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  • 4 dead animals found at home

    A 49-year-old Roane County man is facing three counts of aggravated animal cruelty.

     
    Animal Control Director John Griffin said three dead dogs, a dead horse and a dead turkey were found at the home of Jack Wayne Terry at 470 Old Valley Road, Harriman.

    “We’ve had animal cruelty cases before,” Griffin said. “But some of the things we saw in that house was pretty horrible.”

  • Parking around courthouse going to one hour

    Downtown visitors who park in the vicinity of the old courthouse had best watch the signs in the weeks and months to come.

    Kingston City Council moved in March to simplify much of the area parking by changing several blocks to one-hour zones.

    According to Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam, the problem has been that the zone in question offers such a patchwork of parking — 15-minute spots, 30-minute spots, as well as one- and two-hour spots — that police often have trouble keeping tabs on violators.

  • Harriman Fire Dept. raising funds for vehicle

    Harriman Fire Department is attempting to raise funds for a utility vehicle for emergencies at special events.

    “We already started getting donations,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss. “We had several businesses already help us out.”

    The department has raised about $2,000 toward the estimated $13,000 cost.

    A $5 all-you-can-eat pancake and waffle breakfast is being held at Bowers Elementary on April 14 beginning at 7 a.m.

  • RSCC academic fest for area high schoolers
  • Aytes, Rose, Woody make top 10 cut

    Three Roane County Schools employees who applied for the director of schools position were among the 10 people recommended for an interview with the Board of Education.

    The group includes Gary Aytes, Elizabeth Rose and Keevin Woody. The board plans to interview them along with seven other candidates this month.

    “I’m glad that all Roane County candidates got in the top 10,” Board Member Darrell “Drack” Langley said.

  • ‘Friend to Rockwood’ loses battle with illness

    One of Rockwood’s longest-serving public servants has ended his work here on Earth.
    City Attorney Elmer Rich died at his home Thursday from a recent illness.

    He had been city attorney almost continuously since he was first appointed in 1969 and served during the administrations of eight mayors.

  • Woman’s 911 call on burger beef lands her in jail

    From staff reports

    Rockwood police arrested a woman on March 28 after she allegedly called 911 to complain about her Hardee’s hamburger.

    Donna Marie Nichols of 1503 Post Oak Valley Road, Rockwood, was charged with abuse of the 911 system.

    She’s scheduled to appear in Roane County General Sessions Court on May 21.   
    Nichols, 50, called 911 twice, according to the arrest report.

  • Kingston touts designation as Tree City USA

    Kingston may not have an ocean, as in the Beach Boys utopian vision for every town across the land in their ’60s pop hit “Surfin’ USA,” but they do have a commodity that’s just as important: trees.

    As such, they’ve been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forestry Service as a Tree City USA.

  • Amateur vintner enjoys fruits of labor

    A vineyard isn’t required to make your own bottle of wine. All one really needs is fruit, a willingness to learn, a few tools and some patience.

    B.J. Gillum of Rockwood enjoys the process — and the excitement that each new batch brings.

    “It’s like digging for gold,” Gillum said. “Each fruit batch that you pick or gather could be better than the last, and you don’t know until it’s in the bottle. So you hope it’s going to be really good.”

  • Guilty man released in mom’s death

    Prosecutors got a conviction against Milford Barnett.
    It wasn’t the one they were seeking.
    “I respectfully ask you to find the defendant guilty as charged,” Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy appealed to the jury in final arguments Wednesday.
    Barnett was charged with second-degree murder. The jury, which was sequestered for the trial, found him guilty of voluntary manslaughter. The verdict was returned Thursday morning.