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  • Think it’s cold now?

    It was a blustery, cold Christmas weekend, and it looks like colder-than-normal temperatures will continue into the New Year.

    Saturday in particular, with its moderate winds, made the chill factor seem stronger.

    A sign at Pinnacle Pointe shopping center in Midtown came free during the gusts, which may have reached as high as 45 mph Saturday.

    “I definitely think based on some of the observations we saw in the area that gusts up to 45 mph seem reasonable,” said meteorologist Jeremy Buckles of the National Weather Service in Morristown.

  • OS Academy full STEAM ahead

    The first steps in making Oliver Springs a STEAM academy are starting to take shape after alumni and community members stepped up and raised $120,000 for new virtual reality technology for the school.

    Oliver Springs High School teachers will start lessons on how the technology works before school returns next semester.

  • Man accused of using social media to lure teen girl

    A Kingston man is accused of using Facebook Messenger to solicit sex from someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

    Jack L. Morton, 46, of 1200 Mobile Drive was arrested last month for solicitation of a minor and soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor by electronic means. He’s scheduled to appear in Roane County General Sessions Court on Feb. 6.

    The 13-year-old girl Morton thought he was interacting with was actually an adult working a sting for the 9th Judicial District Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.

  • Rockwood police use Narcan to revive woman

    Rockwood police used Narcan to revive a suspected overdose victim earlier this month. The incident happened at 411 W. Rockwood St., on Dec. 15.

    “I observed a female unconscious on the living room floor with no pulse and not breathing,” Rockwood officer Blake Norman’s report said. “The female was turning blue.”

    Norman said he spoke with another woman in the apartment, who told him she thought the victim had consumed heroin or fentanyl.

  • Kingston Engine 3 in service
  • Is your volunteer a Star?

    Volunteer East Tennessee is looking for outstanding adult and youth volunteer nominations in Roane County as part of the 2018 Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards.

    The organization is coordinating nominations for Roane, Anderson, Blount, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe and Sevier counties.

    Nominations are due by Jan. 11 and can be submitted online by going to www.volunteeretn.org/VolunteerAwards.

  • Christmas gas prices highest in 3 years

    Oil prices reached new heights Tuesday, causing a bump in the road for falling gas prices.

    AAA reported Tennessee gas prices climbed nearly a full cent overnight. The state average is $2.24 per gallon, after rising 2 cents during the past week.

    “We may see moderate increases at the pump this week, but the downward trend should resume in the new year,” said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins.

  • Brother and sister killed in Wednesday crash

    The holidays turned tragic for a Kingston family Wednesday night. Brother and sister Teddy and Tara Kalnasy were killed in a car crash on Interstate 40.

    “I can’t think straight right now,” said mother Mary Kalnasy, as she struggled to speak through the tears.

    The accident happened around 9 p.m. near the 350 Exit in Midtown. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

  • Child injured after being struck by pickup

    A Harriman youth was struck and injured by a pickup truck Wednesday afternoon on Long Drive.

    "A juvenile was hit with a pickup truck. The suspect took off, drove down a couple of streets, crashed into another mailbox on a different street and then bailed out of the vehicle and took off running," said Sgt. Cody Guge.

    The suspect is still unknown at this time, Guge said Thursday morning.

    Guge said he didn't know where the child was taken but confirmed they were taken to an area hospital.