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  • Best: 46-month bank robbery term ‘a blessing’

    Christopher Wayne Best didn’t view his sentencing for bank robbery on Thursday as a negative.

    “I’m going to take whatever time you give me as a blessing and try to be a better person,” Best told Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan.

    The federal guidelines called for a sentence range of 46 months to 57 months. Varlan kept it on the low end and sentenced Best to 46 months.

    “The court appreciates the defendant’s statement,” Varlan said.

  • Stove merchant racks up felony charges

    From staff reports

    A Kingston businessman faces multiple felony charges after customer complaints initiated a police investigation.

    Jody Starnes, owner of Starnes Woodstove and Patio Store on Race Street, has been charged with two counts of theft, said Kingston Police Detective Keith Kile.

    The charges, which will be combined and sent before a grand jury in June, allege that Starnes took deposits from customers after signing a contract to perform installation of stoves and fireplaces but performed no work.

  • Head out for fun at Kingston Street Fest Saturday

    The second time should be the charm for Kingston’s Spring Street Fest in Courthouse Square Saturday. The original event scheduled for March 23 was cancelled due to rain

    City leaders predict the event will build on the success of October’s Fall Street Fest.

    “It’s springtime, and people are ready to get outdoors,” said Debbie Russell, events coordinator for Kingston Parks and Recreation Department.

    “If the weather holds out, we will probably have more people,” she said.

  • Granger out of Commission race

    The race for District 6 County Commission will feature four candidates instead of five.

    One of the people who qualified, Carolyn Granger, pulled her name as a candidate on Thursday.

    “Carolyn decided not to run,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said.

    Election Day is Aug. 2. Other contested races include County Commission Districts 1, 2, 4 and 5, trustee, county executive, county clerk, register of deeds and Harriman City Council.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Mourn not circus’s demise, we still have a full time clown

    Gentle reader, we must this week beg your indulgence for any shortcomings in this production.

    This plea is occasioned by the old curmudgeon’s having fallen victim to another of the frailties that too often beset those of a certain age. In this case it is our teeth that have decided to give up the ghost and malfunction to a faretheewell.

    Adequate ingestion of nourishment is difficult, if not well-nigh impossible with two broken teeth, thus we have placed our self in the capable hands of Dr. Walmsley for the installation of a ‘’bridge.”

  • Police: Man busted nose of ex’s friend

    A Roane County man turned himself into the Roane County Jail after a warrant was issued for aggravated assault last month.

    Eric Aaron Bell, 27, is accused of striking victim Joseph A. Conrad at the 141 Cedar Brook Lane, the home of Tara Scott.

    “Mr. Conrad stated that shortly after his arrival a male subject previously known as Eric Bell came to the residence, who is a former boyfriend of Tara Scott,” reported Deputy Seth Hammons.

  • Historical group gives to one of Harriman’s most historic landmarks

    Harriman Public Library will be making some improvements, thanks to a $5,000 gift by the Harriman Cornstalk Heights Historical Community Organization.

    Chairwoman Alyse Porter said the grants are possible through money they raised by a variety of events, such as the Hauntings of Harriman.

    “Because of those successful events, because of the support of the community and our programs we are able to make this donation,” Porter said.

  • Crash kills Roane teen

    A Wednesday crash on Firetower Road claimed the life of a Rockwood teenager.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

    According to the report, Ryan A. White was a passenger in a 2004 GMC.

    The crash happened on Firetower Road around noon.

    “Vehicle 1 (the GMC) ran off the right side of the roadway and over-corrected, then ran off the left side of the roadway and impacted a dirt embankment,” the THP report said. “Vehicle 1 then overturned coming to a final uncontrolled rest on its top.”

  • PORTER PARK OPEN

    City and county officials gathered with Kingston residents Saturday to cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Gertrude Porter Park.

    Kingston Mayor Tim Neal opened the ceremony thanking everyone that participated in the almost four year project that began under the administration of previous mayor Troy Beets.

    “We’re really glad the park is open and that so many people were able to show up for the dedication,” said Kingston Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross.

  • No land tax hike for jail add-on

    Roane County is moving forward with plans to expand the county jail. According to officials, the multi-million dollar project will not require an increase in the property tax rate.

    “We’re able to about this time next year borrow for the jail project at no tax increase,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    “I am thrilled to hear that,” County Commissioner Darryl Meadows said. “That is very good news.”