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  • Thunder Road
  • EGGS-amining their spoils
  • Kingston police investigating homicide

    A domestic violence case has turned into a homicide investigation for the Kingston Police Department. The change occurred because James Cobb died Saturday night, according to Chief Jim Washam.
    Cobb, 63, was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville on April 4 after being shot at his home at 814 Rosedale Ave. Washam said Cobb was shot in the chest.
    The suspected shooter – Tammy Ellen Rosado – was arrested on April 6 and charged with aggravated domestic assault. She could be facing a homicide charge with Cobb’s death.

  • With a song in their hearts

     

    “Are you ready for noise?”

    That’s the question Midtown Elementary School music teacher and choir conductor Beth Trescher posed before a recent rehearsal.

    Children — more than 20 of them — poured in the door just before 4 p.m., excitedly chattering and ready to sing.

    “They’re a lively group,” Trescher said. “And it really has become like a little family. They’re very supportive and help each other.”

  • Road supt. candidates tout their experience

    The Roane County Tea Party hosted a candidates forum for road superintendent at the Kingston Community Center last Thursday.

    All three candidates — Jim Beason, Dennis Ferguson and Brian Mullins — attended.

    The road superintendent job pays $76,407. The hopefuls spoke about their qualifications, backgrounds and issues facing the road department.  

    “I’ve been employed with the department for 36 years,” Beason said. “I’m the foreman down there now.”

  • Kingston wants in-lieu-of-tax $$ from county

    Kingston City Council members considered a new source of revenue at an April 3 work session.

    That source: Roane County Government.

    Council members moved to place a request in the form of a letter on the April 10 council session seeking to open “a channel of communication” with Roane County Executive Ron Woody about the possibility of collecting in-lieu-of-tax payments on commercial property the county has previously obtained within city limits.

  • Airport heading to Heritage Center

    Rockwood isn’t the only Roane County community that sees economic benefits of a successful airport.

    The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority announced plans recently to move forward on an airport in the Heritage Center Industrial Park in Oak Ridge.

    “The Airport Authority is charged with monitoring the aviation needs of the region and we believe that it is clearly time to take the steps necessary to place a general aviation airport in Oak Ridge,” said Howard Vogel, chairman of the MKAA Board of Commissioners.

  • Bogus bills show up at 2 businesses over recent weeks

    Rockwood police have filed at least two reports about counterfeit money being used around town in recent weeks.

    On April 3 an officer responded to the Walmart and was given three counterfeit bills — two $20s and one $10 — that were reportedly used at the store last month.

    An officer also made a report about a man passing a fake $10 bill to a carhop at the Sonic Drive-In on March 21.

    When the carhop told the man the bill was fake, the report said the man tried to get it back.

  • School board to be a hot race

    Frank Mee had nothing but nice things to say about Darrell “Drack” Langley and Danny R. Wright on Thursday.
    “But I’m not going to endorse one of them,” Mee said.
    That’s because he needs to beat at least one to keep his seat on the Roane County Board of Education.
    Mee, Langley and Wright all qualified to run for District 2’s two seats by Thursday’s filing deadline.

  • Three file to challenge Hurley

    Lackluster showings by Democrats in recent elections have allowed Republicans to capture sizable majorities in the state Senate and House of Representatives.
    The dominance hasn’t scared off one local Democrat from seeking state office, however.
    “I have an extensive history of working with children, and children are popular everywhere,” said Jack McNew, a Harriman resident and past chairman for CASA of the Ninth Judicial District.
    McNew is running for House District 32, which includes parts of Roane and Loudon counties.