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  • Bullying alleged in lawsuit

    A mother who claims her son was subjected to repeated bullying and name calling at Walnut Hill Elementary School has filed a $5-million lawsuit against Roane County.
    Former Walnut Hill principal Kevin Ayers, Director of Schools Toni McGriff, all 10 members of the Board of Education and County Executive Ron Woody are named as defendants. 
    “This is a case that needs to be brought to the public’s attention,” Kingston attorney Gary McDonald said.

  • Pain clinic makes its case

    Proponents of a proposed pain management facility called Roane County Interventional Pain Management say the facility would not be like the pain pill mills that are often in the news.
    Instead, while prescription pain relief may be used at times, other methods — including physical therapy and interventional pain management procedures — also would be used.

  • Noisy brakes irk residents

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Kingston City Council passed by a six-to-one vote on first reading an ordinance regulating the use of so-called “jake brakes” — the Jacobs engine compression braking systems, usually employed on large trucks — within city limits.
    The law would enable local police to stop truckers and make sure that they were in compliance with federal laws for the brakes.
    The police would not have such powers on the interstate.

  • Kingston plays chess with pain clinics

    by MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Kingston City Council members took measures to ensure a spate of proposed new pain management clinics won’t cause headaches for the city.

    The council unanimously passed a resolution imposing a moratorium on the permitting or approval of any new pain management clinics with the city limits for the next 120 days. The city has no such businesses in operation, but council members worry that some might look for space to nest in Kingston, since nearby Knoxville has chased out several clinics through systematic police action.

  • Kingston girl thinks outside the lines
  • Post-season conditioning
  • ‘Deadstock’ brings RSCC professor’s creativity to life

    Michael Golebiewski, associate professor of speech and theater at at Roane State Community College, has been directing his Playmakers for more than 12 seasons.
    He’s also showing his writing chops by bringing the dead back to the stage in a “rock odyssey from the great beyond.”

    Deadstock, which premiered this past weekend, marks the first full-length play he has written.

    It was a joint project between the theater, art and music departments.

  • Rockwood rushing to shut out pain clinic

    Rockwood will need to get moving if it wants to prevent a pain clinic from opening its doors in the community.

    A pain management facility has requested a building permit to remodel the interior of a vacant building at 1486 N. Gateway Ave. The renovations, according to the permit application, are for examination rooms.

    “I’m totally 100-percent against it,” Vice Mayor Peggy Evans said. “We don’t need that in our community.”

    Discussions about the proposed clinic are on Rockwood Planning Commission’s agenda for today’s meeting.

  • Saluting Our Veterans: 50 years of submarining earns Swicegood a Holland Club slot

    The tight quarters of a submarine require its occupants to get along and build a bond that can be tighter than the closest of families.

    That’s how Duie Swicegood described the relationships he formed while serving in the U.S. Navy aboard submarines including the USS Tigrone, a submarine used previously in World War II, and the USS Cobbler, which Swicegood called a guppie.

  • Saluting Our Veterans: Daughter helps town welcome home a hero

    When Air National Guard Master Sgt. Chad Goldston returned from his first tour of Afghanistan two weeks ago, the first thing he ate was a vegetable plate at Cracker Barrel.

    After nearly seven months, the 39-year-old South Harriman man is back home with his wife, Billie, and two children, Chane and Haley.

    He shipped out to Afghanistan in April after training in New Jersey and returned to find his daughter had arranged “Welcome Back” signs up at Harriman businesses and schools.