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  • Mass-transit rescues can take their toll

    Dozens of emergency fire and rescue personnel from Roane and surrounding counties recently participated in a training exercise at the Roane County Rescue Squad headquarters in Midtown.

    The three-day exercise in mass-transit rescue skills was designed to instruct rescue squad volunteers in techniques dealing with incidents involving school buses, tour buses and trains, said Roane County Rescue Squad Capt. Eddie Jones.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Roane well represented in Nashville

    Last week, my Leadership Roane County Class of 2017 experienced one of the most informative sessions of the entire course.

    For two days, our class had the opportunity to visit Nashville to learn about the legislative and judicial branches of state government.

  • Training to be a weather spotter

    Weather can wreak havoc on a community, but a watchful eye can help residents stay safe.

    A packed room at Rockwood Community Center took part in free weather spotter training from the National Weather Service in Morristown, offered by the Roane County Amateur Radio Club.

    “Why are they going toward the tornado? Go the other way!” exclaimed Keegan Logan while watching footage of a tornado shown at the training.

    Logan and Tyler Logan were at the event as part of earning a merit badge on amateur radio.

  • scientifically speaking

    Science was the name of the game at Kingston Elementary School and Midtown Elementary School last week as both schools held their annual science fairs.

    “We are so proud of the students,” Midway Elementary School fifth grade teacher Ashley Hill said. “Looking at the boards you can see they’re all different with different ideas. They all worked hard and learned something.”

  • More speeding tickets result in fewer wrecks

    Speeders have more to grumble about in Harriman thanks to an increase in citations since Harriman Police Chief Derek Pacifico has came on board.

    More cautious drivers, however, may be seeing a real benefit from seeing those lead footed drivers handed tickets.

    “When we write tickets in the hot spots accidents go down,” said Pacifico.

    In November the police department wrote 37 citations, another 44 in December, and then went on a frenzy, citing 74 people in January and 67 in February.

  • Meth found beside sleeping child

    Oliver Springs police reportedly found methamphetamine laying on a bed beside a sleeping 9-year-old last month. Five adults who were allegedly in the home at the time are facing criminal charges.

    According to the warrant, Oliver Springs Police Lt. David Laxton went to 424 Kingston Ave. on Feb. 9 to search the residence.

    “Upon arrival, Lt. Laxton located in the master bedroom Linda Lively, John Jones, Clark Bunch, Candy Kirkland and minor child, only 9-years-old,” the warrant said.

  • Caney Creek crossing woes solution may be found in proposed gas tax

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody is following the debate in the General Assembly on Gov. Bill Haslam’s gas tax proposal. The IMPROVE Act – Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy – would increase the tax on gas 7 cents per gallon and on diesel 12 cents per gallon.

  • State grant for park in jeopardy

    Despite the efforts and good faith of city officials, Gertrude Porter Park in Kingston is not only incomplete, but the city may not receive the state-allocated grant funds to cover any of the work.

    City Manager David Bolling reported to Kingston City Council members Tuesday during its regularly scheduled work session that the situation is “a mess.”

    “We have had a lot of problems with the contractor. There have been weeks and weeks where no one has been [at the park site]. We have also had pretty days where no one is there.


    Near the Roane and Rhea County line sits a monument at Whites Creek, not far from where Rockwood Boy Scouts and their leader lost their lives in a devastating flood on March 23, 1929.

    Members of Roane County troops gathered together recently to repair the monument, and a rededication is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at the monument.

    “We are just trying to do something since this was put up in memory of these individuals,” said Russ Limburg with Troop 101 in Kingston.

    The monument and surrounding area were in need of a little TLC.

  • Kingston rejects alcohol sales for special events

    Following several months of discussion, Kingston City Council will not be considering special event alcohol permits anytime soon.

    The body had mulled possibly voting on an as-yet undrafted ordinance which could potentially allow special event alcohol permits to be considered by Council on a case-by-case basis.