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  • Rocky Houston appeal rejected

    Rocky Houston raised a number of issues in the appeal of his federal firearms conviction.

    They were all rejected Monday by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld the conviction.

    That means Houston, 55, will remain behind bars. He’s serving his nine-year sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Ashland, Ky.

    The conviction stems from his possession of firearms in Roane County.

    In 2010, Houston was convicted in Roane County Criminal Court of felony evading arrest.

  • County, city leaders support study on school initiatives

    The top elected officials of Roane County and its four municipalities have gone on the record to support Roane County Board of Education’s feasibility study and education reform initiative.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody, Harriman Mayor Chris Mason and Kingston Mayor Tim Neal pledged their support during a Jan. 30 meeting at Kingston City Hall, said a Tuesday release from The Roane Alliance.

  • Robotics students building a kingdom for contest

    An occasional clang of metal and an errant knight here or there doesn’t mean visitors have stepped back in time.

    It’s not the clash of swords, but people working diligently on the creation of Roane County’s robot for this year’s TN First Smoky Mountain Regional robotics competition.

    That clumsily clad knight is just instructor Jason Young having a bit of fun getting his students into the spirit of this year’s competition.

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  • Harriman mourns ‘biggest fan’

    J.D. Sampson didn’t leave anyone doubting his devotion and pride for the city of Harriman.

    “I have always said that J.D. was Harriman’s biggest fan,” said Mayor Chris Mason.

    The former Harriman City Councilman, who died Sunday evening, was well known for putting Harriman first. In his usual soft-spoken candor, he even told people he only shopped and did business in his beloved community.

  • 25 YEARS & COUNTING

    Nothing is wasted at the Clothes Closet in Kingston.

    “A lot of missions come out of our mission,” explains Kay Catron, director of Kingston United Methodist’s Church’s program, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

    “We use everything. Toiletries [can] go to the homeless shelters or battered women’s shelters, comforters and sheets can be sent to area animal shelters, [old] blue jeans and other material we can’t use, can be used in quilts, so we donate it to one of our volunteers who quilts.

  • City said to be in ‘fact-finding stage’ for new Kingston Pointe

    “The ball is in his court.”

    That’s what Kingston City Manager David Bolling said about Jerry Duncan Ford President and General Manager Marty Duncan, who is proposing to develop Kingston Pointe, a 42-acre tract just off Interstate 40.

    In December, Duncan presented a tentative outline of Kingston Pointe to Kingston City Council during a work session.

    Kingston Pointe would be anchored by the car dealership’s relocation from Harriman and would include additional retail space for other businesses.

  • Baby starts treatment for tumor

    Kayden Christopher is only 6 months old, but he has already brought together the community around him and his family.

    If it were not for the shunt in his head, the sweet-natured child would not show obvious signs of the brain tumor that is threatening his life.

    However, the tiny youngster is now blind and fighting for his life, and his family have turned to their faith in God and prayers that the chemotherapy they are attempting will save his life.

  • Referendum mulled for Harriman sales tax hike

    From staff reports

    Harriman officials are considering a sales tax increase referendum to be placed on an upcoming ballot.

    The item is on the Harriman City Council agenda for discussion and possible action.

    The Council meets in regular session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Harriman Municipal Complex.

    Earlier this year, Council members discussed ways to generate additional revenue to support city services.

    One idea was to approach residents to raise the sales tax rate, which would require a referendum put to the city’s voters.

  • Many show up for Islam talk; Aytes says schools not promoting religion of any kind

    A large crowd showed up at the Kingston Community Center Thursday night to hear Craig Honeycutt’s presentation on Islam in Tennessee schools.

    He said Islam was taught at his daughter’s middle school in Bristol.

    “I sat my daughter down and I said, ‘Honey, what do you want to do?’” he said. “Do you want to take the class, or do you want to take the zero?”

    Honeycutt said he was surprised when his daughter told him she wanted to take the class.