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  • Kingston City Council hopefuls look to grow business, housing

    Kingston needs more businesses, more housing, more long-range planning and more people coming to meetings, according to candidates for City Council presenting their qualifications and ideas at the Community Center Thursday.

    The forum, sponsored by the Roane County Tea Party, drew a small crowd of perhaps two dozen citizens who listened to five minute pitches from each candidate before being allowed to ask questions.

    Incumbent Councilman Tony Brown described himself as the most outspoken member of the council, especially on fiscal policy.

  • Plateau Partnership Park’s got the power

    A ceremonial groundbreaking was held on Aug. 4 to welcome a solar farm to Plateau Partnership Park.

    Two months later, the site is already generating power.

    “TVA just interconnected the site last Tuesday (Oct. 11), so it’s officially put into service,” Vis Solis Inc. President and CEO Carlos Mayer said.

    The 1 megawatt site features 3,276 solar panels. Mayer said setting those up was the easy part of the project.

  • Ex-pizza joint manager pleads guilty to theft

    James Douglas Jensen, a former manager of the Little Caesars Pizza in Kingston, pleaded guilty to theft in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said that between May 2012 and August 2012, Jensen instructed his employees at Little Caesars to withdraw money from the cash register so he could get change.

    “But Mr. Jensen did not get change and did not return that money,” Edwards said.

    “The net result is he took that money without the owner’s consent.”

  • What’s in a tale? Rose knows

    In telling stories, Elizabeth Rose has blended her two greatest passions.

    The long-time educator – the last nine as Cherokee Middle School principal – began telling stories at a young age. She always knew she wanted to be a teacher, but storytelling also called her, as well.

    She says as a seventh grader, she was introduced to the dwindling art form by her school librarian at Etowah City Schools.

  • State House candidate, friend sued

    A lawsuit filed in the Circuit Court for Roane County this week against 32nd District State House candidate Tyler Overstreet and his friend Wende Jones seeks up to $200,000 in compensatory damages related to an incident that occurred July 13.

    Overstreet’s attorney, Tom McFarland, claims the suit is politically motivated.

  • Doctor indicted on DUI

    Harriman doctor Clary Foote was indicted by the Roane County grand jury this week. He’s charged with DUI, registration violation, failure to show proof of insurance and failure to yield the right of way.

    The case stems from an April 17 traffic stop. According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report, Trooper Robert Woody was watching Interstate 40 traffic from Lawnville Road when he noticed Foote in a 1988 Chevy pickup truck.

    “I observed a blue older-model pickup truck start down the westbound on ramp and make an illegal

  • Big early-voting turnout

    Early voting for the Nov. 8 election started Wednesday, and Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said he was pleased with the turnout.

    “It went very well,” he said Thursday. “It’s probably the largest first day voting we’ve had.”

    According to the Tennessee Department of State, the county’s total for Wednesday was 1,434. That figure includes absentee and early votes.

  • Buckingham travel OK’d

    Laura Ann Buckingham, the woman charged in a murder-for-hire plot, has been granted permission to leave the state of Tennessee.

    She reportedly has a custody hearing set for Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. in the state of Indiana.

    Roane County Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks signed an order on Oct. 14 that allows Buckingham to leave Tennessee on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. to travel to Indiana for her custody hearing. The order said she must return to Tennessee no later than midnight on Oct. 26.