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  • Setting SAIL: Appendicitis delays, but doesn’t dampen, excitement of Naval Academy acceptance

    March 1, 2017 will be a day that Roane County High School senior Naomi Parks will never forget.

    It was on that day she had an appendicitis attack that landed her in the hospital for emergency surgery. However, it was also during this time that she received a phone call that will change her life.

    “I was in the emergency room at Roane Medical Center having an appendicitis attack when Congressman (Chuck) Fleischmann called saying I had been accepted into the Naval Academy,” Parks recalls. “I was in pain, but I was really excited.

  • Carp control weeds

    Grass carp have been an effective solution in dealing with invasive weeds, according to a representative of a lake community in Virginia that has battled non-native plants for several years.

    Jeff Caldwell represents Friends of Claytor Lake, a nonprofit organization representing about 2,100 homeowners and others living and working around Claytor Lake in Virginia.

    Caldwell spoke at a meeting  — held in the offices of The Roane Alliance — of a stakeholders group that is being formed to address the weed issue on Watts Bar Lake.

  • Authorities identify fire victim

    A man found dead in a house fire south of Rockwood has been identified.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said the man was Jonathan Pesterfield, 33, of the Kingston area.

    “We had dental records here from the jail,” said Stockton.

    “They made a positive identification from the X-rays.”

    Pesterfield had work done while incarcerated. Those X-rays were given to the Forensic Center in Knoxville, where he was identified.

  • Fire victim a male, but ID still a mystery

    The identification of an individual whose remains were found at a fire near Rockwood was unknown as of Friday evening.

    “We do know it is a male,” said Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton.
    Stockton said DNA was taken and they would be making comparisons to try to find out who the victim is.

    The victim’s body was discovered Thursday morning by emergency personnel on the scene of a house fire at 1137 Mountain View Road.

    Stockton said he did not believe there were signs of foul play on the victim as of Friday.

  • Harriman Wins State Championship

    March 18 is a good day for the Harriman Blue Devils.

    It was on that day in 1995 that the Blue Devils won their first TSSAA State Championship with a victory over Sweetwater. Twenty-two years later, and again on March 18, the Blue Devils won their second state title following a  74-73 victory over Clay County in a gripping TSSAA Class A State Championship matchup Saturday night.

  • A Wonderland of young talent to take the stage

    A maddeningly fun cast of characters are sure to entertain the young and young-at-heart in an adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland” featuring Roane County youth.

    Celebrity Youth Theatre is putting on the show with more than a dozen area youth getting into the whimsical play featuring the adventures of a young Alice after she falls into a rabbit hole while pursuing the iconic White Rabbit, the flustered and fancifully clad bunny running frantically late.

  • County Commission delays meeting for Government Day

    The Roane County Commission will meet in regular session today – Monday – at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

    The Commission usually meets on the second Monday of the month, but this month’s meeting was moved back a week to give members the opportunity to attend County Government Day in Nashville.

    The two-day event, which was held on March 13-14, gives county officials from around the state a chance to meet with legislators.

  • I-40 Motocross now part of Roane history

    Duracap Asphalt Paving Co. purchased I-40 Motocross in December.
    Duracap is planning to build an asphalt plant at the location where the racetrack operated on Buttermilk Road.

    “That’s been through the planning commission,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.  

    The Roane County Planning Commission approved the company’s site plan for the asphalt plant in January.

    Duracap is at 2535 Asbury Road, Knoxville.

    A phone message left with the company on Friday wasn’t returned.

  • City Clerk Neal retires; Marshall picking up reins

    After almost 30 years of service by Eleanor Neal, the city of Kingston has a new clerk.

    Marsha Marshall was officially sworn in March 1, but had been in training for her new role over the last few months.

    Her duties include attending and taking the minutes for city council meetings.

    She has some impressive shoes to fill. Neal, who has worked for the city of Kingston since 1979, was city clerk from 1987 to Dec. 16, 2016.

    Neal still works at City Hall, and is the mother of Kingston Mayor Tim Neal.

  • Harriman nabs 7 for drugs

    Harriman police found several needles along with suspected methamphetamine during a March 9 traffic stop. Three people – 18-year-old Taylor Vestal, 24-year-old Shila Hackler and 26-year-old Joshua Sexton – were arrested.  

    According to the warrant, Harriman K-9 Officer Brian Turner was on the lookout for a stolen Land Rover. He stopped the vehicle, which was reported stolen out of Knox County, on South Roane Street.