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  • Stockton addresses child abuse at pinwheel service

    The pinwheels planted for National Child Abuse Prevention Month continue to paint a grim picture in the Ninth Judicial District.

    “This past year we served 339 children,” said Chris Evans-Longmire, executive director of the Child Advocacy Center of the Ninth Judicial District.

    The district is comprised of Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties.

  • Feds hold hearing on Kingston boat slip plans

    TVA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are holding a joint 30-day public notice period regarding the proposed 18-slip boat dock at the Highway 58 Landing.

    The notice became effective April 13, and will expire May 13, according to the public notice documentation.

    During this time frame, both the Army Corps of Engineers and TVA are soliciting comments from the public “in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of this proposed activity,” according to the notice.

  • Judges deny Rocky Houston new hearing in federal gun case

    Rocky Houston’s request for a new hearing before the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals was denied last week.

    In February, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit upheld his federal firearms conviction.

    Houston’s attorney, Steven R. Jaeger of Erlanger, Ky., responded to that decision by requesting a hearing before all the judges that serve in the Sixth Circuit.

    The original panel reviewed the request and determined the issues raised had already been decided.

  • Community outpouring goes to help Kingston resident

    More than $1,000 was raised Sunday to benefit a Kingston man still recuperating from a March motorcycle wreck.

    Doug Oliver was seriously injured in the accident which occurred March 25 at the intersection of Highway 70 and Piney Ridge Road. A ruptured spleen and a broken collar bone were among his injuries, and he spent several days in ICU at UT Medical Center in Knoxville, said long-time friend Melissa Neklason, who headed up Sunday’s fund-raiser.

    “He’s at home now, but he’s got a ways to go,” she said.

  • Laid-back equine a passion for Bartons of Lexlin

    What started as a husband keeping his word has turned into one of the largest horse ranches of its kind in the United States.

    That vow, made by Eric Barton to his wife Mechelle, led to Lexlin Gypsy Ranch in Rockwood’s Grande Vista Bay community, where the Bartons breed Gypsy Vanners.

    “I was promised a horse by my husband,” Mechelle Barton said. “I saw one of these in a magazine and seen they had only been in the U.S. since 1996, so I went to Wales to learn about them.

  • Alleged knife wielder zapped by police

    A 57-year-old man was Tasered on April 12 after he allegedly pulled a knife on a Kingston policeman.

    Lawrence Stringfield, 2759 Sugar Grove Valley Road, Harriman, is facing charges of resisting arrest, aggravated assault, evading arrest, reckless endangerment and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

    According to the reports, Kingston Police Officer Bo Smith tried to pull Stringfield over on the morning of April 11 after he failed to come to a complete stop at a three-way stop sign at the intersection of North Kentucky Street and Ladd Landing Blvd.

  • Horsehead emissions concerns addressed

    More than a dozen people shared their concerns about Horsehead Corp. emissions during a permit hearing Thursday.

    Horsehead Corp. is a Rockwood facility that processes EAF dust in the creation of crude zinc oxide and iron-rich material.

    Nick Barrett, who lives at 420 W. Rockwood St., showed a number of videos he recorded from his home that showed emissions from various parts of the facility, including what looks like large gray cloud coming out of different areas.

  • Middle College almost over for inaugural class

    Roane State Middle College students took on a challenge when they enrolled in both a daunting college workload while also juggling their high school courses.

    They proved they were more than up to the task, not only managing but excelling alongside more traditional college students.

    The first class, which began in fall 2014, will graduate with associate’s degrees on May 6.

    “These guys show up every day. They are self- motivated,” said David Lane, Middle College coordinator.

  • BUMPERTOBUMPER: I-40 work makes the going slow

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam received a lot of calls last week.

    The calls weren’t about crimes, though — they were about traffic.

    Construction work on Interstate 40 is prompting many drivers to take detours around clogged interstate arteries and into downtown Kingston.

    “Our biggest concern is the 18-wheelers that are coming through town,” Washam said.

  • Harriman's The Oasis convenience store and attached buildings destroyed by fire

    Harriman Fire Department and other local agencies responded to a fire that destroyed an iconic part of the Harriman community and may have taken a woman's life.

    "We are still working the incident and scene and looking into the origin or cause," said Harriman Fire Chief David Bailey.

    "The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been here as a matter of course. We have a unified command with them right now."