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  • CONTROVERSIAL PLAQUES PLACED AT COURTHOUSE

    The exterior “In God We Trust” plaques the Roane County Commission approved last year have been installed at the courthouse.

    One is over the parking lot entrance. The other is over the doors on the Race Street side of the courthouse.

    The plaques were installed last weekend.

    The commission approved the “In God We Trust” plaques last July. It wasn’t without controversy, however.

    Commissioner Randy Ellis was accused of playing politics by some of his fellow commissioners.

  • Thefts empty Roane accounts

    Many Roane County residents have suffered a recent financial shock.

    Many have noticed fraudulant purchases, often in large or multiple amounts, on credit or debit accounts.

    “I told Sgt. (Kelly) Pittman this morning it is someone walking around with a skimmer,” theorized Rockwood Animal Control Officer Mark Neeley, who lost $847 from his account just a day after pay day.

    Skimmers are devices that can steal personal information from cards.

  • Police pick up roaming tot

    A toddler was found wandering in the middle of the road on Vera Street in Kingston Thursday morning.

    According to a report on the incident, Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam was driving on Vera Street when he saw the toddler.

    She was wearing only a T-shirt and diaper.

    Washam summoned Assistant Chief Gary Nelson to the scene. Nelson said he recognized the child.

    “I had seen her before at 248 Vera St., so we headed to that address,” the report said.

  • Retired but not gone
  • House fire makes run up Walden Ridge

    When Harriman Fire Department responded to a Tuesday structure fire on Bazel Road, firefighters also had to tackle a brush fire that spread into the surrounding woods on Walden Ridge.

    Fueled by dried kudzu growing in the area, those flames soon spread over a large area of the ridge.

    “It was definitely over a hundred acres,” said Jason O’Shell with the Tennessee Division of Forestry, who was at the scene of the brush fire.

    “I reported it to my supervisor as 150.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: All hail the new Caesars of Rome!
  • Longtime assistant now town manager in OS

    Oliver Springs officials selected one of their own as town manager last week.

    Becky Campbell, a town employee of 17 years this May, was appointed to the job on Thursday by the Oliver Springs Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

    Campbell has been an administrative assistant to a number of mayors. She has served as interim manager more than once, including since Nov. 4 when former manager Tina Treece resigned.

    “I want to keep our town up and going and running,” she said. “I’d like to see our town grow and prosper.”

  • Second Blue Bell ice cream recall issued in a month

    Blue Bell Creameries has issued another recall.

    The latest recall is for chocolate, strawberry and vanilla institutional/food service ice cream cups with tab lids.

    According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the products may be contaminated with listeria. The cups were distributed in more than 20 states, including Tennessee.

  • Rockwood man gets 15 years on feds gun charge

    Selling firearms to a pawn shop resulted in a lengthy prison sentence for a Rockwood man.

    Timothy Wayne Sanders, 44, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Harry S. Mattice Jr. on March 13.

    Sanders was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 6, 2013, on two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

    He was scheduled to stand trial on Nov. 4, 2014, but just prior to jury selection, he changed his mind and pleaded guilty to the charges.

  • Another Dollar General for Kingston

    A new Dollar General Store is on the verge of opening in Kingston — at 764 Gallaher Road.

    The parking lot is paved, the sign is up and workers were putting up shelves inside the store on Monday.

    “They are getting close to being finished, and had hoped to be open by the end of the month, but I don’t know if they will make that,” Kingston City Manager David Bolling said.

    The opening of the new store will give Kingston two Dollar General locations.