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  • Man claims assault by state House candidate: Video shows Overstreet with weapon

    Tyler Overstreet, a candidate for state representative, was accused of barging into a home with his girlfriend this past summer and striking a man with a piece of stove wire.

    On a video clip obtained by Roane County News Overstreet can be seen brandishing the wire and heard calling someone a “boy.”

    “The guy Tyler ran into my friend’s house and started yelling and screaming, then he hit me and a friend with a metal pole,” Ishmael Patterson said in a written statement about the incident. “My wrist is broken.”

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    Cars that use carbon fiber parts are already in existence. However, you’d probably have to be a professional racer or have a lot of money to drive one.

    “Lamborghinis, Maseratis, some high end Aston Martins, for performance they’ve got a carbon fiber component,” said Connie Jackson, president of LeMond Composites. “Formula 1 cars are all carbon fiber.”

    So while not unheard of, the material is also not readily available, either.

    “There is some, but not an average car, which is our target,” Jackson said.

  • Police a priority for Rockwood Council hopefuls

    A small crowd gathered at Rockwood City Hall Tuesday to hear from candidates in the Nov. 8 election.

    The forum, sponsored by Rockwood 2000 and moderated by Chavonne Woods, included Tyler Overstreet, independent candidate for 32nd District Tennessee House of Representatives.

    Republican candidate and incumbent Kent Calfee did not attend.

    Rockwood City Council candidates Mike Fuller, incumbent Jason Jolly, Joe Moore and Patrick Shivers attended. Candidate Shane Trew was invited but did not attend.

  • Familiar face for last Council seat

    Kenyon Mee’s time off the Harriman City Council was short.

    He was recently appointed to fill the city’s final vacant Council seat.

    “I was wanting to stay involved and this came up,” Mee said.

    Mee was on the Council, but he didn’t seek re-election this year. His term ended on Aug. 31.

    The city had two Council vacancies when the new terms started on Sept. 1.

    One was created when Wayne Best, formerly a Councilman, was victorious in his bid for mayor.

  • Roane Tea party hoping to Trump governor

    Members of the Roane County Tea Party are unhappy with Gov. Bill Haslam’s recent comments about the presidential race.

    The governor, who is a Republican, issued a statement on Sunday that called for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to step aside in favor of running mate Mike Pence.

    “I’ve had people calling my house saying what the heck is the governor doing,” Roane County Tea Party Chairman Val McNabb said.

  • Head to Senior Bingo Blow-Out

    Area seniors are encouraged to turn out for a day filled with vendors, lunch, door prizes, a pumpkin patch, and bingo during the free Senior Bingo Blow-Out.

    The event is a partnership between Rockwood Housing Authority, Rockwood First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Mid-East Community Action Agency Senior Services Department.

    It will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at the church at 328 W. Rockwood St.

    Highlights will focus on celebrity bingo callers, door prizes, pumpkin patch, senior-friendly vendors and lunch.

  • Kingston Council November session to be on a Monday

    Kingston City Council’s regular monthly meeting will fall on Election Day in November.

    That’s why the body voted Tuesday to meet one day early, on Nov. 7.

    Council discussed the conflict during its workshop earlier this month.

    Election Day is Nov. 8, and Council normally meets in regular session on the second Tuesday of every month.

    Not only will the presidential election be held that date, but Kingston City Council races will be that day as well.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Speculation as to era of Trump’s Great America

    Gentle reader, as you may know, the Republican Party has established a headquarters in Kingston, on the corner of Race and Kentucky Streets, in the small building that formerly housed Robinson’s Jewelry Store, two doors down from the old Hut Cafeteria location.

    Usually we would have paid them a courtesy call by this time, as we have done in the past election seasons for over fifty years, however, the party has now changed and we are unsure whether we would be welcome.

  • Parents suing tavern owner

    Former Grill & Pub operator Grover Norton still faces litigation over a death that occurred outside his establishment more than five years ago.

    “We look forward to getting the case heard,” said Harriman attorney J. Scott McCluen, who represents Roy and Rebecca Harvey.

  • Man hit his mom, officials charge

    A Kingston man was arrested last week and charged with an alleged assault on his mother.

    John Thomas Reyes, 30, 1200 Mobile Drive, was arrested Oct. 5 following the alleged altercation with Connie Morton.

    Kingston Police Officer Tony Guy was dispatched at 9:44 p.m. to that residence, which was also listed as Morton’s address.

    Both Morton and a witness, Janene Cofer, were sitting outside, and Reyes was apparently inside when Guy arrived, according to the police report.