rhynehart has been persistent about showing up at Roane County Commission meetings to complain about the big cat sanctuary.

    “I still think it’s a shame that we’ve had to put up with Tiger Haven, all the noise and smell that we’ve had to put up with,” Rhynehart told commissioners during the public comment portion of last week’s meeting.

  • You’ll shoot your eye out ...

    Photo 1; Caleb Wright, center, plays main character Ralphie in Roane State Playmakers’ take on A Christmas Story. Conard Belitz, right, playing Flick, and Schwartz, left, played by Luke Taylor.

  • Rosado murder trial continued

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen granted a defense motion to delay Tammy Rosado’s second degree murder trial. It was scheduled to begin on Tuesday.

    “We’re going to have to continue the case,” Eblen said.

    Rosado is charged in the death of James Ronald Cobb. He died at the University of Tennessee Medical Center on April 7, 2012, days after he was allegedly shot by Rosado at the couple’s Kingston home.

  • Schools to select architect to look at consolidation

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The Roane County Board of Education will hold a special-called meeting on Tuesday “regarding selection of architects.”

    The school system is in the midst of a financial crisis and has been looking at consolidation.

    Four architect firms — Michael Brady Inc., Red Chair Architects, Cope Associates and The Lewis Group — met with the school board during a workshop last month.

  • Bruner clients still must show

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Some of suspended defense attorney Spence Bruner’s clients could face arrest if they don’t show up for court next month.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said Bruner’s cases were originally set for Nov. 5.

    “He had about 17 cases set,” Johnson said. “Only two clients showed.”

    Johnson said the two clients that did show were given new attorneys. The other 15 have been issued summonses to appear in court Dec. 15.

  • Interstate spa, others, under law enforcement’s radar

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Interstate Spa, on South Gateway Avenue in Rockwood, was one of several locations searched during a sting operation Wednesday afternoon looking into possible sites of prostitution.

    It’s not clear why Interstate Spa was specifically pinpointed, but it was the second time in a little over a year that the same location was searched.