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  • Roane’s air clean, EPA says

    Roane was one of five counties to receive an “attainment” designation for particle pollution from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week.

    State officials said the designation of the counties means all of Tennessee is now in compliance with federal air quality health standards for particle pollution.

  • Make way for Muir

    From staff reports

    Preparations are almost complete for the first Muir Fest at Fort Southwest Point in Kingston this Saturday.

    Kingston is celebrating the 150th anniversary of naturalist John Muir’s walk through Roane County into Kingston on Sept. 12, 1867.

    As part of the program, The Roane Alliance will announce one lucky winner for the Soak in Roane prize pack worth more than $1,000.

  • Rockwood given home to demolish

    A pair of homeowners are giving the city of Rockwood their property after its been ruled unfit for habitation.

    Clarence and Charlotte Williams are transferring their property at 725 N. Chamberlain Ave. to the city. The Rockwood City Council approved a resolution to accept the property at their meeting late last month.

    “They are willing so we are willing,” said Councilman Dudley Evans, who made the motion to accept the resolution.

  • Schoolbound teen injured in crash

    From staff reports

    A teen was injured on Pansy Hill on the way to school the morning of Aug. 31.

    Harriman Police worked the accident involving a female teen who lost control of the truck she was driving and was transported for medical treatment.

    The juvenile had been traveling north on Pansy Hill that morning. Police believe the wet roads and speed may have been factors in the accident.

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  • Harvey uniting gridiron rivals

    Kingston and Rockwood are bitter rivals on the football field and they would like nothing better than to pitch a shutout when they meet Friday night at Rockwood’s Civitan Field.

    Off the field, however, the Jackets and Tigers are hoping for a shootout as both will be competing against each other in a drive to collect water for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

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  • Off the trail after 40 years

    John Bilbrey had many travelers along for the ride in his 40-year journey to complete the Appalachian Trail a section at a time.

    Many of them were with him when his family sprung a surprise party in his honor upon his return to Roane County after completing the last leg of his trip, summiting Mount Katahdin in Maine in August.

    “I really don’t know what to say except thank you for coming out and being part of this. This is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. I’ve been dreaming of this since I was a teen,” said Bilbrey.

  • Shooting suspect, victim charged

    The suspect and the alleged victim in a Rockwood shooting are both facing charges. The incident happened at 204 N. Front Ave., last Thursday.

    According to the police report, David Russell allegedly shot Carl R. Matthews with a shotgun loaded with rubber pellet shells.

    Detective Josh Rymer and Officer Rick Thomas responded.

    “While I (Rymer) was speaking with Carl Matthews on the front porch, he jumped off the porch and ran from the scene,” the report said. “I chased him a couple of blocks before losing sight of him.”

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