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  • Doug Wilson — pharmacist, Democrat civic leader — dies

    Doug Wilson, who died Wednesday at age 72, was not just a well-known Rockwood pharmacist.

    The operator of the former Wilson’s Drug Store and civic leader was a cherished member of the community.

    Denny Fritts said he was an old family friend.

    “We all did business with him at his store, and we all had a line of credit,” Fritts said. “I worked as an independent contractor, and I didn’t have insurance, but Doug never failed to give the kids or me whatever we needed.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Can we all quit playing, ‘Let’s pretend?’

    Gentle reader, when we were very young, and radio was the thing, there was a children’s programme called “Let’s Pretend,” featuring stories calling on the young listeners to leave their everyday world, use their imaginations and enter into a world of fantasy and make-believe.

  • GUEST OPINION: Messages of hate, signs of freedom

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES

    First Amendment Center

    Freedom of speech took a hit this week when New York City’s transit authority voted to ban all political and public-issue advertising on its buses and subways.

    A group called the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) sponsored the message that triggered the decision.

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  • Harriman house fire on Carlock Ave.

    Harriman Fire Department put out a kitchen fire Thursday afternoon.

    Firefighters were paged to the 412 Carlock Ave. home at 3:22 p.m.

    “It was an accidental cooking fire caused by grease,” explained Chief Brad Goss.

    The department was able to get the fire under control in about 10 minutes. It was contained to the kitchen and where it had climbed into a portion of the attic. However, the home suffered more extensive smoke and heat damage. The residents are staying with family, according to Goss.

  • Two projects plague Kingston council

    This month, Kingston officials are likely to deal with two special projects that have been hanging over their heads for too long.

    One involves a solar panel field on city property — the second the city had planned to install in partnership with a private company.

    The other involves adding amenities — bathrooms, drinking fountains, bike racks and other extras — to the city’s Ladd Landing Greenway.

    The Kingston City Council is likely to take action on these two issues at its regular meeting on May 12.

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  • Oliver Springs man charged in shooting

    An Oliver Springs man shot at a vehicle and led Oak Ridge Police on a pursuit, authorities reported.

    Oak Ridge Police said that on April 29, they were called to Hendrix Creek subdivision on a report that a man, who was later identified as David Dunlap Jr., 44, Oliver Springs, was reportedly armed with a handgun and threatening to harm others.

    On the way, they were told Dunlap was at a residence in another neighborhood. While going there, officers encountered a sedan and truck traveling at a high rate of speed.

  • Schools wait for final word on budget

    Last week’s action by the Roane County Commission’s budget committee hasn’t prompted the Board of Education to move on its request for a 29-cent increase in the property tax rate yet.

    “We won’t cut it until the full commission approves it or disapproves it,” Board Chairman Mike “Brillo” Miller said Monday.

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