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    Authorities divert traffic to other lanes Thursday morning after a beer truck left Interstate 40 and came down onto Kentucky Street.
    Trooper Rodney Redmon said the driver, who was from Knoxville, was talking when he was taken by emergency personnel to University of Tennessee Medical Center.
    Redmon said it was not clear yet why the accident occurred, but the driver was traveling westbound on I-40 when he left the roadway, striking first the safety cables in the median before going between the two interstate bridges and landing on the city street.

  • Pierce purchased small arsenal

    Former Rockwood public works director Tom Pierce amassed an arsenal of at least 11 guns and plenty of ammo on the city’s dime, according to a state investigative audit released Wednesday.
    Pierce, who was indicted last week, is accused of using a city credit card and store card to purchase at least $32,725 in items between 2009 and 2012.
    The charges include two counts of unauthorized use of a credit card and official misconduct. 

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  • Looseleaf Laureate by TERRI LIKENS

    From time to time, and with much delight, I sometimes write about my neighbors.
    It is with deep sadness I now write about one of them.
    Homer Hamby, who died this week, has lived in the same gray brick house across from mine since the neighborhood was established in the 1950s.
    Many of you may know him as a pharmacist who put in 50 years at Kinser Drugs in Kingston, or as a pillar of respect at Harriman Church of God.
    His kindness, calmness, generosity  and humility were the stuff more of us  should be made of.

  • Little children, big obstacles

    Looking at the sweet face of 5-year-old Briley Goad, it is hard to believe she’s faced the adversity of a serious genetic disorder.

    Smiling and healthy now, Briley’s parents spent the first years of her life fighting with doctors to find out what was ailing her.

    She wasn’t thriving because of the disorder velocardiofacial syndrome, a deletion of a segment of a long arm of Chromosome 22.

  • Two indictments and lots of other trouble with law

    Benjamin Heath Clark, accused of mugging an 84-year-old woman, was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last month. He’s charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated assault-bodily injury.
    Kingston police said Clark, 23, mugged Eleanor Rogers in front of Angel Nails on North Kentucky Street in December. Her son said she suffered a broken elbow and concussion in the incident.

  • Audit: Pierce used Rockwood funds to buy small arsenal

    Investigators from the Tennessee Comptroller’s office have discovered that a former Rockwood public works director used a city credit card and a city store charge card to purchase at least $32,725 in property and services for his personal benefit over a period of about three years.
    These personal purchases included nearly $12,000 in guns, ammunition and firearm accessories, more than $7,000 in clothing, nearly $6,000 for camera equipment, more than $4,000 in online college tuition and nearly $4,000 for other miscellaneous personal items.

  • Cat defenders offer alternative

    Feral cat advocates and a concerned pet owner turned out to hear the second reading of an ordinance to put restrictions on the felines in Rockwood.
    “The humane thing and what the guidance and research says is the effective way to manage the colony is trap, neuter, return. In the process of neutering, you also vaccinate and ear tip the cat so that you know the cat has had medical attention and has been spayed or neutered,” said Diane Stevens.

  • Veteran gets help with helping hand

    Kelly Gibson, the marketing director at Victorian Square in Rockwood, said one thing sticks out to her about area veterans.
    “Around here, they take care of each other,” she said.
    That was evident on Feb. 18.
    Disabled American Veterans Chapter 86 presented Victorian Square resident Jack Adkisson with a check for $230.
    The money is for a deductible Adkisson needed to pay for a bionic arm.

  • School board offended by denial

    A routine budget amendment that wasn’t passed by the Roane County Commission drew the ire of Board of Education members.
    “I’m just truly shocked that we send a budget amendment over there that we’ve done for years and it comes back,” Mike “Brillo” Miller said. “I just don’t get it.”
    Commissioners discussed the $99,012 amendment at its Feb. 11 meeting.
    When it was time to decide, six commissioners voted yes, five others passed and four voted no.