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  • Giving Mom and Dad a taste of freedom
  • New security for Kingston parks
  • Nationwide emergency alerting system testing scheduled for Nov. 9

    The first cooperative presidential-level, nationwide test of the broadcast Emergency Alerting System is planned for 2 p.m. on Nov. 9.

    Americans are advised to note that the test, conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission, will only be a diagnostic exercise to determine the reliability and effectiveness of the national emergency information system.

  • Meeting to offer voters more about photo IDs

    People in Tennessee have to show a photo ID to buy cigarettes, liquor and Sudafed.

    Starting next year, they’ll also have to show one in order to vote.

    In an effort to educate the public about the new state law requiring voters to show a photo ID, town hall meetings are being held in all 95 counties on Tuesday.

    Roane’s is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Office of Emergency Services at 230 N. Third St., Kingston, which is next to the Dollar General Store.

  • Kingston clogging teams rack up big wins

    It’s not hard to love the exuberant young girls moving in sync, their shoes stomping and madly clicking.

    And all season long, judges have felt the same way about three South Eastern Clogging Co. Three competitive teams have excelled at various events.

    “They are all really good,” praised instructor Paulette Ray.

    Two of those teams, SECC Platinum and SECC Electric, even placed in the America’s Clogging Hall of Fame World Championships.

  • Collett never wrestled with career choice

    Rockwood’s Jeff Collett learned very early he wanted to be a professional wrestler when he grew up.

    “When I was 5 years old,” confirmed the man whom wrestling fans know as “The Southern Gentleman.”

    “As soon as I saw it, that is what I was going to be.”

    The family, including former Rockwood City Council member Ray Collett, moved to Virginia when Jeff was 3 and a sportswriting neighbor would give the family his free tickets to area wrestling shows.

  • Golf cart adds to brouhaha in neighborhood

    Knoxville attorney Greg Isaacs said a case authorities presented to the Roane County Grand Jury earlier this month was one of a kind.  

    “It may be the first case in the history of Tennessee where someone was arrested for having an abandoned golf cart on their property,” Isaacs said.

    His client, Colleen Landaiche, was indicted on Oct. 17 for theft of property between $1,000 to $10,000.

    The property in question was a golf cart owned by her neighbor, Jack Elkins.

  • Murder investigation continues

    Authorities are trying be very thorough in the investigation into who killed a 23-year-old Knox County woman.

    “We want to make sure we cover all our bases and not leave anything uncovered,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “I think it will come together. I really do.”

    Brooke Morris’ body was found at Blair Road and Old Blair Road on Oct. 15.

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  • Public road closure irks neighbors

    The Roane County Road Committee’s decision to close a public road has some neighbors up in arms, but it is not backing down.
    Some South of the River residents have expressed frustration with the closure in the Irwinton Shores Subdivision since the move was approved earlier this year.
    The road at the center of the issue is Windward Way.
    Ken Baumgartner of 117 Windward Way approached the county about closing the portion of the road.